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Think of the Children (Season One: Book 4) (Jessica Daniel)

Think of the Children (Season One: Book 4) (Jessica Daniel) [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Wilkinson
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"The fourth of Wilkinson's crime novels to feature the psychologically wounded but tenacious Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel confirms the heroine as one of the new stars of the northern British police procedural. DCI Banks, not to mention Scott and Bailey, had best look out. Daniel's stories also have more than a touch of the unforgettably downbeat, ever resilient Jack Frost. Wilkinson's first Daniel story, Locked In, was self-published and rapidly became a conventional bestseller. He has blossomed since. . .Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood, showing his growing confidence, and as it does so, so his talent becomes ever more obvious."
--Daily Mail

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One boy is dead. A killer is free. Who is next?

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is first on the scene as a stolen car crashes on a misty, wet Manchester morning. The driver is dead, but the biggest shock awaits her when she discovers the body of a child wrapped in plastic in the boot of the car.

As Jessica struggles to discover the identity of the driver, a thin trail leads her first to a set of clothes buried in the woods and then to a list of children’s names abandoned in an allotment shed.

With the winter chill setting in and parents looking for answers, Jessica must find out who has been watching local children, and how this connects to a case that has been unsolved for 14 years.

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Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.

His debut, LOCKED IN, the first in the detective Jessica Daniel series, is a UK no.1 Kindle bestseller, with the first three Jessica Daniel books making him Amazon UK's top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011.

THINK OF THE CHILDREN came out in February 2013, outselling Dan Brown to become Amazon UK's no.1 Kindle pre-order, making the top 10 crime ebooks, and entering the official top 20 paperback chart.

Kerry is the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook no.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.

Books five and six in the Jessica series followed, with a spin-off from PLAYING WITH FIRE - the Andrew Hunter series - beginning with SOMETHING WICKED.

Pan Macmillan (Griffin in the US) are also publishing Kerry's young adult/fantasy/adventure series - the Silver Blackthorn trilogy. The first book is named RECKONING.

The standalone dark thriller, WATCHED, and the seventh Jessica Daniel novel, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, were his seventh and eighth consecutive top-20 Kindle crime books.

He is an occasional sports journalist and can frequently be spotted cycling the hills of Lancashire while trying not to be knocked off. Please drive safely around him. He was born in Somerset but now lives in the north west.

The next Jessica Daniel book, CROSSING THE LINE, is out on 11 September 2014.

RENEGADE (Silver Blackthorn 2) is out in spring 2015; as is standalone crime thriller DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
It's a atand alone great crime story, but if you havent read any of Kerry Wilkinson's 'DS Jessica Daniel' series, i would recommend that you read them in order, 'locked In', 'Vigilante' and ' The Woman in Black' They are all fantastic stories, involving DS Jessica Daniel, as she picks her way through realistic serious crime's, in her own particular way, a down to earth detective, with all the baggage that comes with the job.
I was fortunate to win an advance copy in a competition, so from a privledged point of view, i found , Jessica's latest adventure 'Think of the Children' a real page turner, as she delves further and deeper into each of the investigations, as it twists and turns, often making the reader believe one point of view, whilst masking the real hidden truth.
Jessica's character, is no picture book, cleaner than clean type police officer, she says what she wants to say, rather than what her superiors want to hear.
Kerry tackles the crimes of child murder and missing children, in a very accurate and yet human way, a subject that raises the hairs on the necks of almost everyone, and scares the life out of everybody that has children.
A cracking story.
I read the book in just one session, and to be honest, should have stretched it out a 'wee' bit, any reader that likes good stories will know the feeling, i just could'nt put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of Jessica Daniel is a great thing! 26 Oct 2013
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Having finished Kerry Wilkinson's Vigilante a few months back, I was thrilled at the chance to check out the fourth title in his Jessica Daniel series. Having become a fan of Wilkinson's writing style, his flair for intelligent plotting and understanding of character, I selected Think of the Children from the Amazon Vine Programme with high expectations. Yet again, Kerry does NOT disappoint.

Coming back to the life of Jessica Daniel is another great experience. She's the same human being as before. Driven, determined, brilliant and packed with character flaws & human qualities that make her so three-dimensional. Burdened by her mistakes, yet willed-on by her sense of justice, Jessica's lonely life goes on. Her case this time around is trying to determine the identity of a deceased driver who crashes a stolen car...with the body of a child wrapped in plastic in the car boot.

As with previous entries in the Jessica Daniel series, the author knows what he's doing. All of Kerry's work benefits from his expertise in writing. The pacing, the plotting, the sub-plots, dialogue, interaction, development, depth, real-life, research, domestic situations, police procedures etc...EVERYTHING has been crafted with perfection. There are plenty of twists-and-turns throughout to keep the reader's interest, the revelations are intelligent & shocking, and all the characters are used creatively to reflect the world we live in. The realism and attention to detail are impeccable, but the identity the author gives each of his characters is wonderful. There are no duffs whatsoever!

Think of the Children (like previous volumes) is handled with great skill. If you haven't read previous entries in the series, then you needn't worry too much.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read and author 21 Feb 2013
this is the 4th book to the quality jessica daniel series.
each in their own right brilliant, the fact i got the first book for around 30p on my kindle and read it on the off chance it might be good lead me to this fantastic author (thank you very much amazon for your kindle skills!)

the book is a great story from start to finish, follows the back drop of the characters through each book effortlessly and it feels like you were never away. great plot and the way kerry makes jessica so northern english for me being northern to really funny and realistic making this book very easy to relate and feel warm too.

simple example in the book where she mentions when you become an adult you change sauces for your butty, tomato and brown sauce - so true and a classic part of the book that had me laughing for ages.

all in all i suggest everyone read this book its amazing as the rest! well worth 5 stars.

if any other reason buy this book because this author is a true gent, i won this book in a competition on facebook and although im currently serving in afghanistan he still sent it with a personal message. kerry = legend, thank you so much, i cant wait for this to become a larger series.

brilliant book/author
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good British detective tale 23 Mar 2013
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I quite like Kerry Wilkinson's books and have read all of them so far. This one features Jessica Daniel on a missing child case.
Although the story flows at a fair pace, I find they lack the punch and tension in books by my favourite authors of detective stories - Lee Child and Michael Connelly. Still, they are based in Manchester which I know well, and they story kept me intregued til the end. Please don't elaborate on Jessica's love life - I hate thrillers which are padded out with too much personal stuff- Alex Cross is a prime example of this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the Jessica Daniel books 21 Feb 2013
Well I won an advanced copy so read the book several weeks ago.

It might not be the best book in the series, for me that was "Locked In" (book 1), but certainly a very good read and for those who know Manchester you are lead through the area very well. On first read I felt the premise of the story a little far fetched, but on reflection I have seen news items even more unusual, so perhaps I was wrong.

The plot unfolds nicely, with some blind allies and twists for Jessica to go through. You also get to meet Jessica much more than the other books which was a delight. It is a little difficult for me to judge for sure, but I think this book will stand on its own, so no need to read the previous three in the series. Don't miss out and start from book 1 - "Locked In".

I stumbled upon Kerry Wilkinson books by accident, bored in a hotel and forgot my eBook, but had Kindle on my phone and voila I am hooked and eagerly waiting the next instalment.
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