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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Companion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Okay! My chest is tightened a lot like I’m wearing the most uncomfortable bodice for an entire day! So many times I wanted to throw my e-reader and started to run from this book because it’s truly disturbing, intense, giving you nightmares when you’re awake and sitting at your dinner table, accidentally pouring down hot coffee on your arm because you’re so focused on storyline which makes you more absentminded dumbsh*t! But you cannot give up because it’s so addictive! Let’s make a small introdu Okay! My chest is tightened a lot like I’m wearing the most uncomfortable bodice for an entire day! So many times I wanted to throw my e-reader and started to run from this book because it’s truly disturbing, intense, giving you nightmares when you’re awake and sitting at your dinner table, accidentally pouring down hot coffee on your arm because you’re so focused on storyline which makes you more absentminded dumbsh*t! But you cannot give up because it’s so addictive! Let’s make a small introduction about the plot line: The orphans around the group home, especially Tam, a troublemaker insisted you call Margot lucky. No she wasn’t lottery winner or everything she touches doesn’t turn into a gold. She was lucky because she was the only survivor of a tragic car accident. She was alive as her entire family: including parents and siblings lost their lives. At least she had a beautiful family. She was never neglected, abused, abandoned by choice. And now rich, powerful, golden hearted Sutton family are volunteered to adopt her. Mr. Sutton( call him John, he’s in friendly terms, cool guy who never spends his time at home, buries his head into his work.) pays his due to her deceased father who also saved his life a few years ago by taking care of Margot. And Laura seems like so caring, friendly. They’re too good to be true, right? BUT... yes, of course there’s a catch. They have a beautiful, brilliant, shiny daughter named Agatha who recently stopped talking and cut her entire connection with the outer world. Suttons talked with so many psychiatrists who advised them their daughter needed a connection with the people on her own age. So they kindly request Margot to be Agatha’s companion! Well, sharing a same nursery, enduring deadly glares of Agatha are not appropriate living conditions for Margot but where can she go if she rejects them? Her spot at the group home is already replaced which means she can be forced to live in the institution! Maybe she shouldn’t force her luck at all. At least she has better clothes, eating good food and Laura’s maternal instincts are strong enough to treat her like another daughter. And let’s not forget Agatha’s charming brother she has a crush on. But... another catch is coming up: she starts to see notes written on the wall warning her to leave the place, seeing things, finding notes about Lily: who the hell is she? What happened to her cat? Slowly her reality is getting more distorted at each day. She suffers from hallucinations, more terrifying nightmares and the gothic, dark, claustrophobic house starts to turn into her prison cell. Is she getting mad? Does somebody try to make her sick? Who’s playing mind games with her? I felt like a volcano who is getting so close to erupt! I barely breathed, gritted my teeth, clenched my fists. It was tremendously nerve bending, mind clenching, soul crushing, frustrating, disturbing reading. But unfortunately you cannot put it down. You’re already held captive and you need to find out how the story goes and endure the high tension building as you bite your entire cushions and rest of your cushions till your mouth fills with cotton pieces. Did I enjoy it? Of course I did? Didn’t you see the cover? It’s so obvious there’s something sinister waiting for you inside. I highly recommend to lovers of gothic, suffocating, high tension, dark, psychological thriller lovers who never gets bored to use their spidey senses to solve the mind games.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The Companion was one of the creepiest books I have ever read. It isn’t gory or what you would expect from a horror novel. The author would casually writte in tiny hints about what was going on that made you super uneasy, and left you with some chills coursing through your body. When I tell you I could not stop reading this because it was that insane and gripping, I am not lying at all. Once I was around 80 pages into the book, i Thank you PenguinTeen for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. The Companion was one of the creepiest books I have ever read. It isn’t gory or what you would expect from a horror novel. The author would casually writte in tiny hints about what was going on that made you super uneasy, and left you with some chills coursing through your body. When I tell you I could not stop reading this because it was that insane and gripping, I am not lying at all. Once I was around 80 pages into the book, it became so riveting that I had to keep going, but at the same time I didn’t want to because my stomach was in knots and I had goosebumps because it was so disturbing. “So I lay in the dark without making a sound, waiting and wanting to die. Three months later, I was still waiting.” Margot, the main character is dealing with a huge tragedy, her entire family was in a car accident and died except for her. She gets put into a group home, and a couple weeks of staying there, a mysterious rich family wants to adopt her. They said they knew her dad and wanted to repay his kindness, so they take her under their wing. Margot finds out soon enough that these people weren’t just being kind, they needed her help in a way. Laura and John’s daughter had an “accident” and her brain doesn’t work the way it should. She can do basic things such as feed herself, walk around, and go to the bathroom but that’s about all she can. Laura wanted to have Margot come into the family and be Agatha’s companion. To sit with her and just basically watch her and make sure she is okay. Right away, things are just a little off at this mansion of a house. Laura will say things that are a little strange, and John is always away for work. Slowly, we get more and more little tidbits about what is really going on at this house. My heart was racing when I hit the last 100 pages or so and I could not believe what I was reading. The Companion is a seriously messed up book, but I loved every minute of it. I loved Margot and the storyline. I’m not usually into a slower paced thriller, but this one was exceptionally written. It was so unnerving and freaky that I had to stop myself from reading and just breathe. I honestly hope this will be a huge hit in the horror/thriller department because it was perfection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    tina

    KATIE PLEASE WILL YOU TELL ME WHEN THIS RELEASES??? I have been checking for two years, I need to know when my not-guilty pleasure read author’s next book comes out 🙏🏻

