Again, maybe not ‘just’…
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?
Another sequel and second book, this time from Susi Holliday. Willow Walk is a stand-alone novel, but is the second in the fictional Banktoun trilogy (the first being Black Wood that I was lucky enough to attend the launch for.) Recurring character, Davie Gray, is a great protagonist. Gray isn’t any kind of detective fighting his own demons – he’s just a simple small-town police sergeant, getting involved with cases that should be handled by out-of-town CID. And due to the size of Banktoun’s small community, getting involved on a personal level too!
There are a number of different plot strands to keep things interesting, and the story is well-paced to ensure you keep turning the pages. This is a police procedural with just the right balance of procedural / characters / psychological elements, which makes it a great read!