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Thomas Brogan is a serial killer, and he has nowhere left to hide. At least until he finds an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he discovers that he can access three other houses through the attic space, the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Brogan enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neig ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2020 by Viper; Main edition
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Maureen
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
There’s someone living in your house, in your attic to be precise, you don’t know he’s there, but he knows all about you!

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer on the run, who’s managed to gain access into a boarded up derelict end of terrace house, which gives him access to all the other houses in the terrace via their attic spaces. This is a man who kills for the hell of it, and he likes to play games and torture his victims before he kills them - death is a release for which they beg, after the pa
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: A lodger like Brogan was the last thing any sane person wanted. (c)
Q: We all have our own reality. (c)

A hilarious thriller recipe or how do you surprise your pet serial killer best?

- Brogan keeps having lively if demented chats with himself for the most part of this book. Also, he demonstrates lots of attic-crawling, blood-washing in pungent water and other murderous competencies, all the while demonstrating a personality divorced with reality and engaged with some sort of alter ego. A very
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
The Resident by David Jackson.. what can I say? This book is brilliant! It is nothing like previous books of his but that is ok. I was expecting a far scarier and dark read. Don’t get me wrong, it is dark and scary but it is also funny and addictive. I read this book in one night, staying up late to finish it.

The main character of this book is Thomas Brogan. He is an evil and sadistic serial killer... and you can’t help but like him. He is on the run from police, after a brutal murder. He break
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I have previously enjoyed a number of David Jackson’s Callum Doyle and Nathan Cody books. This stand alone, however, did not work for me. Thomas Brogan, serial killer, is on the run from police. He needs a place to lie low for a while. He finds an abandoned house at the end of a row of terrace houses and breaks in. It’s manky but will do for now. A ladder on an upstairs landing gives him an idea. He climbs up and checks out the attic space. To his delight there is no separation in the attic spac ...more
Gary
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st David Jackson novel I have read and I was intrigued enough by the book description to want to know more.

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer on the run following his latest killing spree where he has left a trail of bodies in his wake. With the police hunting him down he feels the need to hide away and decides to break into an empty terraced house to find refuge. On climbing into the loft he discovers that all the houses in the row are connected by a shared loft space. This gives him
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Gloria Arthur
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐️5 Stars⭐️
The Resident was a downright tense and creepy thriller that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end!

Thomas Brogan is an extremely dangerous serial killer and is on the run from the police. Brogan takes refuge in an abandoned house with it’s windows and doors boarded up. To his delight when he checks the loft he finds a gap which allows him to move along to the other neighbours lofts and spy on them!

Brogan likes to play games with his victims, he has a dark sinister mind and he
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Michelle
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer and not had the best of childhoods. When he was young, he was a loner who killed his parents. He is now on the run after a killing spree and the Police are after him. He finds an abandoned empty house where he takes shelter and hides in the attic. The house is on an end of a terrace where the attic is linked across the three properties. The other two houses belong to couple Martyn and Collette and the other house pensioner Elsie who thinks Brogan is her son who d ...more
Lou
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Resident is David Jackson’s latest standalone serial killer thriller that has more than a little touch of horror added into it for good measure. It is an utterly riveting read from the moment you begin until the last page is turned and it has me furiously racing through its pages like a bit of a maniac.

Thomas Brogan is a sadistic and ruthlessly efficient serial killer who murdered his parents and who is currently on the run from the police having left a trail of devastation in his wake with
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Natalie M
I really wanted to love this one as I always enjoy David Jackson's books but I couldn’t connect with this one.

I am not sure if the narrator (audiobook) was my problem or if it was the serial killer Thomas Brogan. I had a few issues with the disparity of the boarded-up house and the residents living in the other houses in the terrace, which he was accessing via their attic spaces. There was room for this to be far darker and far more twisted, but it was on the PG side. Brogan is into mind games w
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Hanlie
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightfully chilly read!!

I loved every minute of this book! There are some really dark and twisted parts that are definitely not for the faint-hearted but there's also some wickedly funny banter between the main character and his alter ego! At times you actually feel sorry for Brogan. What would have happened if he had a happy childhood? Who we are as adults are very much formed by our childhood. Who would he have become if he didn't witness the death of his parents or was the darkness i
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The Coycaterpillar Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I first requested an advanced readers copy of The Resident, I was very excited! There has been so much hype on book-twitter and a lot of blogger friends loved it. I am very weary of getting involved in hyped books because I really don’t want to be disappointed. I expected a strong psychological thriller but boy…this beast packed a spine shattering punch! Imagine my delight when from chapter one onwards – I knew this was going to be the kind of dark and depraved that I live for in a crime no ...more
Tracy Fenton
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For the record I believe I am David Jackson’s NUMBER ONE FAN – although apparently several other bloggers are claiming this title, so I shall ignore them and continue to convince myself otherwise. (Ner Ner Ner Ner Ner Kate @bibliophileBC)

The Resident is David’s latest standalone thriller published by Serpent’s Tail/Profile Books and available to download/buy on 16th July 2020. If you haven’t read any of David’s previous books then let me tell you this “you are really missing out and I can 100% r
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The Book Review Café
4.5 ⭐️ review to follow I’ve had rats living in our attic but never a serial killer I’m glad to say! After reading David Jackson’s stand-alone book The Resident I must admit I may have got a tad paranoid and pleaded with my long suffering husband to check our attic for any evidence of an intruder! The Resident turned out to be such a entertaining read, it’s brilliantly creepy, unsettling, gruesome and believe it or not it’s full of dark humour that add a surprising, but much needed respite from ...more
Sarah
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book needs to come with a warning. It is guaranteed to give you nightmares!

