Okay, so I really enjoyed this! This is my first David Jackson book, although I'd heard of his NYPD detective Callum Doyle series beginning with 'Pariah' before. However, this is the first in a new series set in the UK. DS Nathan Cody works in Liverpool and has returned to work after suffering a trauma from a previous undercover job.
As a lover of Gothic fiction, I was hooked from the opening quote from 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe, "Once upon a midnight dreary...rapping, rapping at my chamber door.' It is the rapping and scratching on a young woman's back door that opens the story and the scene is intense - also one's worst nightmare when living alone!
When we meet Nathan Cody he is standing in a shopping street playing 'Paperback Writer' on his beloved guitar, an unusual, humorous and engaging introduction to our lead character. Cody is soon caught up in a hunt for an usual serial killer and I was hooked on the quest to discover the perpetrator of this awful crimes. The narrative, although focuses on Cody and his struggles, swings back and forth to the inner thoughts of our killer, and this was a creepy insight into the psychology behind these crimes.
The characters are drawn richly and complex enough to drive the story-telling - loved it! Can't wait for more!
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