Willow Walk by S.J.I. Holliday is the second book in the Banktoun trilogy. It is also my fourth read by the author who also goes by Susi Holliday. Her other books, Violet, The Lingering, and Black Wood were all great and I just can’t stop reading everything she’s written. Personally, I liked Willow Walk even more than Black Wood, despite it getting very dark at times.
Synopsis: Willow Walk by S.J.I. Holliday
“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?”Goodreads
What I Loved
S.J.I. Holliday never fails to create a unique story unlike anything you’ve ever read. Willow Walk is no different. I could not put it down and was desperately reading every page for clues of what was to come. I also loved how there were so many overlapping characters from Black Wood. Although I expected Sergeant Davie Gray to return, however there were so many others that I was introduced to in Black Wood that I got to know even better in Willow Walk. Now, with one book left, I am really excited to see who else I will befriend.
Also, I wasn’t the only one who liked Willow Walk more than Black Wood. On Good Reads Willow Walk has a much higher rating and the next book, The Damselfly is even better rated. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
What I Didn’t Love
I really loved this book. However, it almost got too dark for me at times. I won’t get into the details to spoil it for you, but there are mentions of horrific sexual assault. The author does a great job not going overboard with it, but it was still a lot for me. I feel like there are people who would have trouble reading it. The mentions are brief and it is relevant to the story. However, it could have been mentioned even less but still remained relevant. It’s a tough balance and I think S.J.I. Holliday did a good job with it.
Summary: Willow Walk by S.J.I. Holliday
Willow Walk by S.J.I. Holliday was an amazing book. It was even better than Black Wood and I cannot wait to read The Damselfly next. These books can be hard to buy on Amazon if you are in America. I had better luck on eBay. However, depending on where you are in the world, you might even find them in a book store. I recommend that you read everything by this amazing author. Read my reviews of her other books: Violet, The Lingering, and Black Wood.