• THE COMPANION

    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…

     

    Lake Union Publishing | January 2020

     

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  • 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 Woman 99 & The Magician's Lie

    A vivid and sensuous domestic drama, THE COMPANION is also an atmospheric crime story.

    EMMA DONOGHUE, bestselling author of Room

    In a literary tradition stretching from JANE EYRE to ALIAS GRACE, Blakemore's 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

    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 JANE ASHFORD, bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express & The Snow Gypsy

    A vividly rendered and chilling tale of murder, desire, and obsession.

    SOPHIA TOBIN, bestselling author of The Vanishing

    THE COMPANION is a brilliant study of all that makes us human–our terrors, regrets, passions, and the lies that shape our worlds. Kim Taylor Blakemore’s novel is both astonishing and captivating, and will leave readers spellbound.

    LYDIA KANG, bestselling author of A Beautiful Poison & The Impossible Girl

    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, bestselling author of The Flight of the Sparrow

    ...an 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 finality. This is a haunting tale that will remain in the reader’s consciousness for a long time.

    DIANE C. McPHAIL, bestselling author of The Abolitionist's Daughter

    The narrator is riveting. The prose, gorgeous.

    RON HANSEN, National Book Award Finalist, author of Atticus & The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    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 & On a Cold Dark Sea

    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

    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

  • Books

    Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award

    Regional Arts & Culture Council Grant

    January 2020

    Kirkus Starred Review

    WILLA Literary Award - Best YA Fiction

  • Fierce Women. Impossible Odds.

    Kim writes women's historical fiction. She writes about the thieves and servants, murderesses and soiled doves, grifters and dancehall girls. The fierce women. The darker stories with tangled lies and hidden motives.

     

    Winner of a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award, WILLA Literary Award, and recipient of two Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) grants, she also teaches fiction with PDX Writers in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of Women's Fiction Writers Association, Historical Novel Society, and Sisters in Crime.

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Kim Taylor Blakemore may have the occasion to collect non-personal anonymous demographic information, such as age, gender, household income, political affiliation, race and religion, as well as the type of browser you are using, IP address, type of operating system, at a later time, that will assist us in providing and maintaining superior quality service.

Use of Information Collected
Kim Taylor Blakemore may collect and may make use of personal information to assist in the operation of our website and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request. At times, we may find it necessary to use personally  identifiable information as a means to keep you informed of other possible products and/or services that may be available to you from https://www.kimtaylorblakemore.com. Kim Taylor Blakemore may also be in contact with you with regards to completing surveys and/or research  questionnaires related to your opinion of current or potential future services that may be offered. 

Kim Taylor Blakemore does not now, nor will it in the future, sell, rent or lease any of its customer lists and/or names to any third parties.
Kim Taylor Blakemore may deem it necessary to follow websites and/or pages that their users may frequent in an effort to gleam what types of services and/or products may be the most popular to customers or the general public.

Kim Taylor Blakemore may disclose your personal information, without any prior notice to you, unless required to do in accordance to applicable laws and/or in a good faith belief that such action is deemed necessary or required in an effort to: 
- Remain in conformance with any decrees, laws and/or statutes or in an effort to comply with any process which may be served upon Kim Taylor Blakemore and/or its website;
- Maintain, safeguard and/or preserve all the rights and/or property of Kim Taylor Blakemore; and
- Perform under demanding conditions in an effort to safeguard the personal safety of users of https://www.kimtaylorblakemore.comand/or the general public. 

Non-Marketing Purposes
Kim Taylor Blakemore greatly respects your privacy. We do maintain and reserve the right to contact you if needed for non-marketing purposes (such as bug alerts, security breaches, account issues, and/or changes in Kim Taylor Blakemore products and services). In certain circumstances, we may use our website, newspapers, or other public means to post a notice.

Unsubscribe or Opt-Out
All users and/or visitors to our website have the option to discontinue receiving communication from us and/or reserve the right to discontinue receiving communications by way of email or newsletters. To discontinue or unsubscribe to our website please send an email that you wish to unsubscribe to kim@kimtaylorblakemore.com. If you wish to unsubscribe or opt-out from any third party websites, you must go to that specific website to unsubscribe and/or opt-out. Kim Taylor Blakemore will continue to adhere to the privacy policy described herein with respect to any personal information previously collected.

Links to Other Web Sites
Our website does contain links to affiliate and other websites. Kim Taylor Blakemore does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites. Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement applies only and solely to the information collected by our website.

Security
Kim Taylor Blakemore shall endeavor and shall take every precaution to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user's personal information under our control. The company also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications in an effort to build users' trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of credit card and personal information.

Changes to Privacy Policy Agreement
Kim Taylor Blakemore reserves the right to update and/or change the terms of our privacy policy, and as such we will post those changes to our website, so that our users and/or visitors are always aware of the type of information we collect, how it will be used, and under what circumstances, if any, we may disclose such information. If at any point in time Kim Taylor Blakemore decides to make use of any personally identifiable information on file, in a manner vastly different from that which was stated when this information was initially collected, the user or users shall be promptly notified by email. Users at that time shall have the option as to whether or not to permit the use of their information in this separate manner.

Acceptance of Terms
Through the use of this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use of our sites. In addition, your continued use of our website following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you are in agreement and acceptance of such changes.

How to Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy Agreement related to our website, please feel free to contact us at the following email, telephone number or mailing address.

Email: kim@kimtaylorblakemore.com
Telephone Number: 503-545-6133
Mailing Address:
Kim Taylor Blakemore
PO Box 19812
Portland, Oregon97280
July 9, 2019