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Think of the Children

(Jessica Daniel #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,410 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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 lead
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Pan
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Another exciting compelling read from this author with the same D.I. Jessica. I have seen Jessica grow book by book in her dealings with people, her team and her sheer gutsiest and I am loving her growth and determination.

We have children this time who are disappearing at an alarming rate from a list that is discovered.

It’s a race against time and I’m truly out of breath!

This is proving one of the best series I’ve read for a long time.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Book four in a so far great series. I have read these in order and it's been great to keep getting to know Jessica Daniels and her team better and better. Now Jessica has a vocabulary and temperament to match my own, so maybe it's not a surprise I feel an affinity her. “ As she tried to force another smile, she thought the unrelenting cheerfulness in the photographer’s voice went some way to helping her understand what could make a person turn to violence.” And you know you're getting invested i ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the author's series featuring Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel, who has lived in Manchester for about 10 years and works at the Longsight Police Station. I had no problem following the story as a standalone, but at the same time, hints here and there made me think I'd have enjoyed it more had I started at the beginning (something that's true of most series, IMHO, so I'm not picking on this one in particular). It's fast-paced with an attention-getting plot, and I thank ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
DS Jessica Daniel is first on site of an automobile crash and in the trunk discovers the body of a child. The man has no id on him and the car is stolen. As they investigate it seems there may be more to this than just this present case. It may have a link to a disappearance that happened many years ago and can she discover what happened before the media gets a hold of the details and parents start to panic. Can be read as a stand alone book even if it the 4th Jessica Daniel story. Great read. I ...more
Linda Strong
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It all starts with a car crash ... one that Detective Daniel and a member of her team witnesses. The driver of one car is dead at the scene. His face is all but destroyed and there is no ID on his body. A key with the number 61 on it and a map is found on the passenger seat. But the most puzzling thing is the body of a young boy in the car's trunk.

The key leads to an allotment shed with a trap door. The map leads to buried clothing that belongs to a young boy who has been missing and presumed d
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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This is the fourth book in Wilkinson’s Jessica Daniel series and though you don’t have to read them in order, I would recommend that you do. There is quite a bit of character development and backstory by this point and I think that will have a richer experience if you start with book one.

When the book begins, Jess witnesses a car crash and is the first officer on the scene. One of the drivers is dead, and when she does a cursory search of his
Renita D'Silva
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant Jessica book! The more I read, the more I want of Jessica and her wonderful team. The author has skilfully plotted another fast paced, tense and thrilling narrative with many twists and turns. Once again, the reveal came as a complete surprise to me. Love it! This series just keeps getting better and better and I cannot wait to read the next!
Sarah Joint
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced and thrilling with a shocking ending. It works as a standalone, but I'd recommend starting this series from the beginning. I think they improve as they go on, and it's great to watch the characters we met four books ago grow.

Jessica Daniel is met with a grisly sight when she opens a car door to check on the driver after witnessing a car crash: his face is completely mangled. He's definitely beyond help. She notices that the boot of the car is slightly open and sees something else ter
Melissa Borsey
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Another winner! By now it's like getting reacquainted with old friends! As usual, the intensity, suspense, and surprises are layered throughout the story keeping you hooked until the very end! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!
Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
I've not read any of the previous books in this series, instead choosing this one based upon Amazon recommendations, the blurb and previous reviews.

The plot line is good; a man who is in a fatal accident has the body of a missing eleven year old boy in the boot of his car. Jessica Daniels, the first Police Officer on the scene, has a problem, no-one knows who the man is and the accident has left him unrecognisable. As the case gets underway there appears to be a connection to another missing boy
Paula Brandon
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Police procedurals aren't my cup of tea. They're all the same! They go for accuracy in the ins-and-outs of detective work and it is just so dull! Think Of The Children is no different. While it avoids some of the cliches commonly found in the genre, it doesn't make the book any more interesting.

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David Highton
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A police procedural covering a double kidnap plot spread over 14 years, with plenty of red herrings along the way, with a real twist at the end. This book spent some time developing the Jess Daniel character and progress in her personal life, but these sections were not relevant to the main plot and did rely to some extent on having read the previous books. Not the best Jess book so only 3 stars.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This is 3.5
Donna Maguire
This is the fourth book in the Jessica Daniel series and I really, really enjoyed it. It can easily be read as a stand alone but if you want to read the whole series (like me) its best to read them in order. I think this is the best so far out of the four I have read. I really enjoyed the plot and was gripped from the first to last pages. Going to start the fifth book now. Really enjoying these books at the moment.
This is the 4th book in the Jessica Daniels series. It can be read as a standalone book, but obviously it would be useful to read the other books first as it would explain the characters backgrounds (plus they are very good books!)

