When you break THE RULE, bad things happen.

Daniel is looking forward to his birthday. He wants fish and chips, a chocolate caterpillar cake, and six comics starring his favourite superhero. Daniel will be twenty-three next week. And he has no idea that he’s about to kill a stranger.

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Daniel’s parents know that their beloved and vulnerable son will be taken away. They know that Daniel didn’t mean to hurt anyone. They dispose of the body. Isn’t that what any loving parent would do? But as forces on both sides of the law begin to close in on them, they realise they have no option but to finish what they started. Even if it means that others will have to die…

Because they’ll do anything to protect him. Even murder.

My Review

Absolutely brilliant. Funny, poignant and sad at the same time, this book has everything including murder.

Daniel is nearly twenty-three but he’s like a child, with his fixation on Adam-9, his favourite superhero, his love of comics and a chocolate caterpillar cake for his birthday. There is just one rule in Daniel’s life – don’t touch anyone because he doesn’t know his own strength and one hug could kill someone. Until it does. Another important thing about Daniel is that he doesn’t know how to lie.

And so it begins. Daniel was only protecting his dad Scott when he was attacked in the lift in their block of flats by a local hoodlum. He did what any good son would do, but he didn’t mean for the man to die. Scott will happily take the blame – it was self-defence after all – but Daniel will simply say what really happened. And then they’ll lock him up and that would be unbearable for Scott and his wife Gemma. There’s only one answer – dispose of the body. I have to admit that this was the one bit that I found rather far-fetched, but I’m not losing any stars over it.

Hannah is a police officer. She was involved in a previous case that went terribly wrong so she’s been thrown to the wolves with this one. Set up to fail. There are no suspects, though plenty of motive. But it’s Hannah’s personal tragedy that tore into my heart.

This book is so well written and Jackson being Jackson, he manages to throw in some hilarious dark humour when you least expect it. It’s what sets his writing apart from other crime writers. I adored his previous book The Resident and this one is as good if not even better.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

From David himself: “I am the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring Irish-American NYPD Detective Callum Doyle. The first in the series, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Awards. It is published by Pan Macmillan. The follow-ups are The Helper and Marked, and I am hard at work on the fourth in the series. My writing influences include Ed McBain, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben, amongst many others. My favourite quote about my work is one from the Guardian, now carried on the front of my novels: ‘Recalls Harlan Coben – though for my money Jackson is the better writer.’”

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