Black Wood
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Black Wood


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 Davie 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?

Title:Black Wood
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:337 pages

    Black Wood Reviews

  • Jules
    Apr 21, 2015

    I really enjoyed this psychological mystery thriller.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 ...

  • Raven
    Mar 19, 2015

    A debut crime novel that more than lives up to the promise of being a dark and extremely compelling psychological thriller. Inspired by a disturbing incident in the author’s own childhood, Black Woo...

  • Anne
    Aug 07, 2015

    Black Wood is a clever, intriguing and intelligent thriller. Crime fiction fans who like the more formulaic murder investigation stories may struggle with this one as it has a depth to the story that ...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Feb 23, 2015

    **review from early copy: Update to follow.So any fan of the psychological thriller definitely needs to keep an eye out for this next year – I was lucky enough to read it extremely early, so early i...

  • Karen
    Nov 19, 2014

    The events of over 20 years ago in Black Wood have left their scars on both Jo and Claire. Clare is paralysed and Jo has been left with psychological problems – her dysfunctional family background h...

  • Stephanie
    Feb 28, 2015

    Black Wood is one book that I've been looking forward to reading for most of last year. Yes it's a crime novel but there is so much more to it. Jo and Claire had a traumatic experience in their childh...

  • Sean Talbot
    Mar 28, 2015

    while I enjoyed the book I wasn't as fond of the ending which was not really a shock. I never did really like jo I found her to be too dependant but the character was well written even if I didn't lik...

  • Joel Hames-clarke
    Apr 29, 2015

    Good plot, very atmospheric, some nice twists so that even if you've guessed some of them, you won't have them all. Jo is a nicely-drawn character, too, and her reactions to what happens around her se...

  • Victoria Goldman
    Mar 24, 2015

    Black Wood is set in a small sleepy village not far from Edinburgh. This is an ideal setting for a psychological thriller with dark secrets at its root. SJI Holliday has captured village life beautifu...

  • Sarah
    Mar 17, 2015

    a brilliantly chilling debut novel....

About S.J.I. Holliday

S.J.I. Holliday

S.J.I. Holliday grew up in Haddington, East Lothian - a small town near Edinburgh, Scotland. She spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before going off to study microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for over sixteen years, but it was on a six-month round-the-world-trip that she took with her husband ten years