Author: Laura Purcell
Genre: Historical Horror Thriller
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Release Date: 5 April 2018
Publisher: Raven Books
I bought this book after reading such rave reviews on twitter from my fellow bloggers. I read the authors recent book ‘The Corset’ and absolutely loved it so it’s fair to say I had high hopes for this book going in! My review of ‘The Corset’ can be read below:
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Some doors are locked for a reason…
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…
Oh wow what a book. These need to be my first words in this review as I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in just over two days. I love a creepy ghost story and this book ticks all the boxes for me.
Set in the 1800’s, this book starts in St. Joseph’s hospital where Mrs Bainbridge is detained in an asylum and refusing to talk. She does however, choose to communicate with Dr Shepherd via chalk and a piece of slate. Here she starts, rather reluctantly, to retell her story piece by piece of the fateful incidents she encountered whilst residing at The Bridge.
During 1865, Mrs Bainbridge, otherwise known as Elsie, travels to The Bridge, a deliciously creepy, old, sprawling manor in the country. There she finds tucked away in the recesses of the house a diary from 1635 from a woman who lived in The Bridge before her. The book splits itself over these two time periods just over two centuries apart.
Elsie is such an interesting character. Whilst reading I was never entirely sure if I trusted her account that I was reading or not. As the book starts with her detained in an asylum the seed is already planted that maybe she doesn’t have all her marbles.
The pacing during this book was phenomenal, with the tension simmering away in the background with bursts of spooky goings on gradually building up to the big finale. I was completely gripped and found this book very easy to completely lose myself in. The pacing together with the beautiful writing completely absorbed me.
If you like your books dark, and a lot scary then this read will definitely be for you.
About the Author
Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs.
Her first novel for Raven Books THE SILENT COMPANIONS won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 and featured in both the Zoe Ball and Radio 2 Book Clubs. It was followed by THE CORSET in September 2018.
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