2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

Violet by SJI Holliday @SJIHolliday @OrendaBooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours

It’s Monday and the start of a new week and I have the great pleasure in sharing my review for Violet by SJI Holliday as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invite and Orenda Books for the copy of the book.

About the book

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there’s a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers…

Violet is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

We meet Violet in this book as she is traveling, having split up with her boyfriend she’s moved on to her next destination, Beijing, where she meets Carrie. Carrie is also traveling alone after her friend couldn’t make the trip and the pair end up traveling together.

As the story opens I had shivers, honestly they were big juddery shivers and this really set the scene for the rest of the book.

I wasn’t sure what to make of either of the characters, the story is mainly told by Violet and she’s unreliable, I wasn’t sure what to believe and as the story progresses we find out little snippets of her past. Carrie on the other hand seems to be quite normal and cleverly done the author has added in emails Carrie sends to her friend Laura that gives the reader something to think about.

I honestly thought I had things figured out with Violet and Carrie but the author manages to twist and weave things so you are kept on your toes and I couldn’t trust either of them.

Violet it such a clever, well written story that I found myself totally drawn into and I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a story about toxic friendships and manipulation. It’s a story that once you pick it up you really won’t want to put it down. It’s a story that makes you feel uncomfortable and uneasy but it also has humour and wit.

Violet is a dark psychological thriller that I will definitely be recommending.

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