“Violet begins with a quote from a Nick Cave song, which equals great promise in my mind, and does not disappoint. Scott Thomas does a great job of instilling that hint of something sinister lurking behind or underneath or just blended in with what’s familiar and ordinary. I know when Inkshares is behind something, it’s going to be good, and Violet is good in all the ways you want your great dark and creepy literature to be.” —Peter Win, co-owner of the Brookline Booksmith
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.
Scott Thomas’ Violet is a creepy tale mixed together with a healthy dose of grief. The accidental death of Kris Barlow’s husband and father to her 8-year-old daughter Sadie lead them to Pacington, Kansas to try and heal over the summer. Kris spent years with her parents at their cottage on Lost Lake, and though her mother died here, she hasn’t thought about this place in over 30 years. For some reason, she believes the place will be good for Sadie, though it is probably never a good idea to trust the childhood memories of someone consumed with grief, and Kris maybe a most unreliable narrator.
The cottage is in ruins, Sadie is speechless with grief, and yet Kris believes that a good cleaning and a few DIY repairs will make the cottage as good as she remembers. There is a lot going on in Violet. Creepy town folk, missing and murdered children, an isolated cottage on the lake, a mother’s tenuous grip on her own sanity, and a little girl, very much left on her own. Well, that is except for Violet, Sadie’s imaginary friend, who Kris seems to know well. I admit, seemingly mundane tasks are the basis of a slow start to the story, but as I progressed further into the story, the beginning made sense, and the tension kept gradually increasing until I had to know what was real and what was imaginary.I wound up enjoying my time with Violet, and that ending….what!
I entered a Shelf Awareness contest for Violet, and while I did not win an ARC, the publisher(thanks Adam), send me a DRC through Inkshares. I now plan to find room on my TBR pile for the author’s first novel, Kill Creek.