- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Damselfly (Banktoun Trilogy 3) Paperback – 2 Feb 2017
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book in Susi Holliday’s Banktoun trilogy and it’s a cracker. Local Banktoun sergeant, Davie Gray, is now a detective and is back in town to work on Katie’s... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by D. J. Paterson
Had to read all three in order in one go - not much walking on that holiday 😊 when is the next ???Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Absolute cracker of a story' enthralling from start to finish. A definite can't put down book.. A very good author.Published 5 days ago by david
I shouted no! quite near the start of this book. In a relatively short time I'd grown fond of Katie and wanted so much for her. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dee Jackson
Truly couldn't put this book down. So many twists and a sad ending.Published 19 days ago by Mrs Susan J Gaughan
I'm following SJI Holliday as I have read most books that SJI Holliday has had published. The author of The Damselfly is going from strength to strength with each book that she... Read morePublished 20 days ago by ireadnovels
The third book in the trilogy and the best! Had me turning pages and ignoring my family for 3 days!!! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kends74
I would definitely recommend this book to any murder mystery readers.
This is the final book in the Banktoun trilogy. I have not read the previous books. Read more