Willow Weeps by Louise Worthington

About the Book:

A secret is a lie in the making.
A charming divorcee and his young daughter. The promise of a new life – together as a family, in an apartment in a historic building.  A fresh start – or the key to a nightmare?
Who will Willow believe – a young offender, or the love of her life?
Page-turning and emotional, Willow Weeps is the gripping new thriller from the author of Rachel’s Garden and The Entrepreneur. 

Where to Buy:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Willow-Weeps-secret-lie-making-ebook/dp/B08SQYQ3DF
US – https://www.amazon.com/Willow-Weeps-secret-lie-making-ebook/dp/B08SQYQ3DF

About the Author:

Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.
Louise is the author of the bestseller, Rachel’s Garden, another psychological thriller and Distorted Days which Kirkus Review described as ‘a formidable work.’  Her chilling blend of the lyrical and the dark is themost gripping in her thrillers and horror.
Website:  https://louiseworthington.co.uk/  
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19741912.Louise_Worthington
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Louise-Worthington-105535434860475
Twitter: @louiseworthing9

My Review:

Willow Weeps is my first novel by Louise Worthington. It follows Willow as she lives without her sister Mandy who passed away in a house fire when they were little. I was gripped by it and it has a lot of twists and turns. I wanted more backstory to the characters and was curious about the events surrounding the fire and would have liked more explanation of that as it was somewhat vague. 

Willow Weeps was creepy, but not so dark it put me off it. The suspense and sisterly bond are well explored and I felt that Willow really missed Mandy. I felt the mentions near the beginning as to how Mandy would “manifest” herself to Willow were subtle yet visual, imaginative and poignant as well as relevant to the story and that they fit well. 

The atmosphere is sad and mysterious but also full of hope within the suspense of what may hapen as I felt that when Mandy was mentioned, she and Willow were closer together. 

As someone who lost a sister, I think this resonated with me more. The plot is certainly original and I love the title. It automatically made me ask “why? why does Willow weep?” As with another book I enjoy where Willow is the name of a main character, Willow Weeps is a great play on the real name of the tree, weeping Willow and ties in well with the themes of grief, self-discovery, discovery of secrets and the bond between sisters. 

A very well thought out thriller that kept me up at night. 

Thanks to Louise Worthington, Rachel’s Random Resources and Red Escape Publishing for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. 

4 stars.

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