Blog Tour: Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson

Hey lovelies,

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson and I’ll be sharing my review with you all just a little further down!

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.

David can be followed on Twitter, where he goes under the name @Author_Dave. Join David Jackson’s Readers’ Club for all the latest news from David on his books, events and giveaways: http://www.bit.ly/DavidJacksonClub

About the book:

‘Sara! Remember! Victoria and Albert. All I can say. They’re here. They’re-‘ 

These are the last words Sara Prior will ever hear from her husband. 

As DS Nathan Cody struggles to make sense of the enigmatic message and solve the brutal murder, it soon becomes clear that Sara is no ordinary bereaved wife. Taking the investigation into her own hands, Sara is drawn into a world of violence that will lead her in a direction she would never have suspected. 

For Cody, meanwhile, things are about to get personal in the darkest and most twisted ways imaginable . . .

Click the link below to get your copy now:

Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson

My thoughts:

I’m a huge fan of the DS Nathan Cody series, and when I saw that there was a new installment I was thrilled! It felt like I had been waiting for AGES for it, but it was definitely worth it!

Your Deepest Fear sees Cody investigating a murder where the bereaved wife is displaying rather unusual tendencies. Not upset when she should be, and quite secretive at times. This leads Cody to thinking there is more than meets the eye with Sara. The reader gets glimpses into Sara’s train of thought, and as she becomes almost vigilante-like in her quest for justice for her murdered husband, even Cody is pulled into it unknowingly.

Parallel to this, and I’m mindful of spoilers here, Cody has his own problems. Issues in his past have led him to experience some emotional turmoil, and he’s still feeling the effects. Terrifyingly, his past is coming back to haunt him in a big way in Your Deepest Fear.

I’ve never seen him as vulnerable as he is in this book, and it works really well. You get a deeper insight into how his mind is working almost overtime to keep on top of everything and processing what’s happening around him in this book.

Your Deepest Fear is a supremely satisfying thriller. It gives you the creeps, pulls you in immediately and doesn’t let you go until the bitter end. It is clever, dark and downright scary.

I LOVED IT!

Highly recommended, as always!

Previous reviews:

A Tapping At My Door by David Jackson

Hope To Die by David Jackson

Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson

Check out the blog tour:

Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy!

About the author:

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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. David can be followed on Twitter, where he goes under the name @Author_Dave.

Join David Jackson’s Readers’ Club for all the latest news from David on his books, events and giveaways: http://www.bit.ly/DavidJacksonClub

 

About the book:

Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.

There’s just one problem. Daisy doesn’t belong to the Bensons. They stole her.

And now they’ve decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister.

D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .

Published TODAY by Bonnier Zaffre, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

Don’t Make A Sound (DS Nathan Cody 3) by David Jackson

My thoughts:

You guys! YOU GUYS!!! THIS BOOK!!!! It definitely nearly broke me. I have such a grá (love in Irish in case you want to know!) for Nathan Cody. I never want to stop reading when I pick up any of David’s Cody series, and Don’t Make A Sound was no exception.

But I had to put it down… to catch my breath, because THINGS HAPPEN! And I wasn’t prepared for how it made me feel!!! I picked the book up again after a few deep breaths, but I was super tense until I turned those last pages.

What a bloody thrill ride!!!

There is no doubt that David Jackson is an awesome writer, but he is also a master manipulator after this one (Love you really, Dave!) because it really messed with my head, heart and emotions. I am NOT complaining though, because this knack that Dave has means that his books will keep me gripped from start to finish.

EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

Don’t Make A Sound, for me, is the best book in the series so far.  Without a shadow of a doubt. The plot is pitch perfect. The atmosphere is dark and nervy. The characters are so well-drawn (goodies and baddies) that the reader becomes immersed almost immediately and that denouement, perfection.

I can’t praise Dave or his books highly enough. Firmly on my favourites list for life, this series just keeps getting better and better.

Raw, dark and with an emotional gut-punch, Don’t Make A Sound is one thriller you DO NOT want to miss.

Highly recommended.

Always.

Previous DJ reviews:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Hope To Die by David Jackson

Q&A with David Jackson #HopeToDie

Hi everyone,

So, Hope To Die has been on my TBR and I am working my way to it, but I didn’t reach it in time for publication. But I do get to have David Jackson answer some questions for you guys today! 🙂

About the book:

Hope to Die

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 . . .

Buy the book:

Hope To Die by David Jackson

 

Q&A with David Jackson:

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I think I have a split personality, and both halves of me may sound a little unsettling. By day I play the mad scientist, where I breed, evolve and mutate computer programs. By night I play God, populating fantasy worlds with people who are forced to do my bidding (mwahahaa!)

 

How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

No, it never crossed my mind to be a writer until a few years ago. I’ve always loved reading, though, and writers’ lives fascinate me. One day, feeling bored, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I began with short stories, and that’s when the bug took hold and refused to let go.

 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere and everyone. There are certain writers I admire, and they influence my style, but the inspiration for stories is all around. I think it’s a question of looking at the world in a certain distorted way. You take life as it is, and then you knead it and twist it and stretch it until it becomes the stuff of a story.

 

How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your books?

Fast paced, but with the focus on character. I do my utmost to make my characters feel real to the reader, and that goes for minor characters too. I have also been told that my writing is very cinematic and visual. (That’s a hint to any TV companies reading this).

 

Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?

Yes, I think it can. There is only so much a lone author can do, but the right push from a publisher can really help to spread the word. Especially important these days are the book bloggers and reviewers, whose enthusiasm can create quite a buzz.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

I think it has to be the enthusiasm of fans. There aren’t many things we do in life that stirs up fascination in others, but being an author is one of them. There is nothing nicer than receiving an email or a comment from someone who has read and loved one of my books.

