Book Review – The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Hi, guys! I’m here with another book review after SUCH a long time. My review this time is of The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. I started this book in March, but it took me until the third of April to finish it.

The Silent Companions follows three different timelines – Elsie at her new house, in the 19th century, at St Joseph’s Hospital, and two hundred years earlier the diary of Anne Bainbridge. I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying that Elsie wasn’t very likeable, but I really liked her character. Then again, other people think differently than I do 😅

When Elsie married Rupert, she thought she had an easy life ahead of her. But then Rupert suddenly dies, leaving her alone and pregnant. Elsie, now newly widowed, goes to live at The Bridge, his dilapidated and unsettling ancestral home that had been shut up for years. She only has Rupert’s awkward cousin Sarah for company. Except her, Elsie’s all alone.

Or is she?

Because in this house, nobody is truly alone…

It took me a while to get into this book – I was about to DNF it actually – but then at one point I was captivated by the writing and wanted to know how it’d end. The most annoying books (in most cases) are the ones where the ending is so obvious – and the best are the ones where you think you know what’s going to happen, then something completely different ends up happening. And that’s precisely what happened in The Silent Companions! I need to read more of Purcell’s work sometime, because this was a work of art.

There are three different timelines in this novel – that of Elsie in the hospital, a year earlier with Elsie at The Bridge (the main story), and the diary of Anne Bainbridge in the 1600s, the sole timeline which is told in the first person. We slowly pick up the pieces of Elsie’s life and learn how she ended up in the hospital, and how what happened those centuries ago affected her.

I found Hetta a bit bland, to be honest, but I’m not sure if this was the author’s intention or not. Sarah and Elsie’s relationship was interesting to follow, and I loved watching them grow closer.

Although it was a confusing start that I didn’t really like, I grew to love this book and the majority of the characters. (By the way, I can’t believe what happened to my favourite character at the end! I won’t say who and what because of spoilers, though 😅) It’s definitely a 4.5-star rating from me – minus one star because of the slow start but I added another half star because of how much I loved it!

That’s all from me this time. It’s been such a while since I’ve done a book review so it was great do do one. I’m going to actually make a second post on the same day! It’s a really fun fantasy reader tag I found, and I hope you all enjoy it. Until that comes this evening, bye to my fellow bookworms! 😂

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