#BookReview #CrimeFiction #SerialKiller -- Crossing The Line by Kerry Wilkinson

Crossing the Line
Detective Jessica Daniel Thriller, Series Book 8
Kerry Wilkinson
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Number of Pages: 367 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction
For more information: Amazon | Goodreads

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, there is a new series of attacks bearing all the hallmarks of the originals. Victims are being targeted in broad daylight and people are scared to go out…

Recently promoted Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is heading up the investigation. To unmask the culprit, Jessica must first unravel the truth behind decades of secrets. With so many leads, she enlists the help of Detective Superintendent Niall Hambleton – the man who arrested the Stretford Slasher.

Will Jessica be able to connect the crimes before someone else gets hurt? And how far will she go to solve the case?

Sometimes, I come across a book I really want to enjoy. Then, there are those times when, sadly, the same book lets me down. Why? Well, it could be the synopsis or the plot. In this case, it was a little of everything.

Writing this review actually pains me. Normally, if I don't like a book, I prefer not to review. In spite of the rating, I do plan to check out Kerry's other work. If I had read the books preceding this one, I may have understood the entire storyline and the author's style.

Please note that my review is in NO WAY meant to degrade the author. Kerry is extremely talented. The premise and various literary devices he uses present a true psychological thriller. It just so happens this one didn't "hit the mark" for me. Honestly, I really wanted to enjoy the book. But, it was the main character and the "hopscotch-like" plot that threw me. Sometime the hopping from one scene to another works (provided they are later connected) and, maybe, for other readers it did.

Definitely check out the reviews of my fellow reviewers. (Scroll back up and click the Goodreads link/icon. It will take you straight to the book.)

Character development: 6/10

Why? While the main character was clearly developed, she was a ditzy. In my elitist opinion, a DI should carry themselves in a professional manner at all times, even when "crossing the line."

Plot development: 2/10

Ok. The story line was excellent, but the plot was bumpy and traversed an interesting path. I actually read the book twice and still cannot eloquently describe what happened, as there were so many subplots that did not link to the main one. In fact, the plot still eludes me.

Quality of writing: 10/10

Kerry is a talented writer!! He can certainly tell a story. 

Well-paced: 9/10

It was a thrilling ride in spite of my inability to follow the story. Sure, I read the synopsis. But, it belied the content.

Thought provoking: 1/10

I chose this book in hope of getting in the mind of yet another serial killer. That was not the case. For me, reading is about learning and navigating the intellectual path of peeking into fictional stories and relating them to real life events. (Yes, this can be done.) Sure, some of the events comprising this story could happen.

Entertaining: 0/10

Anytime I read a book twice to see if I am actually reading what I intended to read, I AM NOT having fun!

Enjoyable: 0/10

Nope...not enjoyable

Overall – 28/70 == 40% = 2 stars

About Kerry

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.


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