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    The Companion is a fantastic YA gothic horror novel that slowly builds atmosphere and becomes increasingly disturbing. I don't want to say too much and spoil this one, but it follows a teen girl who was the only survivor of a tragic accident that killed her family. She ends up in the foster care system, but is considered a difficult case because of nightmares that wake her screaming every night. Everything changes when an elite family offers to take her in as a companion for their nearly cataton The Companion is a fantastic YA gothic horror novel that slowly builds atmosphere and becomes increasingly disturbing. I don't want to say too much and spoil this one, but it follows a teen girl who was the only survivor of a tragic accident that killed her family. She ends up in the foster care system, but is considered a difficult case because of nightmares that wake her screaming every night. Everything changes when an elite family offers to take her in as a companion for their nearly catatonic daughter, but things are not as they seem and this slowly becomes a dark psychological thriller. Again, I don't want to say too much here, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it and it definitely delivers on the creep factor by the end of the book. One other thing I appreciated is this offers believable reasons for the isolation of the main character AND for why she stays in an increasingly bad situation. Often books will gloss over those things, so I appreciated how it created this more believable scenario that makes it even more disturbing. I want to talk about some of the larger themes here and offer content warnings (beyond the obvious grief and trauma), but these are spoilery so read at your own risk! *************SPOILERS AHEAD************** (view spoiler)[ The Companion explores interesting ideas involving double standards of behavior for young women versus young men, and the ways that religious ideas can be co-opted for oppressive and controlling standards. This takes it to extremes, but I think it also demonstrates how toxic a punitive approach can be especially when combined with (probable) mental illness. It also addresses abusive cycles of behavior in families and the ways that privilege and wealth can mask darker things underneath. (hide spoiler)] I loved it! I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Content warnings include: grief, loss of family, PTSD, (view spoiler)[ drugging, references to murder, references to animal cruelty, psychological abuse, gaslighting, spying, (hide spoiler)] depictions of vomit, suicidal ideation etc.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    This was so addicting I accidentally binge-read the last 300 pages. Oops. I’ve tried reading a couple of YA horror books before. They were…eh to say the least. So I went into this, turned off all my lights, turned on my phone, and read. And as I slowly felt tendrils of fear crawl up my spine, I realized: wow, this is actually a horror story of quality caliber. It’s not gory and gruesome, or even shockingly exciting in the way of action. No, it reminds me ever so slightly of Jane Eyre, with a huge This was so addicting I accidentally binge-read the last 300 pages. Oops. I’ve tried reading a couple of YA horror books before. They were…eh to say the least. So I went into this, turned off all my lights, turned on my phone, and read. And as I slowly felt tendrils of fear crawl up my spine, I realized: wow, this is actually a horror story of quality caliber. It’s not gory and gruesome, or even shockingly exciting in the way of action. No, it reminds me ever so slightly of Jane Eyre, with a huge mansion, but something always seems slightly…off. And that’s the kind of horror that gets me, the incredible combination of creepy atmosphere and suspicious characters. I loved this. Margot is an interesting dilemma for me. I liked her well enough don’t get me wrong! However, there were times when I felt that she was too eager to please Laura, a little too ignorant of the things happening around her. in all fairness though, this behavior makes sense as the book goes on and we come to understand her character more. I also really loved and appreciated Margot and Agatha’s friendship! I LOVED the dynamic here. We have a husband who’s hardly ever home, a mother who is caring but has strangely strict rules, and a daughter who hardly speaks or reacts at all. (And I mean, later on we have the Handsome Older Brother but I digress* for now). And this all takes place in a gothic-y mansion. One of my favorite aspects was actually the perfectly written contrast between the “darker” parts of the story (forbidden rooms, scenes at night) and the “lighter” parts (the bright garden, a “meaningless” conversation here or there). It enhanced the atmosphere by making everything totally unreliable which I think was an absolutely brilliant move on the author’s part. *am i…actually showing self-control????? this might never happen again let’s enjoy it while it lasts- Plot-wise, I think normally I would be bored. We hardly move away from the mansion, and a lot of the thrills and chills are psychologically induced. But the author has such a compelling writing style, and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book! I found a couple of things a bit obvious, but luckily I didn’t really mind. As for the romance…I uh…didn’t think it really added to the story. Like yes, I loved getting to see the characters becoming more fleshed out as they become more vulnerable and open with each other. But I also wasn’t feeling the romantic aspects of it. Like cool, they like each other. It felt a little insta-lovey to me at first, but I do think it was resolved rather well in the end. Honestly? I don’t want to say too much more because spoilers*. But I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was, and I really want to check out the author’s other books. If you’re searching for a good creepy read that won’t terrify you but give you a proper amount of chills, or even anything with a gothic twist, I’d highly recommend this one! *i have been known to spoil things before irl accidentally but NOT TODAY MY FRIENDS. ________________________________________________ this is absolutely amazing, a twisty horror story with a gothic undertone. i am extremely impressed. full rtc! a huge thank you to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    Whoa so creepy & twisty! Loved this! Margot at the age of 16 has been through too much tragedy, so to hear that an opulent (Copeland/Sutton) family wants to take her in is a dream come true. Well things aren’t what it appears but where else can Margot go? There are secrets and history surrounding Copeland Hall and the generations of the Copeland family that Margot soon discovers! Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ebook ARC. This is my honest review. Whoa so creepy & twisty! Loved this! Margot at the age of 16 has been through too much tragedy, so to hear that an opulent (Copeland/Sutton) family wants to take her in is a dream come true. Well things aren’t what it appears but where else can Margot go? There are secrets and history surrounding Copeland Hall and the generations of the Copeland family that Margot soon discovers! Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ebook ARC. This is my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is one of those thrillers that I got to the end of and kind of felt like, “Hm, okay, was that worth it?” I am not sure it was! I DID like (view spoiler)[where all the characters ended up. Like! Give me a whole book expanding on the epilogue! (hide spoiler)] This is one of those thrillers that I got to the end of and kind of felt like, “Hm, okay, was that worth it?” I am not sure it was! I DID like (view spoiler)[where all the characters ended up. Like! Give me a whole book expanding on the epilogue! (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Synopsis: The companion by Katie Alender follows a young lady named Margot (Do not call her Margret- she loathes it). Margot lost her entire family in a horrible car accident and is deeply traumatized by it. She is picked out of a foster home to live at a fancy remote estate by a super rich family. There is a catch of course. The couple -Laura and John- have a daughter Agatha who is unwell and requires a companion. Someone her age who can keep an eye on her and entertain her. Margot jumps at the Synopsis: The companion by Katie Alender follows a young lady named Margot (Do not call her Margret- she loathes it). Margot lost her entire family in a horrible car accident and is deeply traumatized by it. She is picked out of a foster home to live at a fancy remote estate by a super rich family. There is a catch of course. The couple -Laura and John- have a daughter Agatha who is unwell and requires a companion. Someone her age who can keep an eye on her and entertain her. Margot jumps at the chance but finds that things are not as they should be. The gothic old house plays tricks on her, everyone in the estate has secrets - including the house itself. I am torn. I was expecting a full on horror. Was expecting nightmares and goosebumps after reading and better reveal, but I did not get any of that. On the other hand, I loved Margot as a character. In my opinion, she is refreshingly smart and her snarky humor actually made me smile.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Kade

