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The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband's crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband's awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. In order to fully set into your hearts how bloody terrifying this novel is, it’s important to understand what a silent companion is. They look like this: Painted figures intended to provide company, deter criminals, or simply to delight guests with their oddness and curiosity. The Victorian versions of cardboard cutouts. Nope, no thank you, my Uber is here, goodbye. In a very hostile, gothic house - The Bridge - newly widowed Elsie is forced to contend

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