Hope to Die – David Jackson
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on 6 April 2017.
I was sent this book by Readers First as I am known for liking a crime book or a 100.
This is the synopsis:-
On a bitterly cold winter’s night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city’s Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic – no-one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind too. The ghosts of his past are coming ever closer, and – still bearing the physical and mental scars – it’s all he can do to hold onto his sanity. And then the killer strikes again. .
I hadn’t read anything by David Jackson before and I am always eager to find new writers and broaden my horizons so I was looking forward to starting this. Hope to Die is actually the second in the Nathan Cody series but don’t let this put you off if you haven’t read the first book – I hadn’t and found that the author does a great job of letting you know information without giving away too much.
The first chapter really draws you into the case straight away, always the best way to start a book and you are introduced to DS Nathan Cody. I liked him straight away and you are immediately drawn into the investigation and also learn that Cody is also battling his own demons from a previous case that went tragically wrong.
We follow him has he desperately tries to hold everything together whilst also trying to solve the case that appears to have no motive. When there is no apparent motive, how do you solve the crime?
I liked the interactions with the other characters, Grace is a favourite of mine. Shy, lonely and a computer geek. She is instrumental in helping with the case and I found this really interesting and hope that her character is explored further in the future books!
Once the investigation really takes hold, I raced through this book and enjoyed the satisfying conclusion.
The last chapter though – wow! It really sets up the next book in the series and I think it is going to be a cracker…
Thank you again to Readers First for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.