2016 Spotlight: Willow Walk by S J Holliday

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Publication Date: Available now from Black and White publishing.

Source: Review Copy

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?

I was a big fan of “Black Wood” with its evocative haunting feeling and dark dastardly goings on, so I was really looking forward to Willow Walk and well, blimey! Ms Holliday has done it again and then some…

This was creepy good. Loved it. Having a decent eye for creating characters can make all the difference between a great novel and an ok one –  the characters in Willow Walk are brilliantly drawn and accessible, some we already know, some we don’t and around them the author weaves a deep and tasty twisty tale of relationship drama, criminal acts and life lessons, setting them once more in the claustrophobic small town vibe of Banktoun.

It is chilling stuff to be honest, causing the odd shiver, especially in the way that the plot is constructed, the letters are a touch of genius that just brings everything into sharp focus. I love the way the relationships are drawn, this writer is not one to back away from controversial topics, rather she faces them head on and makes you consider your own opinion, all the while telling a stonking good story that is engaging, fascinating and yes indeed a bit of a page turner. Thanks for THAT one sleepless night, but hey its worth it for the good ones.

The writing is sublime, the storyline darkly delicious with some thought provoking themes and genuinely intriguing characters. You really don’t want to miss it.

On a final note LOVE Davey. Book crush. More please.

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