Willow's Run

Willow's Run

A woman on the run hides out in a small town where she uncovers generational greed, betrayal and murder.
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'A suspenseful page turner about the evil lurking in a small town.'
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Magazine
'Everything that makes a book a deeply satisfying, emotional rollercoaster is here. A well written, fascinating story that kept me up late at night, eagerly turning the pages. I literally held my breath throughout.'
Writer's Digest
31st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
“This is a novel I want to label Upstate Noir: an edgy thriller with a dark and mysterious heart and a protagonist you can’t help rooting for — come hell or high water!”
Tim Wynne-Jones
Edgar Award Winner, Arthur Ellis Award Winner, and Governor General’s Award Winner
“I can only hope this won’t be the last we hear of from one Ms. Willow.”
Billy Tooma
Author of A Seemingly Unstoppable Dawn, Shin’s Shadow & Other Stories


A woman on the run from her sadistic husband in a stolen million-dollar motor home is trapped in a small town.

This debut novel gives new meaning to the phrase ‘strong female protagonist’ and guarantees to satisfy anyone looking for action, mystery, and unforgettable characters.

Meet Alcima ‘The Willow’ Willoughby. Olympic volleyball player. Six foot six in socks.

After a crippling injury on the volleyball court causes the U.S. to lose gold at Beijing, Alcima’s life spirals into addiction and an abusive marriage. In a rare moment of clarity, she escapes.

In her husband's two-million-dollar RV.

Almost across the country and out of his grasp, Alcima is stopped for a minor traffic infraction. When she pulls off the road, the massive motorhome rolls over, setting off a chain of events that conspire to trap Alcima in a nearby small town during a week of violent rainstorms.

Holed up in an abandoned campground, hunger forces Alcima to venture out, where she meets a local librarian, Booker Thompson. Attracted by Alcima’s fearless nature and offbeat humor, Booker enlists a few of his close friends to help her hide from the dangerous man hot on her trail.

Booker leads Alcima on a harrowing journey to his secluded island, where they tumble into an intense affair. But she soon discovers an even worse fate than being found by her revenge obsessed husband. Uncovering long buried secrets about the town - and Booker - she is inexorably drawn down into a terrifying subterranean world where she comes face to face with her fears and her one, tragic physical flaw.

When she is betrayed, there is only one thing she can do.


Release date: March 1, 2022

Publisher: Pender Lake Press

Print pages: 415

Content advisory: Sexual content, some graphic violence

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Willow's Run
Robert Bockstael
343.87 MB
January 30, 2022
Pender Lake Press




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