Companion
by Alender, Katie






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 Agatha-and getting to know her handsome older brother-seems 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 Suttons . . . and herself. Margot's bad dreams may have stopped when she came to live with Agatha - but the real nightmare has just begun.





Katie Alender (rhymes with "calendar"!) grew up in South Florida, and studied film at the Florida State University Film School. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in TV development and production for several years, including a long stint producing dog shows for Animal Planet. She penned Bad Girls Don't Die and two sequels, as well as Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerFamous Last Words, and The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, sewing (especially quilts), practicing yoga, photography, visiting friends' blogs, and hanging out with her family.





It's been three months since 16-year-old Margot Radegan survived the car wreck that killed her parents and two sisters. John Sutton, an old law school friend of Margot's father who owes him a debt of gratitude, offers to take her in and away from the group home where she's been staying. When she catches a glimpse of Copeland Hall, the Suttons' stately and enormous country home near Chicago, she's in awe. However, John and Laura Sutton's support hinges on being a companion to their 17-year-old daughter, Agatha, who has a mysterious illness that has robbed her of speech and rendered her barely responsive to her surroundings. There's no cellphone signal or access to Wi-Fi, but Margot's prospects are few, and eventually she develops a rapport with Laura and finds she enjoys helping with Agatha. There's even a spark of romance with John and Laura's 16-year-old son, Barrett. However, a series of strange events hint at a dark legacy lingering in the vast halls of Laura's ancestral home, and the Suttons might not be quite what they seem. Margot's narration feels intimate, especially when she reflects on her potent grief, and Agatha is never used as a prop: She and Margot develop a silent communication that transcends speech. The palpable and steadily building sense of dread throughout is enhanced by a whisper of the supernatural. All characters seem to be white. A pitch-perfect contemporary gothic. (Suspense. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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