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Blog Tour: ‘The Rule’ by David Jackson

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for David Jackson’s latest thriller, ‘The Rule’.  In this post, I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing a mini-review. Thanks so much to Viper for the opportunity! So, keep reading…



Daniel is looking forward to his birthday. He wants fish and chips, a big chocolate cake, and a comic book starring his favourite superhero. And as long as he follows The Rule, nothing bad will happen. But Daniel has no idea that he’s about to kill a stranger.

Daniel’s parents know that their beloved and vulnerable son will be taken away. They know that Daniel didn’t mean to hurt anyone, he just doesn’t know his own strength. 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 Daniel. Even murder.

About the Author.

David Jackson is the author of eight crime novels: ‘Pariah’ (January 2016), ‘Marked’ (January 2016), ‘Cry Baby’ (February 2016), ‘A Tapping At My Door’ (April 2016), ‘Hope To Die’ (April 2017), ‘Don’t Make A Sound’ (May 2018), ‘Your Deepest Fear’ (May 2019), ‘The Resident’ (July 2020). His latest novel, ‘The Rule’, is due to be released on 1st July 2021. Alongside writing, David also works as a university academic in his home city of Liverpool. He lives on the Wirral with his family.

My Thoughts…

‘The Rule’ follows the lives of soon-to-be 22-year-old Daniel and his parents Scott and Gemma. When Daniel breaks “the rule” and accidently kills somebody, all of their lives are turned upside down. Should they hand him in to the police, or should they protect their beloved, vulnerable son and cover up his crimes?

After reading a couple of Jackson’s previous novels and really enjoying them, I jumped at the chance to receive an ARC of ‘The Rule’. And I was definitely not disappointed! This novel is absolutely sensational; jam-packed full of mystery and suspense, fantastically-written characters and a shocking ending, what more could you possibly want from a psychological thriller?! For me, this book ticked all of the boxes and I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

Daniel’s father Scott is definitely my favourite character in the novel. He loves his son and wife dearly and will do anything to protect them – even if that means incriminating himself. He embarks upon a series of crimes and attempts to clear up the mess his son has made, with disastrous consequences. Although he puts on a strong front, Scott is vulnerable and emotional, and struggles to deal with the aftermath of Daniel’s crime. He makes plenty of mistakes and is an exceptionally well-written, realistic character.

The narrative is very easy to follow. Narrated in the third-person throughout, the reader is given an in-depth perspective to the characters’ thoughts, feelings and emotions, as well as a distanced account of the events as they occur. The novel is set in the present day, with some allusions to the past. Overall, the narrative is really simple, yet still very effective.

There is a great deal of suspense and mystery throughout the novel. As Scott’s involvement in his son’s crimes deepens, he finds himself in some very difficult and dangerous situations. Scott soon discovers that he must risk EVERYTHING in order to protect his family – just how far is he willing to go? I was utterly hooked whilst reading and simply couldn’t put this book down – I just had to find out what happens to Daniel and his family!

The ending is nothing short of fantastic. There’s a dramatic resolution which changes everything for this loving family, and they must push themselves to their limits in order to correct the mess they have made. The ending was very shocking – I definitely didn’t see that coming! I was really satisfied with the novel’s resolution, and felt that it tied everything together brilliant. An exceptional ending to an exceptional novel!

Overall, I highly recommend this novel to those of you who enjoy psychological thrillers, particularly if you’re interested in more family-oriented dramas. I really loved the book and raced through it in just a couple of days. This book is going straight on my “favourites” shelf – I simply couldn’t fault it if I tried! I highly recommend picking up a copy of this sensational psychological thriller – I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Happy reading 🙂

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