Violet Willoughby has grown up helping her mother con people into believing in ghosts so she is completely unprepared when they start appearing to her. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey begins with Violet accompanying her mother to the house of Lord Jasper where a house party is scheduled with Violet’s mother’s contact with the ‘ghosts’ being one of the highlights of the stay. Violet has always felt uneasy preying upon the sorrow of individuals for the sake of money but has always assisted her mother so they can eat but as strange things start appearing to Violet she is unsure what to do about it.
The only person Violet can trust is Colin, a pickpocket who her mother took in off the streets to assist with the charade of the ghostly visitations. If Violet’s mother every found out the truth about Violet’s visions she would exploit Violet but as the ghostly visitations lead Violet closer to a killer Violet might have to sacrifice this knowledge in order to stop a killer and save her own life.
Haunting Violet is a Victorian Ghost Story with an intriguing take on phenomena that was huge at the time, the belief that individuals could contact those beyond the grave through special mediums. Haunting Violet was a fast paced novel that kept me intrigued until the very end. Harvey’s use of the first person narrative, from Violet’s point of view, was great as it really allowed me to understand Violet’s reactions to everything. I am a big fan of Alyxandra Harvey, having really enjoyed her Drake Chronicles series and Haunting Violet does not disappoint.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: Haunting Violet
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 352
Publisher: Bloomsbury Teen
Release Date: June 21, 2011
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.