The Silent Companions: A Review
Paperback, 305 pages
Published March 6th, 2018 by Penguin Books (first published October 5th, 2017)
I love Gothic horror with a slow burn, it's one of my favorite genres out there. I was really intrigued by Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions, especially because of the idea of the wooden figures themselves; they are creepy, just google them. I did find the story to be intriguing if a bit slower than what I'm used to. But there was something about the book that made me equally like and dislike it. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was, maybe it was the characters, maybe because the first quarter of the book was just really, really dragging on.
I also had a hard time connecting with the protagonist Elsie. She married up in station, so there was no reason for her to treat the servants as she did. It simply didn't quite match her persona, and I found it quite odd that this was the direction the author had taken. But maybe it worked for others, and I just missed something. Overall, a decent read that I would recommend to Gothic horror lovers that don't mind a slow start.