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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,008 ratings  ·  704 reviews
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
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Catalina Not that much, there are just a couple of kissing scenes and I wouldn’t say there is violence.

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Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
a bit stereotypical, i saw the plot twist coming from a mile away, but overall it was a fun read. honestly, this mostly just made me want to take a little nostalgia trip and reread the bad girls don't die series... ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Margot survives a horrific car accident that claims the lives of her mother, father, and two sisters leaving her as an orphan. Wishing she was dead and also wondering why she is alive she tries to exist in the orphanage with the others. One day, low and behold, it appears the Sutton family are coming to take Margot back to their secluded estate in the country. Mr. Sutton claims that Margot's father had saved his life in college so when they had learned of the tragedy they felt it only right to t ...more
Claude's Bookzone
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2.5 Stars

Well there were definitely some chilling moments, but overall this didn't quite deliver in the thriller department for me.

There were some brilliantly gothic elements in this novel - a large creepy mansion in an isolated area, a grieving and traumatised orphan, a disturbed and slightly menacing girl, and parents (o
Diana | Book of Secrets
"So I lay in the dark without making a sound, waiting and wanting to die. Three months later, I was still waiting."

THE COMPANION is a creepy and addictive YA thriller that put me on edge. Sixteen-year old Margot is orphaned when her family dies in an accident, and she ends up in a group home for several months. The other girls consider her "lucky" when a prestigious family takes her into their home, a remote Gothic mansion in the country. But there's a catch — Margot was chosen because the Sutto
Angela Staudt
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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 🙏🏻

Review: this wasn’t as thrilling and crazy and horrific as Katie’s other books have been, but it was still a fun ride. I think it dragged a bit in the middle when it was already pretty clear what had been happening so I would’ve loved either to move along to the final conflict or have more of an escalation of the weird stuff.
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: ableism, child abuse, chronic illness, grief, and death

I'm a little torn on this book. On one hand, it was pretty quick and well-written, as well as had a plot that kept me interested in it. Then, I also found it a bit ableist and the trope that was used as a twist is becoming a bit overdone and I saw it a mile away. Plus, the romance? Eh. Wasn't that into it. I thought the book could have done without that and could have been cut out without impacting things too much. So, the book was fine
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: overdrive
Wow! Fan's of V.C. Andrews, you are going to love this book. Can't say much without giving away the plot. Just that it was creepy and surreal.
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 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)
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: halloween-vibes
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.
Catherine Dyer
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I like where the story was going but it was a little flat for me. The writing was a bit too descriptive... it made it feel amateur and unnecessary. Based on the summary I thought there would be a bit more intensity to the thriller aspect of the book.

The weird romance bit felt forced and more of a fluff. It didn’t help the plot that much.

In saying this all, I did like Margot and thought she was a great character. The author also did a great job with making Laura seem certifiably insane.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Great sign I was already creeped out by Chapter 5. When Chapter 7 came around.....nope no nope Margot run, run away now. The next chapter the book took a straight nose dive. Agatha was the only saving grace of this book and even her power over the writing was taken away.

Then after a while the atmosphere which was so potent dulled down to a simmer. Honestly I just got through reading back to back amazing twisty reads and this book suffered even more for it. Before you say it, yes I know I'm judgm
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, horror
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.
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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❐ Overall Rating 4⭐ | Narration 😀 = Good
❐ Narrated by Taylor Meskimen
❐ Listening Length: 10H 24M
❐ YA Horror
❐ Gothic Atmosphere


Behind this innocuous but creepy cover lies a fiendishly clever story about an orphan who goes to live with a family who has a connection to her now-deceased father...but their reasons for taking her in are not what they appear to be, they are in reality much more self-serving; to a degree that you won’t necessarily see coming.

I was sufficiently creeped out right aft
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone in this book was fucking weird. I love it.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars maybe?

It is a good read and I while there were moments that lost my attention, for the most part I lost track of time while reading this. It is pretty obvious what is going on, but not the scale of it and there are potentially other things at work. All this kept my attention and had me eager to know how things would work out.

I really like Margot as a character and her insight into things going on around her were... nice. She isn't completely oblivious, but she wants to stay--wants to
Jay G
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

After the sudden death of her family, Margot finds herself in an orphanage. The Sutton family show up one day and offer to adopt her. But there's a catch, Margot is to be the companion to their catatonic daughter, Agatha. But not all is as it seems in the Sutton house.

I liked the setting of this, the e
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I can immediately tell within the first few pages if I am going to appreciate the author's writing style and be able to connect with a book. With that said, I read 90 pages the first time I opened the book, and only put it down because I had to get ready for work.

Immediately captivated and held suspense throughout the majority, The Companion is the perfect, spooky, haunted-house, orphan thriller! It reminded me a bit of the movie "The Orphan".

I don’t even want to give anything else a
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense, horror
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 ...more
Stacey Kade
Sep 06, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-2020
SO FREAKING GOOD. Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved this book!
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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
3 1/2 stars

Twisty, creepy, and addictive - simultaneously appeals to fans of gothic horror AND Lifetime movies. Kids are going to love this.
Michael Araujo
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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

What an unexpected and pleasant surprise this was! A YA mystery thriller I thoroughly enjoyed, that is a very rare occasion indeed.

The Companion is about a teenage girl, Margot, who has lost her parents and sisters in a tragic car accident and is now living in some kind of state orphanage, where she gets picked up by a rich couple, Laura and John. When I say rich, I mean estate-rich, not just your run of the mill. The couple has two teenage kids, Agatha and Barrett. Agatha has been rendered
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the sole survivor of a tragic accident that killed her family, Margot's life couldn't get any worse, or so she thought. Now, as an orphan, she is considered lucky when the Sutton's adopted her into their prestigious household. Margot's primary duty was to be a companion to their teenage daughter, Agatha. It sounded like an easy enough gig until things started getting eerie. Secluded from the outside world, will Margot uncover the secrets plaguing this family, or will she fall right into the d ...more
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Katie Alender (rhymes with “calendar”!) grew up in South Florida. She is the third of four children (three girls and a boy) and the child of three very loving and encouraging parents.

She attended high school at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts, studying Communication Arts. From there, she went on to the Florida State University Film School, which led her to her current hometown, a tiny ham

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