In “Dark Companion”, since the age of six, all Jane Williams has seen is the horrid town of Helmsdale and the foster homes she was forced to live in.
In “Dark Companion”, since the age of six, all Jane Williams has seen is the horrid town of Helmsdale and the foster homes she was forced to live in. She can’t remember anything before six years of age, and it might be for the better because those memories may harm her rather than heal. Quickly realizing that she can finally get out of the Helmsdale Orphanage by achieving good grades and getting her act together, Jane gets the opportunity to go to Birch Grove Academy for Girls. When Jane arrives, she is welcomed by Mrs. Radcliffe, the headmistress of Birch Grove Academy for Girls. It’s a dream come true for Jane. She finally gets her own shower, her own schedule, and most of all, peace and quiet. But something isn’t right. It’s almost too quiet, and the trees scraping against her windows at night give her the creeps; it sounds like someone is trying to break in. The feeling that she’s being watched is making her very paranoid… yet something about this town is almost too nice. Birch Grove doesn’t have any pain, suffering, hunger, or crime. But Jane finds out very quickly that everything is not as it seems in Birch Grove, and that she may have been better off at Helmsdale after all.
“Dark Companion” written by Marta Acosta is a creepy yet fascinating story that made me feel numb after reading it; some parts if this story literally made me feel sick. The story line was so original and I’ve honestly never read anything like it. Written in a dark and disturbing way, the author managed to keep me hooked through the entire book. Meant mostly for girls, “Dark Companion” is a pretty short book that should not be read by kids 12 or younger because of the sensual content and occasional cussing. Parts of this book are still unclear to me and I’m still a little confused, but one thing I know for sure is that the romance in the story is absolutely adorable. “Dark Companion” is a wonderful novel, and any teenage girl who loves slightly creepy stories with a hint of romance will be absolutely captivated by it.