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…
This is the third book in Susi Holliday’s Banktoun trilogy (I’ve reviewed the first two books, Black Wood and Willow Walk previously), and it’s a cracker. Local Banktoun sergeant, Davie Gray, is now a detective and is back in town to work on Katie’s shocking murder case.
The fictional town of Banktoun continues with its claustrophobic feel, with everyone knowing everyone’s business. A lot of the story centres around Katie’s school, where new counsellor, and returning Banktoun resident, Polly McAllister, is trying to help Katie’s fellow pupils deal with the recent tragic events.
This book is darker than the first two, and shows the impact social media rumours can have on a town. The Damselfly is a great page turner that keeps you guessing until the end. And that ending will make you shout, “Woah!”
Another fab book from SJI Holliday.