Title: Her Name Was Violet
Author: Billy Curry
Published: Expected April 2020
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 3 stars
A young man Evan awakes from a coma in a Melbourne hospital, he has no idea how he arrived there. It’s here he meets Violet a physiotherapist who helps him to get back to his life quest.
Her Name Was Violet is a contemporary fiction novel from Australian author Billy Curry. A story of love, survival, chance, risk and endurance, this novel is expected to make its debut in the publishing world in early 2020.
Set in 2020, Her Name Was Violet follows the lives of two key protagonists. Evan is the country’s revered professional race car driver. While Violet is a quirky physiotherapist. The lives of these two very different individuals cross when Evan is treated by Violet in a Melbourne Hospital. Violet is later privately recruited to be a part of Evan’s recovery team, as he makes his triumphant comeback to the racing car world. What follows is a whirlwind story of trust, revelations, recovery, aspirations and love.
I was intrigued by the premise of Her Name Was Violet, which states ‘A young man awakes from a coma in a Melbourne hospital, he has no idea how he arrived there. It’s here he meets Violet a physiotherapist who helps him to get back to his life quest.’ I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for story wise, but I was happy to go with the flow.
To wake from a coma and not know what happened is always a fascinating topic to tackle. Billy Curry approaches this scenario with insight in his latest novel. With plenty of grey areas and swirling questions around this situation, I appreciated the way this story unfolded. Offsetting this aspect of the novel is the interesting relationship that sparks between two leads, who are really polar opposites. I think this couple worked well on the pages of Her Name Was Violet. Both have backstories and baggage, which is touched on within the narrative, but I definitely craved more of this aspect of the book. The accompanying dialogue was authentic, which supported the narrative. The characterisation of both the primary and third party characters was approached well. I felt like I got to know both Evan and Violet on their own terms.
Her Name Was Violet was a quick read, which I appreciated, but I did feel that some areas of this story were underdeveloped. There is an opportunity to extend upon a few areas of the novel and flesh out the plot further. I felt that Violet’s past history, alcoholism and what drove her to her line of work could have been examined further. Likewise, there are references made to Evan’s fairly wild antics and famed life prior to his accident, which I would have liked to have gleaned a little more about.
Thematically, Her Name Was Violet addresses a range of areas. From relationships, alcoholism, professional race car driving, rehabilitation, health recovery, celebrity lives, career management and fame. The ending had me on edge and it was a surprise the way in which it all culminated
Her Name Was Violet is a story of love, life, career, ambition, rehabilitation and drive. It will appeal to readers of contemporary fiction novels and I wish the author, Billy Curry, all the very best in the lead up to this book’s release in 2020.
Her Name Was Violet by Billy Curry is expected to be published in April 2020. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
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*Thanks extended to the author, Billy Curry, for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.