suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Violet – SJI Holliday ★★★★

Blurb; When two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … a nerve-shattering psychological thriller from bestselling author SJI Holliday

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

My Review; How do I even begin to review this?! I love this cover, very eye catching. I loved the story! Oh my. I loved it all…

Violet is brilliantly written, gripping, tense, fast paced and a page turner of a read which I devoured. It’s over before you know it. The story focuses on Violet travelling and ends up travelling alongside Carrie but then things start to turn dark and deadly… Something is not right… Dun dun dun… I hated Violets character from the start for many different reasons. Evil. Twisted. Sick. Would make a brilliant film or tv series.

I don’t want to give anything away but you really need to read this book. Not read anything similar to this before. I didn’t think SJI Holliday could beat The Lingering but this is very good! A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Lingering – SJI Holliday ★★★★★

Blurb; Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.

When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution…

My Review; I have read previous books by SJI Holliday and all were brilliant but this one has to top them all! It’s bloody brilliant. Perfect. A must read. A must buy.

This book had me hooked from the start, I just wanted to ignore life and devour this book. The Lingering is spooky, creepy and haunting. I was on high alert throughout… Waiting… Tense.

The Lingering is written brilliant. I could tell from the start it was going to be a wierd, unusual setting and story. Parts gave me goosebumps. Lots of unique characters! That ending blew me away. Chilling. Dark. Outstanding. Unexpected. Twisted. They say finish with a bang and this book did. Very impressed!

A great story. One that will stick in my mind for a while. A well deserved five stars. A well deserved place in my top twenty reads of 2018. Highly recommend!

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crime · Detective · drama · mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

The Damselfly – SJI Holliday. ✶✶✶✶✶

Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands . . .

My Review:
The Damselfly is book three in the Banktoun trilogy, but they all read well as stand alones. WOW! I was seriously impressed, I started this book at 6:30pm and finished it at 12:30am in one sitting. Absolutely loved it, out of the two I have read this is the best one so far! It had me hooked from the first chapter. The Damselfly is packed with drama! If you love dramatic endings then this book is for you, I honestly do not think any other book can compare to this explosive ending! A must read from me and a well deserved five stars. I also think the cover is beautiful.

This story is well written, easy to read and contains short chapters. I would highly recommend you all go and buy it, the Damselfly is officially released TOMORROW so go grab your copy. This story is perfect for readers who enjoy a brilliant thriller, suspense, mystery and young adult story. I personally feel it would target the young adult audience out there as most of the book is set within a school and most of the characters are young adults and school kids. BRILLIANT. I just need to go read Black Wood now then I’m all caught up and waiting for the next one! Enjoy, I did.

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