The Violets – rare people born with violet eyes who can channel and communicate with the dead, allowing them to occupy their bodies for a brief time. Fully documented and scientifically proven, they are often used in court to allow a victim or deceased criminal to speak, allow a dead composer to continue his work, an artist to continue painting. Unfortunately someone is now killing them and FBI agent Dan Atwater is assigned the case. Paired with Violet Natalie Lindstrom, they are in a race against time to uncover who wants such vengeance against the Violets and to stop any more from dying.
I really wasn’t sure what to think of it when I started this book, I read both crime and urban fantasy and I wasn’t quite sure if this would work and in all honesty it’s the best blending of crime and urban fantasy I’ve ever seen. For fans of crime novels, this would be a good introduction to urban fantasy and vice versa. To fans of both already, this would be a rare treat.
The writing is very smooth, easy to read and the plot has just enough twists to keep you turning the pages, needing to know what happens next. The pace of the story unfolding was just right, each revelation furthering the plot, keeping you on your toes and guessing.
The characters were outstanding. I loved the two main ones, Natalie and Dan, they were very easy to empathise with and you come to care about them a great deal. You get glimpses into their pasts but without being bludgeoned over the head with it or it repeatedly getting in the way of them doing what they need to.
Something I found unique is that some of the dead characters were as entertaining as the living and you come to like some of them just as much, even though you get to meet them briefly. Also getting an insight into what comes after in the world of the Violets was interesting, especially their fear of it.
I think Stephen Woodworth has really created something special with this novel and there are two more books to come. I can’t wait!