Violet

VioletIn The Lineage Of Peter Straub S Julia, Scott Thomas Violet Is The Disturbing Tale Of A Woman Haunted By Her Long Abandoned Imaginary Friend For Many Children, The Summer Of Was Filled With Sunshine And Laughter But For Ten Year Old Kris Barlow, It Was Her Chance To Say Goodbye To Her Dying Mother Three Decades Later, Loss Returns Her Husband Killed In A Car Accident And So, Kris Goes Home To The Place Where She First Knew Pain To That Summer House Overlooking The Crystal Waters Of Lost Lake It S There That Kris And Her Eight Year Old Daughter Will Make A Stand Against Grief But A Shadow Has Fallen Over The Quiet Lake Town Of Pacington, Kansas Beneath Its Surface, An Evil Has Grown And Inside That Home Where Kris Barlow Last Saw Her Mother, An Old Friend Awaits Her Return DNF 26%The writing is so detailed it s painful Every single move is chronicled and I m so bored I can t take it any I feel like I m reading a script.Here s a sample She did a quick pass over her bottom teeth and spat a bubbly mixture of toothpaste and saliva into the sink Cupping a hand under the faucet, she slurped cool water into her mouth She spat the water out and rinsed the sink before turning the faucet off THE ENTIRE STORY IS LIKE THIS I mean, a simple She brushed her teeth DNF 26%The writing is so detailed it s painful Every single move is chronicled and I m so bored I can t take it any I feel like I m reading a script.Here s a sample She did a quick pass over her bottom teeth and spat a bubbly mixture of toothpaste and saliva into the sink Cupping a hand under the faucet, she slurped cool water into her mouth She spat the water out and rinsed the sink before turning the faucet off THE ENTIRE STORY IS LIKE THIS I mean, a simple She brushed her teeth would have sufficed Amiright At 26%, one day has passed that consisted of cleaning house Imagine the amount of detail involved in describing a house cleaning Ugh I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Something about the story and the way Mr Thomas writes just leaves me with a deep, down disquieting feeling I will say that 2 books into this author, and I feel he knows what s up His first book was messed up from the start And I mean that in a good way This Honestly, if it were almost, any other author, I d have quit This started as a slow burn But, hold on tight, because it gets going Had I quit, that would have been real stupid on my end I did have the heebie, jeebies Not too big a Something about the story and the way Mr Thomas writes just leaves me with a deep, down disquieting feeling I will say that 2 books into this author, and I feel he knows what s up His first book was messed up from the start And I mean that in a good way This Honestly, if it were almost, any other author, I d have quit This started as a slow burn But, hold on tight, because it gets going Had I quit, that would have been real stupid on my end I did have the heebie, jeebies Not too big a deal But, dude..when my short hairs stand straight up, that does it Now y all don t know me, but I have hair on my head That s it.When I say my short hairs have stood up, that means that I m so scarified, that I ve found an unknown region of hairs LOL O.K.,.that s a lie, but just barely Maybe Also, my thanks to the author, Inkshares Press, whom I m keeping my beastly eye on, and also Netgalley Still, Inkshares have been coming on strong lately We ll see how that goes Recommended Review originally posted on Cemetery Dance Sept 24th, 2019https www.cemeterydance.com extras Did Scott Thomas peek inside our horror loving brains while we weren t looking and use what he found there to write the most appealing book just for us He might have In fact, theI sit here with all my review notes, theI m convinced he overheard us talking about all our favorite things to read about and he used ALL OF THEM in this one book Violet.Of course, I m kidding It s abundantl Review originally posted on Cemetery Dance Sept 24th, 2019https www.cemeterydance.com extras Did Scott Thomas peek inside our horror loving brains while we weren t looking and use what he found there to write the most appealing book just for us He might have In fact, theI sit here with all my review notes, theI m convinced he overheard us talking about all our favorite things to read about and he used ALL OF THEM in this one book Violet.Of course, I m kidding It s abundantly clear that Scott Thomas just intuitively knows what horror fans want His debut novel, Kill Creek, is evidence of that.Last year, Kill Creek descended upon us like a madman wielding a knife There was nothing any of us could do but willingly fall victim to the story let it swallow us whole and leave us wantingViolet could very well be the most anticipated horror novel of 2019, and with such high expectations, is it even possible Scott Thomas could deliver It s this reader s opinion that hethan delivered he managed to set the bar even higher.Violet opens with the description of an idyllic small town named Pacington It might not be the wholesome, quaint vacation destination it appears to be Perhaps something sinister resides here As soon as we meet our protagonist, Kris Barlow, and her story begins to unfold, I got some serious slow burning, gothic horror vibes.Kris is a woman suffering through immense emotional trauma and grief She is taking