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    Hard to put down

    Wow! What a different story line from this author. The descriptive scenes are captivating and the main character is a cold and twisted individual. Absolutely brilliant you are drawn in to this world of back packing and madness, each chapter left me longing to read the next. I had to know how it was going to end and was not let down at all. Different to all the previous works and thoroughly enjoyable read.
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    Tense, modern and thoroughly entertaining....

    After having read some fabulous reviews for “Violet” by Scottish author SJI Holliday I was over the moon to be able to read this book for myself. Having read Susi’s previous novels “The Banktoun Trilogy” and thoroughly enjoyed, I knew that this book was going to be an entertaining read that would have me addicted from the very first page. The premise of “Violet” has a “Single, White Female” feel to it and since Violet and Carrie meet on a journey whilst travelling alone abroad, there will be a lot of readers who can relate to chatting with strangers and forming a brief relationship with them. What can go wrong? Two young women, similar likes and dislikes, looking to enjoy their backpacking trip in each other’s company in remote countries? Well, lots apparently. And the tension throughout really does have you turning the pages quicker than you can read them. The author certainly knows how to captivate the reader and I for one could feel the tension emanating from the pages, as things start to spiral out of control. I liked how the author opened the book with the prologue and then the narrative throughout using emails, to and from Carrie and her friend Laura back home. Very clever and an ingenious way of conveying the inner thoughts and feelings of Carrie as her intense relationship with Violet developed. The atmosphere of the countries the girls visited was picture perfect and the long train journeys were obviously well researched and you can tell the author drew on her own experiences of the Trans-Siberian Express to help write the scenes. The ending and denouement was highly enjoyable and not one I saw coming. I have to admit that ‘Violet’ really did get under my skin to a point by the end of the book, I felt I needed a long hot shower and a thorough detox! I didn’t want this story to end and devoured the whole book in a couple of days. Highly recommended and wish the author every success with this entertaining, modern, intense and classic psychological thriller focusing on toxic relationships and the perils of striking up friendships with strangers! 4.5 stars
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    Violet

    Best book I've read for ages.Dark, entertaining and my favourite element travel Reminded me of my own travels and 'there but for the grace of'' when thinking of people met along the way!! So well written with brilliant sense of place...I am left wanting to get my backpack back on or write myself.....thank you for keeping me up all night reading
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    Violet

    Lots of mstakes. Porly written. In one part of the book the author didn't even remember what means of transport the charaters were using. It changed three times on one trip. I only gave one star because a review must have a star rating.
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