Monday, 2 May 2016

Willow Walk by Susi Holliday

Willow Walk
By Susi Holliday
Published by Black & White (Kindle edition - 5 May 2016; Paperback - 10 June 2016)
ISBN: 978-1785300219 (Paperback)

Publisher's description
When the past catches up, do you run and hide or stand and fight? 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?

My verdict
Willow Walk is a gripping read from start to finish. It begins with a terrifying incident at a party that really built up the tension straightaway and threw me straight into the plot. I could feel my skin prickling, and my pulse racing, as I read that first chapter, with its very vivid narrative.

Willow Walk covers many themes. It's a story of running from the past, sibling love, legal highs and tragic events in the usually quiet town of Banktoun. I enjoyed Black Wood, Susi Holliday's first book. But with Willow Walk, she has definitely upped her game. Her characters are sharply developed, her plot slick and her writing concise. This is a fast-paced read, with fewer subplots than her previous novel.

Willow Walk is creepy and tense and covers some highly emotive contemporary issues. It kept me intrigued all the way through.

I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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