Author : David Jackson
Title : A Tapping At My Door
Series : DS Nathan Cody #1
Pages : 384
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : April 7, 2016
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.
DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.
As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.
And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.
A few months ago, many of my fellow book bloggers were talking about the second book in the DS Nathan Cody series, Hope to Die. So obviously I bought the first one because as I’m sure you all know by now, there should be a law against starting a series anywhere else but with book one. 😉
I’m not sure why I’d never heard of David Jackson before. It’s a travesty and I’m glad I was made to see the error of my ways. A Tapping At My Door has everything I look for in a good book. A damaged protagonist with what promises to be an exciting backstory, a murder or two, a fascinating killer and brilliant writing! Also, birds. Not so good. I mean, I don’t mind birds. Just not in this instance. You’ll see why when you read the book.
The story begins with a tapping at the door and it’s a deliciously creepy way to reel the reader in from the get-go. Since I was reading this in the dark, while home alone, I have no shame in admitting that it made me feel extremely nervous. The scene was set perfectly with a fantastic reference to Edgar Allen Poe and at that point, I already knew I was going to enjoy this one.
I love this author’s writing style. It flows well and feels completely natural. I’m also very partial to the shorter chapters, especially when the action starts to ramp up and you begin to flip the pages faster and faster. I found myself so utterly engrossed that I forgot to take notes for my review and I stayed up well past my bedtime in order to finish. Worth it.
I thought Nathan Cody was extremely likeable, despite quite obviously being damaged goods. Something bad happened to him in the past but what that may be is revealed quite slowly and had me utterly hooked. This backstory is incredibly promising for the next book and I can’t wait to see where it takes him.
This is one heck of a thriller and a must-read! Fast-paced, brilliantly executed with an exciting hunt for a killer. In case you couldn’t tell, my first introduction to David Jackson went extraordinarily well, I must say. So much so that I have every intention on catching up on his other series as well, which features Callum Doyle. Quite frankly, so should you!
A Tapping At My Door was published in 2016.