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Hope to Die Audiobook

Hope to Die: DS Nathan Cody, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

When the victim seems perfect, is it the perfect crime? The gripping new serial killer thriller from the runaway best-selling author of Cry Baby.

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 on to his sanity.

And then the killer strikes again....

©2017 David Jackson (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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    tjcj 05-23-17
    tjcj 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    It was a great book to listen to. I really enjoy the characters and the follow on from the previous book in the series. There is good dialogue and the story is engaging. I got very excited to get in the car to continue listening. I highly recommend it. If you haven't read or listened to the first book you should check that out first. The performance was spectacular. One of the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-05-17
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Drags in the Middle"

    The first DS Nathan Code book was a winner as far as I was concerned. There was horror and a touch of humor and the relationships between the characters was intriguing. However, DS Cody's second outing is not nearly as interesting.

    It began with a brutal murder on the grounds of a Cathedral in Liverpool. Is it a one off or part of a future series? Did the killer know the victim or pick her out at random? And the more that Cody learns about the victim, the less likely it seems that someone would choose her as a murder victim.

    Then things slow down and get far less interesting..Too much time is spent on the relationship between Cody and his former girlfiend who appears to be getting on with her life. However she still seems to be hung up on Cody. Then there is her fiance who is handsome, well off and devoted. Add to that some unlikely suspects and Cody's boss whose attitude toward Cody has not been explained. But the excitement and the sense of threat that filled A Tapping at My Door is missing. There was one scene in Tapping in a pub where Cody and his partner had to face off against some dangerous thugs that hated cops that I thought was nothing short of brilliant. There are no moments like that in this book.

    Things do pick up at the end but it's too late to save the book in my opinion. I'll read the next one but I will be more wary about picking it up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AnnCat2 04-20-17
    AnnCat2 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Scared me witless!!"

    I love Nathan Cody - he is someone I wish I knew personally. Great police officer, honest, lovable. His tormentors are terrifying and I am not kidding around. I listen on my way to/from work and had to pause the book a couple of times to take it in. Am happy it wasn't dark when I got to those parts! The narrator is top notch and I could understand every single word! He brings all the characters to life. Please hurry with the next installment!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-18-17
    barbara Chiswick, Australia 07-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "No Book 3 ?"

    Can't believe there is no book 3. Maybe one coming? A wonderful gripping story with a brilliant narrator. If Jonathan Keeble reads them I'll listen to them. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good follow up!"

    Good second edition to this series. Totally leaves you wanting more and dying to hear what the next chapter is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-25-17
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 04-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book and awesome narration.."

    I love the storyline of these books but I just hate the ongoing story about the clowns and phone calls to Nathan Cody. I’m good with the serial killer so I don’t need to read about the hero’s failing mental health. At only 42% I was wondering if I was even going to finish this book. If it weren’t for the narration I probably wouldn’t have. I knew, however, if this was still a problem at the end of this book I wouldn’t be reading any more from this author.

    At 71% we finished with another long episode of Cody and the clowns. They keep scaring him witless and he can’t even concentrate at work. He’s even alienated Megan. She didn’t want a thing to do with him.

    I mean, really? Who wants a hero with mental problems? First in A Tapping at My Door and now it continues in this book, with no end in sight? As much as I enjoyed the serial killer stories in these two books I’m completely done. I’ll make up my own ending, rather than think about Cody being on the verge of insanity in every book, and not knowing when the next part of the story is going to be published.

    I’m rating this book on the serial killer part ONLY. The latter part of this review was my own personal rant about the lousy way this was written, as far as Cody was concerned.

    The story was very good and very exciting and I love that you have no idea who the killer is until near the end. And throughout the book I felt so sorry for him. It was so hard to read his story and I could see why his head was so screwed up. What a dysfunctional family that was.

    He killed three women, all the while killing one woman in particular, but never having the nerve to kill THAT one. The solving of the case was taken away from with Cody’s mental problems.

    As to the narration: Phenomenal. Jonathan Keeble gets better with every book he reads. His emotions are just incredible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    wisconsinclark 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Looking forward to Book three"
    Would you listen to Hope to Die again? Why?

    No, it was fun, not deep.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not the edge of my seat, but interesting enough to listen to in one day.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Send in the Clowns


    Any additional comments?

    Speaking of clowns, if we get book three, I hope he winds up this story line.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 09-18-17
    6catz 09-18-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Great grisly fun!"
    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Keeble gives a powerfully dramatic reading which flirts with going over the top but never does. I was quite swept away by his work. Will be looking for his name again.


    Any additional comments?

    David Jackson is a clever writer that knows how to hook the reader into his plot quickly. Detective Nathan Cody is deeply damaged by the horrible events of the previous book, where he was tortured by clowns, yes clowns, who also murdered his partner and were never caught. Jackson makes it all work in a creepy funhouse Steven King way. The additional murder case Cody struggles through is eventually resolved (I didn't guess the plot twist, good for Jackson) but killer clowns continue to stalk and torment him right through the last page. Ends with a cliffhanger that ensures fans will be waiting with baited breath for the next installment. Great, grisly fun!

