- Meaghan O'Brien
Do you believe in ghosts? Violet Willoughby does not and she is the daughter of a medium, albeit a fraudulent one. In Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, the year is 1872, London England and Violent is the daughter of a scheming, manipulative and opportunistic mother who wants her to “marry up” no matter what. They rig séances and swindle unsuspecting high society spiritualists. After many faked séances Violet remains a skeptic of ghosts until one fateful night she sees a transparent girl oozing water and lilies and who will not rest until her killer is brought to justice. Violet is the only one who sees the very persistent spirit and soon realizes that it is up to her to solve the mystery behind her death in order to have the spirit be at peace.
Readers will fall in love with Violet, who is both a strong and vulnerable character. Her calculating mother has raised her on a lifestyle of lies and, while Violet tries to find herself, she must also try to fit in with the well-to-do society her mother so desperately craves for them. She knows the rules of etiquette but it is not easy for her. Violet struggles with her new ability to see spirits. She cannot turn to her mother since she will surely exploit them. Thankfully she has her childhood friend and potential love interest, Colin, to assist her.
Haunting Violet will have readers on the edge of their seats through the many twists and turns as they keep guessing who the true killer is. Harvey’s writing, in terms of language and style, is modern but she still manages to fit in with the time period of the book. This intriguing book is infused with supernatural, mystery and love themes. The result: a highly entertaining novel that will thrust the reader into the world of gothic Victorian spiritualism.
Violet may not believe in ghosts. The only problem is, they believe in her.