 

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

Idiotic reviews.

 

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

I try not to have unrealistic expectations. I don’t expect to be rich or famous, but I’d like to see a steady progression. I’ll be more than happy if people are still enjoying my books and I still enjoy writing them.

 

What’s next for you?

You’re the first to ask, so you get the scoop! I’ve just signed a contract with Bonnier to produce two more Cody books. ‘Hope to Die’ is only just coming out, but I’m already really excited about book 3 (more to the point, so is Bonnier!)

*EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!* I am so excited!!!!

 

I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?

I don’t think you can be a half-decent writer unless you read a lot. I read all kinds of things, fact and fiction. To give you an idea, I’m currently reading ‘Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, but I’ve also recently read a history of World War II, a biography, a book on Shakespeare, and a James Bond novel.

 

Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

I think it would have to be ‘Cop Hater’ by Ed McBain. McBain’s 87th Precinct novels were a huge influence on me, and the whole series occupies pride of place on my shelves. ‘Cop Hater’ is not the best in the series, but it was the first, and so deserves singling out for that reason.

 

Have there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

There are so many, but perhaps ‘The Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler. The writing is superb, of course, but what I really love about the Marlowe books is the humour, which can be a tricky thing to pull off. A wonderful example is at the start of the novel, where Carmen says to Marlowe, ‘Tall, aren’t you?’ and he replies, ‘I didn’t mean to be.’

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

As I mentioned above, I have a day job, so with that and the writing, very little of my time is spare. What there is of it, I devote to my family.

 

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

I love a good walk, a good meal, and a good movie. A perfect day for me is one that contains all three.

 

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Again, so many, for very different reasons. I think I’d have to plump for Canada, which seems to have everything and does it in a civilized way.

 

Favourite food?

Fish, particularly shellfish. I make a mean prawn curry.

 

Favourite drink?

A nice silky-smooth pint of bitter.


Big thanks to Dave for answering my questions today. It’s always great having you on the blog!

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

 

Q&A with David Jackson: A Tapping at my Door

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to have a q&a with David Jackson, author of A Tapping At My Door as part of a week long celebration for his new novel. I recently read this book and absolutely loved it! So much so that I went and bought David’s back catalogue of books!!! You can have a read of my review by clicking on the link below:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

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Day Five: Meet the Author 

 

Can we talk about David Jackson? 

We certainly can. He’s a great guy. 

Before David Jackson ‘the author’ who was David Jackson?  How did you occupy your days? 

I was, and still am, a university lecturer. My days are now doubly occupied! 

If writing is a solitary experience, then how do you step back from the keyboard and relax? 

Usually by spending time with my family. I love a good movie, or a nice meal, and now and again it’s great to get drunk with friends and put the world to rights. 

Were you a bookworm as a child?  What books or which authors were your constant companions? 

I went through various phases. When I was very young I worked my way through the Famous Five and Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton. Later came my science fiction period. I read everything by Isaac Asimov, and much by Arthur C Clarke. Mystery novels came after that: Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Then I discovered Ed McBain and other American crime writers, and that’s when I was really bitten by the crime bug. 

Do you have a writing ritual? Is there discipline to your day or is writing time snatched between a never-ending list of domestic chores? 

Because I have a day job, I need to have a certain amount of discipline. After the evening meal is usually when I will force myself to head upstairs to write. That’s exactly what I’ve done now to respond to this Q&A! 

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?  Are you a fan of the current trend to remake/reimagine movie classics from days gone by? 

Funnily enough, the last film I saw was the new version of Jungle Book, which is of course a reworking of a classic. It’s actually really good, with incredible use of CGI, but more generally I think it’s only worth doing a remake if something new can be brought to the viewing experience. It has worked for The Fly, Cape Fear and Scarface, but for some others they really shouldn’t have bothered. 

If you could give your 10 year old self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Not to take advice from an adult who you’ve never met, but who looks strangely familiar and is determined to give you advice. 

 


 

My thanks to David for joining me on the blog today. A Tapping At My  Door is out NOW and you can get a copy from Amazon by clicking the link below:

A Tapping At My Door by David Jackson

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. David can be followed on Twitter, where he goes under the name @Author_Dave!

 

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Every so often, a book comes along and the early reviews are absolute ravers. A Tapping at my Door is one such book. I got an email from Emily at Zaffre asking if I’d like to read it and I gratefully accepted.

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About the book (via Goodreads):

A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series.

My thoughts:

Well… Where to begin?!

I have to thank Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews for her raving about this book! I bumped it up because she was so excited by it! I was NOT disappointed!!

A Tapping at my Door starts off with a brilliantly creepy opening, and to be honest, I was a little freaked out. Birds are evil!!! Without fail they make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when they’re used in contexts like this!

David Jackson has a lovely writing style. It’s easy to follow and it flows really well throughout the book. I liked how the chapters were also relatively short, because when events pick up the pace in the book you are flipping the page like a good thing trying to keep up!

A Tapping at my Door is a really well plotted crime thriller. I’m pretty sure I also may have a small crush on DS Nathan Cody 🙂 , he’s just a brilliant character. I can see him being developed really well if this turns into a long series.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s a brilliant intro to David Jackson, as he’s already an established author with his Detective Callum Doyle series. Which, naturally, I’ve purchased more than one to add to my TBR. I can’t believe I’ve not read anything by him before now!!!

A Tapping at my Door is a superbly written crime thriller. It is full of action, with some brilliantly drawn characters thrown into the mix. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. It kept me reading late into the night. It was released this week and you can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson

Happy Reading! 🙂