BLACK WOOD 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 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?