When two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … 

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…

A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there’s a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers…

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What people are saying about Violet

‘People are calling it Single White Female on the Transiberian Express and it kind of is, but for me has echoes of a Killing Eve vibe. Fabulously awful women you will love.’ – Sarah Pinborough

‘A splendid, hilarious, sardonic Highsmithian romp.’ – Alex Marwood

‘Like a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley & Single White Female… on a train! Whip smart writing, devilishly suspenseful and packed with twists, this nail biting psych thriller is without doubt one of my top reads of 2019.’ – Steph Broadribb

‘Two women with dark secrets travel together on the Trans-Siberian railway seeking out the next high, before things take a seriously nasty turn. Like Ripley on rails with a whiff of Alex Garland’s The Beach. Twisted, gripping and totally addictive.’ – Paddy Magrane

‘A fast paced thriller with an ambitious yet perfectly executed backdrop, Violet is deliciously Ripleyesque and an absolute pleasure to read.’ – Jenny Blackhurst

‘Deliciously decadently dark – The Beach meets Single White Female.’ – Derek Farrell

Violet is Holliday at her very best. Perfect pace, fabulous settings – I couldn’t put it down.’ – Lucy Dawson

‘A chillingly twisty, psychological thriller from its unsettling opening to it’s shocking ending, it keeps you right on the edge of your seat, following two women on the holiday from hell.’ – Russel McLean

‘Felt like a great mash up of The Beach and Single White Female – fantastic locations & disturbed psychology!’ – Araminta Hall

‘A twisted and vivid Highsmith redux with a beguiling femme fatale lead, a fantastic variety of locations and constant dark surprises. A great piece of train noir!’ – Chris Ewan

‘Two strangers embark on a Trans-Siberian Express trip together – but is either what she seems? Thrilling, shocking, darkly humorous, with richly-described settings, Violet is everything you’d want in a psychological thriller.’ – Lisa Gray

‘Smart, slick, original, darkly funny, and hugely entertaining. This is one to seek out. LOVED it. Brava!’ – Amanda Jennings

‘A sumptuously dark psychological thriller with echoes of Patricia Highsmith at her finest, and for fans of Killing Eve.’ – Michael Wood

‘Violet is bristling with clever twists – nobody writes scary people quite as brilliantly as Holliday. Devoured this in two sittings. I absolutely loved being transported around the world, an adventure of a lifetime – remind me not to go on holiday with Susi!’ – Elizabeth Haynes

‘I couldn’t stop thinking about Violet after I finished it. Brilliantly atmospheric and exquisitely paced.’ – Cass Green

‘Easily SJI Holliday’s best yet. A fast-paced, darkly thrilling noir that reads like a modern take on Patricia Highsmith.’ – Mason Cross

‘LOVED it. Sick and twisted, it took me straight back to my backpacking days and the wild and crazy folk I encountered. ‘Tour de force’ is an overused phrase but it works on so many levels with this book.’ – Syd Moore

‘SJI Holliday is proving to be a master of psychological thrillers, with expert plotting and fabulous characterisation. Brilliant stuff!’ – Victoria Goldman (Off The Shelf Books)

‘It’s one of those books where you just know something Really Very Bad is going to happen, and Holliday seems to revel in dangling that Very Bad thing juuust in front of your nose.’ – Dave (Expresso Coco)

‘Honestly it was SUPERB. Talk about toxic friendship! Brilliant all the way through and even BETTER I honestly had no idea how it would pan out. Excellent stuff.’ – Liz Barnsley (LizLovesBooks)

‘Intense, creepy and gripping. And I’m never going travelling with a stranger.’ – Joy Kluver