The Companion by Katie Alender #BookReview #Gothic #MysteryThriller #YA


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book was like a train wreck waiting to happen. From that goosebump-worthy cover image of nails on a spoon to the tragic beginning in the story, I felt like standing in front of an oncoming train. Imagine that kind of a scenario, where you know that the train with all its horns blaring and whistling bells rushing into the station and you are on the tracks, frozen and rooted to the spot. Not that I have taken that risk, but that scenario was screaming in my mind as I delved into this psychological thriller by Katie Alender.

Margot was supposed to be lucky; she’s getting to escape the dreary orphanage and move into a stately mansion in the country to be the companion to the heiress of Sutton house but as always, the gift comes with a heavy price. The gothic elements of the story with its green wing and closed doors and the spooky cemetery work wonderfully to create a sinking sensation in the reader. The mystery element of the story is not too hard to guess at, but knowing that doesn’t take away anything from the tale as we are made to sit and feel every creeping uneasiness that the author creates.

The romance segment with Barrett provides the lighter element in this dark and claustrophobic story and I absolutely loved the character of Margot whose unfathomable grief creates a void in the reader’s heart.

If you are a fan of gothic thriller, don’t worry about the YA tag, just go ahead and read it. It is that good.

Freaking fantastic. ☔☔☔☔☔

The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night.

And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate.

But it wasn’t luck that made the Suttons rescue Margot from her bleak existence at the group home. Margot was hand-picked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha. At first, helping with Agatha – and getting to know her handsome older brother – seems much better than the group home. But soon, the isolated, gothic house begins playing tricks on Margot’s mind, making her question everything she believes about the Suttons… and herself.

Margot’s bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha – but the real nightmare has just begun.

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