On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage.
Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder.
And Cody has other things on his mind, too. The ghosts of his past are coming ever closer, and - still bearing the physical and mental scars - it's all he can do to hold on to his sanity.
And then the killer strikes again....
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By jackie on 09-04-17
Oh my god i read a tapping at my dor and was delighted to see a 2nd book about Nathan Cody. Please hurry with the 3rd Nathan cody book. This book had me gripped from start to finish. Narration was fantastic and wanting more from this series
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By Simon on 07-04-17
Jackson's Killer Thriller!
After the first book "A Tapping at my Door" I thought that this series showed some promise. Unfortunately all too often that second and third instalment can prove elusive for an author. Not in this case. Jackson has nailed it and I now consider myself a real fan. His writing is very tight and the pacing felt absolutely spot on to me. Similar to the first book it begins with a powerful, edgy and atmospheric opening. The main story then proceeds with clever twists and some genuinely harrowing scenes. It feels worth mentioning that this does include elements of domestic abuse. The characters have depth and while the front story drives along at a decent pace there continues behind it a patient, fascinating and methodical progression of the character back stories.
Cody himself obviously takes centre stage. His demons, both real and imagined, personal and professional won’t leave him alone. His relationship with his boss is rather unusual for this genre and also promises further intrigue. Grace, a civilian working with the force emerges as a new and interesting character injecting a more technological approach to the investigations and indeed difficulties of her own. Jackson feels like a chess master moving his pieces in patterns that an amateur like me can’t really discern and I’m now very engaged with these characters.
Of course listening to the audiobook the narration is all-important. Jonathan Keeble gives what I think is a genuinely impressive performance. I do sympathise to an extent with reviewers of the previous book who found his scouse accents difficult to live with. However, the rhythms and cadence that he brings to the important scenes and his ability to make multiple characters distinctive are more important to me personally. Notwithstanding the accents it’s a thoroughbred performance and adds significantly to the quality of the overall package.
In summary this is a very enjoyable police procedural with characters that are brimming with promise. I fully intend to follow the series and won’t stop ‘til I get enough (with apologies).
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By Ted on 07-01-18
This DS Nathan Cody guy is so frustratingly complex... Yet it's a frustration that's become a tractor beam for my imagination. CAUTION... DO NOT START THIS SERIES ANYWHERE OTHER THAN BOOK 1 - "A Tapping At My Door". While the clever whodunnit stands alone in this serial killer puzzle, the inner workings of Cody demand the setup in the first book. And those workings have captured me enough to wait impatiently for April of 2018 when I expect the next DS Cody will drop from David Jackson's keypad to my downloader.
Oh, BTW, this ain't a book for the feint of heart. Yep, it gets brutal. Not to worry, there's always another "Murder She Wrote" somewhere that you can buy if you feel a need for a warm murder tale :-)
Oh yeah, I can't imagine this ensemble from any lips but Jonathan Keeble's. He nails it.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
By AnnCat2 on 20-04-17
Scared me witless!!
I love Nathan Cody - he is someone I wish I knew personally. Great police officer, honest, lovable. His tormentors are terrifying and I am not kidding around. I listen on my way to/from work and had to pause the book a couple of times to take it in. Am happy it wasn't dark when I got to those parts! The narrator is top notch and I could understand every single word! He brings all the characters to life. Please hurry with the next installment!
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