    SO FREAKING GOOD. Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Araujo

    Katie Alender delivers a suspenseful story in her latest novel that will make you never want to trust a stranger ever again. In The Companion, Margot is now an orphan, the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her family. Lost without family, she’s shocked when a prestigious family handpicks her to live with them to repay a family debt. Everyone thinks Margot is lucky that she gets to live in a remote country estate but she’s not so sure. She soon learns that she is to be a companion to th Katie Alender delivers a suspenseful story in her latest novel that will make you never want to trust a stranger ever again. In The Companion, Margot is now an orphan, the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her family. Lost without family, she’s shocked when a prestigious family handpicks her to live with them to repay a family debt. Everyone thinks Margot is lucky that she gets to live in a remote country estate but she’s not so sure. She soon learns that she is to be a companion to the family’s teenage daughter, Agatha, who can’t speak and is in a constant dazed state. With a curious mind, Margot begins to discover secrets that the house holds. I got some mixed emotions while reading the book, to be honest. I liked it a lot and I thought it was brilliant, but there were some moments that kind of left me scratching my head or getting frustrated with the main character. But before I get to that, let me tell you about the book overall. The book sets up a creepy atmosphere from the very beginning. I pictured everything in gray tones because it almost felt like there was no hope for the main character while she was in the orphanage. But once she moved to the estate, I started getting glimpses of colors even if it was being suppressed by dark secrets. That just goes to show how well the author is able to describe the aesthetics she wants to set the tone for the book. Katie Alender knows how to write and she knows how to give you suspense. I would read this in the dead of night and would find my heart pounding at times because of what was happening. It wasn’t that it was scary, but there were things happening and I couldn’t anticipate what was going to happen, which just made it all the more exciting even if a bit unnerving. And with the way it was written, my adrenaline would start pumping and I found myself flipping through the pages. I thought the story itself was interesting. Margot is now a companion to Agatha, a teenage girl who just sits there and doesn’t speak or move. Agatha’s mother has these set of rules and guidelines to take care of her daughter and that’s where I started getting into these characters. I felt like I couldn’t trust anyone in the book. I felt like everyone was lying, like Margot was crazy, that this was all a dream. With the way the characters are written, I just didn’t know what to think. They all had secrets they didn’t want to reveal and I found myself wanting to know every single one. And I really did enjoy the characters, up until the last few chapters. Specifically the main character, Margot. The book was full of twists and turns and secrets being revealed but I felt that Margot sort of lost her way. There’s this moment when you start putting the pieces together and start realizing what exactly is going on, and because of that, I became frustrated that Margot didn’t. What got me the most was that these pieces were things she discovered herself. I feel like both the readers and characters should discover things at the same time, otherwise they seem a bit naïve. Her actions started becoming witless towards the end of the book as well, where it felt like she knew things but continued to suffer for just plain thoughtlessness. I remember closing the book at one point, shutting my eyes, and asking out loud, “What are you doing?!” In fact I wrote a lot of notes to her on my phone about her actions. Aside from Margot, I really enjoyed how all the other characters were written and their storylines. We get a little bit of romance thrown in that added a bit more to the story. I especially enjoyed the mother and her storyline. I thought she was one of the better written characters and one of my favorite written characters in any book. She made me feel a lot of emotions. A lot. I did feel at times some of the reveals were a bit lackluster, that some things seemed almost pure coincidental. I also felt that there were one or two loose endings that were never addressed but didn’t really affect the book at all. I wish we also got to see a bit more development of some other minor characters. But I forgave everything because the deliverance of the ending was so good, it was just what I didn’t know I wanted or needed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I've been waiting years for this book to come out! I loved Katie Alender's previous books, and when I saw a book called The Breaking Tide on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. Four years later, I had given up hope, and that's when the cover was revealed, with the title change The Companion. It was finally happening! To be perfectly honest, I didn't even know what I was waiting for. I'm sure This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I've been waiting years for this book to come out! I loved Katie Alender's previous books, and when I saw a book called The Breaking Tide on Goodreads, I was ecstatic. