Thank you, Emily Sadovna for sending me a copy of The Haunting of Violet Gray for free in exchange for an honest review.
Cat is an interesting, confused protagonist, searching for answers. It is unclear who she can trust initially, though this confusion is slowly clarified through interactions with the other characters. One day Cat answers a job advert to be a cleaner at a beautiful mansion, Cat is drawn into the world of modern witchcraft and finds herself haunted by a supernatural presence in the house. Upon discovering a witch’s journal, Cat anchors her mind to the summer of 1940, where she witnesses events that lead to a secret occultist ritual, the deadly outcome of which has remained a secret ever since. Cat is plagued by the paranormal happenings of the house and the desperate whispers of a long-dead girl.
An oppressive atmosphere is generated through expressive descriptions of settings and the characters involved. It’s not long before the two stories begin to intertwine with one another, and Cat is left to piece together the clues of a mystery much bigger than herself. She quickly realises that she is central to the plans of others and must use all of the strength, concentration and all the bravery she can muster in order to fulfil her own destiny.
I feel like it did some great things playing with the idea of that dynamic between politics and witchcraft and then also generation z and witchcraft. This is a spellbinding promising first novel and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment of Hunter's Moon.