Tuesday, 9 July 2019

The Unlucky Ones by Kerry Wilkinson


A man who survived being drowned ends up in Manchester’s canal. Someone who was hit by a car is shoved in front of DC Archie Davey’s patrol vehicle.

Killers generally aren’t a happy bunch but this particular one seems to have a problem with second chances.

Luckily for DI Jessica Daniel, things are looking up. She’s been assigned to work on the most crime-free estate in the city and she’s back living with her best friend.

Things could not be hunky-dorier.

That is unless there’s a sinister reason why the estate is so free of trouble...

My Review

I have read some of the previous books in the Jessica Daniels series and wow book 14 is no disappointment.  It is probably not my favourite to date but it was another fast paced rip roaring read.  I devoured the book in two days and didn't want it to end. I really like this writers style it is so easy to follow and really draws you into the story.

The Unlucky Ones (Jessica Daniel series Book 14) by [Wilkinson, Kerry]The book is another fast paced thriller of a read.  We meet Jessica as she is leaving the Lees Estate.  An estate in Manchester that has worryingly low crime statistics.  Not even the hint of a stolen push bike has been reported.  This should be good news for the police but the surrounding estates have seen an increase in reported crime.

Bang, we are straight into the action when leaving the estate, DC Archie Davey, her colleague fails to spot a pedestrian and he is flipped over the car and killed.  This is just the start of a number of deaths in the book.  Each victim has already been through a similar accident and survived first time around but the outcome of the second repeat incident always results in death.

The book flips seamlessly from the investigation as to why it is so quiet on the estate to the hunting down of the killer of numerous innocent people.

As always this is not just a police procedural as we slip into Jessica's home life.  The relationship between Jessica and her friend Caroline will change forever when Jessica is faced with an unexpected situation.  I loved this section of the story but don't want to give too much away.

I loved the mix of characters in the book from the old gent Roly, to the mysterious Jefferson Cass to the eccentric Francine.  They really brought the book to life and living on an estate myself I could easily relate these to the people I see on a daily basis.

Although this book is part of a series you can easily read as a standalone.  I can't wait for the next instalment and would definitely recommend if you are a fan of crime fiction and thrillers.

The unlucky ones

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