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Crossing the Line

(Jessica Daniel #8)

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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  827 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorizing its inhabitants.

Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 11th 2014 by Pan
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Liz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Kerry Wilkinson manages to do something few mystery authors are capable of, combine a good story, strong characters and just enough humor to keep it from getting too dark. I love the wicked sense of humor on display in all the books in this series. I’m still chuckling over PC Pen-Thief and his spelling. And ear hair… Kerry Wilkinson is one of the few, other than Nelson DeMille, that can have me laughing while reading a mystery.

The story begins with a series of what appear to be random incidence
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Sarah Joint
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book underwent a title change in the US, from The Stolen Children to Crossing the Line. It led to some confusion on my part as I searched for the book I was supposed to read, but I really prefer the new title. It makes way more sense.

Yet another great mystery featuring intrepid detective Jessica Daniel with an ending I never saw coming. I've been reading this series in order, and I really recommend starting from the beginning, but any could work as as standalone. It's just best to get the
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Malia
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This was my first foray into Kerry Wilkinson's Jessica Daniel series and though there were occasional point when I was confused as to references to the life of the protagonist beforehand, I do think this could work as a standalone. Jessica Daniel has been promoted to DI and she and her team have to contend with a series of seemingly random violent events. I won't give away the plot, but there is a lot going on, and I counted four story lines, which could easily have made the book seem muddled, b ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
3.5 stars! I was really excited to read Crossing the Line (formerly called The Stolen Children), because I’d read the first book in the Jessica Daniel series and really enjoyed it! If I’m being honest, I was also a little nervous, because while the rest of the series is on my “to read” list, I haven’t read them yet, so I was hoping I’d be able to follow along okay, and luckily, I had no issues!

The eighth installment of the Jessica Daniel series follows Jessica and her team while they investigate
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I give this book 5 out of 5 Thrilling Stars! I just #lovelovelove this book! Even though it was the 8th book in the series, this book can be easily read as a standalone. This was an engrossing page turner with a sturdy plot. I also enjoyed the side plot of the story as well. Jessica and her team were absolutely hilarious. I thought it was great that this book was humorous on top of being a great psychological thriller at the same time. I feel that most authors would not be able to pull this off. ...more
Amy
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5/5

I started this series at the beginning and then unfortunately I fell behind as the old TBR pile has grown to epic proportions. But when I heard that we’re almost caught up to the UK releases here in the good old US I knew I had to jump back in a try and catch back up with Jess. I’m so glad I did, I had the best time reuniting with her and her team and while I’ve definitely missed out on some things not having read a few books, I easily caught up and I really didn’t feel confused or lost, so
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Denise
"Just trust yourself and know where the lines are. It's not all black and white, there are shades of grey everywhere."

Jessica Daniel is back, and in this outing she has been promoted to DI after her last case and after she took a little hiatus from policing. Her gang is with her, and the reparte is resumed. In this particular police procedural, Jessica and her team are tasked with figuring out who is targeting people with random attacks after a councilman is doused with acid at a political rally
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Zannie (darktwistybooks)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zannie (darktwistybooks) by: Noelle
Holy-crazy-balls, Crossing the Line is by far my favorite Kerry Wilkinson book. And I’m not just saying that because I am part of the Publication Day Blast. It’s for true and for real.

Let me preempt this by saying, you DO NOT need to have read any of the prior books to read Crossing the Line. Sure, it’s #8 in the series, but this functions very well as a stand-alone novel as well.

With that said, I am not going to delve deeply into the book description, as it is laid out at the top of this post.

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Joyce
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

Just promoted DI Jessica Daniel is assigned to a kidnapping case. The grandchildren of retired Detective Superintendent Niall Hambleton who captured the Stretford Slasher twenty-five years earlier are the victims.

Helping another officer at a rally, Jessica witnesses a public figure doused with acid. The Stretford Slasher died in prison, but now another killer is on the loose; killing seemingly at random and in broad daylight. The townspeople are terrified. The police are uneasy.

