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Through Violet Eyes Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2004
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The idea for THROUGH VIOLET EYES, the first book in the series, occurred to me after watching far too many true-crime TV shows. Inevitably, whenever these shows depict an unsolved murder case, the host will come on at the end and, in a grim, hard-boiled baritone, say something like "The only people who will ever really know what happened on that fateful night are the killer... and the victims." And I got to wondering: What if a detective could interview a murder's ultimate witness? Indeed, what if this became standard procedure, and victims could even accuse their killers in court? Could someone still get away with murder in such a world? Would the dead be any more reliable than a living witness? Or would they merely add their own prejudices, misconceptions, and hidden agendas to a homicide investigation?
From such speculation were born the Violets, a group of violet-eyed mediums, rare genetic anomalies who are prized by society for their abilities yet shunned as freakish reminders of human mortality.
As I started writing, I began to contemplate the dramatic possibilities offered by a world in which the door between the living and the dead is left open. Here is an alternate reality in which one could buy a freshly painted Picasso or a CD of a symphony that Beethoven composed from beyond the grave. A place where the dead can guide avaricious archaeologists to hunt for hidden treasure. A world in which, for a price, one can make amends with estranged family members who have passed on.
I hope that, through the Violet novels, you will enjoy exploring this world as much as I have.
Top Customer Reviews
Woodworth peoples his plot with some eccentric characters, lots of suspects, and eerie sequences which show the risks Natalie and other Violets are taking.
A suspenseful, tightly written novel, looking forward to WITH RED HANDS, the second in this promising series.
Combining murder mystery and a sci-fi concept, with touches of horror and romance thrown in, this book contains familiar elements a la the "X Files"-the FBI, a special government-sponsored "School" for violet-eyed kids, courtroom mayhem and the ever-threatening presence of a serial killer.
There is the added delight of a cast of vibrant characters, particularly the two likable leads-Natalie Lindstrom, a gifted Violet called upon to help investigate a series of murders that has sent many of her violet-eyed colleagues to the Other Side-and Dan Atwater, the hapless FBI agent assigned to protect her.
The familiar elements combine in a completely original way to make a wonderfully breath-taking ride. Reading this novel is like watching a film. The very first scene sweeps you into the suspense and doesn't let you go until the very last word-and really, not even then.
And that's the best part. Besides offering a fast, satisfying read, Woodworth has provided a truly thought-provoking concept that leaves the reader wanting more. After the book is done you'll find yourself wondering what the world really would be like if we had a systemized way of communicating with those who have passed on. And you'll be eagerly anticipating the next book in the Violet series.
Someone is killing the Violets and the government officials have no clue who is doing it as they leave no evidence behind. FBI agent Dan Atwater is assigned to protect Violet Natalie Lindstrom who attended the same school as the victims. Dan is afraid of what Natalie can do because she can contact a ghost from his past, one he wants to avoid at all costs. Gradually the barriers between them are breached and the unlikely duo fall in love, but there is no guarantee that they will live long enough to celebrate their deep feelings.
THROUGH VIOLET EYES is not a religious thriller because the premise of the Violets is based on scientific fact. This work reads like a fabulous urban fantasy in which spirits inhabit the bodies of the Violets as a last way to hang onto life. The fantasy element is very strong and Stephen Woodworth's work is nothing short of remarkable.
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could not put this book down. first time reading this author and would highly recommend giving him a try. i'm thirsting for book 2..Published 1 day ago by Erth
I liked the book but it wasn't great; had some holes that needed to be filled.Published 4 months ago by sangelmarquez
Fun read! By the end I absolutely loved the characters and was floored by the imagination that Woodworth brought to life.Published 5 months ago by TheSavyShopper
Amazing writing, after reading this book I had to find the rest of the series. This will be my second copy of the book and I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it just as much the second... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Misty Reigenborn
Interesting premise, well-developed characters and good pacing made this an enjoyable read. The ending was not...expected, but the series continues and does seem promising.Published 5 months ago by Rebecca
Enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book in the series.Published 5 months ago by Dal - S.F. Fan
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