Romance. Fantasy. Historical Fiction. Mystery.
When you read those four genres, I’m quite sure you think about a different thing each time. But a book that combines all four? I never thought I’d find one—but I just did.
Haunting Violet tells the story of Violet Willoughby. Violet’s mother is a Spiritualist… or so she says. Violet knows that her mother has never actually seen spirits; she just fakes it for the fame and the money.
Violet’s mother is asked to go perform séances at the manor of wealthy Lord Jasper. With her comes Violet, and the boy Violet just might be falling for. Violet’s grown up not believing in ghosts, but as soon as they arrive at the country estate, odd things begin to happen. Rooms suddenly begin to drip with water, a girl, drenched to the bone, with bruises around her wrists and neck, begins to appear in front of Violet’s eyes.
Violet must figure out what happened to the ghost, and soon. If she doesn’t, the same thing could happen to the ghost’s twin sister, whom Violet meets while at Lord Jasper’s estate. Violet and her friend Elizabeth set out to solve this mystery, attempting not to destroy Violet’s love life (and real life) while doing so.
This story wades through fake séances, real ghosts, romance, murderers, spying, fights, lies, and so much more. After a couple chapters, I was completely immersed in the story. I’m glad we weren’t doing anything important in school that day, because I started in 2nd period and was halfway through the book by the end of the school day. And yes, for most of this period of time, the book trumped human interaction.
The best part of this book, at least for me, has to be the author’s style of writing. Alyxandra Harvey writes very vivid descriptions, which makes the scenes she writes play out in your head easily. Maybe it’s just because I’ve always been a reader who loves description, but I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t.
There isn’t really much to criticize with this book. Sure, some scenes are confusing, but hey, if a mystery didn’t have confusing scenes, it wouldn’t be a mystery. They’re essential to make the story what it is.
To sum it up, Haunting Violet is a whirlwind story that will sweep you off your feet and leave you thinking about it for days after you’ve finished reading.
Milan L. is an aspiring writer who loves horses, books, and anything else involving animals. She’s known on figment as “Pippa Sky Destry”, to her parents and sister as “Milan”, and to her beloved cat as a chew toy. She lives in a university town and enjoys spending time with friends and horses, reading, and making jewelry out of paperclips.