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Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK Number One bestseller within three months of release. Kerry then went on to have more success with the second and third titles in the series, Vigilante and The Woman in Black. Kerry has a degree in journalism and works for a national media company. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire.
The first in a bewitching and gripping trilogy set in the future after a war that began 25 years previously when the oil ran out. England, our setting, is divided into four. Each year all 16-year olds come together to take part in a ceremony called ‘The Reckoning’ which determines their position in society for the rest of their lives. Some are then chosen as ‘offerings’ to their king (talk about history repeating itself!). Our heroine is chosen as one such. Through torture, hunger, fear, isolation, pain and despair, we follow a bunch of ‘offerings’ who eventually work together and trust one another – towards what I am not telling you – suffice to say there is plenty to incite strong emotions and although the characters are all teenagers I would recommend to a wide range of ages especially those who enjoy a really good thriller.
Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has barely left her house in months, isolated away from friends and colleagues. She may have given up on herself but one man is sure she still has something to offer. DCI Jack Cole gives her a chance at redemption: An opportunity to help a neighbouring force by discovering what is going on with a reclusive community living in a stately home in the middle of nowhere. People are going missing, turning up dead with only a vague link back to the house. But can Jessica beat her own demons in time to find out exactly what's going on behind closed doors?
Those who play with fire are going to get burned ...Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. With the victim's father telling the papers he is out for revenge, DS Jessica Daniel is left to keep an eye on Chadwick and his fiery eighteen-year-old son. If that's not enough to keep her occupied, a private investigator is doing a fine job sticking his oar in, it looks like there's a schoolgirl suicide ring in operation, her car is working a little too well, and the endless rain continues to pound her northern home.