As a teenager, Sarah D'Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah's face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country.
Now seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she's gone.
Settling into the small community she is now a part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her. Meanwhile, her mother - whilst trying to maintain a perfect and emotionless façade at the family home - makes a shocking discovery; something she fears will put Sarah's life in danger. She must urgently find her missing daughter, before it's too late.
Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Welsh landscape The Primrose Path is a tense story that is rich in location as well as its very well written characters. The story is mainly set in the small Welsh town where Sarah flees to, a happier childhood memory and a place where she feels safe. As Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales her first hand knowledge of the terrain paints a beautiful picture and gives an atmospheric feel to the drama of the story as it unfolds.
As there are only a handful of characters, Griffiths has given each a rich and detailed back-story enabling the events to unfold gradually. This is not a face-paced story, rather it ambles along allowing the reader to make up their own minds about the gruesome murders, or to contemplate on the rather elusive memories of Sarah. There is a very good twist at the end and plenty of tension all the way through to keep you sufficiently hooked.
This is Griffiths debut novel and has captured the vastness and beauty of Wales magnificently. Her characters and the location she has set in them are beautifully written. A very good first novel, and a writer to definitely watch out for in the future.