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The Silent Companions

(2017)
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"[An] extraordinary, memorable and truly haunting book." - Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Some doors are locked for a reason.

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But pregnant and widowed just weeks after their wedding, with her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her late 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 estate 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, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect - much like the companions themselves.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"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

"Compelling and claustrophobic. The pages all but turn by themselves." - Essie Fox

"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

"Magnificently creepy . I really wished it were longer." - Natasha Pulley

"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

"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


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Hardback Editions

October 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silent Companions: A Ghost Story
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8809-2 / 978-1-4088-8809-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silent Companions: A Ghost Story
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8803-3 / 978-1-4088-8803-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 0-14-313163-X / 978-0-14-313163-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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October 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silent Companions: A Ghost Story
Author(s): Laura Purcell
ISBN: 1-4088-8810-6 / 978-1-4088-8810-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon   


October 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Silent Companions
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Silent Companions: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Silent Companions: A Ghost Story
Author(s): Laura Purcell
Publisher: Raven Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU