The vote has been counted and it was one of the closest months we’ve had in two and a half years, with every book getting at least two votes. Never before has every book listed been voted for, which goes to show it was an excellent selection and crime on trains was a popular topic!
We do have a winning book though and that book is Violet by SJI Holliday.
Violet by SJI Holliday
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…
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…
Signing up is necessary to obtain the zoom link the day before the meeting. I never contact book club members with anything other than book club content.
If you’re concerned about finances in the current climate, there are several ways to get your hands on the book of the month free while allowing the author to be paid.
- The physical library
- Amazon Prime reading (if you’re a subscriber and the book is there)
- Amazon Kindle Unlimited (If you’re a member and the book is there)
- In the UK there are library apps. Two of these I use are called BorrowBox and Libby. From these you can borrow audiobooks and ebooks. Not all books are available in all areas, but it’s definitely worth checking. In the US I think you have to check with your individual library to see if they have an app. I’m not sure about Australia or other European countries, but with technology the way it is, I’m sure something is available.
- I know a lot of authors don’t mind their books being in charity shops. The only issue is that it’s difficult finding a specific book in one.
If you’ve thought about joining but never have, why not make that leap now? We have members from around the world, we really are a friendly bunch and SJI Holliday is joining us at the beginning of the meeting for a quick Q&A before we discuss our thoughts on the book. (No, we will not do that in front of her, don’t worry!)
I look forward to seeing you soon!