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The Silent Companions: A ghost story (Paperback)
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The Silent Companions: A ghost story (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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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...

She pulled a page towards her. In the gloom she saw a void of white, waiting for her words. She swallowed the pain in her throat. How could she relive it? How could she bring herself to do it to them, all over again? She peered into the blank page, trying to see, somewhere in its vast expanse of nothing, that other woman from long ago.

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...

'Layering on the dark and creepy, this intriguingly plotted novel is the full-blown Gothic, maintaining throughout an unsettling claustrophobic atmosphere mixed with some unusual historical detail' - Daily Mail

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408888032
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 265 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This is terrific. Perfect setting, great build-up, chilling. What more could you want ?' - Susan Hill

'Layering on the dark and creepy, this intriguingly plotted novel is the full-blown Gothic, maintaining throughout an unsettling claustrophobic atmosphere mixed with some unusual historical detail' - Daily Mail 

'A deliciously creepy ghost story' - Sunday Express 

'A creepy, unsettling tale that I had to finish reading in broad daylight' - Stylist

'A sinister slice of Victorian gothic... creepy and page-turning' - The Times

'A perfect read for a winter night ... Intriguing, nuanced and genuinely eerie' - Guardian 

'Really tense and unnerving, it still won't let me go' - Woman & Home

'A true page-turner...neatly crafted and compelling...with a spine-tingling revelation every few pages' - Times Literary Supplement

'Irresistibly creepy, this romps along, Purcell turning her screws with skill. It's what crumpets and dismal afternoons were made for' - Glamour

'A superbly atmospheric, tense novel full of creeping dread. I could only read it during daylight hours!' - Red

'This incredibly creepy ghost story plays out in the very best tradition against a backdrop of a crumbling house ... Superb' - Saga 

'Things begin to go bump in broad daylight as well as the night. Compulsively creepy' - Sunday Mirror 

'You may want to leave the light on once you put down this intensely spooky Gothic chiller ... Irresistibly creepy' - The People

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“You will be haunted by this story!”

It seems like a perfect setting for a ghost story, an old gothic house, in a small village. It is unsettling and full of unusual people. You wonder what is going on. You do not know what to expect...
When Elsie's... More

Hardback edition
29th September 2017
Helpful? Upvote 33
Holly at Plymouth

“A marvellous gothic tale brimming with terror, suspense and surprise”

This compelling, atmospheric and tremendously chilling novel is one of the best gothic tales I have read in a long time.

Reminiscent of Susan Hill, Edith Wharton's ghost stories and Henry James, 'The Silent... More

Hardback edition
10th October 2017
Helpful? Upvote 26

“Not in the dark!”

I absolutely loved this very creepy gothic book! I loved the way the story moved between two different times. It started off quite slowly but you could feel that something awful is just lurking beneath the surface,... More

Hardback edition
24th October 2017
Helpful? Upvote 15

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