Review - The Resident by David Jackson

Title: The Resident

Author: David Jackson

Publisher: Serpent’s Tail / Profile Books / Viper Books

Release Date: 16th July 2020

Source: NetGalley
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. Having left a trail of bodies in his wake, and with 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 the can drop down into all the other houses on the street 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. 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.

It’s the stuff of nightmares, that feeling of being watched, bumps in the night, a serial killer living in your attic.....

I’m glad I don’t live alone and just saying I’m also glad I live in a detached bungalow where the loft is difficult for me to get in to never mind an unhinged serial killer.

The Resident is a disturbing read, a look in to the mind of a complete psychopath, a man who enjoys torture, both physical and mental with a bit of murder thrown in.  It follows Thomas Brogan, his passion for killing has left a long line of bodies, his last spree nearly got him caught and he finds himself on the run.  With nowhere to go he finds himself holing up in an abandoned terrace house.

He is a curious man and as he explores the house he finds himself in the loft and to his delight he finds that there isn’t a full wall between him and the next house, rubbing his hands in glee (he might not have but he strikes me as the type) he unleashes his inner voyeur and sets about finding out if there is anyone is the other houses he can play with.  Urgh, that last bit gives me the chills!

The first house belongs to an old infirm lady, the second house belongs to an older couple and their dog and the last house belongs to a young couple.  He is enthralled and starts finding ways to enter their homes, steal food, have showers and poke about.

Brogan has a mind that doesn’t switch off, he argues with himself, he plays out scenarios in his mind and as the book progresses his ventures in to the house in the terrace becomes bolder.  The residents oblivious to his comings and goings until one night he comes face to face with Elsie, the old lady in the first house and from then one he becomes even more unhinged as different emotions plague his mind.

Thomas Brogan is a sadistic, clearly screwed up in the head individual.  The story is told from his point of view and it keeps you gripped as he creeps and crawls his way through the lives of these poor unexpecting people.  The Resident paints a gruesome picture as we learn more about Brogan’s past and we learn what he is capable off.

I enjoyed it but don’t say I didn’t warn you, it may keep you up at night.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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