There is
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Christine
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 characte
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Claire
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-publisher, arc
The publisher, Panmacmillan, very kindly provided me a proof of Crossing The Line, the first novel by Kerry Wilkinson that I've read. I read a lot of crime novels, so it takes a really great book to get a rave review from me.

Crossing The Line features Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel, freshly promoted and eager to crack her challenging new case. As the bodies begin to mount up, DI Daniel risks her career and her life to discover the identity of the killer.

This book really challenged my ideas o
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Jeanne25
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have to start by saying that I was in a state of dislike and/or confusion for the first half of this book. I had not read any of the previous seven books in the series. I am generally not a detective mystery fan but the premise, as described, piqued the interest of the thriller fan in me. The book started with the main character Jessica and her fellow officer friend at a police stake out of sorts. The banter between Jessica and her fellow officers throughout the novel literally drove me crazy. ...more
Bev
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, have-read
There are new murders that are a lot like the Stretford Slasher. Only problem is that the slasher was twenty five years ago. How could someone be coping the Slasher's way of killing? DI Jessica Daniel has decided she needs help on this one. Someone who knows the ins and outs of the Slasher, so she gets DS Niall Hambleton to help her. After all he arrested the Stretford Slasher. This maybe a mystery thriller story, but it has some wonderful
rapport between the characters. The one liners are hyster
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Reg Mars
Jan 22, 2018 marked it as dnf
Well guys I am dnfing this book at 11%

I wasn't getting into the story much at first so I ended up making a status on goodreads about it. Then later today on twitter the author ends up making a comment about what I said. The funny thing is that I ended up reading a little bit more after I posted that status. I was finally starting to like it a bit. I mean what he said wasn't anything bad but it really killed any chance of me finishing this story.

here is the link to the tweet: https://twitter.com
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Louise
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kerry Wilkinson is a 'new to me ' author, and I love nothing better than discovering a new author to get obsessed by (a little stalkerish!).

Crossing the Line is eighth book in the Jessica Daniel series and although I think it is always best to start at the beginning Kerry has done a great job at making this a stand alone novel as well as being in a series.

I have only actually been to Manchester once but Kerry does a fantastic job at making you feel like you have been there time and time again. A
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Jen
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
NetGalley has offered two of Kerry Wilkinson's stand-alone psychological suspense novels that I read and enjoyed. I didn't review Two Sisters here, but I did review The Girl Who Came Back. When I realized that Wilkinson's police procedurals featuring DS Jessica Daniel were available through Kindle Unlimited, I went through them like candy.

There are ten books in this UK series, and Crossing the Line, is the eighth installment here in the U.S.

I like the complex characters who become more fully de
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Susan Angela Wallace
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the line by Kerry Wilkinson.
The Stretford slasher murdered eight women and was locked behind bars for life. The killer dies in prison. There are new series of attacks bearing all the hallmarks of the original victim in broad daylight. Detective inspector Jessica Daniels is heading up the investigation. Will she catch the murderer? Will she be able to connect the crimes before anyone else gets hurt?
Omg. Absolutely fantastic read. Loved the story. A thriller of a read. 5*.
Amanda
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually my first book I’ve read in the Jessica Daniel’s series and although it can totally be read as a standalone, I really wish I would have started from the beginning! It’s ok though, I’ll get there eventually.

I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to get through the first half of this book. I kept picking it up here and there but it just wasn’t drawing my attention like I really wished it would. I think because there was just SO much going on. We have all these random attacks happ
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Jo Barton
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is newly promoted and facing a series of challenges which test her expertise and resources to the limit. Working the grim and dangerous streets of inner city Manchester is never easy and when a series of unrelated crimes spiral out of control, for her own peace of mind, Jessica needs to keep one step ahead of the criminal fraternity. The story gets off to a good start with the punchy investigation into the violent assault on a local councillor; then when furthe
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Vicki - I Love Reading
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. And as with all of Kerry's other books, I was really looking forward to reading it. As usual I was not disappointed.
Some series I find when they start getting 7/8 books in, you can start to get a little fed up of them, or going off certain characters. Not with these books, I have enjoyed each and everyone of them.

