The Silent Companions (Laura Purcell)

January 16, 2018

5/5 Stars

 

Fabulously slow-building, eerie gothic horror.

A woman, recently bereaved, arrives at a crumbling old mansion, where her husband's body is awaiting burial. So far, so deliciously Susan Hill. However, thanks to the author's highly unusual, spectacularly eerie creation - the silent companions - this book avoids being just another Victorian horror. 

 



It's a slow, creeping tale of noises in the night, historical witchcraft, murdered gypsies and moving wooden figures - and it all comes together absolutely beautifully. I just LOVED the silent companions themselves, these menacing wooden cut-outs moving around the house...such a fabulously unpleasant thought! 

Overall, very clever, entirely captivating and a darned good read. Five stars from me.

 

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

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