The Silent Companions

by Laura Purcell | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1408888033 Global Overview for this book
Registered by teuffi of Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on 1/15/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .

Journal Entry 2 by teuffi at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (1/16/2019 UTC) at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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On its way to the next reader. Plum-crazy, I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did!

Journal Entry 3 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 18, 2019
Arrived safely today, many thanks teuffi, it's much appreciated 😊

Journal Entry 4 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 09, 2019
A gothic ghost story that covers three timelines with the first, being the "present" & set in St Joseph's hospital. Elsie Bainbridge has been badly burnt in the fire that destroyed her home. The fire left people dead & Elsie is now mute, unable to recollect the event & now suspected of murder. Dr Shepherd, a psychologist at the hospital, tries to gets her to remember what happened by writing down her memories...

...which leads to second timeline where we find a pregnant Elsie travelling to "The Bridge", a country house owned by her husband Rupert & where he recently died. Accompanied by Rupert's cousin, Sarah, they find the house in poor repair, run by a housekeeper & only two maids as the local villagers believe the house was previously inhabited by a witch & is now cursed, so refuse to work there. When Elsie starts to hear strange sounds in the night, in particular a hissing noise, it leads to the two women exploring the garret. Here they find the 'companions' - realistic painted figures of wood, one curiously one resembling Elsie. The women also discover the diary of Anne Bainbridge, an ancestor of Sarah's.....

...taking us to the third timeline where the events of another 200 years ago are bought to life with the story of Anne & her mute daughter Hetta.

From here on the horrors unfold both in the past & present making for a spooky read that at times I found quite unsettling. The fact that Elsie is now in hospital...or asylum...gives you cause to wonder if it's all in her mind or not. This doubt was also helped by the similarities between the timeframes. I particularly liked the way the word "splinter" was used..& sawdust for that matter...linking the wooden companions to the match factory that Elsie had grown up in. Then there was the muteness of Elsie & Hetta....coincidence or more?

All-in-all the companions were a threat that was truly chilling (with their ability to manifest themselves unexpectedly I couldn't help likening them to a sort of ghostly "Weeping Angel"!) & it's a very atmospheric tale that causes a dreadful sense of foreboding to slither over you. Deliciously creepy.

Thanks for sharing teuffi :o)

Journal Entry 5 by wingPlum-crazywing at White Swan in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 11, 2019

Released 4 mos ago (4/13/2019 UTC) at White Swan in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Taking to the Leeds meet up

Journal Entry 6 by tiggsybabes at Pontefract, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 20, 2019
Took from the Leeds bookcrossing meet.

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