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A Tapping at My Door: A gripping serial killer thriller (The DS Nathan Cody series)

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The police find a large black bird at the scene with a scrap of paper wrapped around the birds scrawny leg with the printed text Nevermore.

I found it difficult reading the last few pages, for reasons I won’t go into, and I know that many people will feel the same but it was handled perfectly. The plot had twists and turns, the characters were compelling (no cardboard cut-outs here), and the narration was perfect. Listening out for any unrecognisable noises and hoping against hope that you don’t hear any tap-tap-tapping.This is fiction afterall, why can't the detective not have PTSD, have a perfect family life, understanding wife/ GF and completely focus on solving crimes? I struggled with this for a couple of hours but had to give in - couldn't bear the Liverpool accent adopted by the otherwise excellent Mr. Not only was the murder investigation really good, and kept me on the edge of my seat, I also really loved getting to know the main character Cody. And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn't to the people of Liverpool after all -

When a book starts out with unexpected promise and then disappoints on several levels despite strong storytelling in many regards, it's a big letdown.Like so many central characters in crime novels, Cody is slightly damaged and has a lot of personal baggage when we first meet him. This involves a murder mystery where the reader experienced the case from multiple perspectives: that of the victims, the killer, and of course - given this is the “DS Nathan Cody” series it will come as no surprise - that of the police detectives. Highly recommended for all readers of British crime fiction who like suspenseful, clever stories with extremely well-drawn characters. When she goes outside to investigate she sees a large black bird trapped at her window and she is then struck with something hard and heavy, rammed into her skull.

David Jackson, really made this into a great read that keeps you interested till the very last page. Then a killer strikes, thus killing two birds with one stone (sorry couldn’t resist that one, and also the consequent loss of formerly allocated point for crimes against ravens). If you're not really good at that sort of suspense-building, better to just tell me once and move the action forward.Some hard hitting scene setting and descriptive prose occasionally had me clutching my head, the beautifully placed little twists and turns worked well, perfectly paced and entirely absorbing throughout.

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