Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
They say she’s a murderess. She claims she’s innocent. But Lucy has been known to tell lies…
1855, New Hampshire. Lucy Blunt is set to hang for a double murder. Murderess or victim? Only Lucy knows the truth.
In the shadow of the gallows, Lucy reflects on the events that led to her bitter downfall—from the moment she arrived at the rambling Burton mansion looking for work and a better life to the grisly murders themselves.
In a mysterious household of locked doors and forbidden affections, Lucy slips comfortably into the shadows, where she believes the indiscretions of her past will remain hidden. But when Lucy’s rising status becomes a threat to the mistress’s current companion, the delicate balance of power and loyalty begins to shift, setting into motion a brewing storm of betrayal, suspicion, and rage.
Now, with her execution looming closer, Lucy’s allies fight to have her sentence overturned as the tale she’s spinning nears its conclusion. But how much of her story can we trust? After all, Lucy’s been known to bend the truth…
The Companion focuses on Lucy Blunt who I have to say is like the queen of the unreliable narrator. All through the book I was wondering just who she did and did not kill, and if she actually was a thief as well. The book flips between past and present as Lucy reflects on her life as she waits to be hanged for her crimes. There were quite a few moments that made me cringe, and this definitely isn’t a light read.
I really like the author’s writing style and I thought it was very fluid. I didn’t really know what to expect from the end and it came as a surprise to me which made me happy. While I don’t think the pacing is super-fast or anything, it was definitely engrossing enough that I read it in under 3.5 hours. This would be a great read for a cold, rainy day.
Final Thought: I don’t want to say too much about The Companion because I think this is a great one to go into blind if possible. As long as you know this is a dark mystery set in the 1850s, with an unreliable narrator I think that’s all that really matters. There is a lot of evil and unlikable characters in it, but the plot was interesting, and I really enjoyed the setting. I will definitely be reading more books by Blakemore!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.