Happy belated release day to this Gothic haunted house story!
Thanks to Penguin Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE SILENT COMPANIONS – Laura Purcell (out now!)
Any other historical fiction fans out there that like a good ghost story?
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Who doesn’t love a good haunted house story? If you’ve followed my blog or reviews for awhile then you’ll know that I also have a soft spot for historical fiction, so when you combine these two genres then I have to have it! THE SILENT COMPANIONS by Laura Purcell was just the right amount of eerie to remind you why dolls are so creepy.
Elsie married Rupert Bainbridge, a handsome young man that could lead her to a life of luxury. Tragedy strikes just weeks after their marriage, when Rupert dies Elsie finds her world turning upside down. With the house servants resenting her and the local villagers against her, Elsie finds her only company in Rupert’s cousin.
As if all the tension in the house isn’t stressful enough, Elsie is also having to finish out her pregnancy alone. With an older estate you almost expect there to be creaks and sounds, but Elsie begins to hear hissing sounds throughout the house. She discovers a locked door that contains a silent companion – a painted wooden figure that has a striking resemblance to Elsie. The maids refuse to go near the doll because they are terrified of it and it’s wandering eyes.
First of all, Purcell does an incredible job setting the scene and creating such an atmospheric novel. This is what I love about historical fiction – you can get pulled right into that time period. While this isn’t one of those gory and over the top horror novels, this is one where it slowly creeps up on you. I don’t know about you, but dolls already make me uneasy. Always staring at you, and the ones with eyelashes and realistic hair and eyes? Nope, no thank you!
Overall, if you want a good haunted house story that has a continuous dark and eerie feel to it, then this is the next one you need to pick up! It’s a quick little read and it’s not too heavy on the historical portion of it (so don’t let that deter you!)
What’s a favorite haunted house novel of yours?