Serial killer Thomas Brogan is on the run from the police. With nowhere to turn, all appears lost until he chances upon a row of terraced houses, one of them being boarded up. After breaking in, he discovers gaps in the attic walls, giving him access to three other houses without ever having to go outside. Brogan likes playing games, and his unusual vantage point gives him the opportunity to spy on his new neighbours, discovering their secrets and allowing him to play the most twisted games he’s ever played…
As a huge fan of David Jackson’s Nathan Cody series, I couldn’t wait to read his next book and was intrigued to find that it would be a standalone. With hindsight, reading this in a room containing an attic hatch probably wasn’t my smartest move, although I was relieved that I have a lock to prevent this sort of activity happening!
Thomas Brogan is a very strong leading character and although the killer is incredibly frightening, David Jackson has done a good job in showing us his vulnerable side, helping us to understand why he is the way he is. As the book progressed, I found myself having sympathy for him, but never to the point where I wanted him to get away with his crimes! We see Brogan wrestling with his conflicting personalities and I thought that these conversations that he had with himself were a good way of moving the story on without having to introduce another character.
Although Brogan clearly knew how he wanted his games to end, he definitely enjoyed the build up and, again, we got to see the different sides of his personality. I particularly enjoyed his interactions with Elsie, and I grew fond of this old woman who found a new lease of life due to her time with the killer.
The Resident is one of those rare books that while containing some chilling scenes, manages to retain plenty of dark humour, making me laugh many times as I pictured the scenes the author described so well. David Jackson definitely has a hit on his hands with this one!
With thanks to Viper and Net Galley for my copy.