The Companion Hardcover – Unabridged, January 14, 2020
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“A captivating tale of psychological suspense.” —Publishers Weekly
“When Emma Donoghue, the bestselling author of Room, describes a book as ‘A vivid and sensuous domestic drama…’, you read the book…Guys, this book totally lived up to Emma’s promise.” —Hasty Book List
“Blakemore’s skill at bringing the past to life is used to great effect…The 250+ page book is a slim volume that packs quite the punch, while adding more diversity than often shown in historical mysteries.” —BOLO Books
“…a slow psychological burn.” —Criminal Element
“…a very clever and vibrant novel, compelling so that it pulls the reader along at speed…” —NB Magazine
“The Companion is spellbinding…a bravura performance…” —Marilyn’s Mystery Reads
“An exquisitely written, atmospheric suspense that kept me engaged right to the last page…” —Belinda Witzenhausen
“…This is American Gothic at its finest.” —Tales From The Book Dragon
“…a dark, intriguing, and haunting mystery…” —Shelley’s Book Nook
“Blakemore’s descriptions are rich and vivid…Secrets, eavesdropping, sinister happenings, and a forbidden relationship all make for a riveting historical thriller reminiscent of Sarah Waters, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, or The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.” —Historical Novel Society
“A vivid and sensuous domestic drama, The Companion is also an atmospheric crime story.” —Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room
“Sarah Waters fans, welcome to your next obsession. The Companion is an elegantly written tale of beautiful lies and ugly secrets, a reminder that love’s transforming power makes not just angels, but monsters. Telling one from the other will keep you guessing until the end.” —Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician’s Lie and Woman 99
“The Companion is a brilliant study of all that makes us human—our terrors, regrets, and passions, and the lies that shape our worlds. Kim Taylor Blakemore’s novel is both astonishing and captivating, and it will leave readers spellbound.” —Lydia Kang, bestselling author of A Beautiful Poison and The Impossible Girl
“As her date with the gallows approaches, Lucy Blunt is struggling to understand why she is at odds with society. In a literary tradition stretching from Jane Eyre to Alias Grace, her intoxicating account took me to another time and place. A confession with the illicit excitement of a thriller, The Companion offers everything I like about modern historical fiction: a resonant voice that brings women’s lives out of the shadows.” —Jo Furniss, bestselling author of All the Little Children and The Trailing Spouse
“A vividly rendered and chilling tale of murder, desire, and obsession.” —Sophia Tobin, bestselling author of The Vanishing
“With exquisitely vivid and lyrical writing and a subtly layered narrative, The Companion is a fascinating and beautiful novel. If you enjoy Sarah Waters, you’ll love Kim Taylor Blakemore’s latest.” —Lily Hammond, author of The Way Home, Alice & Jean, and Violet
“The Companion is a totally absorbing read—beautifully written, atmospheric, and intriguing. Kim Taylor Blakemore’s characterization is both convincing and compelling as she evokes the gritty reality of nineteenth-century life to great effect. I loved this book.” —Lindsay Jayne Ashford, bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express
“The narrator is riveting. The prose, gorgeous.” —Ron Hansen, National Book Award–nominated author of Atticus, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Mariette in Ecstasy
“Reading The Companion, I felt myself pulled authentically into a distant time and tale reminiscent of Charlotte Brontë and Henry James. Blakemore’s mastery of language and character lends credence to her absorbing narrative of guilt or innocence as a young woman of mysterious identity awaits hanging. There is a body count right from the opening of the novel. From there, the reader follows Blakemore through almost effortless shifts of time and circumstance, rendered in magnificent language, to an unexpected finale. This is a haunting tale that will remain in the reader’s consciousness for a long time.” —Diane C. McPhail, author of The Abolitionist’s Daughter
“Kim Taylor Blakemore’s novel The Companion is the absorbing tale of Lucy Blunt, a young woman condemned to death and deeply haunted by her past. Blakemore skillfully immerses the reader in the tactile world of antebellum New Hampshire with her exquisite choice of details and gorgeous writing style. The novel has everything—complexity, mystery, murder, betrayal, forbidden love—even a ghostly presence. Treat yourself to a few evenings with this captivating story as you explore the mind and experience of a tortured young woman from another time. You’ll be glad you did.” —Amy Belding Brown, author of Flight of the Sparrow
“Lucy Blunt’s account of her journey to the gallows is a study in female wildness, perhaps constrained but definitely untamed, in this compelling novel. The writing is honed, fresh, and intensely physical, pulling the reader headlong into the heroine’s tough, sharp-eyed world. Lucy’s wit, courage, and resourcefulness render her sympathetic; at the same time, her watchfulness, her almost obsessive reading of others in order to gain advantage, is masterfully conveyed. Blakemore’s understated psychology—in particular her grasp of the petty yet crucial maneuverings that take place between rivals—held me entranced until the end.” —Maria McCann, author of Ace, King, Knave, The Wilding, and As Meat Loves Salt
“Moody and atmospheric, The Companion is a compulsively readable treat. Blakemore’s meticulously researched world captured me from the very first page, and her intriguing, unpredictable characters kept me guessing until the end. An utter delight for lovers of classic gothic literature!” —Elizabeth Blackwell, bestselling author of In the Shadow of Lakecrest and On a Cold Dark Sea
About the Author
Kim Taylor Blakemore is the author of the novels The Companion, Bowery Girl, and Cissy Funk. She has been honored with a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award, a Willa Award for Best YA Fiction, and a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant. She teaches Craft of Fiction and Historical Fiction with PDX Writers in Portland, Oregon. Please visit her at www.kimtaylorblakemore.com.
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542009669
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542009669
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing; Unabridged edition (January 14, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a sparse, original style that effectively evokes the period and the setting (New Hampshire, mid-1800s), Blakemore weaves a tale of desire, jealousy and longing. Her technique is inspired, conveying the inner workings of her characters, yet allowing enough ambiguity to challenge the reader. Moving easily between Lucy's time in the manor house and the prison where she awaits execution, the sad tale unfolds bit by suspenseful bit until its striking conclusion. A fine piece of writing!
As the plot weaves a complex web around the members of the household, we are compelled to follow knowing that Lucy Blunt is a liar, and we suspect others in that household may be as well. This heightens the tension and keeps the reader guessing all the way to the climax.
A gripping read that I found difficult to put down.