A Tapping at My Door

A Tapping at My Door : A gripping serial killer thriller

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From the bestselling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham

"Recalls Harlan Coben - though for my money Jackson is the better writer." Guardian

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.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson's new Nathan Cody series.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 305g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781785761089
  • 371,165

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A harrowing page-turner from a writer who seems to know your darkest fears. Terrific! * David Mark, bestselling author of Dark Winter * As flawed heroes go, Cody is up there with the best in every sense and you'll find yourself worrying about him as much as the bloody terror he's facing. A thrilling series opener * Jon Wise, Weekend Sport * The Liverpool setting makes for an interesting change, the characters are well drawn and the plot builds to a taut and tense conclusion. In all, a worthy addition to the annals of British detective fiction * The Sydney Morning Herald * Jackson has proved himself a clever and compelling writer and A Tapping at My Door is a powerful opener... a gripping, atmospheric chiller with a spine-tingling hint of Hitchcock, a superbly drawn cast and a police procedural so authentic that it's like tagging along with the CID -- Pam Norfolk * Blackpool Gazette * One of my top reads of 2016 . . . It's an outstanding book, and it's one that I am going to be recommending to everybody * Book Addict Shaun * I was sucked in and had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. At other points, I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Jackson's writing is flawless. Clear and concise. To the point and cuts you when you're not looking. Utterly utterly fabulous. What a way to start a series! Highly recommended * Rebecca Bradley, Murder Down to A Tea * A deliciously dark and compelling investigation . . . a well-executed thriller, with plenty of scope and a firm foundation for a projected series * Raven Crime Reads * A spellbinding and spine chilling read that had me literally on the edge of my seat . . . It had me well and truly gripped from beginning to end * Bytheletterbookreviews.com * His writing style is brilliant and a joy to read . . . Jackson has created wonderful new characters with DS Cody and DC Webley. The plot opens in best Hitchcock tradition and moves along smoothly with enough suspense to keep the reader enthralled right until the unexpected ending * Devoted to Thrills * It takes quite a lot to render me speechless but this book did just that. There was a moment near the end that I switched off to everything around me as I wanted to give everything I had as a reader to the final few pages of the book that is definitely going to be in my Top 10 of 2016 . . . perfection * My Chestnut Reading Tree * It's one of the few novels that I have read where I felt some empathy towards the killer and revulsion towards a victim. It's a fantastic novel, the first in a new series that has huge potential * Steph's Book Blog * A superbly written crime thriller. It is full of action, with some brilliantly drawn characters thrown into the mix. I cannot recommend it highly enough * Bibliophile Book Club * It's a fast paced crime thriller featuring the hunt for a vengeful serial killer. Absolutely everything I love in a book! * Damp Pebbles * I can't recommend this book enough, it is definitely going to be in my top ten reads of 2016, there isn't one bit that could have been better! * Cleopatra Loves Books * By far the best book I have read this year . . . this book picks you up from page one and doesn't put you down till the last page. It is a rollercoaster of plot, intrigue, false turnings and twists * Breakaway Reviews * Includes A Tapping at my Door in his top 10 reads for 2016- 'David Jackson's new Liverpool-set series was a resounding success and there wasn't any hesitation in me including it in my Top 10 Books of 2016. It was an extremely powerful story that contained a number of twists that I am still annoyed at myself for not seeing coming. It's a memorable read that will hit all readers emotionally, and I love a crime novel that can achieve that.' * Book Addict Shaun * 'This was a gripping and gruesome story which was extremely thought-provoking in places. Full of interesting and plausible characters with their own damaged pasts. A fabulous start to a new series which I will follow with interest.' * Compulsive Readers * A great read that keeps you interested till the very last page. The murders are gruesome and really weird, there are several suspects and there are some personal problems for the main characters. That's definitely a combination I love. * Maureen's Book Blog *
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About David Jackson

David Jackson is the bestselling author of Cry Baby. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Awards. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters. Follow David @Author_Dave.
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2,601 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (1,067)
3 20% (524)
2 5% (137)
1 2% (51)
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