an extended holiday away from work to bring her daughter Sadie to her childhood summer house in Pacington To the average reader, this doesn t sound like a recipe for Kris to wind up with sustained mental health and well being, but to the seasoned horror fan, this is the perfect set up for delicious horror An unstable protagonist trying to overcome the nightmarish pain of unbearable grief in a suspicious town with a dark past Unputdownable nightmare fuel.This is where I must talk about how satisfying it is to read about characters restoring old, abandoned, spooky buildings It is pure joy to read about the floors getting scrubbed clean, cobwebs coming down, windows getting washed all the while knowing in the back of your mind that none of this surface level restoration can fix a paranormal infestation or mental disrepair But it is entertaining to be a fly on the wall as the characters seem very distracted by all their hard work The creeping dread and tension continue to grow, fester, and rot around the edges of this story until the reader is held in captivated suspension until the very last page Violet has some of the most compelling storytelling I ve read in a long time My favorite parts are when Kris and Sadie venture into town to get ice cream or make a trip to the bookstore the encounters she has with the locals are like gathering up the author s breadcrumbs I savored every bit of mystery and intrigue Is it too soon to start pining away for the next Scott Thomas book Not for this fan I m here for whatever fresh horror this author conjures up for his readers 3.5 5 Stars VIOLET is the second major release from Scott Thomas The first being KILL CREEK, which I adored I liked this book as well, but not quite as much Kris Barlow and her daughter Sadie have recently suffered a tragedy that will change their lives forever Sadie has now gone from a lively young girl to a quiet withdrawn one In an effort to take their minds off things, Kris decides that they will spend their summer at a cabin on Lost Lake where she used to go as a child with her parent 3.5 5 Stars VIOLET is the second major release from Scott Thomas The first being KILL CREEK, which I adored I liked this book as well, but not quite as much Kris Barlow and her daughter Sadie have recently suffered a tragedy that will change their lives forever Sadie has now gone from a lively young girl to a quiet withdrawn one In an effort to take their minds off things, Kris decides that they will spend their summer at a cabin on Lost Lake where she used to go as a child with her parents They discover the home in a serious state of disrepair which keeps them busy for a while and Kris begins to see positive changes in Sadie s behavior When they go into town, though, they get strange looks one townie even tells Kris she needs to keep a close eye on her daughter in this town Not long after that, back at the cabin Kris hears Sadie talking and giggling and thinks she is finally on the road to recovery But is she really Will they get the emotional healing they were seeking Why were the townsfolk acting so strangely You ll have to read VIOLET to find out I love a slow burning story, see my reviews of Straub s GHOST STORY and or Thomas Tryon s HARVEST HOME , and this one does start off slowly but I was all hey, no worries, it s cool But about 100 pages later I wasn t finding it so cool Don t get me wrong, time was spent describing the town and its residents, fine the complicated goings on within the Barlow family, fine , but the incredibly detailed sanding of the deck and the cleaning of rooms Not so much If I set that aside and just focus on the family mysteries and how they unfurled, I feelsatisfied Mr Thomas had me intrigued with the story, which is why I kept going, but even in that area, I felt like it took too long for anything of substance to happen Lots of teasers and a little foreshadowing will only hold me for so long When the action did start though, I was glued and I dug the denouement in a BIG WAY , I just felt like it took too long to get there and It pains me to say it.One thing that worked for me on all levels is the music featured Kris finds an old mix tape and plays it almost continuously when working on or in the cabin For me, even when the music wasn t mentioned, I was still hearing it in my mind, playing behind the scenes I was witnessing I thought that was done deftly and I appreciate the skill required for it to blend in the way it did I seem to be in the minority on this book as most of my reviewing clan seem to have loved it All I can say is, please remember this is just my opinion, and if you were thinking of giving VIOLET a try, please do I probably just read it wrong I DO recommend this book, in spite of the things I ve mentioned, but I was hoping so hard to LOVE it, and it just didn t happen Recommended Thank you to Inkshares and to NetGalley for the e ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it I was going to give this a 4.5 but since there was a senseless, graphic death of a horse, I m giving it a 3.5 This is the way I m doing things now, I don t care what anyone thinks The end of that I loved the characters in the book and the whole town and atmosphere in general It s a slow burn, so if that s your thing, you will be fine The creepy handprints on the window got me right off the bat