A Tapping At My Door
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
7 April, 2016
Oh the joys of discovering a gem hidden between 384 pages of deliciously crafted prose. That gem is Detective Nathan Cody and his creator, Merseyside based author David Jackson, deserves nothing more than the very highest of plaudits for A Tapping At My Door.
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.
If this scenario is not chilling enough, the manner in which Jackson manages to instil even more macabre mayhem into proceedings yet manage to stay well within the lines of taut credibility, is a wonder to behold. Added to this are his insights into what it is that makes the inhabitants of Liverpool tick – good and bad – particularly through the quick-witted dialogue and canny use of non-lecturing descriptive prose, not only places the reader alongside the characters but puts them into their hearts and minds.
From first to last, A Tapping At My Door will have you gasping, laughing, trembling and urging the quite sensational plot forward until, finally, the story is ended and all that is left is to wait in frustration for instalment two to arrive.