In this instalment, Jessica witnesses a horrific fatal crash. When she goes to help, she finds the body of a missing boy in the boot and an unrecognisable driver. No one knows who the driver is, but on the passenger seat is a map and a key. Jessica knows who the boy is
Dec 18, 2016 added it
Another solid police procedural featuring DS Jessica Daniel of the Manchester division of police. This time the team investigates cases of missing children after Jessica is on scene at a car crash and discovers a dead child in the trunk of the wrecked car. The driver is dead and unrecognizable. The case is hampered by bad weather and the passing of time and Jessica is frustrated by the lack of progress as there are no witnesses, no leads, no ransom demands and lots of clues that seem to take the ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Think of the Children by Kerry Wilkinson is a mystery and thriller and general fiction (adult) read.
One is dead. One is missing. 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 identify the driver, a thin trail leads her first to a set of clothes buried in the
Book Him Danno
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like my other reviews Kerry Wilkinson does a wonderful job of creating an world where Jessica Daniel isn't just a police officer but is human with emotions that she works hard to control. Every page the readers will feel as if they are standing next to Jessica watching though her eyes.
Well thought out story with twist and turns reader will not expect. Just when you think you know what is about to happen Bam you and Jessica are taken into another place trying to figure out if you will find t
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
Good crime novel with one of my favourite characters at the moment. DS Jessica Daniel is not the smartest copper in Manchester, but she is one of the most tenacious. She's a terrible driver, but she has the ability to laugh at herself. Wilkinson also adds humour to his books, so even though he's writing about something like the murder of a child there are lighter moments.
Already have the next one lined up on the kindle.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is 4th book in the DS Jessica Daniel series, but don't worry if you haven't read any of the others, you can read this as a stand alone book. As usual it's another gripping plot, with all the familiar characters, a little more incite into Jessica,s personal life this time, showing another side to her. Good plot, excellent writing, and a real twist at the end. Can't wait for the next in the series, Playing With Fire
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant-love this series- get better and better. Locked In the first one was very good but a few blips, this one is really good. DS Jess Daniel leads the team again. This is the fourth book in the series so I would start with number one as the characters are the same and there is a natural progression. On the strength of this one I have downloaded the rest of the series- great reads
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
One of the worst books I've read. Unfortunately I'm a completer, so wasted my precious reading time finishing it! The story has interesting bits to hook you in, that end up going no where! Well what do you expect of books the Reader Store gives away free?
~ Cariad ~
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Loving this series on Audible :)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth instalment of the DS Jessica Daniels series and it doesn't disappoint! I have had the pleasure of reading these great novels in order, as much as I think they would be a good stand alone read, there is mention of earlier cases mentioned sporadically throughout.

This is a heartbreaking case and one that DS Daniels, as much as her gruff exterior portrays, has a difficult time with. She is witness to a horrendous car crash that has left the driver of one vehicle dead and beyond re
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Bookouture and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Think of the Children. I was under no obligation to review this novel and my opinion is freely given.

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel and her colleague DC Dave Rowlands are the first on scene when a stolen car crashes right in front of them. The driver is killed instantly, so he can provide no answers to the gristly surprise that Jessica uncovers in the trunk. A map found in the vehicle provides little clues and many more questions
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Think Of The Children which opens with a bang (literally). Jess sees a car crash and goes to help. The driver is dead and when she opens the boot she finds the body of a dead child. The investigation ramps up when the police find links to the disappearance of another young boy 14 years previously and then a third boy disappears.
I think this is a great read with plenty of twists and turns and blind alleys which kept me turning the pages until the end, which I felt, like the previous nov
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great start, slows glacially, coasts to an unbelievable ending

I was intrigued by the Amazon blurb, and I enjoyed the first several chapters, but the pace slowed as the murder inquiry makes little forward progress for much of the book. Except for the beginning and the end, the author seemed to be filling pages with hard-to-believe events. DS Daniel doesn’t cook—or even know what self-rising flour is—but successfully makes a full Christmas meal for six adults. A young boy, kidnapped by a close rel
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read. I haven’t read others in this series so didn’t know the back stories to some of the characters, however, the story was well told and held my interest.

Set in Manchester, England, Jess is a police sergeant who seems to get away with a lot. Not only is she insubordinate, telling her superiors what to do, she also is a bit of a maverick. Also, as someone who doesn’t cook, she manages to cook an entire Christmas dinner, complete with turkey, Yorkshire pudding (who has Yorkies with turke
Carole Gourlay
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I appear to have missed this one from Kerry and wanted to refresh my memory of Jessica and the team before I go in to read the next one.

Without a doubt I love Jessica, I can relate to her and the way she is with people, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly and goes off half cocked, but gets the job done.

This book is different from the usual crime thrillers and the ending was amazing I can usually have some idea, but this one had me flummoxed.

It kept me guessing especially as the leafs didn’t seem to
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