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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 lead 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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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 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.

30 review for Think of the Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Book 4 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    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 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 in a character when you're happy when things turn out well for them, like Jess re-connecting with Adam. The plot here involves the discovery of a dead child in the boot of a car involved in a fatal car accident. This in turn leads to a map which takes them to the clothing of a child that went missing 14 years ago and a list of other children’s names. As always, there doesn't seem to be any connection between the children and the team struggles to find the link. When one of the children on the list later goes missing, the kidnapping unit is also brought in to help. The books in the series are consistently well written with solid character development. He gets a lot of the details right - the internal politics, the battle between police and the news, even the bad marriages. For anyone who has not yet sampled Wilkinson’s series, I can heartily recommend it. My thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    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 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 the publisher for the opportunity to read it in exchange for an honest review. On her way to work one day not long before Christmas, Jessica witnesses an horrific car crash in which the driver is killed. In the boot (trunk), she finds the dead body of a young boy wrapped in plastic. Neither is readily identifiable (and the driver ain't talking), so she follows rather sketchy clues that lead to child's clothing buried in a remote spot. It turns out the boy has been reported missing and gets a name; but then other clues lead to a shed in a plot of rentable sheds where a list of children's names is found with the trunk occupant's at the top. Problem is, there's no apparent connection among any of the children's names. So when another one on the list goes missing, Jessica and her police cohorts find themselves scurrying to get to the bottom of things before yet another one disappears. Learning the car driver's identity helps a little, but even then, progress seems to be moving at a snail's pace - especially since whoever's been taking children may have started well over a decade ago. Meantime, Jessica must grapple with personal issues like a former boyfriend (one instance, I suppose, where reading previous books might have provided a bit more insight) and an intense dislike of Christmas - the only more objectionable holiday, it seems, is New Year's. But this time, the new year may bring a bit of much-needed closure to everyone involved. All in all, a satisfying read - and another solid series to add to my ever-growing list. More, please!

  4. 4 out of 5

    CL

    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 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 would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    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 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 dead from 14 years earlier. And then another young boy goes missing. What is the connection among these cases? Jessica is going to have to dig through years of secrets to find the links. Although 4th in a series, it does well as a stand-alone. However, I always recommend reading a series from the beginning, so as to not miss the many nuances which make the characters who they are. I enjoy watching a character(s) grow and change over the course of a series. Jessica and her team have grown close - which wasn't always the case - and she's trying to make amends with an ex-boyfriend. There are many suspects to keep an eye on but the author makes them each so descriptively unique there is no confusion remembering who is who. There are so many hidden secrets that people are willing to die for to keep secret ... are they also ready to kill? Lots of suspense and fast action keep the reader completely involved from the beginning. And the ending came as a huge surprise! This is an excellent series to follow! I wish to thank the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the Advanced Copy of this novel. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com 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 All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com 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 car, she discovers the body of a young boy. He’s been missing for a few weeks and she instantly recognizes him. Unfortunately she doesn’t have any idea who the driver is, and then when there are possible links to a historical similar case, she struggles to find a solid connection. By this point, reading about Jess and crew is like catching up with old friends. Jess is still hot headed and temperamental, and she’s still working alongside Dave. She’s gotten even more daring and takes some series risks in this book in order to find answers, I love how gutsy she is. All the previous cast of characters make appearances here and all show signs of personal growth and depth that I loved. This was my favorite aspect of the book as I wasn’t quite as engaged with the plot as I would’ve liked. As I mentioned earlier, this is a different type of case for Jess and team because usually they have a ton of leads to chase up, but this time there is virtually nothing. She’s constantly grasping at the most tenuous straws to try and figure out what’s going on, and honestly the lack of action left me slightly bored and wanting more. Overall, this was an average read for me, as much as I loved checking in with Jess, if it was the first book I had picked up in the series I doubt I would’ve been impressed. I’m still a fan of Wilkinson’s writing style, the city of Manchester was experiencing a huge amount of rain and that added something dark and sinister to the novel. I’ll definitely be continuing on with this series, I’m just hoping for some more action and excitement in book five.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    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 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 terrible... the body of a child. The car is stolen, and DS Daniel and her team immediately start work on identifying the driver. Who was he, and what would motivate him to kill a little boy? What does it have to do with the map and key fob found in the passenger seat? It all leads them to clothes buried in the woods thought to belong to a child that vanished fourteen years ago and a list of local children all about the same age, with the boy she found at the very top. Then another child from the list vanishes as well. They must work quickly to find out who is snatching children... and may have started fourteen years ago. I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    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. (view spoiler)[One very cheap and lazy tactic is having the point of view of a kidnapped boy who refers to his kidnapper as "the person". It turns out to be a red herring and his kidnapper is his grandmot 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. (view spoiler)[One very cheap and lazy tactic is having the point of view of a kidnapped boy who refers to his kidnapper as "the person". It turns out to be a red herring and his kidnapper is his grandmother, whom he knows. So why on earth is he referring to her as "the person"?!? My God. I didn't come down in the last shower, Kerry Wilkinson. Don't treat me like an idiot! (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    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! 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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cleopatra Pullen

