The Company is a chilling gothic thriller, both subtle and relentless in its build-up of terror. The story creeps up on you much as the patterns in its poisonous wallpapers do: entrancing, entwining, and entrapping. J.M. Varese, with this deliciously disquieting novel, joins the company of Shirley Jackson, Sarah Waters, and Henry James.
The Company is a roller-coaster of a read. Varese brings to life the true grittiness of 19th-century London with great enthusiasm, combining historical fiction with a feel for the gothic thriller
The Company is diabolically good. The sibling heirs to a troubled wallpaper manufacturer are charmed by the charismatic Mr Rivers. But is he a saviour or something corrupt and corrupting? J.M. Varese's gothic tale is sinuously elegant and claustrophobic as deadly Victorian wallpaper
Reimagining Victorian haunting for a new generation, this brilliant novel grounds its terrors in the company we keep and the Companies we make and trust. As eery as the stories of M.R. James, The Company creeps up on its readers before it so splendidly pounces. The new master of suspense has arrived
A crisp and austere work of Victorian gothic, exploring the brutal history of the wallpaper industry, where designs of entrancing beauty came drenched in blood and suffering
The Company . . . J.M. Varese's stylish Gothic chiller
Those brilliant colours and patterns hide a terrible secret - one that has poisoned the lives of this unhappy family for many years . . . The neat set-up allows for a pervasive air of madness; the house is claustrophobic and its inhabitants are increasingly delusional
A naïve young woman, a charismatic stranger, a curse on the house where they struggle for mastery-from these staples of Gothic fiction, Jon Varese has crafted a deliciously chilling tale. The authentic and engaging voice of Lucy Braithwhite draws you into a sheltered world where unease and terror build slowly and subtly until the stunning climax. Like the brilliant wallpapers that made the Braithwhite fortune, this novel both conceals and reveals poisonous family secrets involving The Company