Crossing the Line
By Kerry Wilkinson
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Synopsis from Publisher:
A serial killer with a past. A detective with a secret…
Twenty-five years ago, the Stretford Slasher murdered eight women and was locked behind bars for life. But after the notorious serial killer dies in prison, his reign of terror returns with a new series of attacks bearing all the hallmarks of the originals. Victims are being targeted in broad daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. People are scared to go out…
Detective Superintendent Niall Hambleton was the man who arrested the Stretford Slasher - and now his grandchildren have been kidnapped. The pressure is on for newly promoted Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel to find the missing children.
But to solve the case, Jessica must first uncover the truth behind decades of secrets. The clock is ticking, will she get to the answers before it’s too late?
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D.I. Jessica Daniels is investigating two high profile cases. The first case involves random attacks on Manchester citizens. The attacker is quick, efficient and leaves no clues. The second case hits close to home when the grandchildren of her former boss are kidnapped. Jessica believes the kidnapping relates to one of her former boss’s old cases. Jessica must revisit the past but stay in the present to save two children and prevent another attack.
Crossing the Line tells the story of several horrific crimes. However, while reading I found myself laughing out loud. D.I. Daniels is witty, clever, and never short of a retort. Even in some of the most intense situations she manages to insert humor. The humor is not dark or insensitive as you may expect from a jaded detective but more comforting. It also provides a balance to a dark and sinister story line.
The two crimes in this book are told in two separate parts. It was like reading two different books. I enjoyed this aspect; it really showed off Daniels’ investigative skills as well as her dedication. I could easily see how this book could have been two books. Both parts were gripping and fast paced. Because the two crimes were so different, I had a hard time figuring out if they were connected. This made the story more compelling.
If there is anything negative to say about this book it would be, a lack of background into the characters. I understand this novel is part of a series, but very little is mentioned about the things that took place in previous books. When past events are mentioned, they are mentioned in a way that says something happened but not many details are given. Throughout the entire story I felt like I was missing important details; details that would have explained some of things that went unsaid between the characters.
Overall I enjoyed this book and found it gripping and entertaining. Although I wish there was more character background, the plot was tense and action filled. I am very interested to find out more about D.I. Daniels and her investigative team. I can see a binge reading of all the previous books in this series in my future.
**Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy**
Murder and Moore Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars
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Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.
As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.
Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.
When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down.
Upcoming US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): December 2017
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): late-2017
One Cloudy Night (standalone): Spring 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): June 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): 2018
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): 2018
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