Author: Laura Purcell
Publishers: Raven Books
No Of Pages: 364
Genre: Horror,Gothic,Historical Thriller
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 . . .
When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But with her husband dead just weeks after their marriage, her new servants resentful, and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure–a silent companion–that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of The Bridge are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition–that is, until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.
A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, this is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect–much like the silent companions themselves.
This is really a spooky story which will test your brave scale. And totally women centric novel with negligible men characters and significance which makes the story even more interesting.The novel travels through two timeline 1865 and 1635 which is not of our age at all. That adds more creepiness to the story.
The two stories in the book are totally different one with the wooden companions as a common gateway. Elsie ,Sarah and house maids experience paranormal presence but fails to encounter what they are. Sarah being the bloodline of Bainbridge family tries to explore her ancestral history which leads to the curtain drop of Silent companions which surprises all because of the face resemblance and the number of companions added each day. Author perfectly drew a safe line between the Dejavu facts and reality and still we fall prey for it eventually.
I liked “The Bridge”. The infrastructure itself gave me chills at times with the rooms,with the windows and what not. Author has a good taste for the structure narration.
Anna and Elsie are insane. Are they? Who is evil? Is it Anna? Is is Elsie? Is it Hetta? or Is it Sarah ? . Believe me I don’t know. It’s up to the reader’s imagination. Each character is influenced by each other so this novel is a real treat for your imagination and craziness.
But will you let me know who pops up in your mind first after finishing the novel?
Try not to think much of facts to analyze, just let the story runs through you to enjoy the horror. Well you will definitely love the mind game played for you by the author at the end. Remember that you are sort of author’s puppet for this horror flick.
Are you going to read this novel? Well then take a deep breath and start at once.As you are going to enter a brilliant Gothic ,horror,thriller book. This is literally an enhanced version of paranormal kind.
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 featured in both the Zoe Ball and Radio 2 Book Clubs, was a Goldsboro Books book of the month and is a contender for the W H Smith Thumping Good Read award. It will be followed by THE CORSET in autumn 2018, and BONE CHINA and THE SHAPE OF DARKNESS in later years.
Laura’s historical fiction novels about the Hanoverian monarchs, QUEEN OF BEDLAM (2014) and MISTRESS OF THE COURT (2015), were published by Myrmidon and are available from all book retailers.