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. Four years later, I had given up hope, and that's when the cover was revealed, with the title change The Companion. It was finally happening! To be perfectly honest, I didn't even know what I was waiting for. I'm sure I read the original synopsis four years ago when I first added it, but I bet the book's details changed a lot in that time. I really just wanted another book by Katie Alender. This book wasn't quite what I expected. Based on her other books I expected more paranormal elements, but I certainly wasn't disappointed! After her whole family dies in a car accident, Margot is left alone. She has no family left, no items left (because everyone thought she also died), and no home. When a rich family takes her in as a ward, she isn't sure what to expect. She certainly isn't expecting to become the companion to the family's rich daughter, Agatha, a beautiful girl who is sick and in a catatonic state. At first, she is glad to be a part of a family, and she starts to enjoy the slow pace of the estate life. But something isn't right about the family and the estate. She keeps getting odd feelings, seeing the word GO, and thinking Agatha is trying to tell her something. But what if she is just imagining it? What is really going on in this house? When I first started this book, I was completely sucked into the story. We are very quickly sucked into this creepy atmosphere. We have the rich family, the orphan, the mysterious girl, and the old estate. These are elements that we're used to seeing in horror/thriller books and this very easily could've turned into the typical horror/thriller, but Alender did such a great job in creating a unique and suspenseful story. I had no idea how this book was going to turn out. We are taken in so many mysterious directions throughout the book, that I was constantly on the edge of my seat (figuratively, at least). Alender takes what we expect and turns it on its head, and I couldn't wait to find out the true story of what was going on in the estate. As for characters, I connected with the MC, Margot, right away. She is coming to this estate still with grief over losing her family, but she also is a very tough character. She has been dealt a bad life, yet everyone calls her lucky because, despite her bad life, she still gets these chances. Margot feels like an unreliable character, but throughout the whole book, we don't know who to trust. Margot isn't even sure if she can trust herself, and this makes for an interesting read. There is some light romance in the book. I didn't care for it, but I didn't hate it. It was just there, and just expected. I tend to prefer to not having romance in a book, but the romance didn't ruin the book for me. IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book did not disappoint me! This is yet another suspenseful read from Katie Alender and I look forward to more books from her (but I hope there won't be as long of a wait next time!)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was exactly the type of chilling suspense novel my fall-loving, pumpkin-spice drinking, black heart needed! I recall reading another Alender book, Bad Girls Don't Die, years ago and not loving it as much. It is clear that Alender's writing has evolved in the past decade, and I am here for it! Margot is orphaned when her entire family dies in a car wreck. She is the lone survivor. After a few short weeks in a group home, she is taken in as a ward by a wealthy lawyer and his family. Richard Su This was exactly the type of chilling suspense novel my fall-loving, pumpkin-spice drinking, black heart needed! I recall reading another Alender book, Bad Girls Don't Die, years ago and not loving it as much. It is clear that Alender's writing has evolved in the past decade, and I am here for it! Margot is orphaned when her entire family dies in a car wreck. She is the lone survivor. After a few short weeks in a group home, she is taken in as a ward by a wealthy lawyer and his family. Richard Sutton was in law school with Margot's father, and since Margot's dad saved him from drowning once, he feels it's his duty to look after Margot. They live in a large, historic manor in the country. It belongs to his wife, Laura, and Margot is to be the companion to their near-comatose teenage daughter, Agatha. But the house holds secrets, and as they begin to unravel, Margot wonders if it's safe for her to stay. What I liked most about this was the characterization. This wasn't your usual thrill-seeking suspense novel. Everyone in it had a story, for good or for bad, and in addition to being in a spooky and weird, old house, Margot was also dealing with the trauma of losing her entire family. She felt like a real person, dealing with real things. I probably could have done without the romance. In fact, it sort of made the middle of this drag. I wanted more thrills and chills, and I got them in the end. Although I did solve the mystery long before Margot, I still stuck it out until the nail-biting conclusion. If you are looking for a spooky read to prep you for Halloween, this is it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Gaston

    Pretty sure this is my favourite book of the year??? A tense, thrilling read (despite the character being deeply bored half the time.) I guessed the twist pretty early on but that didn’t take away from the fun of watching it play out!

