My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Published: August 25th 2020
Trigger Warnings: Mental Health Issues, Parental Abuse, Body Horror, Some Gore
“Lies pile up. And then they bury you.”
I admit I was drawn in by the cover, it’s freaking creepy. I had no idea what the book was about, I just knew I needed to read it. I’m also up for just about anything horror, even in the YA field – where it’s pretty lacking. I am happy to say The Companion was a twisted good time.
I’m going to try and review this the best I can without giving anything of this weird, twisted plot away. Our main character is Margot, whose whole family recently died in a horrific car accident – one that Margot survived. She now has no family to speak of and is sent to a home for young people. Soon after though, an acquaintance of her father sends for Margot to come live with him and his family. Turns out they live in the country in a beautiful house, with what seems like a good amount of money – seems to good to be true. It is. What they didn’t mention to Margot is that they also want her to be a constant companion to their daughter – who hasn’t spoken or acknowledged anything in a long time. Margot is given a tiny room attached to their daughter’s room and bizarre things start happening pretty quickly. She doesn’t want to stay there and there is something very strange about the mother and things just keep getting more disturbing by the day.
Like I said, this is a hard one to go into without giving stuff away. I had a lot of fun with this one – it was over-the-top but in the best of ways. Trying to figure out the mystery of the house and the family and just what exactly was happening. I could completely see this being a movie – it actually would make a really fun movie.
The only part I really thought was pointless in this story was the romance. It added nothing to story and felt like the author threw it in there because it was YA and their publisher probably told them to do so. The romance should’ve just stayed as platonic friends – it would’ve been more effective and just worked better, in my opinion. Thankfully it’s not enough of they story to derail it to such a degree that it takes away from anything.
I want to mention that there are some scenes that might be very disturbing to some readers that have to deal with medical abuse. It’s not comfortable to read about and it’s not supposed to be. If this is something that you find triggering, this might not be the book for you.
I don’t think most people are going to find this particularly scary but it’s a good time and fun mystery. If you’re looking for a book to add to your fall reads – this one is probably a good bet.