The Damselfly SJ Holliday – Blog Tour Review.

Publication Date: Available Now from Black and White

Source: Review Copy

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 . .

So the third in the Banktoun trilogy then and the best yet. Absolutely. Black Wood and Willow Walk both extremely excellent but The Damselfly just takes things up several notches both in quality writing and atmospheric, compelling storytelling.

The small and complex community of Banktoun faces yet another tragedy when young Katie Taylor dies, our favourite Davie Gray investigates but feelings are running high and secrets lurk around every corner. The author brings a creepy sense of utter reality to the small town vibe, with a keen eye towards characterisation that just sucks you into the vortex of a place where everyone knows everyone else but nobody knows anyone at all. It is clever and cohesive plotting with an edge of ominous foreshadowing – as such it is completely gripping throughout.

The twisty road to the truth of what happened to Katie will keep you turning those pages well past the point of reason (books like this are why I keep matches close to prop my eyes open) and it is an emotive and irresistible read with an ending that will blow your mind – I won’t say what I said at the moment of putting this one down but it wasn’t that polite.

The Damselfly is intense, intelligent and powerful, a beautifully done tale of twisted genius with an authentic edge and an strong emotional core – without doubt it comes highly recommended from me.

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