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
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
Readings, workshops and book clubs meetups!
Tuesday Morning Writes | PDX Writers | Portland, OR | Sept 3-24
For info and to register: https://www.pdxwriters.com/weekly-practice
12-week Novel Intensive | Portland, OR | Sep 1-Nov 23 FULL
For info on 2020 programs, email me.
Plan a Visit with Your Book Club
Kim can join your book club discussion via Novel Network. Free 30-minute online visits can be arranged via Skype, phone, or Facetime. The visit is free and so is your book club's membership. There is a small fee for longer one-hour online or in-person visits (Washington or Oregon).