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Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson

Estranged from her husband, but hoping for a reconciliation, Sara Prior is devastated to hear his voice in a very disturbing voicemail. Racing to his home, she is sickened to find him dead, murdered in a particularly gruesome way. With the police struggling to find any leads, and concerned that she knows more about the death than she is saying, Sara soon finds herself part of a shady, unknown world – just how are these people connected to her husband’s death? Meanwhile, DS Nathan Cody is finding that his past is well and truly catching up with him when the case takes a very personal twist…

David Jackson’s Nathan Cody series is one of my favourites and I always eagerly anticipate the next book. The previous book in the series, Don’t Make a Sound, was by far my favourite book of last year and I was desperate to see how this one would compare. I can safely say that it is, yet again, an outstanding read and has left me desperate to know what happens next!

Nathan Cody has one of the best back stories of any fictional detective and, ever since reading A Tapping at My Door, I have been waiting for the moment when David Jackson decided to reveal more about the clowns. (Other readers of this series will know what I’m talking about!) Well, it’s finally happened – and what a brilliant story it is! As usual, Nathan is full of bravado, but, at times, I genuinely feared for his safety as his past came back to haunt him. I loved how this story merged with the police investigation and was quite surprised by some of the twists along the way.

Sara is a fascinating character and I admired the strength she displayed when faced with some truly horrible people. She is a very complex woman and I liked how, for much of the book, we were left wondering if Cody was right to show empathy towards her or whether the other officers’ assumptions about her were correct.

One of the things I enjoy the most about David Jackson’s books is the setting. Being from Liverpool, I love the attention to detail and feel that, despite the dark subject matter, the best of the city is always shown. Coincidentally, I found myself in Central Library the day before reading Your Deepest Fear, and this location plays a pivotal role in one part of the book. As I was reading, I could visualise the book titles engraved on the floor leading up to the main entrance and then the route Sara took whilst inside this magnificent building. If you have never visited this library, then I can definitely recommend it – a magnificent piece of architecture where modernity merges seamlessly with history.

If you have not read any of this series, I can thoroughly recommend it. Take a look at my reviews for the other books:

A Tapping at My Door

Hope to Die

Don’t Make a Sound

With thanks to Net Galley and Bonnier Zaffre for my ARC.

Hope to Die by David Jackson

51BcZVVrpeL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_It’s winter in Liverpool and the city is shocked when a woman is brutally attacked and murdered in the grounds of the world-renowned Anglican Cathedral. The victim, a local school teacher, seems to have led a perfect life… too perfect? This is the question DS Nathan Cody asks himself as he tries to unravel the motive behind what seems to be a completely unprovoked attack. Cody is also battling his own demons as an event from his past, once again, rears its ugly head, threatening his sanity. When the killer strikes again, the detective must try to hold it all together before more victims are found.

I was very late to the ‘Nathan Cody’ party, having only discovered David Jackson’s previous book, A Tapping at My Door, as a result of seeing so many bloggers rave about it. I, therefore, count myself lucky that I have not had to wait too long to read the sequel! Set, once again, in Liverpool, the author has used a mixture of real and fictional locations to create an atmospheric backdrop to a story about cold-blooded murder, childhood abuse and voyeurism. One location in particular, the entrance to St. James Cemetery (in the grounds of the Anglican Cathedral) evoked strong feelings for me personally, as I have passed through the tunnel on several occasions and each time have felt a feeling of uneasiness. After reading Hope to Die, those feelings will definitely be heightened! The title of the book is also very clever, Hope Street being the thoroughfare linking the two Liverpool cathedrals.

Hope to Die follows on from the previous book but it is not essential to have read it. It does, however, provide relevant information about the reason DC Webley is returning to work after a prolonged absence and also details the circumstances behind the PTSD that Cody is apparently suffering from. In this book, we see Cody becoming more and more on edge as events from earlier in his career come back to haunt him. These scenes are extremely well-written and, annoyingly, the author has left this particular story line hanging – ready to be picked up in the third book hopefully?! Without giving too much away, anyone with a clown phobia will be checking that their doors and windows are locked after reading this!

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that although we are dealing with a depraved killer, the author really has you sympathising with his plight as we discover his horrific upbringing. These interspersed chapters, written from the perspective of the killer as a young child, were incredibly emotional and, more than anything, I was willing someone to rescue him from his living nightmare. This was completely at odds with the rest of the book, where I hoped Cody would end his killing spree as quickly as possible!

Hope to Die is a well-written, action-packed book that you will not want to put down. A must read!

With thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and Net Galley for the ARC.

(Why not take a look at the piece I wrote about the setting of A Tapping at My Door, hosted on cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put a Book on the Map

51eodoodzlToday, I was incredibly pleased to take part in the ‘Put a Book on the Map’ feature on Cleo Bannister’s blog, Cleopatra Loves Books.

I have given a description of the setting of David Jackson’s ‘A Tapping at My Door’ and am thrilled to have my writing alongside that of the man himself!

Please do take a look, and while you’re there, take a look at the rest of Cleo’s fantastic blog!

See the post here.

Read my review of ‘A Tapping at My Door’ here.

A Tapping at My Door by David Jackson

51eodoodzlWhen a woman is found murdered in a most horrific way in the Stoneycroft area of Liverpool, the police are shocked to discover that she is a member of the police force. DS Nathan Cody has very little in the way of evidence except for a dead raven left at the scene of the crime and the fact that the woman no longer has any eyes… When another body is found, the police fear they have a serial killer on their hands. Can they apprehend the culprit before the body count rises?

After reading so many positive reviews and seeing numerous entries in various bloggers’ ‘best of 2016’ lists, I had to see exactly what had made so many people rave about this book. I am so glad that I did! From the very beginning, when we are introduced to the first victim, I was hooked. The author builds up the tension very quickly and you know straight away that something horrible is about to happen. After such a strong opening, the following chapter came as much-needed light relief and provided a genuine ‘laugh out loud’ moment as DS Cody chases a flasher through Liverpool city centre!

I found myself really liking the character of Nathan Cody and the author has created a likeable, if troubled, lead character. For me, though, the highlight of the book was the setting. Being from Liverpool, I found I could visualise the areas which were being discussed and there are certainly some parts of the city I will now look at in a different way! I particularly enjoyed reading about the aforementioned chase through the city centre – a very accurate description of the route taken!

The closing chapter definitely sets up a follow-up and I do hope that this is the first in a series. An excellent book and one I have to thank my fellow bloggers for alerting me to.

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