Well I have to say what a fresh and brilliant psychological thriller this was. What’s worse than a serial killer? One that takes up residency in your house of course. Imagine sharing your home with a cold blooded killer? Only problem is, the home owners arn’t aware that he is there. Even when strange things start to happen, not in their wildest dream could they ever imagine that it’s down to the killer that’s been on
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Susan
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of David Jackson and I am delighted that this, stand alone, novel did not disappoint. I particularly like the Nathan Cody series, but enjoy his writing so much that I was delighted to receive a review copy of his latest work and was happy to give his new book a try.

Thomas Brogan is a murderer and he is on the run from the police. Fleeing from the scene of his latest crime, he takes refuge in an abandoned house and discovers that the attic gives him access to the next three
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Review to follow nearer publication. Likely to be one of my books of the year.
Gary
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st David Jackson novel I have read and I was intrigued enough by the book description to want to know more.

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer on the run following his latest killing spree where he has left a trail of bodies in his wake. With the police hunting him down he feels the need to hide away and decides to break into an empty terraced house to find refuge. On climbing into the loft he discovers that all the houses in the row are connected by a shared loft space. This gives him
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Rach
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer. He is escaping from the police and ends up in abandoned house. He discovers a loft which leads to the houses in the street. Thomas starts to play mind games with the people in the houses.

The book is told in Thomas Brogan POV.

I didn’t enjoy this book.

I found I got bored through book and through the ending was quite predictable. Also the secrets of the characters weren’t that explosive.

This book wasn’t for me but other people probably will enjoy it.

I received
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Karen
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thomas Brogan is on the run from the police when he chances across an abandoned property at the end of row of terrace properties. He breaks in, covering his tracks and it makes the perfect hiding place however with no food, running water or electricity, he decides to explore. Luck is on his side for he discovers that none of the attic spaces are fully bricked and he can move from one house to another. Wow. What a find for a serial killer!

Just the idea of having anyone hiding in my property is sc
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Bridget
I read The Resident by David Jackson in staves with the other Pigeonholers as part of a group.

Thomas Brogan is a depraved serial killer, and is hiding in an abandoned end-terraced house on a quiet street. Discovering that he has access through the loft space to three other properties, he decides to have some evil and sadistic fun with their occupants, Elsie, Colette and Martyn Fairbright, and Jack and Pam...

This was a really twisted psychological thriller, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Bro
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Helena
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Boooooooring. I could have assumed as much from the summary alone. Reading from the point of view of the killer never interests me somehow. But, given all the amazing, 5 star reviews here, I thought I should give it a try. And my Goodreads family deceived me yet again! You really should start being more objective with your reviews, people. Doesn't matter if you loved his other books, or if he sent you an ARC or whatever. If it sucks, it sucks and you must come out and say it in order to protect ...more
Kat
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very quick and easy read for and that I enjoyed. Thomas Brogan is a killer and he is on the run from the police when he finds a boarded up house that will hopefully be a refuge for him. But he finds a whole lot more when he enters the attic of the house as this is an end of terrace and he has access to the others houses attic’s in the terrace and for Brogan this is now a time to play some games with the people below, he loves to spy and he now has an ideal opportunity.
It’s a creepy bo
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ally’s reading corner
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for my copy of this e-book, and blimey what a book it was. This book certainly kept me on the edge of my seat and was undoubtedly one I couldn’t put down.

The story followed Thomas Brogan a seriously deranged serial killer on the run from the law who finds the perfect hiding place for his voyeur fantasies.

Despite the majority of the book being placed in Brogans hiding place this does not stop this amazing plot from being pacey, but certain
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Raven
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been reading and reviewing David Jackson’s books for some years now, and something I have always admired is the versatility he shows as an author. Already the author of two terrific detective crime series, one set in New York and one in Liverpool, which are well worth seeking out, The Resident is a standalone, and a pretty damn chilling one at that…

What particularly struck me about this book is how much it uses the ordinary to heighten the intensity of the extraordinary. The action takes
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Nicole Lara
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I did not see that ending coming!
Julie Lacey
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a creepy psychological thriller that is one of a kind. I’ve not read a story like this one before so hats off to David Jackson for coming up with such an original idea.
Thomas Brogan is a serial killer on the run and whilst being chased by the Police he comes across an abandoned, boarded up house. He breaks in and makes his way through the house, seeing what’s there and then discovers the attic. He realises there’s no dividing wall between the attics of the four houses so starts to inves
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Lisa Jordan
I did not like the writing of this one at all.
I felt the main character was childish, and I just could not bring myself to finish reading this one.
I gave up somewhere around the 30% mark, because it just wasn't what I thought or hoped it would be (honestly the premise sounded fantastic) and the author did not pull it off in my opinion.
Hopefully others have a better reading experience than me.
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Veronika Jordan
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a serial killer – Thomas Brogan – on the run, who hides in the attics above four terraced houses, which can be accessed right across. The first house is empty and that is how he enters through the kitchen. House number two belongs to Elsie, an old lady who lost her son Alex in a tragic accident and whose only visitor is her carer, Kerry. House number three is occupied by Pam and Jack, who are constantly arguing, and a giant House of the Baskervilles. But it’s house number fo ...more
Michelle Ryles
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-read
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 a ...more
Mags Schofield
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favourite authors are those that can set out a scenario and make me start to think I know the characters and story. Then they very cleverly change everything I believe.
David Jackson has done just that.
The thought of a serial (or maybe cereal) killer, hiding in your loft space is horrifying. Knowing he may have used your shower, slept in your bed or used your washing machine makes the hairs on the back of your neck rise.
There are some really gory and gruesome descriptions in this book, but ama
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