They were handprints Countless little handprints They were on the inside Tens Hundreds Th I was going to give this a 4.5 but since there was a senseless, graphic death of a horse, I m giving it a 3.5 This is the way I m doing things now, I don t care what anyone thinks The end of that I loved the characters in the book and the whole town and atmosphere in general It s a slow burn, so if that s your thing, you will be fine The creepy handprints on the window got me right off the bat They were handprints Countless little handprints They were on the inside Tens Hundreds Thousands of handprints Small, like a child s Kris stared at the layers of little handprints covering the glass, and the skin on the back of her neck prickled I thoroughly enjoyed the book but for that one part It s sad as well Mel I hope this book does not just get pigeon holed as a horror novel, I hope that this gets a wider audience than just readers of the genre because while it is a very suspenseful and at times scary book, it is also so muchthan that I loved this authors first book Kill Creek and was very excited when I was given the chance to read and review an arc copy of this This is a book about friendship and family ties and ultimately, loss It s also about survival What people do and tell themselves I hope this book does not just get pigeon holed as a horror novel, I hope that this gets a wider audience than just readers of the genre because while it is a very suspenseful and at times scary book, it is also so muchthan that I loved this authors first book Kill Creek and was very excited when I was given the chance to read and review an arc copy of this This is a book about friendship and family ties and ultimately, loss It s also about survival What people do and tell themselves to get by when the crap is hitting the fan with the realization that the world won t stop turning because you need it to and that life goes on whether or not you want it to Right from the onset you know that the characters are going through it From the beginning you know that they are running from something, trying to regroup, and get themselves back to some sense of normalcy This setup is what made the book for me in terms of connecting with the characters and making me care for them and about what was going on And I think without the time spent doing this the ending would not have been as impactful nor as emotional All these different things were happening and backstories were filled in and all the while it seemed like I, as the reader, was circling the drain, sinking slowly but gaining momentum towards the finale And what a grand finale it was Everything came together in such a spectacular and satisfying way I just might have had tears in my eyes might have, because men don t cry I also loved the way the author used music to set the tone and mood throughout As the main character listened to old mix tapes her mom had made I was able to hear these songs in my head as I knew and loved most of them myself and it totally added to my overall enjoyment and appreciation of the book It was little things like this that set this one apart for me, the little added details that might not have been necessary to further the plot but made the story all thevivid for their inclusion Violet made me laugh, it made me sad, it also scared the crap out of me The book made me feel pity and disgust but also relief and happiness Violet is a fast paced book without a wasted page and no time was spent with meaningless fodder or filler Total reading enjoyment is to be found in here and I give this my highest recommendation possible I want to thank Inkshares and Netgalley for providing me the arc of this but that in no way impacted my opinion or review Scott Thomas first release, Kill Creek, was already on my radar due to the insanely positive reviews I have seen from many a trusted horror reviewer so I was delighted to win a giveaway, run by the publisher, for this book It is safe to say his soph release equally measures up Little Krissy grew up with her summers spent at her family s lake house She holds fond memories of her time there, only slightly tainted by the memories of her concluding summer and her mother s early demise to canc Scott Thomas first release, Kill Creek, was already on my radar due to the insanely positive reviews I have seen from many a trusted horror reviewer so I was delighted to win a giveaway, run by the publisher, for this book It is safe to say his soph release equally measures up Little Krissy grew up with her summers spent at her family s lake house She holds fond memories of her time there, only slightly tainted by the memories of her concluding summer and her mother s early demise to cancer.Despite the decades that have past since then, grown up Kris is hoping the lakeside house will provide the same restorative powers for her eight year old daughter, Sadie, who is struggling to cope after the death of her father The house, the town, and the lake this whole story centres around, has other ideas for them, however Despite slightly slower in delivering the chills I had anticipated although the last third had these in abundance , this story captivated me from the first page The grief felt by both mother and daughter was potent and I felt drawn to their sorrow They both, however, retained hopeful hearts and it