Violet by SJI Holliday 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to TBC on Facebook for my e -book. All opinions are honest and my own.


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…

My Review

Oh boy did I love this book. It has everything I want in a psychological thriller.

Palpable tension to the point I had to remind myself to breathe, wonderful vivid descriptions of the multiple settings , claustrophobia and dark delicious characters. But to me the clincher that really sealed the deal was the unreliable narration ( don’t do drugs kids) and Violet herself .

I bloody love it when women aren’t portrayed as victims but instead are the catalysts of complete and utter mayhem. I find it so much more interesting and this clever book had me wrapped round its finger from page one.

The emails interspersed throughout the narration were a fantastic addition along with social media inclusion. So if you didn’t pay attention to your parents on the importance of STRANGER DANGER then after reading this I’m sure you will .

And if that doesn’t make you want to read this excellent book then just look at the cover, that alone should make you buy it.

About the author

S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday grew up in East Lothian, Scotland. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham prize. 

She has written three crime novels set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun, which are a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller. They are: “Black Wood”, “Willow Walk” and “The Damselfly” – all featuring the much loved character, Sergeant Davie Gray. 

Her serial killer thriller “The Deaths of December” (written as Susi Holliday), featuring Detective Sergeant Eddie Carmine and Detective Constable Becky Greene was a festive hit in 2017.

Her spooky mystery “The Lingering” was released in September 2018.

Her latest book “Violet” – a psychological thriller set on the Trans-Siberian Express is out in September 2019.

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