Saturday 1 August 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Resident - David Jackson


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.

What did I think?

I have to say that I don't have a fear of attics but rather the ladders leading up to them, so there really could be someone living in my loft and I'd be none the wiser.  My first house was in a terrace and I could totally imagine builders cutting costs by not bricking all the way up between the houses.  This is what killer on the run, Thomas Brogan, finds when he hides in the loft of an abandoned house.  With access to three houses he can steal a little food from each one without anyone noticing and remain hidden from the police.

Brogan is at constant war with himself due to the other voice in his head and it's like he has whole conversations with himself.  You can see how this happened through flashbacks to his lonely childhood and it just shows you how certain events can inflict lasting damage.  Not that every lonely, bullied child becomes a serial killer, of course!  Seeing this side of Brogan makes him appear more human rather than a soulless serial killer and rather strangely I did grow to like him.

Once Brogan started to interact with the residents of the three houses, I was completely hooked.  After a close shave at one house he focuses his attention on deaf old lady Elsie and newlyweds Martyn and Colette.  After discovering that the young couple are hiding secrets from each other, Brogan soon realises that he can have some fun with Martyn and Colette whilst using Elsie for provisions.  It's just that niggling voice in his head crying out for more blood to be shed...

So very addictive, I couldn't put The Resident down and read it over the course of 24 hours.  Written with surprising elements of humour, The Resident is a darkly comic thriller that thoroughly entertained me from start to finish.  

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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