Thursday, 30 April 2015

Black Wood by S.J.I. Holliday

He spots the two girls through the cracked screen of beech, sycamore and leg-scratching gorse: a flash of red skirt and a unison of giggles . . . The smaller girl sees him first and she lets out a strange little squeak and jumps back, grabbing onto the other girl’s T-shirt, revealing a flash of milky white shoulder.
He grins.

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.

Twenty-three years later, a familiar face walks into the bookshop where Jo works, dredging up painful memories and rekindling her desire for vengeance. And at the same time, Sergeant David Gray is investigating a balaclava-clad man who is attacking women on a disused railway, shocking the sleepy village of Banktoun. But what is the connection between Jo’s visitor and the masked man?

To catch the assailant, and to give Jo her long-awaited justice, 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?

I bought this book last month and it was chosen for a book group BOTM read. 
Well, what can I say about this book. It was gripping at parts for me, was slow at the start like others have suggested due to getting to know the characters. I guessed a few things about the plot and the characters, but all in all I enjoyed bits. 
I was kinda happy that it ended the way it did and wonder as it's been left on a cliff hanger, will SJI Holliday do a follow up to the story or has she left the cliff hanger on purpose lol.

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