After my last unsuccessful experience with James Sallis (The Killer is Dying), I was slightly nervous picking up Willnot, especially as it was my choice for my first ever buddy read with Sarah over at Brainfluff. Thankfully, it looks like The Killer is Dying was a bit of a blip and, here, I got all the Sallis I could have hoped for – yay!
In his typical style, Sallis using words sparingly to paint a picture I found incredibly vivid. I could picture the small town of Willnot and the people that lived there and I fell a little bit in love with the central character, Hale, a doctor come town ‘wise man’. It’s his story that’s been told, but also the story of other people who live in Hale. It’s all seems very simple on the surface, as life often is, but underneath there is plenty going on.