Violet by Scott Thomas
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Inkshares
About the Book:
For many children, the summer of 1988 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.
The entire premise of the novel is extremely intriguing, who doesn't love a ghost story in October!? The main characters are appealing but some of the secondary characters are a little one-dimensional. The horror elements are brilliantly executed and truly spine tingling and the suspense builds at a slow burn.
Violet is a ghost story that is clever yet also overly long, this could have been an excellent book with one hundred and fifty pages cut...the length makes it unevenly paced and a bit repetitive, with WAY too much detail. It took until halfway through the book for it to get interesting. Ultimately, it’s a good story. However, I think that some readers may lose their patience at the book’s pace and give up long before anything actually happens. 3.5 stars, rounded down...though I loved the horror once it came, the book became more work than pleasure.
Thank you NetGalley, Scott Thomas and Inkshares for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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