was this light that I clung to through the depths of despair and dread that the author repeatedly plunged the duo into.The mysterious elements of this storyline were instantly heightened due to the repeated instances of foreboding foreshadowing Secrets and lies abound, history refuses to remain buried, and there is a whisper heard in the darkness who is calling for Sadie to come out and play VIOLET is the second full length novel I have read by author Scott Thomas This is most definitely a character driven novel, with emotional attachment that you can feel from the start The atmosphere is already building from the very first page, as well as the intense characterization.Kris Barlow and her young daughter, Sadie, have just suffered the traumatic loss of their husband father in an accident While Kris feelings are understandably and realistically torn between her own emotions, fina VIOLET is the second full length novel I have read by author Scott Thomas This is most definitely a character driven novel, with emotional attachment that you can feel from the start The atmosphere is already building from the very first page, as well as the intense characterization.Kris Barlow and her young daughter, Sadie, have just suffered the traumatic loss of their husband father in an accident While Kris feelings are understandably and realistically torn between her own emotions, finances, and adjustment, she also has to shoulder the grief of her daughter This is the most challenging, as Sadie lapses into a near silent, joyless existence no longer the carefree, fun loving child she used to be once you went into the darkness, you never came outLike the hole in the groundthat daddy lived in nowKris makes the decision to move them to a summer home, that was left to her by her father, called River s End , near Lost Lake, in Kansas Thinking a complete change of scenery will help her daughter to heal, she recalls fond memories of her own youthful summers spent thereShe had first glimpsed the sparkling ripples playing across the lake s surface when she was fourin 1982the town had been a quaint lakeside resort for over two decades That was the Pacington she rememberedHowever, the decades between her last summer there, and their current visit, have not been so kind to the dying townThe house looked like a crumbling headstone on a forgotten grave I m not even sure where to begin with how well written, and all consuming this novel was Thomas shows us the personalities and feelings of our main characters not all at once, but with a gradual progression through each and every page There is nothingforcedupon the reader Rather, I found myself magnetized by the simple, everyday things that Kris and Sadie did whether it was cleaning up the neglected lakeside house, or merely shopping for supplies Each detail meant something to me, and revealed a bitof our characters mindsets at a leisurely pace Sometimes it is easier not to know Life is happier lived in ignorance That is not to say that the story felt slow , as each minute spent reading had meinvested in the Barlow s new life and healing process.A process that was multi layered andcomplex than I had first expected.Even as Kris tried to keep the unpleasant memories of her past mentally buried, it s felt through all of her thoughts, words, and actions The town she recalls from her youth has changed, and yet it s like a psychological puzzle that she no longer has all the pieces to That town, it s real But what you ve got in your head, the way you remember it when you were ten, the town you haven t let change The town itself is almost a character in its own right Outwardly separate from Kris healing intentions, it is nonetheless tethered to her by invisible strings that are never overtly shown Even the knowledge of some unfortunate happenings in the years since she had last been there, don t seem to reel her in Although the fact that others have had their share of suffering, does bring her closer to accepting that she is not alone when it comes to grief There was something comforting in knowing that you were not the only one being unfairly punished by fate As the novel progresses, and simple things begin feeling somehow wrongthe pacing continues to feel natural, despite the mounting unease In a case like this, I would normally find myself frantic for the action and answers to pick up, yet in this tale, I was so completely one with the narrative, that I couldn t have thought of changing anything if I tried Thomas had me fully immersed in the world he had created a puzzle from her past was falling into place whether she liked it or notEven as things with young Sadie began to rapidly change, I was in no hurry to get to the end of the book I merely wanted to continue gliding along with the flowThere are some things that are meant to be left buried Overall, I felt that while this was indisputably a horror novel, there were so many elements of sub genres included that I felt I was getting a taste of everything I connected strongly with the psychological aspects, the mystery, deepening suspense, emotional upheavals, memory repression, danger, and acceptance The pieces had fallen into place, even the ones she had tried so hard to hide from herself This was a novel of discovery in a myriad of forms of the response to grief, guilt, and so manycomplex combinations