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Through Violet Eyes (Violet Eyes #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,599 ratings  ·  149 reviews
In a world where the dead can testify against the living, someone is getting away with murder. Because to every generation are born a select few souls with violet-colored eyes, and the ability to channel thedead. Both rare and precious-and rigidly controlled by a society that craves their services--these Violets perform a number of different duties. The most fortunate incr ...more
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Published August 31st 2004 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2004)
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Mixed feelings on this one. I like the premise, being able to talk to the dead through the "Violets", but I had trouble accepting that these poeple would be forced into service and be bound to continue working through intimidation. I also never really understood what the motivation was for the killer and how his accomplice met her end. Since this is a first novel, I am inclined to give the second one a chance. While the first one wasn't horrible, the second one might be better and I did feel a c ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
I have to admit that the concept of this book totally grabbed me. After reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read this book. And I loved it!

In this alternate universe, the Violets are people who can channel the dead. They are born with the skill and all have violet eyes. They also have some fascinating jobs within society and are actively expected to help out whenever the authorities need them. They are also closely monitored and controlled by the NAACC, and often testify in court by serving as
Fué como un disparo.
Toda la fuerza y la potencia en las primeras páginas, para dejar luego un largo tramo de "dolor" aburrido.

Los Violetas, son personas (con ojos color violeta valga la rebundancia) que tienen la capacidad de ver el momento de su muerte y reconocer al asesino, uno de ellos, la violeta Natalie Lindstrom junto con Dan Atwaker agente del FBI trabajarán juntos para perseguir y atrapar a un asesino en serie.
Òphiere editoriale
L'ho trovato di una cupezza incredibile, finisce male ed è pure scritto coi piedi. Ha dalla sua una notevolissima intelligenza nelle trovate che si ispirano alla tradizione esoterica rielaborandola. Ecco che la preghiera per allontanare la posseissione da parte degli spiriti diviene il mantram personale che riconnette l'individuo alla sua vera personalità. Ecco che la conoscenza del nome segreto dell'individuo , da parte dello spirito gli da la possibilità di prendere possesso del soggetto. Ecco ...more
I debated about how to classify this book because it doesn't fit the fantasy genre (no magic exactly, current day setting), nor the science fiction genre (only sort of science, current day - not future), so I settled on urban fantasy by default because it does fit the current day setting, but I think it might be better to think of it as an alternate reality mystery/thriller. (I probably need to just add a speculative fiction category and be done with it.)

Premise for the alternate reality: There
Lucille P Robinson
This isn't exactly a review. I hate to tell the story of any novel. Rather, I prefer to try and entice the readers to pick up certain books. If you like the psychic talents that many people believe are used by the more fortunate ones of the human race, then you'll like Stephen Woodworth's series on Violet Eyes.

I really liked Through Violet Eyes mainly because the criminals could not escape their victims as easily as we thought. The idea of a person being able to talk with the dead is not a new o
When I started reading this book I had the next three in the series on my TBR, immediately after finishing this book all of them went onto my posted books shelf. The story had such an interesting concept and plot and in the hands of a better writer it would have had the potential to be amazing, but this writer has more creativity than skill. It also seemed somewhat like torture porn in the descriptions of the deaths, it was somewhat like the writer, or the narrator at least, was enjoying what th ...more
Pretty neat idea. In many ways, this book is structured like your standard catch-the-killer story, but with the twist of having the Violets, who can channel the spirits of the dead. For me, I would have liked to have more POV chapters from the Violet character, but that's just me. I'm a sucker for the, "oh, that's neat" part.

The world seemed to be structured such that having the phenomenon of the Violets was well thought-out and resonant in the culture.

Fast pace, and I didn't find myself think
The BookWhisperer
This is my first book by Stephen Woodworth. I was very impressed by this story, it was unlike anything else that I have read recently. This is definetly a recommendable book. It held quite a realistic view of societies view of the unknown. Dan's hestiatance with Natalie due to his fear of her ability was one that anyone could relate. I was pleased that he found a way to over come his stereotypes to really care for Natalie. It also interested me the effects of their ability was enough to make som ...more
Nina Bradley
Fast-paced alternate-reality thriller. There are people with violet eyes who can channel the dead. The "violets" can be used for anything from channeling long-dead composers and artists (presumably to continue their work) to bringing back the murdered to point out their killers. Natalie, one of our main protagonists is one of the latter. Except now it is the "violets" who are being targeted and she has to figure out who wants them dead. It was an enjoyable read. This series will probably become ...more
Scary -- in this future time, 'Violet Eyes' have special powers to contact the dead. They use this power to become 'expert witnesses' at trials for violent crimes...they can connect with the victims and speak through them, reliving their deaths. But now, someone is killing off the Violet Eyes....An FBI agent attempts to protect Natalie, a Violet-Eye...they will both go to the very limits of human effort -- and beyond -- to stay save and together...

This is faster moving that King or Koontz, with
Katarina Pisarova
Nice twist on a ghost story.
Nathalie "BOO" Lindstrom is a Violet. A "conduit" for the dead. A government "employee" who helps put criminals where they belong.

