A deadly game of cat and mouse - and the police aren't the ones doing the hunting. A gripping new serial killer thriller from the bestselling author of Cry Baby.


When police are called to a murder scene in the Liverpool suburbs, even the most jaded officers are disturbed by what they find.


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.


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.



"A harrowing page-turner from a writer who seems to know your darkest fears. Terrific!" - David Mark, bestselling author of Dark Winter


"As flawed heroes go, Cody is up there with the best in every sense and you'll find yourself worrying about him as much as the bloody terror he's facing. A thrilling series opener" - Jon Wise, Weekend Sport


"The Liverpool setting makes for an interesting change, the characters are well drawn and the plot builds to a taut and tense conclusion. In all, a worthy addition to the annals of British detective fiction" - The Sydney Morning Herald


"The best crime fiction novel I've read. It's an outstanding book, and it's one that I am going to be recommending to everybody" - Book Addict Shaun


"A deliciously dark and compelling investigation . . . a well-executed thriller, with plenty of scope and a firm foundation for a projected series" - Raven Crime Reads


"I was sucked in and had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. At other points, I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Jackson's writing is flawless. Clear and concise. To the point and cuts you when you're not looking. Utterly utterly fabulous. What a way to start a series! Highly recommended" - Rebecca Bradley, Murder Down to A Tea


"A spellbinding and spine chilling read that had me literally on the edge of my seat . . . It had me well and truly gripped from beginning to end" - Bytheletterbookreviews.com


"His writing style is brilliant and a joy to read . . . Jackson has created wonderful new characters with DS Cody and DC Webley. The plot opens in best Hitchcock tradition and moves along smoothly with enough suspense to keep the reader enthralled right until the unexpected ending" - Devoted to Thrills


"It takes quite a lot to render me speechless but this book did just that. There was a moment near the end that I switched off to everything around me as I wanted to give everything I had as a reader to the final few pages of the book that is definitely going to be in my Top 10 of 2016 . . . perfection" - My Chestnut Reading Tree


"It's one of the few novels that I have read where I felt some empathy towards the killer and revulsion towards a victim. It's a fantastic novel, the first in a new series that has huge potential" - Steph's Book Blog


"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" - bibliophilebookclub.com


"It's a fast paced crime thriller featuring the hunt for a vengeful serial killer. Absolutely everything I love in a book!" - Damp Pebbles


"I can't recommend this book enough, it is definitely going to be in my top ten reads of 2016, there isn't one bit that could have been better!" - Cleopatra Loves Books


"By far the best book I have read this year . . . this book picks you up from page one and doesn't put you down till the last page. It is a rollercoaster of plot, intrigue, false turnings and twists" - breakawayreviews.co.uk