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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White Publishing (2 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785300873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785300875
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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About the Author

SJI Holliday grew up in East Lothian. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham competition. Her debut novel, Black Wood, was published in 2015. She is married and lives in London.


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The Damselfly, the third book in the Banktoun series is officially my favourite of the three. Although all three books can easily be read as stand-alone novels there is a definite reward for returning readers, Characters from earlier novels will cameo and the town seems to be evolving with each new book too – like in a videogame where deeper exploration into the story will open up new areas of the map to enjoy. In The Damselfly the local school becomes a key focus for events and the pupils will provide much of the drama. SJI Holliday has made Banktoun a great place for readers to visit – but I wouldn’t want to live there!

I cannot review one of Susi’s novels without commenting (again) on her skill at defining characters. Everyone in the story seems more vibrant and realistic than some authors can achieve with their main character. The realism is a problem in The Damselfly though as in this story we have the nasty problem of cyberbullies. The creeping menace of social media is being used to stir up tension and suspicion and it makes for very uncomfortable reading.

The story opens with Katie, she is a bright student and is seeking to improve her lot in life and hoping to get away from Banktoun and move to the bright lights. Sadly fate has a different idea for Katie and her life abruptly comes to an end leaving a mass of unanswered questions and plenty of candidates for the finger of suspicion to point at. A murder mystery means we get the police involved and in Banktoun that can only mean a welcome return for fan-favourite Davie Gray.

I totally lost myself in The Damselfly. From the early shocking murder of Katie Taylor we see how her death will impact on different characters in the town.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2017
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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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The Damselfly is the third novel in the Banktoun series - it's by far my favourite - and I really hope it's not the last! (I know it's a trilogy, but I would love to find out how Davie's story develops.) This novel works well as a standalone; you should definitely give it a try even if you haven't read the previous ones.
It's a gripping read; fast-paced, hard to put down and keeps you guessing till the very (shocking) end. A small town murder mystery told brilliantly by SJI Holliday, full of realistic characters and events.
The Damselfly, with it's well plotted, clever storyline is a must read that I would highly recommend! Also, make sure you read Susi's letter after you finished the book as it gives some answers to the inevitable questions, but it contains spoilers so no cheating!
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I'd been seeing talk of SJI Holliday's The Damselfly long before I was finally able to begin reading my own copy. My TBR pile is huge and out-of-control (still is and probably will remain that way for another 53957 years), and so I usually have to work my way towards a book. Thankfully, there weren't too many ahead of me before I could dive into The Damselfly which is GREAT because once I started this I could NOT put it down.

The Damselfly is based in the small town of Banktoun (found out today that this is pronounced as Bank-TIN rather than my presumption of Bank-TOON with a Scottish twang, so there you go. You really do learn something new everyday, and I like to try and get pronunciation of place names right when reading). I love anything that's set in a tight-knit community like Banktoun. It's a place where everybody knows everybody, including everybody's business, and it just feels easier to capture the characters that the author provides you with in such a tight setting like this one. I think it helps to bring it more to life also. Rather than taking the reader here, there and everywhere, you're able to build up the place in your mind as the author peppers the book with small descriptions throughout, adding to the overall image that you hold in your head which is exactly what Holliday did. Banktoun is also the setting of the previous books in SJI Holliday's Banktoun series, which includes 'Black Wood' and 'Willow Walk', both of which are already nestled nicely on my Kindle waiting for me to indulge in their stories too. I have to say, after enjoying 'The Damselfly' as much as I did, I really can't wait to see what's in store for me with the author's previous books. Anyway, onto the book itself...
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