Only what is going to happen when someone starts picking off Violets one by one? Who is this mysterious killer? Will Boo and her FBI shadow Dan Atwater be able to stop him before its too late?

Realy liked the twist in the plot in this book.
If you like a good mystery and are a fan of fantasy try reading this.
I was not disappointed by this bo
Jemma Gutierrez
Somebody recommended this to me. I don't know if I should hate her or love her for it. She recommended me a freaking TRAGEDY! . There is literary a freaking warning on my profile that says
'I hate tragedies. I will choke anybody who'd recommend me to read one.' .
AGGHHH!!!!!!!!! I blame myself for not clearing that up.

It's a very interesting read. It has lots of potential too. If I'm a real critic, don't even know how that works, I'd probably give this 3 stars for underdeveloped characters,
Hubert Cross
If you ask me what are the best novels I have ever read, I would say (in no particular order):

Silence of the Lambs
The Da Vinci Code
Presumed Innocent
The Door into Summer
Where are the Children?
Airport (by Arthur Hailey)
Little World of Don Camillo

I might remember others given enough time, but my point is, the very best, are not that many.

Soon after as I started this novel I got the feeling that it was going to be good, then there was a turn in the story and it really got good, then there was
Elle Drue
I read this book after a friend suggested it. It definitely wasn't my usual cup of tea. There were some vaguely interesting parts, but overall I found the whole novel boring. There was nothing special about it. The underlining romance wasn't very believable, and I found the characters to be deeply underdeveloped. The "twist" ending was very unexciting. I'd recommend this only if it gets made into a movie.
Jenna Lowery
From the moment I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Through Violet Eyes was definitely a page turner for me. I don't usually like mysteries but this one intrigued me from the beginning.
A "Violet" is someone, born with violet eyes, that can be used by the dead to come back to the real world. In Through Violet Eyes, Detective Dan Atwater has to work with a violet on a case that he is assigned. Dan goes from being scared to touch Natalie Lindstrom, the violet, to falling in love with he
A fascinating premise and a completely realistic portrayal of the bureaucracy that would surround the government control of the power to be conduits between the dead and the living. And the twist ending really threw me. It took me a little while to get into the story but once I sat down and actually read it, I got caught up in the story and finished it in a few hours. I loved it.
Ben Loory
a well-written and fast-moving paranormal thriller, reminiscent of one of my favorite (mostly unknown) SF classics, philip jose farmer's Traitor to the Living. interesting concepts stacked like bricks and then thrown really hard at the main character.
The first half of the book is a tight, well-written thriller. There is a sense of mystery and dread and I was really hooked.

The second half is disappointing. It is rushed and the ending is abrupt. It is such a shame, especially considering the excellent first half.

Perhaps Woodworth could have spent more time or pages to flesh out the second half.
I love this concept! Violets are conduits to souls or dead people that haven't moved on. But what a life! Souls constantantly "knocking" in your head & trying to inhabit YOU to finish business on earth. And worse yet a govt entity using them & forcing them into servitude using their gift. Paranormal meets good mystery writing!
Sarita Hammond
LOVED this book. Just my kind of fantasy. Completely different from anything i've read and that made it all the more exciting. I love a good murder mystery and this was that plus strange fantasy...nicely wrapped together.
The ending was a little sad for me, but still good. I'm excited to read the next book.
Stunned! I loved this book and I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to feel about it.
I picked it up out of a book of free books and the back blurb intrigued me, but I didn't know if I would actually read it.
After giving up the fight with my 6 year-old and letting her play on my iPad, I turned to my paperbacks for something to read. This was the at the top of one of my stacks and I thought, "why not?"
Why not, indeed! I finished it within a couple of hours because I just could not put it down. I
Jan 03, 2013 Indigoblue rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to read
Recommended to Indigoblue by: Scottyesue
Oh my gosh! This is a must read. It's gross, funny, scary, perfectly written, and I literally couldn't put it down for two days. I read it every moment I could squeeze in. Just amazing. I'm going to have to read the next one in a few days or I will go insane!
This was sort of your typical “catch the serial killer” thriller with a nice original twist. The Violets make things interesting. I wasn’t expecting one of the twists at the end. The next three books in the series will be immediately added to my wish list!
Tattered Cover Book Store
This is the first book in a kick-butt sci-fi/mystery series. I picked it up years ago as an advanced readers copy and nearly went nuts when I found out that the next book wasn't coming out for another six months. Good, good stuff!!!

I rather enjoyed this mystery/sci-fi/thriller tale. The characters were intriguing, the writing kept me turning pages, and I was pleased to note there are two more books in Woodworth's "Violet Eyes" series that I will be sure to look for...
Scott Magill
Woodworth creates a great story by only adding one thing to the reality of the world. I thought it was great how one thing can make a whole new world. This book does a great job of maintaining the reality effect.
This series has a lot of potential and I am hoping that the next two books will be more intense and intricate. Yet, I like the idea of the Violet Eyes and the hardships they go through. Interesting Concept.
One of those books that's not the best, but I keep on my shelf for when I don't want to have to really think, I just want something entertaining. Classic Sci-fi, well-written, good twists at the very least.
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