October 17, 2020

#BookReview: The Companion by Katie Alender

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This story started out pretty terrifying.  This girl looses her family and ends up being adopted but with strings attached.  They want her to be the companion to their daughter who is not all there.  Which I mean to me seems very mean. The story takes off from there with this girl having nightmares and finding out about the people that took her in.  I have to say that for the most part this story was fairly creepy in its telling/showing.   

The story doesn't really drag at all but overall, I think it could have been better.  I loved how it all turned out but I don't think that it would be one that I read again.  The ending was way crazy but we didn't get a lot of an epilogue and it felt like it was missing something.  I spent most of the time yelling at Margot to figure out what I've figured out a few chapters ago.  

I think that if you love creepy stories that this one is totally worth the read.  But it isn't one that you are going to scream from the rooftops for. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Creepy, Light Romance, Death of Parents, Drug Usage 

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-If an orphan can be considered lucky, then maybe Margot is. After being the sole survivor of a car accident that wipes out her entire family, then getting her own room in the foster home, Margot has now been placed with a wealthy family who has a tenuous connection to her father. The Suttons' home is enormous but also straight out of the 1900s-there's no internet, no television, no popular fiction in the huge library; nothing but relics from a puritan past. Then there's Agatha. Margot has been brought to the Suttons to be a "companion" to their teenage daughter. While on the outside Agatha looks perfectly normal-totally gorgeous, actually-something is wrong. Very wrong. And the longer Margot is there, the more she learns that Agatha isn't the only Sutton who has something off about them. The suspense and chills are there, and the plot advances the story to a dramatic conclusion that, even if readers can see it coming, is still startling. This book hits all the notes of a solid thriller-creepy mansion, dark family secrets, a little romance, and a plucky heroine. VERDICT Fans of suspense will enjoy this outing. Alender creates another tingly tale just right for escaping into this summer.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia P.L. Svc., Atlanta╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Katie Alender (rhymes with "calendar"!) grew up in South Florida, and studied film at the Florida State University Film School. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in TV development and production for several years, including a long stint producing dog shows for Animal Planet. She penned Bad Girls Don't Die and two sequels, as well as Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerFamous Last Words, and The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), practicing yoga, photography, visiting friends' blogs, and hanging out with her family.

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