Recommended Read: Violet by SJI Holliday

Violet splits up with her boyfriend while traveling across the Far East. In Beijing, she meets up with Carrie who is also travelling alone. The two young women decide to continue their journey together but all is decidedly not what it seems …

SJI Holliday’s Violet is absolutely terrific. Gripping, fast-moving, darkly funny, painfully real, and sharply cruel. Like a 21st century Patricia Highsmith, Violet is very highly recommended.


Recommended Read: This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith

This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith is the story of David Kelsey, a scientist whose obsession with Annabel – an ex-lover – spirals wildly and violently out of control. In the late ‘70s it was made into a French film starring Gerard Depardieu and Miou Miou but it is perhaps more fitting that it was adapted as an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, renamed ‘Annabel’ and starring a well-cast Dean Stockwell. 
sweet sicknessIndeed, Hitch and Highsmith are inextricably linked in my mind since, like most people, I first became familiar with her work through Hitchcock’s adaptation of ‘Strangers On A Train.’And there is even a very, very ‘Vertigo-esque’ look to this striking-looking Pan books edition, eh? One which I used to own once upon a time, before my own life spiraled off in a different direction. A cover that reflects the contents of the book very well, too, as well as looking more than somewhat cool. You can check out John Grant’s review of ‘Annabel’ here.