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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 an
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Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Bandit
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh finally. Finally, Lake Union, finally. I was just about to give up on you, but then you went and published an actually good book. Which is to say their normal women’s fiction fare is really not for me. But this one, that’s more like it. Technically still women’s lit, but really more along the lines of historical fiction. Oddly enough, I very recently read a strikingly similar and (probably) technically superior book, The Confessions of Frannie Langton. Are murdering lesbians all the rage nowa ...more
Sonja Yoerg
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elegant prose and assured pacing made this historical suspense novel a pleasure to read. The storyline and the atmosphere reminded me of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, a book I adored, but Blakemore's take on the doomed narrator is her own. Lovely and haunting!
Sarah
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical crime fiction, set in mid nineteenth century New Hampshire and told in unreliable first-person narrative by a double murderer is a tantalising proposition. Nevertheless, whilst there is nothing inherently flawed with ‘The Companion’, to my mind there’s not much point telling a story similar to one which has been told so much better by the likes of Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters. Comparisons to ‘Alias Grace’ and ‘Fingersmith’ are unavoidable for feminist historical crime fiction afic ...more
Kitty Pollock
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1855, Lucy Blunt is waiting to find out if she is to be hanged, but did she kill the two people she is accused of killing? Mix in a rural house, jealousy, forbidden love, perceived madness, secrets and you have an amazing recipe for a book.

Lucy becomes a maid in a successful Mill owners house and works her way up to becoming the companion to his blind wife, Mrs Burton. But Mrs Burton already has a companion in her husband's cousin who likes control and takes advantage of Mrs Burton's blindnes
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Susan Cordeiro
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1855 and Lucy Blunt, a housemaid, is about to be hanged for a murder she has committed. the book opens a few days before Lucy's hanging and tells the story of that fateful day as recollected through Lucy's eyes.
This is a very interesting plot with many twists and turns that make it hard to put the book down.
After reading this novel, I would read more of Kim Taylor Blakemore's writing, very good story!
Thanks You NetGalley and the publisher for this book.
Doris Vandruff
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Blunt tells lies. Now she is being charged with two murders. She is claiming innocence, could she be telling the truth?
Yes, Lucy has used many aliases. She has changed her papers to get work. This is because she is trying to get away from an alcoholic father. She is a good friend and a hard worker. An excellent companion.
She will be entwined in a murder or accident and another killing she is not involved with. That's if you choose to believe her.
Simon Fennex
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by this opportunity.

This book was just alright for me. I couldn't click with the characters nor the story. The premises are there but once I've gotten in the book I felt like I was reading something totally different, unfortunately.
Probably the book was not just for me. The writing was nice though!
Amy Riddell
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem meets The Favourite in Kim Taylor Blakemore’s upcoming novel, The Companion. It begins, like Limehouse, with the announcement that our main character is doomed to death before we have even met her. Lucy Blunt awaits her hanging, convicted of murdering two as yet unknown parties. Of course, Lucy insists that she is innocent.

Full review is available on my blog HERE: https://aridd3ll.wordpress.com/2019/0...
Sallie Brown
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me captured from the first chapter. What an amazing ride. Ms. Blakenmore’s writing is like a movie playing in my mind. We follow Lucy through heartbreak, love, betrayal. This is a mystery of how Lucy came to be where she finds herself and pull for her through out. An excellent book that draws you in from the first pages
Xenia
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by this opportunity.
A well written, atmospheric novel that reminds the reader of Atwood’s Alias Grace and Sarah Waters Affinity.
Susan
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to follow.
Ivy
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well written overall and full of unexpected twists and turns. However, there were definitely a few points where the story seemed to lag. Not sure I would choose to read again.
Heather Bennett
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Companion is a fantastic historical thriller that I could not put down. A must read for the year. Twists and turns. Well written and great characters.
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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the effect of the unreliable narrator is well done here – it's a familiar enough premise (murder lesbians and crimes of passion), but the dual storylines are alternated enough to keep things interesting and not set in stone. i do think the reveal of the narrator's motives happened a little too quickly, and too close to the ending. that was one of the moments when i wished the prose might have been a little more straightforward and not as austere/detached. otherwise i thought the w
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Kim Taylor Blakemore writes women's historical fiction.

Her novel, The Companion, is slated for a January 2020 release by Lake Union Publishing. The manuscript is a recipient of a 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grant, and winner of a 2018 Tucson Festival of the Books Literary Award. Other novels include Bowery Girl, a NYPL Best Reads for Teens; and Cissy Funk, a Willa Literary Award winner
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