I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the blog tour today for The Resident by David Jackson.
THERE’S A SERIAL KILLER ON THE RUN
AND HE’S HIDING IN YOUR HOUSE
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. With a trail of bodies in his wake and the police hot on his heels, it seems like Thomas has nowhere left to hide. That is until he breaks into an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he climbs up into the loft, he realises that he can drop down into all the other houses through the shared attic space.
That’s when the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Thomas enjoys even more than killing is playing games with his victims – the lonely old woman, the bickering couple, the tempting young newlyweds. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet…
Do you fear The Resident? Soon you’ll be dying to meet him.
I’m a huge fan of David Jackson’s books so The Resident was very high on my list of anticipated books of 2020. And I’m relieved to announce that it didn’t disappoint one little bit! The Resident is a gripping, dark and emotionally disturbing book that felt like a breath of fresh air with its unsettling, unique feel. It will drag you into its sinister scenario and hold you prisoner until you finish the very last page.
Told from the point of view of a serial killer called Brogan, we first meet him as he runs from the police after fleeing a multiple murder scene. He takes refuge in the attic of a row of terraced houses where he realises he can travel between the 4 homes through the crawl space in the lofts. House 1 is empty so if no help to him at all, house 2 is occupied by 89 year old widow Elsie, house 3 by middle aged couple Jack and Pam with the final home belonging to young married couple Martyn and Colette. Brogan roams the houses at night slowly discovering the secrets of the occupants living below him. But an encounter with Elsie and an obsession with the beautiful Colette threaten his self imposed emotional distancing from others…
I found it hard to dislike Brogan even though it was obvious he was very disturbed! It’s not the first time I’ve felt a real emotional connection to one of David Jackson’s “villains” as he has a wonderful way of building a relationship between you and the characters he has carefully crafted. Brogan has many conversations throughout his storyline but as they are mainly with himself, they are honest revelations about his life. It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for him as the truth unravels about his past. And that’s what makes The Resident such an unsettling read. We are supposed to be cheering on the good guys and booing the bad guys so when a book crosses the boundaries by mixing up those responses, it definitely provides food for thought and The Resident is a book that will linger on in your mind long after you’ve finished reading it.
It’s always a highlight of my year (and I definitely needed it this year!!) when a new David Jackson book is published and I relished every page. I loved this book so much and can’t recommend it highly enough!
Weirdly enough shortly after I read The Resident I had a very strange experience of my own that reminded me of a scene from the book! Just before bed one night I was having a wee before bed as usual when I noticed something strange in the shower which is directly opposite the loo. My shampoo and conditioner weren’t where I normally put them! Now I’m pretty OCD about my hair care products as I have them grouped according to their properties (long story but if you follow the Curly Girl Method you’ll understand!) Then I noticed the towel was no longer on the towel rail. “Someone’s has a shower here today” I said to The Grumpy Scotsman. “What makes you think that?” he replied. I explained why to which his response was to go to the laundry basket and pull out a wet towel. “You obviously just forgot you’d put it in the wash! Your memory IS shocking nowadays-you admit that yourself!” Cue lots of sniping between us with me adamant someone had been in the house and him adamant I was imagining things. I messaged the girls. “No” came the answer from them all “not us!” So it was a very frosty evening in the Robertson household with both of us convinced we were right and me concerned that we had had a stranger in the house and that he wasn’t bothered!! A sleepless night ensued!
The next day I had a message from one of the girls. “Sorry was half asleep when you messaged last night. I ran out of gas yesterday and the post office hadn’t opened for me to top it up so I had a shower at yours. Hope that wasn’t a problem?!” I’d like to say The Grumpy Scotsman and I laughed about it but to be honest I’ve now decided that if I do notice things out of place in the house again, I might keep quiet and just take a few extra precautions instead-you just never know nowadays, do you…?
David Jackson is the author of nine crime novels, including the bestseller Cry Baby and the DS Nathan Cody series. When not murdering fictional people, David spends his days as a university academic in his birth city of Liverpool. He lives on the Wirral with his wife and two daughters. Find him on Twitter @Author_Dave.