Traveling Sisters Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell @spookypurcell #travelingsistersread #BookReview #SilentCompanions

The Silent CompanionsThe Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Diane, Dana and PorshaJo

I read The Silent Companions as a spooky Halloween read with six of my Traveling Sisters and this was the perfect read that brought out an extra creepiness to our Halloween.

The Silent Companion is creepy good, deliciously creepy and intriguingly creepy that grabbed our attention right from the very beginning and held it right to the end.

Laura Purcell does a good job setting up all the spooky elements for this story.  We loved the spooky house, intriguing journals from the past, the hidden secrets and the creepy Silent Companions that had us shuttering with their creepiness.

The story left us wanting to sleep with the lights on and checking over our shoulders as we left a room for those silent figures to pop up. They creeped into our thoughts leaving us with a feeling of fear that really sparked this to the perfect spooky read. I highly recommend finding a comfy chair with just the right amount of light to read and let yourself be immersed into this haunting and unsettling world of delish creepiness.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Books and Laura Purcell for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.


Norma’s Review

5 Spooky Spectacular Stars!  This was my kind of book and the perfect Halloween read that I read along with six of my Traveling Sisters!

Traveling Sisters Read with Brenda, Lindsay, Holly, Diane, Dana and PorshaJo

THE SILENT COMPANIONS by LAURA PURCELL is a spooky, eerie, haunting, creepy, and absolutely fantastic gothic ghost story.  I absolutely loved the creepy feel to it and I was immediately drawn into this story right from the very start.  There is an underlying sense of foreboding throughout this whole story that had me questioning whether the events that were happening were supernatural, menacing or manipulation.

LAURA PURCELL delivers a clever, atmospheric, and well-written read here with an intense storyline, the perfect Victorian setting, and great characters.  The tension slowing builds from chapter to chapter with an ending that definitely took me by surprise. I was reading this late into the night with all the lights out except for the backlight on my iPad and I was spooked!  It will be a long time before I forget about those creepy and scary Silent Companions.  I don’t think this one was predictable at all but I do think that LAURA PURCELL left it up to us questioning whether the events within the story were in the supernatural nature or not.

To sum it all up it was an engrossing, unsettling, suspenseful, and unforgettable read that had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation and had me on hyper alert watching out for creepy wooden figures. Highly recommend to readers who love a really good ghost story!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Penguin Books and Laura Purcell for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!


Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars! This was a gripping, atmospheric and creepy tale!

This story involves an old haunted mansion, a woman living in an insane asylum, ghosts, an old hidden diary and three intertwining timelines. Add all of these up and you get one spooky, edge-of-your-seat horror story. The author, Laura Purcell, did a fantastic job creating a vivid and creepy atmosphere pulling the reader right into the frightening setting. I felt shivers creeping up my back a few times while reading this eerie and disturbing story.

The characters were well-developed – I appreciated every one of them and how they fit into this sinister tale. I enjoyed each timeline – every story carried an important piece of this mysterious puzzle. While I enjoyed the atmosphere and uniqueness of this story, I had a hard time suspending my belief a few times. I still have some lingering questions relating to how a couple events transpired.

I liked the sense of vagueness left at the end of the novel. The story was left open to the readers interpretation which suited the novel completely.

This was an excellent choice for a Traveling Sister Read! I enjoyed reading this along with my “sisters” Brenda, Norma, Diane S, Dana and Holly B. They helped me get through the frighteningly creepy parts, although I still may have to sleep with the lights on for a while.

A big thank you to Edelweiss, Frontlist and Laura Purcell for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!


Traveling Sisters Review:  The Mistake by K.L. Slater #travelingsistersread #BookReview @KimLSlater @bookouture @NetGalley

The MistakeThe Mistake by K.L. Slater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma’s Review

Traveling Sisters Read with Brenda, Kaceey & Susanne

THE MISTAKE by K.L. SLATER is a chilling, tense, gripping, and an angst-driven psychological thriller novel that had some exciting twists and turns that was absolutely unputdownable.  I really like these types of stories that have an impending sense of dread in the background and has me so fearful for the main character.  I had a constant uneasy feeling while I was reading this one.

K.L. SLATER delivers a well-done and thought-out story here with short chapters to make this a quick and easy read. The story is told from Rose’s point of view in the present day and from what happened sixteen years ago.  I really enjoyed Rose’s character, she was flawed and quirky.  Some of the issues that the book addresses were sad and emotional to read at times but I think the author handled these issues very well.

To sum it all up it was an enjoyable, exciting, fast-paced, and an entertaining read with a satisfying and surprising ending.  I don’t think this story was at all predictable. Would highly recommend!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookouture, and K.L. SLATER for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.


Brenda’s Sister Review

I read The Mistake with three of my Traveling Sisters and we really enjoyed reading this one together and discussing “The Mistake”.

The Mistake is a chilling and unsettling story of manipulation, obsession and control that sent chills through us yet we were unable to put the book down until we reached the satisfying ending.  The story also created a feeling of dread for us as it also revolves around the disappearance of a little boy.  Even though I find this type of storyline to be very unsettling we felt K.L. Slater added just the right amount of dread without causing any unsettling feelings.

K.L. Slater does a good job creating a realistic, naive and flawed character here with our main character Rose and creating a very scary and unsettling situation for her with her relationship with Gareth.  We could feel the control he had over her making us a little uncomfortable but giving us just the right amount of uneasiness to make this story an intriguing nail-biting experience.

Rose’s story is told through the past and present and we learn of “The Mistake” she made and the guilt she carries. We could feel the weight of guilt and the loss that she carried allowing us to question “The Mistake” for ourselves. We recommend this with caution as some readers could find it upsetting.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookouture, and K.L. SLATER for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.


Kaceey’s Review

I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers lately that deal with obsession and manipulation.
K.L. Slater’s latest thriller The Mistake shows the control one man has over a naive girl, who believes she’s found her true love. How blind we all can be when our emotions take over. How easily we put aside the warnings when our head is screaming NO! Only to follow what our heart wants. Sadly, more often than not, with painful consequences that effect our lives and relationships for years to come.

When Rose is only 18 she meets such a man. A very charming older man Gareth, who begins sweeping her off her feet. Ignoring her inner voice and friends warnings, she is soon in over her head, unable to break free.

K.L. Slater’s portrayal of Gareth is both repulsive and frightening. I felt sickened at his manipulation of Rose as she became more entangled in his web. So frighteningly real. It actually gave me chills. I found myself wanting to warn Rose! But, as with any young woman in love, they need to find out the truth themselves…even if it’s the hard way.

An extremely fast read that was difficult to put down. There are many layers to this story which kept me glued to the pages. As with any great thriller, plenty of twists to keep me satisfied! I certainly recommend!

A traveling sister read with Brenda, Norma and Susanne!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and K.L. Slater for a copy to review in exchange for an honest review.