Willow Walk SJI Holliday

29436391 Pub: Black & White Publishing

When a woman is brutally attacked on a lonely country road by an escaped inmate from a nearby psychiatric hospital, Sergeant Davie Gray must track him down before he strikes again. But Gray is already facing a series of deaths connected to legal highs and a local fairground, as well as dealing with his girlfriend Marie’s bizarre behaviour. As Gray investigates the crimes, he suspects a horrifying link between Marie and the man on the run – but how can he confront her when she’s pushing him away?

As a terrified Marie is pulled back into a violent past she thought she’d escaped, she makes an irrevocable decision. And when events come to a head at a house party on Willow Walk, can Gray piece together the puzzle in time to stop the sleepy town of Banktoun being rocked by tragedy once more?

This follow up to Black Wood is every bit as engaging and from the beginning grips and excites.

I will say though, I didn’t like ‘my reading voice’ that I had in my head. This is to do with the style of writing…… but that’s just me.

Susi has written a creepy and fabulous psychological chiller that although is a the second in a series of three, it reads well as a standalone.

With a shocking opener, the dark and foreboding plot continues to the end. The setting of Banktoun, a small Scottish town, is perfect for the topics covered. The characters, although flawed in many ways are easy to love and Marie is a dream. The secrets and traumas of her past are what this tale emotional as much as tense.

Full of mystery and intrigue.. and one that keeps you hooked.

4*/5

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