The Damselfly SJI Holliday

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An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home…

Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She’s bright and funny, she has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie’s luck runs out.

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie’s death. And it’s not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother’s mysterious friend?

With Banktoun’s insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and DC Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands…


Book 3 in the Banktoun tales is as pacy and as thrilling as it gets.

Kate is a student with plans to go to University in London, but her death sparks DS Gray and DC Jennings investigation into the mysteries and secrets of the small Scottish town of Banktoun.

Having read  Black Wood and Willow Walk, I was once again taken into Hollidays dark imagination and was gripped by this twisty thrill of a tale.  I could not second guess this saga and was completely engrossed.

Seamless in its plot and showing social media in all it’s rotten glory, Holliday is completely of the times and the situation in this novel.

In my honest opinion, The Damselfly is the best of the trilogy, and the author has certainly got better as the books have progressed.  I do hope that even though this is the last of the Banktoun tales we will see more of DS Gray..such a brilliant character.



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