Black Wood by SJI Holliday. Read February 2015.

An absorbing and at times shocking read.
Something happened to Claire and Jo in Black Wood: something that left Claire paralysed and Jo with deep mental scars. But with Claire suffering memory loss and no evidence to be found, nobody believes Jo’s story…Sergeant Davie Gray must unravel a tangled web of past secrets, broken friendship and tainted love. But can he crack the case before Jo finds herself with blood on her hands?”

A couple of times while reading Black Wood I felt as if I had been slapped in the face I was so thrown by what I was reading. The story is based in the  claustrophobic small town of Banktoun, a place and an atmosphere skilfully created by the author as the backdrop for a truly twisted plot.

There are enough red herrings to make a fish pie and my head was spinning as I tried to relate the present day action to the disastrous events of 20-odd years before.

I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers but you need to pay attention if you’re going to pick up the clues to what really lies at the heart of Black Wood.

My copy was purchased from Amazon Kindle Store.


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