  14. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    If ever a book NEEDED to be made into a movie, it’s THE COMPANION. A recently orphaned Margot arrives at Copeland Hall, a country family estate/mansion with a dark history and locked wings. Her job is to be a companion to Laura Copeland’s daughter Agatha, a newly catatonic teen. Laura seems nice, key word being seems. Agatha seems to be more aware of her surroundings than her mother admits. But nothing is as it seems, maybe not even Margot. Creepily atmospheric, THE COMPANION prickled the my neck If ever a book NEEDED to be made into a movie, it’s THE COMPANION. A recently orphaned Margot arrives at Copeland Hall, a country family estate/mansion with a dark history and locked wings. Her job is to be a companion to Laura Copeland’s daughter Agatha, a newly catatonic teen. Laura seems nice, key word being seems. Agatha seems to be more aware of her surroundings than her mother admits. But nothing is as it seems, maybe not even Margot. Creepily atmospheric, THE COMPANION prickled the my neck hair and gave me goosebumps. Margot wasn’t a dumb victim. While I wanted to tell her not to trust Laura, she didn’t do the stupid things teens in horror movies make viewers scream. Smart and resourceful, her Achilles’ Heel, wanting to trust and be loved didn’t make her lose all logic. I loved that she had enough in her hurting heart to care deeply for Agatha. Katie Alender dots all her Is and crosses all her Ts, so I always understood why characters were acting in certain ways, if not immediately then eventually, though not in a way that feels too neat. THE COMPANION is a masterclass in how to write the perfect thriller/horror story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars What a crazy, wild ride! I absolutely meant to just read a little bit before bed, but now it’s nearly 5:00 am and I’ve finished it. I definitely felt some chills reading it and the ending had me feeling SO many ways. I really don’t want to say too much, because I think going into any horror or thriller with minimal details is the best approach. It was just a tad too long for me though, and there were a few spots where it felt like it was dragging. It was like the momentu Actual Rating: 4.25 stars What a crazy, wild ride! I absolutely meant to just read a little bit before bed, but now it’s nearly 5:00 am and I’ve finished it. I definitely felt some chills reading it and the ending had me feeling SO many ways. I really don’t want to say too much, because I think going into any horror or thriller with minimal details is the best approach. It was just a tad too long for me though, and there were a few spots where it felt like it was dragging. It was like the momentum would get rolling and then we’d be bogged down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    August 25th 2020 by Putnam Margot is dealing with a tremendous tragedy; her parents and two sisters were killed in a car accident while on a family vacation. Against all odds, Margot survived. Because there are no other relatives, she has ended up in a "nice" group home, but it's still far from ideal. When a college friend of her father's, a rich lawyer, finds out about her, he decides that his family will take her in. The Suttons live in the Copeland mansion, where Mrs. Sutton grew up. While Mr. August 25th 2020 by Putnam Margot is dealing with a tremendous tragedy; her parents and two sisters were killed in a car accident while on a family vacation. Against all odds, Margot survived. Because there are no other relatives, she has ended up in a "nice" group home, but it's still far from ideal. When a college friend of her father's, a rich lawyer, finds out about her, he decides that his family will take her in. The Suttons live in the Copeland mansion, where Mrs. Sutton grew up. While Mr. Sutton is grateful that Margot's father saved him from drowning in college and is pleased to help her out, Mrs. Sutton has another motive-- their daughter, Agatha, has been suffering from a vague disorder that leaves her catatonic and barely able to take care of herself. Margot will serve as a companion for Agatha, just being another human presence for her. Agatha seems to be less than thrilled with Margot's presence, at one point dumping her clothes out of a dresser and hitting her stuffed bunny. Still, Margot knows that her options are limited, and is looking forward to starting a new school after the summer and getting on with her life. Even though she gets along well with Mrs. Sutton, helping her in the garden and having tea with her every night, there are a lot of odd things about the Copelands. Disused wings of the house, creepy portraits in the hall, and an abandoned garden all raise suspicions and motivate Margot to do some investigating. She finds plenty-- a dead sister, an odd book on the morality of children, and lots of secrets from the past. When Agatha's brother returns home from boarding school, it's good to have someone else to talk to, and Margot and Barrett develop a small romance. He even helps her investigate some of the mysteries and provides some welcome interactions. Before too long, however, he is sent away, and things start to escalate. Agatha becomes increasingly ill, and then Margot finds herself slipping into a variety of ailments as well. Clearly, something is very wrong at the Copeland mansion, but will Margot be able to figure out exactly what is going on before she succumbs to it? Strengths: To my everlasting shame, Picky Reader was a huge V.C. Andrews fan in high school, and I'm thinking that this might be the perfect holiday book for her. From the fantastic mansion to Mrs. Sutton's cool, pale cashmere look, this has a definite Flowers in the Attic vibe, minus the really icky parts (if you've read the books, you know what I mean). Mrs. Sutton seems so kind and helpful at first, and then descends into a controlling, horrible person in a completely believable way. Agatha is a shadowy character who barely functions, yet seems to have a message for Agatha. The brief romance with the brother adds a nice touch, and also serves to distract us from the underlying horror. The desperate isolation and the trauma of her car accident affect the way that Margot interacts with the world. When things escalate, the book takes on a pell mell urgency that had me holding my breath! Great stuff. Weaknesses: This is more of a YA book, in that it takes a long time for things to get bad. That's okay for middle school students who can handle psychological horror, but will disappoint readers who want a grisly murder on the first page! What I really think: Definitely purchasing. The cover is fantastic, and Alender has a huge following at my school. This reminded me strongly of some of Lois Duncan's books, especially Locked in Time (1991). You know something is wrong, you know Margot shouldn't drink the tea, and yet, the cashmere sweater is SO nice... One of the best mysteries, along with Caroline Cooney's adult book, Before She Was Helen, that I've read in recent months.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassi T

