Violet by SJI Holliday @SJIHolliday @OrendaBooks

Book Description:

When two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … a nerve-shattering psychological thriller from bestselling author SJI Holliday

‘Such a brilliantly dark compelling story set against such a fantastically exotic backdrop. I don’t think I read the book as much as inhaled it. Compelling, gripping and horrifically entertaining, fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy read! I loved it’ Liz Nugent

‘Twisted, gripping and totally addictive’ Paddy Magrane

‘Echoes of a Killing Eve vibe. Fabulously awful women you will love’ Sarah Pinborough

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…

My Thoughts:

As soon as I picked this book up I was compelled to read it. I ended up reading it in one afternoon as I was curious to get to know Violet and Carrie better.

Both women I have to say are very brave to be travelling alone. It’s something I would have loved to have done in my younger years but even then I would never have done it alone. To be so far from home in strange countries, it both excited and scared me. Who knows what dangers are out there.

At times the story feels slightly claustrophobic as the two women are pretty much joined at the hip from meeting. Circumstances mean that the two virtual strangers get to know each other fairly quickly. As does the reader. I found myself liking Carrie more than Violet although some of the situations the pair of them find themselves in, I wanted to give them a good shake.

Violet is an all consuming read. I was completely hooked by the authors story telling and my quest to discover more about both women. The tension and suspense mounts and I was desperate to uncover what lay ahead for, not just the characters, but for the reader also. It definitely didn’t disappoint either. A cleverly woven plot that I simply devoured.

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Violet is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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