“I actually held my breath.” – Rachel Genn, author of The Cure
“… a character who generates anger and disgust in the reader, and yet is entirely captivating, and whose success the reader urgently cares about. This is powerful, and at times heart-breaking writing.” – Jane Rogers, author of Mr Wroe’s Virgins and The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Twenty-one year old Violet Kale has fallen out of love with life. A dissolute figure she drifts along with her friend Lisa (mother of a baby daughter Maria), reluctant to take responsibility for anything except her own pleasure.
When Violet wakes up after a 3-day drug and alcohol binge to the sound of her friend’s baby Maria crying with hunger, on a whim she steals Maria away, heading on a journey to a new land, and seeing in the child a chance of a new future, and a hope for salvation…
A Monster by Violet is Laura Wake’s stunning debut novel – emotive, gripping and highly original, this is a compelling read.