Book of the Week: The Silent Companions
Spooky and compelling, The Silent Companions is Laura Purcell’s first book to be published by Bloomsbury, with The Corset to follow next year. It is an unsettling ghost story that is equal parts disturbing and exciting, and incredibly difficult to put down.
"Ivy poured out of the eaves and engulfed the turrets at either end of the house. It looked dead."
Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a shiver down the spine... Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure - a Silent Companion - that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself...
"A creepy, unsettling tale that I had to finish reading in broad daylight" - Stylist, 'Must-Read Books'
"Writing in the tradition of country house ghost stories, Laura Purcell has created a book that is unnerving and compelling in equal measure. The Silent Companions is an atmospheric gothic tale which chills the blood" - Sophia Tobin