    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 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 from 14 years ago. Jessica Daniels is a likeable character and more than willing to break the rules to solve the case. Her interactions with others are realistic and she has a life outside the police which involves an unexpected flat mate and a relationship that is in the early stages. The story flowed well with a few unexpected twists and turns along the way with enough clues to allow the reader to engage in the puzzle. The ending was surprising and although I had to suspend belief more than a little not disappointing. All in all a good read, a stand-alone plot, although as with any series in hindsight I should have read the previous ones first; Locked In (Jessica Daniel Book 1): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 1, Vigilante (Jessica Daniel Book 2): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 2, The Woman in Black (Jessica Daniel Book 3): A DS Jessica Daniel Novel, Book 3 currently available as a special deal DS Jessica Daniel series: Locked In/Vigilante/The Woman in Black - Books 1-3

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    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 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 woods and then to a list of children's names abandoned in an allotment shed. When another child from the list goes missing, Jessica is desperate to find them but in order to do so, she must crack open the secrets of a case that’s been unsolved for fourteen years. This was a really good read with good characters. Jessica is my favourite character. Full of twists and plots. Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.

  13. 5 out of 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Think of the Children is another good addition to the Jessica Daniel series. Jessica is a good character, tenacious, yet kind and caring. It is always delightful to read about her interactions with her friends and coworkers. The storyline in this one was compelling and kept my interest.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    DS Jessica Daniel's still has it in this troubling case following the discovery of a boy's body wrapped in plastic in the boot of a crashed car. The driver is dead. And another boy is missing... DS Jessica Daniel's still has it in this troubling case following the discovery of a boy's body wrapped in plastic in the boot of a crashed car. The driver is dead. And another boy is missing...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This is 3.5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    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 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 as he has been reported missing for a few days. When Jessica and her team follow the map, it takes them to an area of woods where, when they start to dig, find the clothes of another missing boy who disappeared 14 years before. Again, with very few clues to go on, and an unidentified body, Jessica and her team have their work cut out to find out what is going on. I loved this book. Whilst Jessica is still growing stronger with every book, she still can’t just help herself from either putting her foot in it or going off against everyone’s advice and doing her own thing! There is also a lot more ‘humour’ in this book – Jessica’s slip on the ice being the best so far! I loved the fact that Jessica’s personal life featured more and, without revealing spoilers, how we finally might be seeing the new improved Jessica. Watch this space! Whilst I did love this book, and felt it is the best one of the series so far, I was slightly disappointed with the ending, which is why I’ve marked it down on the stars! Just felt the ending was a bit ‘far-fetched’, but you’ll understand why when you get to it! I have all the books in the series, but now have to switch from the kindle edition to proper book so it may take me longer to get through them. But I’m still going and can’t wait to start the 5th instalment!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    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 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 them nowhere. I suppose it was inevitable that Jessica would fall into a romantic relationship 4 books into the series given the backstory. In addition, Jessica tends to go off on her own chasing a suspicion just when she should be taking her team with her which of course puts her into dangerous situations -- but of course the team comes through. I don't have the next in series on hand so will put Jessica aside for now but will return for further episodes. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    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 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 the killer (s) Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Think Of the Children

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    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 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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deanne

    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. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    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

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katarina

    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? 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?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Another great book in the series, with a truly unexpected end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ~ Cariad ~

    4.5 stars Loving this series on Audible :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    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 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 recognition. DS Daniels finds the body of a child in the trunk of that car, wrapped in plastic. She knows immediately who the child is and sets about to find out who it was that was driving the car and why they had taken and killed the child. In the search for more clues the team discovers a list of names, in which the missing boy's name is at the top of the list. Another child on the list disappears soon after and they rush to find who has taken him. Will they find him before it's too late? Mr Wilkinson does an amazing job not only with her main cast of characters, which I have loved since the first book, as well as keeping you guessing right through until the bitter end! Her perpetrators are always top notch and I never seem to guess who it is, which after reading four books in the series you would think I would have pegged pretty easily, but nope, not even close! Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture, for my ARC copy for a fair and honest review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    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 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 novel, The Woman In Black, was a bit of a letdown. It's a personal preference but I prefer a bit more of an in depth explanation of the perpetrator's motivations and actions than Mr Wilkinson is prepared to give. I'm still not sure what I think of Jessica Daniel. I like the camaraderie she has with her co-workers which seems very natural to me but the rest of her behaviour is very self indulgent, arrogant and warrants disciplinary action. I'm also not very convinced by the guilt she professes over her actions but I do believe her motivation is in the right place. It's all very contradictory but that's life and human nature. Think Of The Children is not perfect but it is a good read and I recommend it as a genuine page turner.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    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 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. When the search leads investigators years into the past, will Jessica and the team be able to solve the current case, as well as the cold one? The author gives Jessica Daniel a chance to grow during this novel while, at the same time, focusing fully on the case at hand. With a fast paced plot and good character development, Think of the Children is a great addition to the series. The abrupt ending was not unexpected, as the author ended with a cliffhanger in some of the previous novels. My favorite character is Jessica because she is honest, realistic, and determined. I would recommend that readers new to the series start with the previous novels, although it is not strictly necessary.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jovdb

    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 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 turkey? They go with roast beef.) and tons of vegetables. That is really not feasible. But, hey, it’s a novel. The story begins with the dead body of a child being found in the boot of a car. Jess just happens to be on the scene when the car runs across an intersection and gets smashed up. From here, the team tries to discover the identif the child, the dead driver of the car, and the possible connection to a child missing for over a decade. The coming together of the clues, Jess’ determination to continue and not accept the prevailing theory, is uplifting. The ending is quite a twist.

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