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?
I’m not a huge crime fan, but loved Black Wood, so I bought Willow Walk as I really wanted to see what more this author had to give. The thing I like about these books, is despite being crime, they aren’t overly heavy on the police procedural side, which is definitely the part I find least interesting.
This author really knows how to create great characters that are believable and easy to connect with.
I don’t want to say much about the plot, so all I’ll say is I loved the opening scene of this book, where someone wakes up at a party to discover everyone else passed out around them. The story then goes back in time during the lead up to that scene. The subject matter is rather heavy and at times hard to digest, due to the horrific nature of it.
Willow Walk is a darkly disturbing and chilling crime thriller that had me reading with great interest and a sense of unease throughout.
I can’t wait to see what happens in The Damselfly, which is the third and final book in this trilogy.
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