SJI Holliday: Violet

Today it’s my pleasure to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for Violet. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and Karen at Orenda Books for my copy of 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…


I’ve read a few books by this author now and they’re all brilliantly original and hugely enjoyable. Violet sits on the darker end of the spectrum and I loved the way Holliday created an atmosphere that lets readers know straight away that something creepy is just around the corner.

Carrie and Violet are travelling, and as they visit a wide range of different countries, so does the reader. Holliday’s descriptions are incredibly detailed so I felt immersed in the different surroundings and cultures and I was easily able to lose myself in the novel.

The two central characters, Carrie and Violet, are utterly compelling. It is clear from the outset that they both have secrets and may not be all they seem and I was desperate to find out what they were hiding. The novel is mostly narrated by Violet, but we are also able to read some of Carrie’s e-mails, and this shows that neither character is completely reliable. I was immediately drawn to their stories and I will find it hard to let them go now that I have finished reading.

Violet is full of twists and turns and although I was able to guess a few of them, I still enjoyed this absolutely captivating novel.

Violet is available from Amazon.

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