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 handpicked 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.
What worked: This is one creepy, psychological terror novel that has you guessing what might really be going on inside the huge estate. Also what is reality vs. dreams.
I really love Alender's novels. She has a talent for showing psychological horror that is scarier than usual horror stories. And THE COMPANION is just as creepy! There's Gothic aspects where spooky ancestral paintings could come right out of a horror movie.
Margot is an orphan who isn't sure why everyone insists she's so 'lucky'. When she first meets the Suttons, the couple that take her in, they seem almost too 'perfect'. But little by little Margot catches glimpses of a 'truth' that puts her nightmares to shame. I really liked how Margot tries to fit in and help Agatha and the Suttons. And when their son shows up, there's some chemistry between them. Margot almost accepts that maybe she might fit in or at least handle being a companion to Agatha, but things happen that have her question her own sanity.
Twists and turns throughout. Surprises that took me off-guard on what really might be going on around Margot and even Agatha.
Creepy, suspenseful tale where a so-called lucky survivor finds that reality might be more painful than her nightmares. Another winning novel by Katie Alender.