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 getandlittle 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. Actual Rating: 4.25 starsWhat 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. 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. This was so addicting I accidentally bingeread 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 characterI 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 gothicy 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 selfcontrol????? this might never happen again let’s enjoy it while it lastsPlotwise, 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 becomingfleshed out as they becomevulnerable 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 instalovey to me at first, but I do think it was resolved rather well in the end.Honestly? I don’t want to say too muchbecause 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! 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! August 25th 2020 by PutnamMargot 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 isof 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. 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 wantingKatie 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 knowabout 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 theheart 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 fewchapters All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend. 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. 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 handpicked to be a companion to their silent, mysterious daughter, Agatha At first, helping with Agathaand getting to know her handsome older brotherseems 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 Suttonsand herself Margot’s bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha – but the real nightmare has just begun This could be the best book of 2020!I was given an excerpt to read, and it was awesome! The Companion by Katie Alender is a gripping tale right from the very first page, this thriller could be the best read of 2020! We're taking on a suspenseful tale of a young Margo who loses her entire family in a tradic car accident Because she has no one to turn to, and nowhere to go, Margo is forced to spend time in the foster care system She soon realizes that there are stranger places to stay than Palmer Place.A black SUV pulls up to Palmer Place, and Margo is told to take her time and pack She doesn't have much, a backpack, some old clothes, a stuffed bunny, and a slime green toothbrush (that maybe someone else's) She's told she'll go going to stay with the Albrights at Copeland Hall After getting acquainted with the house and her new caregivers, she's lead up to her room A room she'll share with another girl, her companion Margo is told she'll be given the best of everything, if she agrees to be the companion for mentally disabled Agetha.