    I absolutely loved The Companion. I knew from the first look on Bookish First that I was going to like it, but I did not know how compelling and utterly chilling this book would be. From the very first page, I felt very sympathetic for Margot. After losing her family in a terrible car accident, she is now living in an orphanage and still grappling with the grief. And when she's "rescued" to live with the Suttons, you just know something is not quite right. Every step of the way, the reader is tak I absolutely loved The Companion. I knew from the first look on Bookish First that I was going to like it, but I did not know how compelling and utterly chilling this book would be. From the very first page, I felt very sympathetic for Margot. After losing her family in a terrible car accident, she is now living in an orphanage and still grappling with the grief. And when she's "rescued" to live with the Suttons, you just know something is not quite right. Every step of the way, the reader is taken on this journey with Margot. I can honestly say that there was not much about this book that was predictable, with the exception of "something is messed up with these people." Sure, I had my theories and some of them played out close to how I expected. And the further you read the more you're able to start to piece together. But I really felt like I was piecing it together WITH Margot, not way ahead of her like in the movies when you're telling the heroine "don't go up the stairs!" I really loved the ending and how it all plays out in the epilogue, but I'll keep it spoiler free and just tell you to go read this one as soon as you can! It's especially great for the upcoming fall season, if you're a mood reader like me. This psychological thriller will have you turning the pages as fast as you can, but isn't scary enough to keep you up at night.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎

    First of all, thank you so much to Bookish First, Katie Alender, and Penguin Teen for this amazing book! It was completely creepy and twisted and I really enjoyed it! It was basically a YA thriller/horror book and I love the genre! This book is about Margot, a girl who is taken in by a family when tragedy happens in her life. She goes to live in a creepy old mansion after her family is killed in an accident. She is chosen to be a companion to Agatha, a creepy and silent child. Margot is so happy First of all, thank you so much to Bookish First, Katie Alender, and Penguin Teen for this amazing book! It was completely creepy and twisted and I really enjoyed it! It was basically a YA thriller/horror book and I love the genre! This book is about Margot, a girl who is taken in by a family when tragedy happens in her life. She goes to live in a creepy old mansion after her family is killed in an accident. She is chosen to be a companion to Agatha, a creepy and silent child. Margot is so happy to have a place to go, especially when she meets Agatha’s brother, Barrett. A small romance starts to bloom, but things in the mansion are not as they seem, and soon the house starts to mess with her mind. What is real and what is the creepy house? Thoughts: I really enjoyed the way this book was written. There were SUPER creepy parts and also lots of happier parts, like the romance, that broke the tension. The writing style kept me interested and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The location was perfectly creepy and I liked how invested I was in the story. I was definitely a YA book which isn’t my usual read, but once it started picking up I enjoyed it a lot. It was a bit predictable, but in the end I still enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara Hill

    Jane Eyre meets the movie Glass House to create one of the best books of the year! The Companion, by Katie Alender, captivated me from start to finish. I became engrossed in the suspense and finished it in one sitting. Margot has seen a lot of tragedy in her short life. When she is the sole survivor in a car accident that takes the rest of her family, she is sent to a Home to live for a bit. From there she is taken in by the Suttons. She is asked to be a companion to their sick daughter Agatha. F Jane Eyre meets the movie Glass House to create one of the best books of the year! The Companion, by Katie Alender, captivated me from start to finish. I became engrossed in the suspense and finished it in one sitting. Margot has seen a lot of tragedy in her short life. When she is the sole survivor in a car accident that takes the rest of her family, she is sent to a Home to live for a bit. From there she is taken in by the Suttons. She is asked to be a companion to their sick daughter Agatha. From there the story is filled with suspense and mystery that keeps the reader on pins and needles. While I found the story a bit predictable, I could not put it down. I think this was largely due to fantastic writing. Alender keeps the reader in a trance until the last chapter of the book. I enjoyed that there was a little romance, but I felt it was a very small part of the story. It was refreshing to not have romance be the whole theme of a Young Adult novel. I enjoyed that this was a complete thriller and not horror. While this story sounded good, I was a little hesitant at first that it would be too scary. It really wasn’t. It is perfect for people who get scared easily, but still like a little of it in their life. I cannot wait to read more by Katie Alender. I received an electronic advanced reader copy from Penguin Young Readers Group and G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book for Young Readers through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on publication day: August 25th as a double review with my friend Yami! ~~~~ This is the first book I have read by Alender, and it will not be the last. From the beginning we are pulled in to the accident that Margot survives. Margot tell us the story in first person, so we are along with her for the duration of the novel. We experience everything with her from the group home to moving in with the All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on publication day: August 25th as a double review with my friend Yami! ~~~~ This is the first book I have read by Alender, and it will not be the last. From the beginning we are pulled in to the accident that Margot survives. Margot tell us the story in first person, so we are along with her for the duration of the novel. We experience everything with her from the group home to moving in with the Suttons. This is a standalone YA/Horror novel and you know something that is going on is just not right. It is not gory horror, but psychological and a very quick read. It really was one I did not want to put down! I wanted to know how this one was going to end! Yes, it is somewhat predictable but to get to the ending and then be thinking “What did I just read!?!??!?” But this is meant in a great way! Even better is that we have a satisfying ending. This is one where you cannot say much as it is best to go into it not really knowing much, but do read this if you enjoy thrillers and horror. You won’t regret it! Many thanks to the publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers for granting me a copy via BookishFirst.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kulwinder Singh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Perfect Blend of Tragedy, Suspense, and Mystery! *Rating 3.7 stars After surviving a car accident that took the lives of the Margot's family, she finds herself in a group home. After she is taken in by an old acquaintance of her dad, she thinks there will be a new beginning. She doesn't know that it's only the beginning of a new nightmare that might be worse than facing death. Katie masterfully creates an atmosphere which rapidly descends from eerie calm to menacing madness. I couldn't put it dow A Perfect Blend of Tragedy, Suspense, and Mystery! *Rating 3.7 stars After surviving a car accident that took the lives of the Margot's family, she finds herself in a group home. After she is taken in by an old acquaintance of her dad, she thinks there will be a new beginning. She doesn't know that it's only the beginning of a new nightmare that might be worse than facing death. Katie masterfully creates an atmosphere which rapidly descends from eerie calm to menacing madness. I couldn't put it down and tried to finish as quickly as possible! Suspense and twists are there at every turn, but mostly pridictable. The ending also disappointed me a little. But overall it's a good thrilling read. [ Laura was trying to control Margot from the beginning, that much was crystal clear. She should have been more vigilant. But, no... she didn't even realize it's a coup against her. I mean how thick can one get? She was asking herself the wrong questions the entire time. The thought of killing Laura didn't even crossed Margot's mind, which was rather odd. 😌 ]