of emotionsPeople heal in different waysFrom the dramatic, yet leisurely beginning, to the jaw dropping revelations and questions brought to the foreground near the end, I was completely entranced by this novel each and every page of the journey This is a book that you simply have to read for yourself to full appreciate the hardest truth life has to offer happiness is not guaranteed Highly recommended Available NOW It s been days since I finished this book and I m still processing it It was absolutely BLOODY brilliant I feel like it touched my soul and I m left scarred in the best, most beautiful way possible and that is truly how reading is supposed to make you feel Hats off to Scott Thomas for writing one of the best horror novels I ve ever read, truly Though it has horror in abundance and gave me shivers all down my back at certain points and made me want to sleep with the lights on, it s also so mu It s been days since I finished this book and I m still processing it It was absolutely BLOODY brilliant I feel like it touched my soul and I m left scarred in the best, most beautiful way possible and that is truly how reading is supposed to make you feel Hats off to Scott Thomas for writing one of the best horror novels I ve ever read, truly Though it has horror in abundance and gave me shivers all down my back at certain points and made me want to sleep with the lights on, it s also so muchthan that It s a beautiful and emotional story about grief and loss and it felt like I was living through the heartbreak with our two main characters I could go on and on about how brilliant this book is but just do yourself a favour and go out and buy it and fall in love with it like I did 4.0 StarsA Slow Burning Piece of Psychological Horror FictionVideo Review you read a book at just the right time This was certainly the case with Violet After reading too many horror stories with weak writing and flat characters, I was finding myself burnt out by the genre that I love so much Picking up Violet was the perfect remedy to my reading slump If I had read this book years ago, I honestly might not have appreciated it as much as I did reading i 4.0 StarsA Slow Burning Piece of Psychological Horror FictionVideo Review you read a book at just the right time This was certainly the case with Violet After reading too many horror stories with weak writing and flat characters, I was finding myself burnt out by the genre that I love so much Picking up Violet was the perfect remedy to my reading slump If I had read this book years ago, I honestly might not have appreciated it as much as I did reading it now In the past, I often preferred a fast paced plot over character development or good prose Thankfully, my reading tastes have evolved over time and I have come to enjoy slower,literary stories.This was a wonderful piece of quiet horror that explored universal themes of grief that could easily appeal to readers who do not normally read horror At its core, this was a very character driven story, focused on the relationship between a mother and daughter as they attempted to heal their emotional pain Both characters felt well developed with realistic responses to their loss The horror elements in this one took a while to show up and were quite subtle when they finally did emerge While I personally did not find this one scary, but I was still completely immersed in the narrative The horror in this one was primarily psychological since the story was told from the perspective of a potentially unreliable character For most of the story, the horror of the story was quite ambiguous, which is something I personally really enjoy reading in the genre The author has a very descriptive writing style, which certainly slowed the pace of the narrative The actions of characters were recounted in such detail that it made for a slow burning reading experience As someone who typically prefers shorter horror fiction, this was a bit longer than the stories I normally pick up Yet, I never found the story bloated or boring Instead, I was immersed in the entire time The narrative pace did pick up in the final section of the novel I stayed up way too late reading those last few chapters Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that the narrative built to a gripping climax with a satisfying ending Readers will undoubtedly try to compare Violet to the author s debut novel, Kill Creek However, these two novels are very different from each other While I have not personally read Kill Creek yet , I feel that I know enough to compare the two books As I understand, Kill Creek was muchfast paced with meta horror elements that were not present in Violet I appreciate an author who demonstrates range in their writing, because I do want to read the same story over and over again This was my first time reading Scott Thomas, but it certainly won t be my last I was very impressed by his storytelling abilities as he pulled me into this emotional narrative I would highly recommend this one to readers who appreciate subtle psychological horror, fully fleshed out characters, and well crafted stories Disclaimer I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher

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  • Paperback
  • 437 pages
  • Violet
  • Scott Thomas
  • English
  • 07 August 2017
  • 1947848364