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Black Wood: A deliciously dark thriller with a shocking secret at its heart (Banktoun Trilogy) by [Holliday, SJI]
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In Black Wood, S J I Holliday has created a small town whose inhabitants are full of dark secrets, rumour, betrayal and murder. A touch of humour, a twist-filled plot and the writer's obvious skill in creating an unsettling and yet all too familiar backdrop, make this a hugely enjoyable page-turner. A must-read for crime fans. --Steve Cavanagh

A fast-paced and chilling psychological thriller from an exciting new talent. If you liked Broadchurch, you'll love this. --Mark Edwards and Louise Voss

A deeply unsettling story of bad deeds, complex loyalties and secrets better left buried, Black Wood is a thrilling debut which grips from the very first page and doesn't let go. --Eva Dolan

About the Author

SJI Holliday grew up in East Lothian. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham competition. She is married and lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1459 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (24 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R0ITWRC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 420 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ashrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2017
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Something happened in Black Wood, two girls suffered that day and are still scarred by it some twenty odd years later. Each girl has dealt with the incident in their own ways. No one has ever paid for what happened as memories are sketchy and the boys concerned were masked. One of the girls, Jo, is now working in a bookshop and one day she has a customer who she thinks she recognises from that day many years ago. Is her memory paying tricks or could he have been one of the boys that day? She has just split from her partner so she could be wrong as she is rather emotional at the moment. Either way she has to know and sets out to figure it out. Meanwhile, there's a masked man frightening young girls in the village. Is this just coincidence or is it also connected to the man's return? Davie Gray, the village Police Sergeant definitely has his hands full.
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.
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I love books that are about memory, and the effect our remembered and forgotten past has on our present. This is something the author sets up well. Both Claire and Jo suffered a traumatic event when they were younger, and neither are coping with it in their adult lives. I liked the way Holliday showed the individual responses to their shared past and it really helped in bringing the characters alive for me. Especially because, as with so many books recently, the people in this novel aren't particularly likeable. The author's presentation of the two women's background made them understandable, but I didn't connect with either. The male characters in the book were treated much more lightly, though there were chapters on their actions in the past, the reasons for their behaviour were not dealt with as well as I would have liked. The ending was not a surprise, but I think that may be in part because it seemed the obvious outcome for the characters Holliday had portrayed.

The pace was bitty and some parts felt extraneous. Rather than acting to build a picture, some of the viewpoints simply let the author add some more action without adding to the story. Various female characters were added only in order to describe their attacks to the reader.

I don't want to be too harsh a critic because this is an interesting thriller. I think the author is one to keep an eye on.
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Was I the only person who wasn't blown away by this book. The premise was fantastic and when I first started I was hooked and desperate to find out what happened in the woods. Unfortunately that was as good as it got for me. The premise which I had found so promising became disjointed and chaotic with far too many over complicated sub-plots crammed in. Towards the end there seemed to be a lot explanation for the pointless sub-plots and not much concentration on the main story-line. The main character who I originally sympathised with became whiney and irritating. Finally the big reveal - how disappointing.
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i bought this book back in February, another thriller to add to my ever growing tbr list and was pleased when it was voted as the BOTM to review for April on my online book club, I started this book at the weekend and finished it today ready for the book club discussion this afternoon, which the author Susi Holliday took part in. The book was great, it switched between different characters narrating their story quite frequently which I enjoyed. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in the story apart from The policeman, Davie Gray and would like to see more about him in future novels by Susi. There were many twists throughout the story and a very unexpected ending in my opinion. A very worthy 4 stars for a debut novel and I look forward to Susi's next book with anticipation!
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Just finished reading this. Very well written. Style of the writing keeps the reader guessing. So impressed I have bought the second and third part of the trilogy. SJI Holliday is certainly a writer to watch.
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This is quite a good read. Nothing dynamic but super for people who like a thriller that's not going to keep them awake at night. An easy going book that keeps you turning the pages.
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The basic story was good but every now and then it was difficult to determine who was speaking which made the book lumpy. I would still read more by this author if just to know what happens to Jo.
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