‘Violet’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! Some of you may remember me reviewing The Lingering last year. So when I was offered a copy of the author’s newest book to read, I jumped at the chance!



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…

my thoughts

This book is a great look at obsession and toxic friendships! Dare I say it, I may have actually enjoyed this book more than The Lingering! I’d say this one is more slow burning, with a tension that simmers from the very beginning. I couldn’t put it down.

I was immediately captured by the opening of this story and I never felt bored for a second. I always enjoy reading about faraway places so I felt completely captivated by all the travel aspects of this book. I couldn’t help feeling swept away on this adventure with Carrie and Violet!

As with The Lingering, the short chapters make this a very fast and readable book; it was genuinely so easy to just keep turning the pages, in that desire to know what would happen next. While none of the characters were at all likeable, their choices and behaviours made for an extremely compelling read.

And speaking of The Lingering, I really appreciated the little Easter Egg that Holliday included for her readers. I always enjoy when authors make connections between their books so this definitely made me smile.

If you like you unique thrillers and don’t mind reading about awful characters, then definitely check out Violet!


Have you read any unique thrillers recently? Or just unique books in general? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)


3 thoughts on “‘Violet’ spoiler-free review!

  1. This sounds like a neat book! I don’t usually enjoy reading about awful characters, though, even when they’re well written. I’ll keep it in mind for the rare moment when I would be okay with unlikable characters in order to read a good thriller. 🙂


    • I don’t usually, either. I suppose I hadn’t expected it going into this book otherwise I might not have taken the chance. You never know, one day you might feel like it 😉


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