The Damselfly: A dark and gripping psychological thriller with a shocking conclusion by SJI Holliday #BlogTour


Book Description:

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 . . .


My Thoughts:

I have read all the books in this trilogy and I am really hoping the author will make it into a series as it would literally be a crime to end it after this one as it is sooooo good!

What I love about these books is that they are all connected by one character, DS Davie Gray, yet he is very much in the back ground in them.

This story is mainly told in alternating chapters between Louise who is also in the police force and Polly who has just returned to Banktoun and works at the local school. Between the two characters we start to unravel the going ons surrounding Katie’s death.

Katie is an A grade student who is set on going to London to university with her boyfriend Neil. She is fascinated with insects which reminisced of The Silence of the Lambs. Her unexplained death sends the small town in turmoil.

There is so many twists and turns in this book. With plenty of people that could be behind Katie’s death the author ensured that she kept me on my toes as to who could have killed her and what a shock it was when I found out as I had no clue. Through Louise and Polly’s character we get to delve more into all the characters and as to what secrets they are hiding.

I have really enjoyed this trilogy and I have to say that The Damselfly is without a doubt the best one by far. If you are after a gripping and enthralling read with a great setting in a small community, I think you will be hard pushed to get a much better one than this one.

My thanks to Black & White Publishing for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Damselfly is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.



5 thoughts on “The Damselfly: A dark and gripping psychological thriller with a shocking conclusion by SJI Holliday #BlogTour”

  1. How funny, I’ve heard of a couple of series/trilogies that are connected by a character that isn’t the protagonist so to speak. Makes me ponder all kinds of things for my own story ideas. Love the cover – my aunt and uncle used to run a dragonfly sanctury!


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