Crossing the line – Kerry Wilkinson (Jessica Daniels 8)


Published September 2014

The point of no return . . .

Long before Jessica Daniel became a police detective, Manchester was a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorizing its inhabitants.

Now, twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic. But Jessica has a new case to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in broad daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only Jessica and her team could track him down . . .

It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.

My thoughts

Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy to review.

This is a completely new author and series for me. And one that I have been meaning to take a look at.

This book is the eighth in a successful series by Kerry Wilkinson about Jessica Daniel, an officer in the police force in Manchester. It is also referred to as the start of ‘Season 2’. I never knew books could have series. How clever. I personally have my doubts about whether anyone can just jump into an established series, without missing out on a great deal of important background and character development. However it did seem to work on this occasion and was very readable as a standalone.

There are a few things going on in the novel: a local politician is burned with acid publicly, the anniversary of the ‘Stretford Slasher’, a masked attacker and an assortment of characters working with Jessica who have amusing nicknames. I particularly liked ‘PC Pen-Thief’ and the cake chomping ‘Fat Pat’. Plus there is the personal stuff with Jessica, about her ‘marriage’, partner and friends.

There is a dark element to the writing. I got a real sense of the gritty side of policing in Manchester: the drugs, the appalling work conditions at the nick in a bleak winter and stabbings. As someone who hasn’t been to Manchester in twenty years, it was rather eye-opening. I am forgetting for a moment it’s not real.

I liked Jessica Daniel very much. She has a very witty, quirky way about her, spewing out amazing one-liners. I found myself chuckling at some of the things she was coming out with. And the banter with her work colleagues was fun. She does northern bluntness so well!

A stonking good read if you are into dark northern crime with humour! I’m going to have to get my hands on the rest in the series.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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