In the lineage of Peter Straub’s Julia, Scott Thomas’ Violet is the disturbing tale of a woman haunted by her long-abandoned imaginary friend.

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.


If you’re on bookstagram, you’re well aware of (the super-hyped) ‘Kill Creek’. While I had a good time reading it, it ended up being an average reading experience. Let me just say that my expectations were high.

When I saw Violet on NetGalley I felt a bit hesitant but decided to request it anyway. The request was approved and then I just let it sit.

Months later I finally picked it up, and boy oh boy…

I found myself immediately engaged in the story. Scott Thomas did a magnificent job in the character development department. I cared about Kris and Sadie.

Some folks might find the pace too slow. I found it to be perfectly timed.

The book is beautifully written.
The attention to detail shows.
The darkness slowly finds its way in.

Huge thanks to NetGalley and Inkshares for the ARC. Sorry for taking ages to read it, perks of being a mood reader.