Review – Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts, especially since her mother has worked as a fraudulent medium for a decade, targeting grieving widows and lonely old men. Violet has taken part in too many tricks and considers herself too jaded and level-headed to believe in the supernatural.
The ghosts, however, believe in Violet and she’s been seeing them everywhere. One ghost in particular needs Violet to use her emerging talents to solve her murder…and prevent the ghost’s twin sister from suffering the same fate.
My Thoughts: Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey is set in London in the 1800s. Alyxandra has created an entertaining historical paranormal mystery with a dash of romance. I enjoyed her telling of the Victorian era, I am not an expert nor a big fan of historical fictions, but I believed what Alyxandra has written so I feel it was well executed.
The paranormal element of the story comes in the form of ghosts. Violet who works with her Mother creating fake seances is a skeptic, she doesn’t believe in ghosts until she starts to see them…. I love the irony!. Not only is she seeing ghosts but there is one ghost in particular that just won’t leave her alone. Rowena drowned in a pond, a tragic accident apparently, but Violet doesn’t believe that and won’t quit until she gets to the bottom of it. The twists and turns in the mystery had me guessing at every turn and made it a very entertaining story to read.
I really enjoyed watching the relationships between Violet, Colin and Xavier take shape and enjoyed how the social customs came into play. Let it be known, just for the record, that I am Team Colin! Who wouldn’t fall for a rough and rugged but sweet and caring guy?
I think that Alyxandra did a great job of pulling all four elements together to form this chilling, romantic ghost story. I am eager to find out if there will be sequel because I would really like to see what happens next in Violets life.
About the Author: Alyxandra Harvey is the author of the Drake Chronicles. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in magazines, including the Antigonish Review, Room of One’s Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker. Alyxandra lives in Ontario, Canada.
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