Friday, 29 November 2019

Violet by SJI Holliday - Blog Tour Review


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 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 claims to be ...

My Review

So this could actually be my favourite read of the year! Right from the start there is an underlying feeling of tension that runs right through this book. It is just a general unease and knowing something is going to happen, I just didn't know what!

This is my first time reading a book by SJI Holliday and I found her writing to be brilliant. She has an outstanding ability to set scenes and create characters that are simply brilliant. 

One part of the book I particularly enjoyed were the emails exchanges between Carrie and her best friend. They gave an insight into what Carrie was thinking, particularly about her new travelling companion. The story is mainly told from Violet's, which was great as I loved her and found her such a fascinating character. 

Violet is a complex woman, she is by herself and is really pleased to meet Carrie and form a bond with her. She isn't really close to her family and so she really appreciates Carrie's offer of travelling with her. She likes to travel and see the world and now she has a buddy to do it with. When things start to get a bit more complicated, the girls both start to think maybe they have made a mistake. 

This book will certainly bring home the importance of not taking things on face value. Also maybe don't travel around the world with a stranger! I can't say to much more without ruining the story. 

I absolutely loved this book and couldn't stop reading. If you are looking for a gripping, page-turner, full of tension and suspense then it is one you should definitely read. It is certainly one of favourites this year.

Author Bio



S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday is a scientist, writing coach and the bestselling author of five crime novels, including the Banktoun Trilogy (Black Wood, Willow Walk and The Damselfly), the festive chiller The Deaths of December and her creepy Gothic psychological thriller The Lingering. Her short story 'Home From Home' was published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and shortlisted for the CWA Margery Allingham Prize. Encapsulating her love of travel and claustrophobic settings, her latest novel, Violet, explores toxic friendships and the perils of talking to strangers, as well as drawing on her own journey on the Trans-Siberian Express over 10 years ago. All of her novels have been UK ebook number-one bestsellers. Susi was born and raised in Scotland and now divides her time between Edinburgh, London and as many other exciting places that she can fit in.


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