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Willow Weeps is the latest novel by Louise Worthington,
a psychological suspense with heart.
A secret is a lie in the making.
A divorcee and his young daughter.
The promise of a new life – together as a family in a flash 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?
Willow is about to embark on a new chapter in her life by moving in with her partner and his daughter, but not all is as perfect as it seems. Coping with the grief from her sister dying in a house fire when they were children, Willow believes that her sister can communicate with her from beyond the grave. Various inexplicable incidents occur, with warnings of people or places. Could these be a coincidence, or is Willow misinterpreting things with her superstitious overthinking?
Willow’s life is saved by luck, or something else?
A pigeon drops a large white and grey poo on Willow’s foot; it makes her jump backwards just as the van accelerates so quickly that the driver is thrown back in her seat, her cap knocked to one side. Willow’s face blanches when the familiarity of that face comes to her like a dart and then the recollection of where she had seen it.
Willow moves to the left to avoid further poo landing on her, and she hears the woman’s jagged screams drowning out Bruce Springsteen’s verse. The van swerves to the right and the tyres ram up onto the pavement. Still accelerating, it hits Paul and Kirsty, like a bowling ball laying two skittles flat on their backs.
Pigeons take rapid flight at the smashing of kneecaps and ruptured spleens and the single crack through the hollow of Paul’s collarbone. The tyres crunch bones, picking up the spilt blood and sinew on their treads and making a diagram of the woman’s liver, brain, and heart, before veering into the railings of what was once, before the fire, the home of Lily Lessing.
The music stops. Kirsty’s gilet is like cellophane around flanks of pork. Thick, bloody fat lies congealed and sticky on the tarmac. Paul moans.
Willow weeps, not for Paul, not for herself, or the woman who has been killed instantly. She weeps for her sister, Mandy, who has saved her life.
Louise studied literature at the University of Essex and taught English in secondary schools. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. A later interest in psychology led to studying it and writing psychological women’s fiction.
Louise’s first novel, Distorted Days, is described by Kirkus Review as ‘a formidable work’. Rachel’s Garden, a gripping psychological thriller, is an Amazon best-seller. In her writing, she combines a chilling blend of the lyrical and the dark in thrillers and chillers around the themes of mothers and children, strong women in difficult situations and family.
When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband, daughter, furry and feathered friends. Once a keen long-distance runner, she now hobbles through the local wood most days where much of her inspiration and ideas come from.
Willow Weeps is available from Amazon as an eBook and paperback: HERE. The audiobook will be available later in 2021. Details of Louise Worthington’s other psychological fiction can be found on her website.
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