Book Reviews

{Book Review} Violet by Scott Thomas

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  • Pages: 300
  • Published: October 15th 2019
  • Publisher: Inkshares

Scott Thomas, author of Kill Creek, delivers a most masterful read. Horror pertaining to childhood has always freaked me out. Violet freaked me out on another level. I can hang with evil toys, urban legends, and the paranormal. What I can’t hang with is imaginary friends. Violet plays on that creepy aspect from our childhoods. Imaginary friends have always scared me. Kids seeing an invisible person or thing and spending time with them. Kids converse, confide in, and get into mischief with them. 

To me, it’s spine-chilling because you really don’t know who or what is talking to you, your friends, or your children. Bystanders can’t see them or communicate with them. When a kid mentions their imaginary friends by name, I freeze up and chills run down my spine. You don’t really know if the imaginary friend is benevolent or malevolent until it’s more than likely too late. What happens when the kid grows up? Does the imaginary friend go away? How can you be sure? Violet explores all of these questions and more.

I was truly blown away with Scott Thomas’s prose. He has become a stronger writer since his debut. The sentences flow better and the dialogue is smoother, making for a smooth reading experience. The pacing is nice and taut. The story never bogs down or gets sluggish. The two main characters are everything. The mother-daughter duo, Kris and Sadie, have tons of depth. And something or someone has been waiting for their return. Violet is filled with tragedy and great sadness. You can immediately sense the dread with the gut-wrenching opening scene. It’s the foreboding that propels the story forward at a breakneck speed. Scott Thomas sucks you headlong into the story with his complex characters and rich narrative. You want what’s best for Kris and Sadie. I was on the edge of my seat during all of the arduous situations and scenarios.

Scott Thomas uses vignettes to expand on the characters backstory. Thomas reveals a little bit at a time, peeling back layers of the characters and their history. He gives you just enough information to keep you turning the page. The scenes in Violet are vivid. Thomas doesn’t just tell you about the people and places, he shows you. It’s one helluva reading experience. Like I said before, there’s so much tragedy and it’s heart-wrenching just thinking about what horrible things Scott Thomas puts his characters through. He literally throws the whole kitchen sink at his characters to see if they can survive. 

I would like to say that before I started this book I read the synopsis. I normally don’t, but I just felt compelled to with this one. At first, I thought it revealed a lot about the plot, but upon finishing the story I realized that it barely scratches the surface. You couldn’t guess the plot, climax, or ending if you tried. I have never cried with a character more than I did with Kris. It has a lot to do with the way Scott Thomas wrote her scenes, and how much emotional trauma she has endured over her lifetime. After all, Violet is set in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. Mental health also plays a key role in this story. It certainly adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already outstanding tale. 

Violet is eerie in the best ways. This book has all the ingredients you need for a great horror story. Scott Thomas fills your horror heart with coming-of-age, psychological, emotional trauma, tragedy, and dynamic characters. There’s a plethora of twists and turns along the way. When you think you know what is really going on, Thomas pulls the rug out from under your feet. The reveals are the fun part because you get to experience them with Kris. And that ending will send you reeling. You won’t see it coming. None of you will. 

The cover is splendid. I don’t know who the creator is, but I do know it catches the eye. It sets the tone for the reading experience. You’ll want to notch out a nice chunk of time to read this one. You don’t just read Violet, you experience it. Violet is simply one of the best books of the 2010s. Violet is definitely my favorite book of 2019, so far. It’s in my top ten for sure. If you haven’t put this one on your TBR piles, then remedy that immediately. You’re going to want to read this one. If you have this one on your TBR piles, I suggest you move it to the top. Overall, you can’t ask for a better book or a better reading experience. I can’t wait until his next release. I may have to re-read Kill Creek now that I think about it. Violet gets all the stars! Helluva book! HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!

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In the lineage of Peter Straub and Julia, Scott Thomas’ Violet is the disturbing tale of a woman haunted by her long-abandoned imaginary friend.

When Kris Parker was ten years old, her father brought her to their lake house to spend the last few weeks with her dying mother. It was one of the most difficult times of young Kris’ life. Luckily she had someone to help her through it: her imaginary friend, Violet.

After her mother’s death, Kris left the house. Now, twenty years later, Kris has returned to the lake house to recover from yet another family tragedy. With her is her eight-year-old daughter, Sadie. But what is supposed to be a summer of healing soon becomes an odyssey of unspeakable horror—for Violet has been waiting years to play with Kris again.

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