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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  448 reviews
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 accid
Paperback, 437 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Inkshares
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DNF 26%

The writing is so detailed it's painful. Every single move is chronicled and I'm so bored I can't take it anymore.

I feel like I'm reading a script.

Here's a sample:

"She did a quick pass over her bottom teeth and spat a bubbly mixture of toothpaste and saliva into the sink. Cupping a hand under the faucet, she slurped cool water into her mouth. She spat the water out and rinsed the sink before turning the faucet off."


I mean, a simple "She brushed her teeth."
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Something about the story and the way Mr. Thomas writes just leaves me with a deep, down disquieting feeling.
I will say that 2 books into this author, and I feel he knows what's up.
His first book was messed up from the start. And I mean that in a good way. This? Honestly, if it were almost, any other author, I'd have quit. This started as a slow burn. But, hold on tight, because it gets going. Had I quit, that would have been real stupid on my end. I did have the heebie, jeebies! Not too big a
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cemetery-dance
Review originally posted on Cemetery Dance Sept. 24th, 2019
Did Scott Thomas peek inside our horror-loving brains while we weren’t looking and use what he found there to write the most appealing book just for us? He might have. In fact, the more I sit here with all my review notes, the more I’m convinced he overheard us talking about all our favorite things to read about and he used ALL OF THEM in this one book: Violet.

Of course, I’m kidding. It’s abundantl
3.5/5 Stars!

VIOLET is the second major release from Scott Thomas. The first being KILL CREEK, which I adored. I liked this book as well, but not quite as much.

Kris Barlow and her daughter Sadie have recently suffered a tragedy that will change their lives forever. Sadie has now gone from a lively young girl to a quiet withdrawn one. In an effort to take their minds off things, Kris decides that they will spend their summer at a cabin on Lost Lake where she used to go as a child with her parent
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I was going to give this a 4.5 but since there was a senseless, graphic death of a horse, I’m giving it a 3.5. This is the way I’m doing things now, I don’t care what anyone thinks. The end of that.

I loved the characters in the book and the whole town and atmosphere in general. It’s a slow burn, so if that’s your thing, you will be fine.

The creepy handprints on the window got me right off the bat.

They were handprints. Countless little handprints.

They were on the inside. Tens. Hundreds. Th
Chris Berko
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hope this book does not just get pigeon-holed as a horror novel, I hope that this gets a wider audience than just readers of the genre because while it is a very suspenseful and at times scary book, it is also so much more than that. I loved this authors first book Kill Creek and was very excited when I was given the chance to read and review an arc copy of this. This is a book about friendship and family ties and ultimately, loss. It's also about survival. What people do and tell themselves ...more
Dannii Elle
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scott Thomas’ first release, Kill Creek, was already on my radar due to the insanely positive reviews I have seen from many a trusted horror reviewer so I was delighted to win a giveaway, run by the publisher, for this book. It is safe to say his sophmore release equally measures up!

Little Krissy grew up with her summers spent at her family’s lake house. She holds fond memories of her time there, only slightly tainted by the memories of her concluding summer and her mother’s early demise to canc
VIOLET is the second full length novel I have read by author Scott Thomas. This is most definitely a character driven novel, with emotional attachment that you can feel from the start. The atmosphere is already building from the very first page, as well as the intense characterization.

Kris Barlow and her young daughter, Sadie, have just suffered the traumatic loss of their husband/father in an accident. While Kris' feelings are understandably and realistically torn between her own emotions, fina
Ashley Daviau
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s been days since I finished this book and I’m still processing it. It was absolutely BLOODY brilliant! I feel like it touched my soul and I’m left scarred in the best, most beautiful way possible and that is truly how reading is supposed to make you feel. Hats off to Scott Thomas for writing one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read, truly! Though it has horror in abundance and gave me shivers all down my back at certain points and made me want to sleep with the lights on, it’s also so mu ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
4.0 Stars
A Slow Burning Piece of Psychological Horror Fiction
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Sometimes you read a book at just the right time. This was certainly the case with Violet. After reading too many horror stories with weak writing and flat characters, I was finding myself burnt out by the genre that I love so much. Picking up Violet was the perfect remedy to my reading slump. If I had read this book years ago, I honestly might not have appreciated it as much as I did reading i
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as dnf
Unfortunately, I've decided to DNF Violet. I gave it over 100 pages, and it's not working for me. I loved Kill Creek, so I was really looking forward to Violet. It feels very overwritten with a lot of unnecessary details - it's almost like an attempt at writing a King-style book, but it's just too much. There are 15 pages about cleaning a house, and also a detailed section with a back-and-forth conversation with a server when ordering food. It's extremely slow-paced, and I can't do it for 300+ m ...more
Helen Power
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Kris’s husband dies, she decides to take her daughter, Sadie, to stay at the summer cottage her family used to visit when she was a little girl.  But things aren't quite as idyllic as Kris remembers.  The cottage is run down and uncared for.  The town of Pacington has had a string of missing girls.  Strangely, Sadie isn’t at all upset to be spending her summer in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere far from all her friends.  She’s made a new friend--an imaginary one. A lit
Joe Krakovsky
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I am going to do something I don't normally do and that is to comment on the physical appeal of the book itself. In this age of modern technology the pages of this book actually have the feel of ages gone by. The texture feels good in my hands and when you look at the edge of the pages they are all sort of shredded like they were torn from a sheet one by one and fastened to the spine of the book. I don't know about you, but that really is a turn on for my book fetish!

As for the authors writing a
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020

I picked this up thinking it would give me "Imaginary Friend" vibes but instead I got "The Ring" vibes.

