Hope to Die: The gripping serial killer thriller for fans of M. J. Arlidge

Hope to Die: The gripping serial killer thriller for fans of M. J. Arlidge

by David Jackson

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ISBN-13: 9781785761096
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction
Publication date: 04/06/2017
Series: DS Nathan Cody Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,022,277
File size: 624 KB

About the Author

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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Hope to Die: The gripping serial killer thriller for fans of M. J. Arlidge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
pet1210 More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to one of my favourite books from last year, A Tapping at my Door, a police procedural set in Liverpool. For a better understanding of the protagonist, DS Nathan Cody, his history with his colleague, DC Megan Webley, and his relationship with his boss, DCI Blunt, I would recommend reading these in order. A school teacher is killed in the grounds of the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool. The single woman seemed well liked and respected, so Nathan and his team find it difficult to establish a motive let alone come up with any potential suspects. When a second woman, a prostitute, is murdered in the grounds of a Catholic cathedral, the investigation throws up even more questions. The two victims appear to have nothing in common. The story was really interesting, and I was totally absorbed throughout. David Jackson created a great balance between the case work and the personal lives of DS Nathan Cody & Co. I admit to having a bit of a thing for Cody though I'm actually not quite sure why. To the majority of the outside world, Cody appears put-together and tough, but he is still struggling with the aftermath of the torture he endured while working undercover, making him very fragile and unstable. Be aware, if you have a clown phobia: scary stuff alert. Jackson includes glimpses into the killer's abusive upbringing, which I thought were well done, although - if you read a lot of serial killer thrillers - there was nothing unique there. I also liked the inclusion of a new member into the police team: Grace Meade, a lonely computer expert. Her "relationship" with Nathan has great potential for interesting developments in further books. I was completely surprised when the perpetrator was revealed, which was an added bonus, but I have to say, I voiced my despair loudly at the damn ending. Really, not nice, Mr Jackson to leave us hanging like this and now I have to wait for ages to find out what happens next. The audiobook is narrated by Jonathan Keeble, who is one of my favourite British narrators. If you like audio, listen to this, the narration is brilliant.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was SOOOO good. A killer is killing women and it seems it's because of their religious beliefs. Meanwhile, the author is letting us into the psyche of the killer. We are reading about the childhood of the killer. It starts when the killer is five years old and how the mother punishes him when he is a child. There is no maternal love there at all. The things this woman does to this child are unspeakable. The ridicule the child faces because of his mother. It's no wonder he grows up to be a killer. I will give you the warning that this is definitely one not to start at bedtime. Give yourself plenty of daytime to begin reading this one. The ending, when it comes, when definitely make you sit up and go "wow". I recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers full of suspense. This one definitely has it going for it. Thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope To Die is the second in the DS Nathan Cody series. A Tapping At My Door (which is the first) was my first introduction to this authors works and was one of my outstanding reads of 2016. I went on to read all of the authors books, which I loved, so you can imagine how much I have been dying for this one to be released. I love Cody and wanted to give him a big hug for what he is having to go through. He has been through an horrendous time and it is very much with him every day. As much as he seems to be quite grounded in front of everyone else, he is in absolute turmoil inside and is constantly fighting his demons. Due to Cody’s past it would certainly be beneficial for readers to have read A Tapping At My Door before reading Hope To Die. The story line of a woman who is a very respectable pillar of the community being murdered was really good. I was as flummoxed as the police to why this woman would be killed and there certainly seemed to be no reasoning for it which makes it so much harder for Cody. Hope To Die is yet another gripping read that had me hooked from start to finish. With twists and turns that had me looking in the wrong direction, there was certainly some shocks in store that I was not expecting. This author knows how to mess with his readers minds whilst delivering a highly adrenaline fuelled read that leaves you having to catch your breath at the end.