Badlands by Gary Kruse
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Willow has run as far as she can.
From her home.
From the friends she betrayed.
From the family who betrayed her.
From her own name.
But a cry for help will bring her back.
Back to face her family.
Back to face the sins of her past.
Back to face the darkness at the heart of Cornwall.
In the search for her sister, Willow will face deception and betrayal, before she’ll find love – and herself. But will she uncover how close the enemy is, or will she become another victim of the Badlands?
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Set in Wales, Badlands will keep you on the edge of your seat. Six years after Willow left her father’s house, she receives a coded text message from her sister Ellie. Now guilt-ridden, Willow returns to Wales to figure out what has happened. The story that unfolds from her return is twisted, thrilling, and well written.
Williow is a troubled woman who would have rather stayed where she was but went home and faced her past in order to find out what happened to her sister. That takes a strength many of us don’t have. Although there were times I didn’t like her, I think that was necessary for the story to unfold.
We also meet Raven, who is bitter and just cruel in the truest sense of the word. Ruby and Reverend Goddard are both worth mentioning as well, because they are such well-written characters. Of course, we have all these people set against the backdrop of beautiful Wales. The details of the country around Willow are described so beautifully that you can picture it as you read.
This is a story full of twists and turns and people with secrets. Willow can’t trust anyone, and just when you think you know what has happened to Ellie, you will be surprised. I do need to mention that this is violent at times. I know that can be a trigger for some. All in all, this was an amazing debut novel.
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