Author: Scott Thomas
Genre: Horror, Literary
Date of Publication: September 23, 2019
When Kris’s husband dies, she decides to take her daughter, Sadie, to stay at the summer cottage her family used to visit when she was a little girl. But things aren’t quite as idyllic as Kris remembers. The cottage is run down and uncared for. The town of Pacington has had a string of missing girls. Strangely, Sadie isn’t at all upset to be spending her summer in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere far from all her friends. She’s made a new friend–an imaginary one. A little girl named Violet, who is suspiciously similar to the imaginary friend that Kris had when she stayed at this cottage twenty years ago…
The concept of this novel is simple, yet brilliant. Unfortunately, because of this, there aren’t many twists in the plot that aren’t immediately given away by the blurb on the back of the book. Despite this, the book is all about the journey. It’s about following Kris as she struggles to understand what is happening, even if the reader already knows or suspects what is going on.
Unlike Kill Creek, Scott Thomas’s debut novel, Violet is far more literary, and, as a result, it is much slower paced. There are many flashbacks to when Kris was a little girl staying in this house, filling in the gaps in her memories which have faded over the years. The prose is powerful and gripping, and the setting and characters are so well-described that I could perfectly envision Kris and Sadie stepping out of the car and approaching their new home.