The Silent Companions

The Silent Companions

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780143131632
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: PURCELL, L

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Nicr Apr 14, 2018

The classic Victorian horror novel setup: Elsie Bainbridge, formerly of London, finds herself widowed and pregnant and forced to reside at her late husband's creepy country estate with its strange noises and locked doors. The narrative shifts between the nineteenth and seventeenth centuries to es... Read More »


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Nicr Apr 14, 2018

The classic Victorian horror novel setup: Elsie Bainbridge, formerly of London, finds herself widowed and pregnant and forced to reside at her late husband's creepy country estate with its strange noises and locked doors. The narrative shifts between the nineteenth and seventeenth centuries to establish a supernatural past for the house. It's hard for a novel like this not to feel too familiar, but it works.

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