Kerry has written this the 8th book as book one of Series two, so If you have not read any of the previous books you could p
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Stephanie
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading a novel set somewhere I know, in this case Manchester.
Crossing the Line is the eighth in the series, but also being advertised as the first of the second season.
I haven't read all of the books featuring Jessica and her team but it didn't stop me enjoying the book, some of the characters I was familiar with and I didn't struggle with the ones I had never read about previously
There are a few investigations taking place in the novel. A series of vicious attacks on people,
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Sandra Foy
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Crossing The Line is the first book I have read by Kerry Wilkinson. I was told that this, being the start of season 2 is a good point to jump in, and it probably is if you don't want to go back and read the previous books. Personally I think I would have preferred to start at the beginning. A lot of the characters are so well established that it is hard to get a handle on them, especially Jessica. She is a complex character and I would have preferred to watch her grow.

Having said that that is t
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Asheley
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Crossing The Line by Kerry Wilkinson is the eighth Jessica Daniel novel, this is my first experience with the series. I’m jumping in with my first Jessica Daniel novel! I absolutely love detective stories, especially the ones that feature female detectives, so I was excited to get to know Jessica.

The first thing I noticed about Jessica is that she is funny and has a unique sense of humor. She’s a bit sarcastic, but in a fun-to-read way. I loved reading her inner thoughts and her con
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Marion [Overdue Book Reviews]
I received an advanced review copy (ARC) from the publisher but in no way did this influence my voluntary review of the book. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and I do not stand to profit from this promotion.


Here’s another great read from Bookoutur!

Crossing the Line is the 8th book in the Jessica Daniels series. However, each of the books can be read as a standalone novel. If you would like to begin with the first book of the series, The Killer Inside, you can.

Jessica Daniel ha
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Joan
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'The Stolen Children’ is the eighth novel in the Detective Jessica Daniel thriller series. It took almost two thirds of the novel before the story of the stolen children even started and was very slow moving, telling a completely different story about four seemingly random crimes, each a lesson to the recipient about decent and fair living. The third thread was about a menacing bully who used the tools of his trade to leach money from his victims; a veritable reign of terror. My favourite part o ...more
Sharon
Bookouture and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Crossing the Line. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Crossing the Line is the eighth book in a series featuring main character Detective (now Detective Inspector) Jessica Daniel. The Stretford Slasher, a serial killer responsible for murdering eight women decades before, dies in prison. When a set of attacks that are remarkably similar to those original ones have the police running in many
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Christen Moore
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
The Stolen Children tells the story of several
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Kristen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Kerry Wilkinson's Crossing the Line, the 8th installment in the Jessica Daniel serial thriller series, this novel would make you think twice on what you do and to whom you do it to. It all started when someone assaulted a solicitor by throwing citric acid on their face. That had put Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel on the scene with her partner Isobel to dig deep into the background of their first victim. Later on, then someone else was assaulted by a bat, someone who's bearing a mask from ...more
Cheryl
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the outset, Jessica is a feisty, fearless investigator and her straight-talking frequently made me smile. To balance things out, she also has a vulnerability from the fact that she is coming to terms with not being able to have children. She has a believable, multi-faceted personality and a great depth of character, even without having read the previous novels in the series. However, she seemed to go into self-destruct mode towards the end, trying to take down a dangerous suspect single-han ...more
Vanessa
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-x
I just Love Kerry Wilkinson's Books But this one did not have the sparkle like the rest of his books.

DI Jessica Daniel is helping another officer at a rally and witnesses a public figure doused with acid. The Stretford Slasher died in prison and now another killer is on the loose! and is killing people at random and in broad daylight!! People who live here are terrified and very uneasy. The police are none the wiser who is doing it.
Now, Jessica Daniel has been assigned to a a new case; Retired D
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