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The Silent Companions


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As featured on the Radio 2 Book Club and the Zoe Ball ITV Book Club. Some doors are locked for a reason...

About the Author

Laura Purcell is a former bookseller, she lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs. Her second novel for Bloomsbury, gothic chiller The Corset, was published in 2018. laurapurcell.com @spookypurcell


This is terrific. Perfect setting, great build-up, chilling. What more could you want ? * Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black *
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 *
Laura Purcell has nailed it with a story that conjures up Susan Hill's The Woman In Black, Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw and a little bit of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier * Emerald Street *
A creepy, unsettling tale that I had to finish reading in broad daylight * Stylist, 'Must-Read Books' *
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 *
Writing in the tradition of country house ghost stories, Laura Purcell has created a book that is unnerving and compelling in equal measure. The Silent Companions is an atmospheric gothic tale which chills the blood * Sophia Tobin, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Silversmith's Wife and The Widow's Confession *
Not since The Little Stranger has a book so entranced and haunted me. Compelling, bewitching and beautifully written. Read it if you dare * Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing *
A superbly atmospheric, tense novel full of creeping dread. I could only read it during daylight hours! * Red *
A brilliant, unsettling debut. Don't read just before bedtime! * Prima *
If The Silent Companions lands on your night table, don't plan on leaving your bed anytime soon. Immersive, meticulous, and reminiscent of the masters of gothic fiction - not only a compulsively readable ghost story, but a skillful, loving ode to the entire genre * Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham *
Frighteningly atmospheric, genuinely haunting and psychologically astute, the horror of The Silent Companions lingers like truth in the darkest corners of the human mind * Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers *
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 *
Menacing and unsettling * Psychologies *
Compelling and claustrophobic. The pages all but turn by themselves * Essie Fox, author of The Last Days of Leda Grey *
Magnificently creepy ... I really wished it were longer * Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street *
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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