<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/240014.The_Violet_Hour" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="The Violet Hour" border="0" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1386922263m/240014.jpg" ></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/240014.The_Violet_Hour">The Violet Hour</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/140458.Richard_Montanari">Richard Montanari</a><br/> My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1008607508">5 of 5 stars</a>
A popular priest lies dead of a heroin overdose in a Cleveland apartment, following an apparent tryst with a high priced call girl. A freelance journalist recognizes a great stow -- salacious and saleable -- in the cleric's demise...and follows it into the twisted, terrifying mind of a psychopath. While in an affluent suburb a world away, a cryptic threat written in a great poet's words appears on the computer screen of a long-suffering wife and mother. And suddenly she knows that a nightmare stands just outside her door, waiting to devour everything she loves. Because twenty years ago, something terrible happened at a Halloween night gathering of brilliant, arrogant youths ... Because it is reunion year, a time of remembrance and celebration; a time of reckoning and poetic justice. And the party is just beginning. This is another enthralling, addictive page turner from Richard Montanari. The man never ceases to amaze me! <br/><br/> <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/30817744-sandra-jones">View all my reviews</a>
The blurb drew me in as did the first chapter, when a priest is murdered by drug overdose during shenanigans with a prostitute and a chuck out of the window. It would seem the story had the makings for a must-read thriller one go. It had the ingredients after all: mystery serial killer, missing pieces, colourful characters and at times, the writing was OK, but I found myself not anticipating the next instalment for some reason. There was a lot of bantering going on. It seems we need to know about the close-ish relationship between cousins Nicky and Joe as well as the chatter between other characters with some verbal to-ing and fro-ing that simply slowed the plot.
And so the serial killer is stuck in Halloween 1988 when something traumatic has happened and the pieces do not add up until the end. I could see what was coming at times and the climax felt drawn out and I wanted it to end. It was an OK read and some might enjoy it, but the story lacked real tension and I wouldn’t call it a page-turner. There were some pretty gruesome acts in the story, which might make the story a more memorable read, but not necessarily for the right reasons.