TheDamsel Fly by S.J.I Holliday


Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Black and White Publishing
ISBN 1785300873 (ISBN13: 9781785300875)
Edition Language English

The Blurb:

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 Review:

Well this book is brilliant, intriguing, gripping and intense.
The characters are so well written, the plot has so many twists and turns it keeps you guessing right to the end, then just when you think its over there is another twist.
This is a thriller and a half, each chapter is from the perspective of one of the main chacters, it gradually leads you up to and through a murder investigation, as well as telling underlying past events of the characters involved.
You get characters who have lived in the area all their lives, characters that work in the area, and those that are returning back to the area after a few years of abscence. This gives a great connection between the characters, and i think is key to what makes this story work so well.
This is the third part of a trilogy, i have read it as a stand alone. Apart from a few references to events from previous books, it can be read as a stand alone. I now really do need to go and get the other two books.
Would definitely recommend this book.