Haunting Violet (Paperback)
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Short Description for Haunting Violet Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fradulent medium for a decade, following widows and old men. Violet has taken part in too many tricks and considers herself too jaded and level-headed to believe in the supernatural. The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she's been seeing them everywhere.
- Published: 04 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781408811313 ISBN 10: 1408811316
- Sales rank: 69,884
Reviews for Haunting Violet
A thoroughly modern piece of historical fiction!
Haunting Violet was a great read! It is centred around the character of Violet Willoughby, a girl who has a new-found talent for seeing the dead. For years her mother has swindled grieving patrons at fake seances. Violet's mother was a brilliantly horrible piece of work: one of those characters you could thoroughly enjoy loathing!
Violet herself was great. I always like characters who love the books I love, and Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favourites! I'm not usually one for historical settings, but the nineteenth century setting of this novel provided the perfect atmosphere. I loved the parlour tricks the group used to simulate the visiting spirits, and the bitchy guests at the manor were brilliant little caricatures.
The romantic element of the book was predictable, but sweet. It was a bit of a shame that the fella's name was Colin, though. Poor dab. Much more enjoyable and dynamic was the friendship between Violet and her plump and energetic friend, Elizabeth.
I think, in a lot of ways, this was a brave book. The Victorian English setting, the old fashioned names and customs, as well as the "murder mystery" aspect of the narrative, are all things which probably should alienate a lot of younger readers. However, Harvey manages to balance these things with relatable, fairly modern characters, a healthy dose of paranormal intrigue, and a sweet romantic element.
Thoroughly enjoyable! Oh, and I love the dress the girl on the book cover is wearing. He he. Four stars! by Laura Williams
A must read!
Violet has a very interesting life. Why? She is not what everyone thinks and, in fact, she is more than she thinks. First there is the fine lady that she has become now, daughter of a marvelous medium who is intriguing a lot of wealthy families. But her second life is far more sad, her mother is nothing but a liar. Her medium abilities? Lies. Her love for her daughter? Lies. Her house? Another lie; she got it after lying to a poor old lady during years and received it as inheritance.
What for everybody else looks like her mother's workers for Violet is family. Colin, her best friend, was also raised by her mother not because she cared but because he would help her perform her acts. And Marjie, who was working on the streets, was also saved by her mother to become the housemade.
Of course, being part of this game, Violet didn't believe in ghost or mediums, she knew better than that. Until one day, during one of the biggest performances her mother was doing in Lord Jasper's house (a very wealthy and known man) a ghost appeared in front of her. This ghost, a girl's ghost, was dripping water to the floor while moving her lips as if trying to say something that couldn't be said because it was obvious she had been strangled to death.
From that moment on Violet began to wonder if she was going nuts or if, in fact, ghosts could be real... But ghosts were one more thing in her increasing list of problems: her mom was always trying to set her up with some rich kid, Colin was always behind her back teasing and helping, even complicating things with stolen kisses and fine ladies were always saying nasty things about her mother (sadly most of them were kind of true...). Good thing her best friend, Elizabeth, was always sweet, supportive and funny. But Violet was afraid that if the big charade their life had become was discovered no one, not even Elizabeth, would forgive her.
But someone is lurking in the shadows and Rowena's ghost holds all the answers Violet needs to catch the killer.
You know what I like best about this book? Is auto-conclusive. Yes, I LOVE series but the waiting is so... so... tiring sometimes, you know? With Haunting Violet I had a crazy, intense ride where ghosts were behind every corner and Colin was behind every shadow.
Sorry, I think I fell in love with him. His part in this book wasn't big but it was important for Violet's decisions. Supportive, caring, protective, sweet and tender, that's Colin's description. Who wouldn't want a guy like that?!
Violet's mother was annoying. More than annoying I would say, but that's the way it had to be. And the victorian setting of the book creates an amazing background for the readers to enjoy. by Alaiel Kreuz