Book Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

“You could not explain fear; you could only feel it, roaring through the silence and striking your heart still.”

Originally published in 2017, The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell follows pregnant Elsie who believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But widowed just weeks after her wedding and with her new servants resentful, Elsie has only her late 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 estate 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…

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