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?


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What people are saying about Willow Walk

‘The interweaving of plotlines concerning the private and professional life of Sergeant Davie Gray is artfully done.’ – Jake Kerridge, The Sunday Express

‘…some squirm-inducing reading. But it’s never gratuitous, and there is real heart and depth in Willow Walk, a compassionate look at the complexities of the ties between friends and family, between lovers and colleagues. Quality stuff.’ – Doug Johnstone, THE BIG ISSUE

‘Creepy doesn’t even come close to describing the intense sense of menace that pervades every page… With a gut-churningly dark perversion of lasting love at its heart, this will grip you, haunt you, and have you double-locking the door.’ – Deirdre O’Brien, CRIME SCENE MAGAZINE

‘Unflinching attention to detail lifts Holliday’s inventive and compelling second Banktoun novel to a whole new level.’ – Bill Todd, THE SUN

‘Dark, suspenseful and unsettling. I loved it.’– C.L. Taylor, author of The Missing

‘Great, gritty, grabbing read, full of small town soul.’ – Julia Crouch, author of The Long Fall

‘Creepy and compelling.’ – Sharon Bolton, author of Daisy in Chains

‘Dark as a smoker’s lung, but Good God it’s a marvellous read. Perfectly paced and crafted by a writer on a par with any of the big names.’ – David Mark, author of Dead Pretty

‘A compelling tale of obsession and dark secrets that grips you from the first chapter.’ – Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable

‘I got so caught up in it that I only looked up to check there was no one lurking in the dark corners of my room. The darkest of love stories. A chilling read.’ – Grabthisbook

‘Tense, atmospheric and gripping from page one. A first-rate psychological thriller.’ – Mason Cross, author of The Samaritan

‘Feverish and intense, Willow Walk is a worthy follow up to S.J.I. Holliday’s highly regarded debut, Black Wood. A writer who doesn’t flinch in the face of twisted impulses and unspeakable desires, few can match her for the creation of truly disturbing characters.’ – Eva Dolan, author of After You Die

‘A hugely compelling, creepy story that ratchets up the tension and delivers moments of perfectly twisted darkness. Beautifully written and a cracking read.’ – Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake

‘Chillingly nuanced, pulse-poundingly suspenseful, and totally unputdownable.’ – CrimeThrillerGirl

‘Drugs, sex and murder are mixed together in another deliciously dark cocktail from S.J.I. Holliday. The effect is intense.’ – David Jackson, author of A Tapping At My Door

‘An addictively creepy exploration of the past coming to call.’ – Quentin Bates, author of Chilled to the Bone

‘The writing is sublime and the storyline is darkly delicious with some thought-provoking themes and genuinely intriguing characters.’ – LizLovesBooks

‘A brilliantly dark and twisted tale that expertly builds the tension until you find yourself biting your nails to the quick as the pages fly by.’ – Steve Cavanagh, author of The Defence

‘The kind of book I adore discovering, one that stays with me long after I’ve finished.’ – Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You

‘This is a tightly focused, grimly believable story about the secrets people carry and the dreadful mistakes they make that never lets up.’ – John Rickards, author and reviewer at namelesshorror

‘Holliday has done it again: she has created characters who are believable and relatable, and shrouded them in a dark, suffocating psychological thriller that has you gripped from start to finish.’ – Rebecca Bradley, author of Shallow Waters

‘Willow Walk: a great, worthy successor to Black Wood. It needs to be made into TV!’ – Daniel Pembrey, author of the Harbour Master series

‘Small towns are fertile playgrounds for crime writers, but they’re rarely mined with such a feeling for their suffocating nature and invisible ties as practised here.’ – Nick Quantrill, author of the Joe Geraghty series

‘This is a gripping, roller coaster of a novel, which digs deep into the small-town psyche and comes up with a nightmare scenario. I couldn’t put it down!’ – Helen Cadbury, author of Bones in the Nest

‘Breathtakingly sinister and darkly compelling Unputdown able.’ – Jane Isaac, author of Before It’s Too Late

‘Willow Walk is gripping, creepy and tense and covers some highly emotive contemporary issues. It kept me intrigued all the way through.’ – Off-the-shelf book reviews

‘Close relationships can be the most toxic, and if the thrill of crime fiction is the way it delves into our darkest places, this book truly delivers.’ – William Shaw, author of The Birdwatcher

‘Holliday has that wonderful Hitchcockian knack for making the ordinary seem deeply menacing. You will never see Lego in quite the same way after this.’ – James Benmore, author of Dodger of the Dials