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It cant be easy writing novels and I dont mean to discourage a budding author but for me this whole book ran too slowly and didn't keep my interest.
Wow, this was a pretty impressive debut book. It started off with a bang and then follows the usual pacing as we flitted between past and present as the characters try to figure out what happened twenty odd years ago as well as what is happening now. There are an awful lot of characters in the book, each playing their part but I have to admit getting a little confused at times especially with similar names. I especially struggled between Laura and Lorna occasionally. I also found it to be a little busy at times, something very bravely tackled by this debut author, and I felt at times that it was a tad over done in places and I did have to flick back a couple of times cos I got a bit lost. There were quite a few secrets lies and red herrings to get to grips with and I really had to concentrate and pay attention throughout.
That said, I really loved the author's style. The way she oozed atmosphere into the small village. So much that it became a character in its own right. She also dropped enough hints and clues to keep me interested throughout the story. Sometimes it was easy to cut through the noise and make certain educated guesses at who and what and why but there were some reveals at the end that had me a tad gobsmacked.
The majority of the characters were pretty unlikable. Apart from Davie the policeman who was trying to solve the current crime spree as well as trying to keep an eye on Jo and what happened in the past. As already mentioned, there were a whole cast of extras in this story and I know that it is part of a trilogy and I am wondering if they will come forward in the other books. I hope so as I would definitely like to hear more from some of them. Especially as there were still outstanding questions, for me anyway, at the end of this book.
All in all, a pretty decent debut offering. I already have book two queued up on my Kindle to start next.
At first the story did seem to be rather slow burning, but as the story progressed, I grew to appreciate the slow-paced start to the book, and the way this helped to make the story more atmospheric, enable character development and encourage me to become part of the close-knit town community, before I discovered too much about each of the characters.
This story has quite a complex plot, but in a good way. There are a variety of interesting characters, with each one developing more depth as the story progresses, revealing more and more dark secrets. I loved the way the pieces of the story gradually came together like a jigsaw to build the full picture.
Sometimes this story felt rather dark and sinister with some shocking revelations. I wasn’t really sure whom to trust.
There were so many twists and turns, that my head was in a spin for the last 10% of the book. I couldn’t put it down!
What exactly did happen to those two young girls in the woods all those years ago, leaving one paralysed and the other with psychological issues? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
This was an excellent debut novel by S.J.I. Holliday, and I really look forward to reading more by her in the future.
The story switches between the present and the past dropping clues as to who the girls and who the boys are but the jigsaw isn't complete until the last stand at Black Wood.
It's a compulsive read that keeps you guessing who is who and what's going to happen next. I look forward to seeing what Susi Holliday writes next. A cracking read to start a writing career