This was still VERY good but a bit predictable and banking on some pretty typical tropes. BUT it was incredibly entertaining and the twists it did take were GREAT. Really enjoyed it.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, dark-fiction
Violet is a great follow up to Kill Creek but it is a very different book and I think that is a beautiful thing. Kill Creek featured many characters creating all sorts of chaos and mayhem while Violet is much more of an intimate read about grief, trauma and the danger of burying memories so far inside that they begin to leak out in the most dangerous of ways.

You’re going to have to be in a certain frame of mind to read this one. It is a slow burning, atmospheric read, very detailed, character o
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book…I should have researched it more. Specifically, I should have double checked the page count. Because in paperback form it’s erroneously listed as 300 on GR. In Kindle form it is correctly listed at 446. And I only really had 300 pages worth of interest in it. Which, frankly, should be more than enough to tell a story. Especially a story that isn’t all that elaborate or original. A story about a 41 year old newly widowed woman who takes her 8 year old daughter back to her childhood’s va ...more
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Frank Phillips
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I have tried to read this book THREE different times now. It's not even entertaining via audiobook, and that's saying something to me. I got almost 200 pages in and DNF'd it because absolutely NOTHING had happened yet. I totally understand a good slow-burn mystery, but this was just ridiculous in how slowly everything developed. I'm certain this book could have been half its' length and it would still cover all of its major plot lines. I may go back to this one on a rainy day, as I have it in bo ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Several of my friends were absolutely sure I would not like this book. They took playful bets on how far I would get before I DNFed it because it is not the usual style of book that I enjoy.

To their great surprise, I actually enjoyed the book. Thomas's style in Violet is similar to McCammons with Boy's Life. It's slow breaths and sweet smells and the lingering memories of times when things used to be better, but everything is undercut with a hint of something darker.

It's a book that's easy to lo
Ellen Gail
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, horror
Creepy and sad, Violet was a heck of a good read.

Here's where I have to admit I haven't read Thomas' first novel, Kill Creek. I've heard many good things, and it sounds like something I would genuinely like. But time constraints, you know? My 'books I want to read' vs 'free time I have to read' ratio is not good.
*and in between beginning to write this review and the time I actually finished, I read (and enjoyed!) Kill Creek. Which just proves that I'm currently the slowest reviewer on earth*

Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
It feels like blasphemy.

It is blasphemy.

I'm dnf-ing a Scott Thomas book.

After how much I loved Kill Creek a couple years back, and practically itching out of my seat for months after finding out that Violet was coming out soon. And I'm dnf-ing it!

Kill Creek was insane. Dark, brooding, and utter insanity from the first page. Violet, though, lacked the self-awareness of the first book. It has potential, don't get me wrong. There were moments where the writing dripped beauty, and there was
Schizanthus Nerd
“You know, you ought to keep an eye on a little girl like that in this town.”
Kill Creek was one of my favourite reads of 2017 and I have been eagerly anticipating another Scott Thomas book ever since. When I saw the listing for Violet on NetGalley I jabbed that ‘Request’ button so hard it wouldn’t have surprised me to find an index finger shaped crack in my iPad screen. I was so excited about this book but I didn’t fall in love with it like I was supposed to and as a result I’ve spent the pas
Tracy Robinson
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love! Here’s my review from

“She imagined the road ending without warning, driving over the edge, plummeting into an infinite nothingness, until her screams became a song for the darkness.”

As only his second published novel, Violet is quite simply masterful. I dug everything about this book from the details to the characters, and of course the plot that sunk its hooks in me and didn’t let go.

This novel boasts a writing style that I found familiar from Thomas’ previous work,
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
DNF @ 21%

I am officially going to set this book aside for now. There is nothing wrong with the book but it just doesn't seem to be what I am in the mood to read and I am finding it very easy to set aside. I do hope to get back to it at some point and give it another try.

ARC provided by the publisher.
AMAZING--I will have to think about this one a while before leaving a review....
ALL the stars!
Aaron Nash
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed Scott Thomas debut novel so I was really looking forward to this one. It bought a fresh take on the haunted house narrative and had plenty of great set pieces, twists, and turns. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for this, his second novel.

The problem it has is that for literally the first fifty percent nothing happens. Instead the novel follows a woman and her daughter, who have suffered a tragedy and decide to move back to the lake house the mother stayed in when she was young, t
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
Violet is beautifully written! Very lush and illustrative writing in a Stephen King style where descriptions go on for paragraphs but allow you to completely fall into the story.

Violet gave me Babadook vibes and it is also similar in the way that the real monster of the story is grief and how it fucking destroys you more than you can even realize.

There were so many touching moments that the slow looming dread felt far away and then suddenly it was right beside you and breathing on your neck!

Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Two years ago, Scott Thomas thrilled and chilled me with Kill Creek, which has become one of my favorite books about haunted houses. Now he has a new novel out, in which he’s whisking readers off to yet another creepy and rundown old home, this time on the placid shores of Lost Lake in rural Pacington, Kansas. Compared to his first novel, Violet is definitely more of a moody affair, toning down the blood and violence in
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
I loved reading Violet. The slow burn, character driven horror reminded me of Hunter Shea's Creature. Creature was my favorite novel last year, and Violet will definitely be in my list of favorites this year.

Scott Thomas is now an autobuy author for me.

I treasure this style of character driven, well written horror so I'm calling Violet a must read.

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Scott Thomas is the Stoker-nominated author of Kill Creek, which was selected by the American Library Association's reader committee as the top horror book of 2017. Originally from Coffeyville, Kansas, Scott attended the University of Kansas where he earned degrees in English and Film. He has written TV movies and teleplays for various networks including Netflix, Syfy, MTV, VH1, the CW, Disney Cha ...more

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