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookeryBliss

    The very first page really hooks you right off the bat. Seriously! It starts with an opening scene so full of suspense that my emotions went tumbling within the first 5 minutes of reading. Books like this really pique my interest and prompt me to dive right in! The creepy factor definitely lingers throughout the entire book and the twists were steady and consistent. I really like how Margot and Agatha’s friendship progressed, and the subtle romance with Barrett was just enough to add another dyna The very first page really hooks you right off the bat. Seriously! It starts with an opening scene so full of suspense that my emotions went tumbling within the first 5 minutes of reading. Books like this really pique my interest and prompt me to dive right in! The creepy factor definitely lingers throughout the entire book and the twists were steady and consistent. I really like how Margot and Agatha’s friendship progressed, and the subtle romance with Barrett was just enough to add another dynamic to the plot without taking away from the main story or it’s gothic vibes. I do wish we learned a smidgen more background of the Sutton family history, but overall….. this is a solid read! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys an eery gothic story without the typical gore or intense violence often seen in the genre.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dinda

    If you want spooky scary ‘this book give me nightmare’ type of read, this book probably isn’t the one. Does it keep you on edge? Yes. Does it have an eerie scary factor? Yes. But just enough that i can read it at night and can sleep afterwards.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO0Eq... Margot is the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. She is left alone without any relatives and finds herself in an orphanage. Margot is saved from life in the institution by a wealthy family with ties to her father who want to take her in. Margot travels to their remote country estate where she quickly finds a home filled with secrets many that revolve around the family's teen daughter who has been made c For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO0Eq... Margot is the only survivor of a car accident that killed her family. She is left alone without any relatives and finds herself in an orphanage. Margot is saved from life in the institution by a wealthy family with ties to her father who want to take her in. Margot travels to their remote country estate where she quickly finds a home filled with secrets many that revolve around the family's teen daughter who has been made catatonic by a mysterious illness. Can Margot learn the truth of the family's secrets in time to save herself? I had a mixed reaction to this book. I really enjoy the premise of this book and the basic gothic mood of the story. However, I would have liked the relationship between Margot, Barrett, Laura to be better developed. In particular, the romance between Margot and Barrett was rushed and their connection seemed a little forced. Also, the ending felt a little unresolved with many questions left unanswered which made the novel a little unsatisfying. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tinamarie

    I received The Companion through a Book Con giveaway from PenguinHouse. I would rate The Companion 4 out of 5 stars. The books starts out with the main character, Margot, finding herself alone and in a very sad situation for a 16 year old girl. It is not until the loving Laura and John take Margot into their privileged lives. Margot appears to be very lucky on the outside but not all is what it appears to be with Laura and John, as well as their two children. I really enjoyed this book. While I I received The Companion through a Book Con giveaway from PenguinHouse. I would rate The Companion 4 out of 5 stars. The books starts out with the main character, Margot, finding herself alone and in a very sad situation for a 16 year old girl. It is not until the loving Laura and John take Margot into their privileged lives. Margot appears to be very lucky on the outside but not all is what it appears to be with Laura and John, as well as their two children. I really enjoyed this book. While I figured out what was going on fairly early on, the book had enough mystery and intrigue to keep me wanting more. Katie Alender provided such description in the characters and the scenery of the house and gardens, I felt as though I was experiencing what the characters were feeling. During many points in the book, I felt myself having goosebumps as Margot was being warned to Go. The book was set up nicely to keep you wondering if this was a horror story or thriller. As the main character Margot was very developed and allowed the reader to have a lot of incite into her emotions and how she processed traumatic events in her life. I wished some of the other characters were as developed and not so much afterthoughts. I, also, thought the ending was unexpected and a nice, tidy way to clean up the height of the story, however, it would have been nice to know more about why certain characters such as Laura, were the way they were and did what they did. I, also, found the young love, a little predictable and unnecessary but it did break up some of the more heart pounding moments. I would say there was also a little too much emphasis on Laura and Margot's relationship and how Margot just wanted to please Laura. After the first few chapters, it was apparent and didn''t need to be dragged out for a few more chapters. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    A thriller, good for fans of Natasha Preston and April Henry. This story focuses on Margot, a teenager who has lost her family in a terrible accident at the beginning of the book. She is taken to a group home and then to a huge estate, to be the companion of a rich family's very ill teenage daughter. This book reminded me of some VC Andrews tales (like My Sweet Audrina). Andrews typically wrote rags to riches stories where the grass turned out to not be so green on the rich side, after all. Much A thriller, good for fans of Natasha Preston and April Henry. This story focuses on Margot, a teenager who has lost her family in a terrible accident at the beginning of the book. She is taken to a group home and then to a huge estate, to be the companion of a rich family's very ill teenage daughter. This book reminded me of some VC Andrews tales (like My Sweet Audrina). Andrews typically wrote rags to riches stories where the grass turned out to not be so green on the rich side, after all. Much like this book. I found it to be predictable, but I think students will really like the suspense.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    Ohhh I loved Katie's previous series when I was younger so I am really excited for this

