Published: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Walker & Company
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.
Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?
My review: I have never read Alyxandra Harvey's series The Drake Chronicles so I am not comparing this book to her other series. This book is a stand alone book outside of other work she has done.
I am a cover person. The cover that I have of my ARC provided by the publisher to review (THANK YOU SO MUCH) is the one I posted on this post. I love this cover. I love the soft purples and violets. The water lillies are gorgeous and are very symbolic. Dark hair and pale skin...the cover just WORKS for me. I would buy this book based on the cover alone! The title "Haunting Violet" is another reason I would pick this book up in a heart beat!
With that said: How can you go wrong with a girl whose mom is a total fraud, lives a life of lies and finds out that the lie her mother lives is her reality? YES...you have it here! Historical fiction, paranormal, murder mystery all wrapped up in a nice paperback cover of 344 pages makes for a great read.
I am envious of Violet as I think this would be a cool gift to have. She rebukes her gifts as she is a non believer. So many are non believers in a lot of things until something happens that changes their whole life (universal theme here)!
For a mix of paranormal, mystery and historical fiction, this book is a must read!