Book Review, Netgalley

VIOLET by Scott Thomas (Out 9/24/2019)

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Rating: 5 / 5

I received an advanced digital edition in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Inkshares and Netgalley for the chance to read and review!

VIOLET by Scott Thomas finds main character Kris Barlow and her daughter dealing with the loss of their husband and father in a car accident. As a bold move to try to reset their lives and get away from the aftermath, Kris decides to pack up her daughter and go back to the lake house where she and her parents summered many years before. Though the home by Lost Lake is the place where Kris said goodbye to her own dying mother, she has built the home up in her memories as an idyllic place to spend a summer.

From the very beginning, things do not go according to plan. It turns out that her father has let the summer house go to rot and it is in terrible disrepair when Kris and her daughter arrive. The town has undergone some disturbing changes as well, and Kris soon learns that the town has seen its share of tragedies, largely centered around children around her daughter’s age. Things are not all as idyllic as Kris wants to remember and something evil has taken hold.

Kris loses herself a bit in the house repairs and investigating the downturn of the town, while her daughter Sadie plays and explores the house. Soon it seems that Sadie is settling in and getting better, breaking out of her shell of grief a bit more, but Kris senses there is something more sinister going on around her. Kris must begin to reconsider her memories of the house and the town and try to unravel the potential dangers to her daughter.

This book is incredibly well written! Scott Thomas has a way of developing an eerie atmosphere in his use of language that I loved. I wouldn’t call this a fast paced novel, the language takes time to read and it can’t be rushed, but it is so worth the effort. Heading into fall, this had the creepy and eerie vibes I have been craving! There were definitely a few few gasp worthy moments in the story which I appreciated!

This story involves a lot of mysteries which are uncovered as the story progresses. Each of the deaths in the book (Kris’ husband and her mother, the idyllic lake house Kris remembers and the bustling vacation town of her memories) are fleshed out as the narrative continues with well paced reveals. The play on memory and false memories is something that I find very interesting in novels.

The writing style is very detailed and that may not be for everyone, especially if you are looking for nonstop action in a plot driven novel. I really enjoyed the way the language developed, building up the atmosphere and the characters. Though a slower read, it kept me 100% hooked to keep reading!

VIOLET is out on 9/24/2019 and I highly recommend you get a copy for a perfect fall read!

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