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess Schltn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS!! To be honest, I thought this book started off brilliantly. The main protagonist (Margot) seemed like a very smart and witty young woman, not easily fooled by appearances. The gothic atmosphere of the house and all its creepy secret passageways helped set up a dark and intriguing mood. And then, the whole situation with the daughter (Agatha) suffering from some unknown disease and how Margot is asked to basically become a glorified babysitter in exchange for not ending up in an institut SPOILERS!! To be honest, I thought this book started off brilliantly. The main protagonist (Margot) seemed like a very smart and witty young woman, not easily fooled by appearances. The gothic atmosphere of the house and all its creepy secret passageways helped set up a dark and intriguing mood. And then, the whole situation with the daughter (Agatha) suffering from some unknown disease and how Margot is asked to basically become a glorified babysitter in exchange for not ending up in an institution was very disconcerting. But then, midway through the book, the author felt the need to add a romance subplot that’s just too cheesy and rushed for it to be believable. Also, by this point, Margot has witnessed first hand (on multiple occasions) how Laura (the foster mom) is a complete psycho, yet she gives her the benefit of the doubt again and again and again and again (so frustrating). She makes decisions that make absolutely no sense. For exemple, at some point she goes into the secret garden using a key Agatha gave her. Barret (Mister love interest) sees her and follows her and they both discover the grave of Laura’s sister. Barrett wants to ask his mom about it but Margot says no because then Laura would know about the key which needs to remain a secret. But then the next day she goes with Barrett to plant a bunch of flowers around the grave so that maybe Laura can process her grief better. But won’t Laura see the flowers and immediately figure out that they went into the secret garden and therefore must have a key to the entrance gate?!!! It’s nonsensical!! Also THE TEA!!!!! As the reader, you figure out fairly quickly that the tea is probably spiked, but Margot just keeps on drinking it, even when she starts having serious doubts about Laura, and even though she always seems to loose track of time every single time she drinks the tea, she keeps on drinking the bloody tea. At that point I just gave up on the whole book. The unnecessary romance plot + the many inconsistencies in terms of Margot’s character dvlpmt just made it too frustrating to read towards the end. And the ending... let’s not even go there.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fink

    Received Finished copy thanks to Bookish-first. I can’t even express how much I enjoyed this book. It was so much more than a horror, although I would say that this book is more mystery/thriller. It was a story about finding strength in oneself even in the most dire circumstances. I got everything I wanted and more out of this book. I got my fill of suspense and thrill. I also got elements of family, friendship, romance, survival, heroism and self-reflection. This book wasn’t missing a thing. Eve Received Finished copy thanks to Bookish-first. I can’t even express how much I enjoyed this book. It was so much more than a horror, although I would say that this book is more mystery/thriller. It was a story about finding strength in oneself even in the most dire circumstances. I got everything I wanted and more out of this book. I got my fill of suspense and thrill. I also got elements of family, friendship, romance, survival, heroism and self-reflection. This book wasn’t missing a thing. Everything was well balanced. The emotional punch that this book produces is a work of art. At times I was nervous or scared. Other times I was happy, sad, shocked or even proud. The character development was amazing. Round of applause to Katie Alender. You could clearly see how far Margot, our main character, grew. From beginning to end we saw how hard she fought and how she changed for the better. I was connected to her and Agatha and their friendship. I wanted to see how things would play out for them. This 15-year-old protagonist will prove to be one tough cookie to knock down. I’m also in love with the author’s overall style. The way she describes the scene was easy to picture, and the writing was descriptive but not cluttered. I didn’t have to reread a sentence to understand what was being said, which almost always happens at some point in books I read. I also extremely appreciate the author not having, even a single, profanity or use of nudity in the story. This author proved that you can create a masterpiece without those elements. Moving onto plot: I can gladly say I don’t have anything negative to say in this department either. The pace was fast and gripping. I read this book at double the speed I would a normal book. Even with that, it didn’t feel rushed. Everything progressed nicely and was developed excellently. Nothing was skimped on in this book. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bin Userkaf

    I was sent this ebook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I am so happy I was. I am generally skeptical of any YA novel even in a genre I love so much such as thrillers, but this book pleasantly surprised me and was much better and interesting than I expected it to be. Despite not liking the characters much at the beginning and coming to hate some as the book progressed I really enjoyed my time in the world of this book and found myself thinking about it, excited to pick it up I was sent this ebook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I am so happy I was. I am generally skeptical of any YA novel even in a genre I love so much such as thrillers, but this book pleasantly surprised me and was much better and interesting than I expected it to be. Despite not liking the characters much at the beginning and coming to hate some as the book progressed I really enjoyed my time in the world of this book and found myself thinking about it, excited to pick it up again when I wasn't reading it. It had so many things / tropes I guess the best word would be that I love to see in my media on top of the book just being generally weird, but in the best ways. I was always interested in uncovering more of the story and I think the author did a great job at building suspense for a great ending with one of my favorite quotes/notions that I've ever read in a novel. If you're looking for something similar to Verity by Colleen Hoover, whether you enjoyed that novel or not, I think this would be the worth the read for you. It served so many 'looks' from books and movies that I love without feeling like a carbon copy and I think the author is amazing for that alone.

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