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Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month: August 2020

Love nothing more than being engrossed in a creepy thriller or playing detective with a gripping mystery? You're not alone! Always ready for a challenge, the Audible editors have taken on the tough task of seeking out spine-chilling tales that will keep you up all night. Every month we’ll bring you the very best in murder and mystery in Audible's Crime & Thriller Pick of the Month.
David Jackson

About the author

David Jackson is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring New York Detective Callum Doyle. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Awards.

When not writing fiction, David spends his time as a lecturer in a university science department. He also gives occasional workshops on creative writing. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters.

Matt Addis

About the performer

Matt Addis made his West End debut in Boeing Boeing and toured internationally with Stones in His Pockets and When Harry Met Sally. He's been seen onstage in Warhorse in the UK and South Africa.

His television credits include W1A, Queen Victoria's Men, Rose, Pobol Y Cwm and The British. Matt is a familiar voice to radio drama fans; where his work includes The Complete George Smiley dramas, The Lady in the Van and Audible’s Mansfield Park.

Summary

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.

©2020 David Jackson (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Split Personalities Will Lead to Split Opinions!

Or am I just splitting hairs?

Firstly, I have to say I am normally a big fan of this author. I’d recommend his Nathan Cody series in a heartbeat, it’s a keenly written and very well rounded police procedural series and Cody himself has real depth. Here, Jackson has aimed at something rather different so don’t expect more of the same. Here, his main protagonist is Thomas Brogan, and right from the start it’s clear that we’re dealing with quite a sick mind harbouring not one but two personalities. In fairness to the story it’s fairly well on-trend trying to inject humour into this evil character. In some ways it reminded me of the kind of writing that Luke Smitherd has been producing, albeit in a very different genre.

And unfortunately that’s where it all goes wrong for me. The Cody books develop excellent levels of tension, excitement and yes, even dread. The ‘chatty’ attempts at humour between Brogan’s personalities just destroy any kind of atmosphere and, in fairness, it’s a tough thing to attempt, including whimsical humour in a book about a pretty twisted and deranged serial killer and gruesome detail. For me he doesn’t get the right mix and while Matt Addis is a good narrator his naturally bright tones only seemed to add to the incongruity.

I’m sure that this book will suit some, it’s an attempt at making a twisted killer human in some ways but if you’re hoping for a similar exciting and tense experience to the Cody books this isn’t it or at least it certainly doesn't aim for it from the same direction.

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Loved book

I really enjoyed this audio book well worth a credit! Am i a tad mental, but i had a few tears at the end for a Serial killer!! Narrator excellent.

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Excellent storytelling!

A journey into the dark recesses of the mind of a psychotic killer. Excellent storytelling.

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Brilliant

Loved it. Gripping and Un-put-down able.
Will check out his other books now!.a a a

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Great story and a great twist at the end

didnt get much sleep as I was hooked to this story! What a great ending! love this author and a fantastic narrator too. No negatives at all.

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BRILLIANT

i loved this book..boy was i kept on my toes.CLEVER.BRILLIANT..narrator EXCELLENT.five. stars all round.next please

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Its driving me crazy..

I just can't read another word...
Its boring, no story line and its a waste money..

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top marks

excellent in all aspects. Gripping . a pacy psychological thriller. narration good. thoroughly recommend. unexpected ending

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Hooked from the beginning

Recently I’ve opened my mind to authors I had either never heard of or never listened to or read.
I’m so glad I took the plunge with this fascinating and twisted tale of a murderer with multiple personalities.
In stories I’ve read that engage with multiple personalities I haven’t felt as connected as I have to this protagonist.
The sorry telling of Matt Addis is silky smooth and the way he voices the characters is fantastic. His technique painted images of the characters and locations beautifully.

I will certainly be reading or listening to more of David Jackson’s work for sure!

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A really good listen

A really good story with a surprising ending well worth the listen a lot of suspense xoxo

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