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    Chiere Martyn 09-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series"

    When will we get the next one? Love these characters and the stories. Holding my breath for the next one.

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    Mike Stevens Seattle, WA USA 08-30-17
    Mike Stevens Seattle, WA USA 08-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another winner by David Jackson"
    What did you love best about Hope to Die?

    After listening to the first two books of this series, I'm already looking forward to the third. The performance is amazing - even though the accents take a bit of getting used to. I promise you, even your voice in your own head will be speaking with that accent while you're in the middle of this tricky and suspenseful tale. I gave the story 4 stars only because the first book was slightly more complex. This one is, however, very satisfying. Let's call it 4.5.


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  • jackie
    4/9/17
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    "Gobsmacked"

    Oh my god i read a tapping at my dor and was delighted to see a 2nd book about Nathan Cody. Please hurry with the 3rd Nathan cody book. This book had me gripped from start to finish. Narration was fantastic and wanting more from this series

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ann D
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    4/9/17
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    "His previous book is a 5* read. This one not so!"

    I wanted to love this. Indeed, I expected to love it after Jackson's previous book, which was excellent. Sadly, I struggled with this a lot of the time. If not for the previous book, I would probably have abandoned it fairly early. The narration also made it easier to continue. I felt Cody's back story and related problems were a bit OTT and distracted from the main story. Without giving anything too significant away, I also thought it was very sloppy to make a big thing out of members of a murder squad all being amazed to find that it is possible (yes, possible) for a expert to find which websites have been visited recently on computer. Surely, the average person knows that! For me Cody's back story made the book drag, and the big reveal left me underwhelmed. However, I must add that the main story and the characters are good.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Still bathing in Stormlight
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    "Jackson's Killer Thriller!"

    After the first book "A Tapping at my Door" I thought that this series showed some promise. Unfortunately all too often that second and third instalment can prove elusive for an author. Not in this case. Jackson has nailed it and I now consider myself a real fan. His writing is very tight and the pacing felt absolutely spot on to me. Similar to the first book it begins with a powerful, edgy and atmospheric opening. The main story then proceeds with clever twists and some genuinely harrowing scenes. It feels worth mentioning that this does include elements of domestic abuse. The characters have depth and while the front story drives along at a decent pace there continues behind it a patient, fascinating and methodical progression of the character back stories.

    Cody himself obviously takes centre stage. His demons, both real and imagined, personal and professional won’t leave him alone. His relationship with his boss is rather unusual for this genre and also promises further intrigue. Grace, a civilian working with the force emerges as a new and interesting character injecting a more technological approach to the investigations and indeed difficulties of her own. Jackson feels like a chess master moving his pieces in patterns that an amateur like me can’t really discern and I’m now very engaged with these characters.

    Of course listening to the audiobook the narration is all-important. Jonathan Keeble gives what I think is a genuinely impressive performance. I do sympathise to an extent with reviewers of the previous book who found his scouse accents difficult to live with. However, the rhythms and cadence that he brings to the important scenes and his ability to make multiple characters distinctive are more important to me personally. Notwithstanding the accents it’s a thoroughbred performance and adds significantly to the quality of the overall package.

    In summary this is a very enjoyable police procedural with characters that are brimming with promise. I fully intend to follow the series and won’t stop ‘til I get enough (with apologies).

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    6/10/17
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    "Fast & enjoyable, easy reading"

    Really enjoyed this one, and I enjoyed the previous one as well. This is very fast paced, it's light & enjoyable, not going to win any prizes for genius writing but I would certainly buy the next one & recommend the series so far!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. Daniel
    Wales UK
    5/17/17
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    "Compulsive"

    Edge of your seat reading with subtle unexpected moments of humour in a grim story line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    5/8/17
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    "Disappointing sequel."

    Weak storyline rescued by excellent narrator.
    Will analyse reviews before deciding to chance the inevitable third installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • EmmaTheLittleBookWorm
    5/4/17
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    "Bloody Brilliant!!!"

    What a belter of a book and superbly narrated. Will be highly recommending this one!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Messypig
    7/21/17
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    "I love this series - story and narration excellent"

    Love this book. Every layer of it is excellent and I love the fact that it is set in Liverpool and wraps the story around the city.
    Narration is excellent I have to say.
    The story is just the right side of gruesome to keep me interested but not repelled as well!

    love it and cannot wait for the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne Wilson
    7/16/17
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    "another cracking good story from david jackson!"

    loved it and I can't wait for no.3. great characters and for my money getting as good as James and Billingham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    UK
    4/19/17
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    "Too introspective (for me)"

    Found the murder's tale a bit annoying at the start but then saw how it wove into the story. Very good but a bit too introspective for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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