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We're thrilled to announce that Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions has been voted the winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018. Our guest judges, Jojo Moyes and Peter James, and you the public agreed that this chilling ghost story was the clear winner. Purcell's gothic novel follows Elsie, a newly married, newly widowed who heads to The Bridge, a long neglected country estate of her husband's family. She and the staff start to experience some strange going-ons including the moving of wooden 'companions' around the house, one of which is the striking resemblance of Elsie.

Winning author Laura Purcell said: "It's a delight and an honour to win this award in the year of its return, particularly against such a wonderful shortlist. I'm over the moon that The Silent Companions managed to hook both the prestigious judges, whom I greatly admire, and readers alike."

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