Book Review – V For Violet by Alison Rattle…

Battersea, 1961. London is just beginning to enter the swinging sixties. The world is changing – but not for sixteen-year-old Violet. She was born at the exact moment Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe – an auspicious start, but now she’s just stuck in her family’s fish and chip shop dreaming of greatness. And it doesn’t look like fame and fortune are going to come calling anytime soon. Then she meets Beau. Beau’s a Rocker – a motorcycle boy who arrives in an explosion of passion and rebellion. He blows up Violet’s grey little life, and she can’t believe her luck. But things don’t go her way for long. Joseph, her long-lost brother, comes home. Then young girls start going missing, and turning up murdered. And then Violet’s best friend disappears too. Suddenly life is horrifyingly much more interesting. Violet can’t believe its coincidence that Joseph turns up just as girls start getting murdered. He’s weird, and she feels sure he’s hiding something. He’s got a secret, and Violet’s got a dreadful feeling it might be the worst kind of secret of all . . .
I was given an ARC by Netgalley and Bonnier Publushing/Hot Key Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The sixties are not quite swinging at the start of this book (1961). We meet Violet at the age of 16. She is bitter and resentful as all she wants is to work with her best friend. 
Violet is a great protagonist for teenagers. She’s smart, she reads a lot and she tries hard to be a good person. She is full of sadness and doubt as this is a time of change for her. Her life is forever changed by a horrific event and she is forced to make some dramatic choices that mean things will never be the same again.
I absolutely loved this book. The author writes in a way that gently picks you up and wraps you so tightly in her words that you don’t want to put the book down. I finished it in under 24 hours. I would definitely read more of this author’s work. A five out of five star read!
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgally and Hot Key Books for my copy.

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