Book of the Week, October 21st 2017

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The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell

It is 1865 and all seems well for Elsie when she marries a wealthy businessman. But a month later her new husband is dead and she is pregnant. She heads out to his family’s country estate to rest …. but rest is not what she finds!

The house turns out to be a crumbling Jacobean mansion, perpetually shrouded with mist. The servants are distrustful and the local villagers are scared of the place, believing it to be cursed.

Hidden away in a locked room, up little used flight of stairs, Elsie discover a two-hundred-year-old diary and a strangely unsettling life size painted wooden figure with an uncanny resemblance to Elsie herself. The diary tells of the mysterious origins of the figure – and others like it that have been gathering dust since the time of Charles 1st

A sense of foreboding pervades this novel as mysteries multiply and the wooden figures – the ‘silent companions’ appear to have a life of their own.

This spooky tale is by a bright new Colchester author.

Hardback, Raven Books, £12.99