23 October 2013
When Cameron and Eleanor Sexton arrive home to find their teenage babysitter missing, their immediate concern is for their young daughter. Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is dispatched to find out what’s going on, but with all apparently well, she thinks she’s been sent on a fool’s errand.
Soon, the teenager’s body is discovered in an apparently random house on the other side of Manchester. The puzzle deepens when a journalist points out that someone placed an obituary for him just days before his disappearance.
A string of clues point to a club whose owner has an unhealthy interest in Jessica, but then something happens which makes her question the very core of her beliefs.
In Thicker Than Water, Jessica is left to turn to the one person she knows she can rely on . . . but is that trust misplaced?
This is book 6 in the Jessica Daniel series. As with all series, it can be read as a standalone book, although it would obviously make more sense to read the other books in the series first.
Cameron and Eleanor Sexton return home to find their babysitter, Oliver is missing and their baby daughter sound asleep in her bed. Jessica is put on the case of the missing teenager, but finds there’s no reason for Oliver to have disappeared. She gets a phone call from her journalist friend, Garry, who has heard about the missing boy. He informs Jessica that an anonymous caller placed an obituary in the paper under the missing boy’s name. Things get even more sinister when Oliver’s body turns up in the bathroom of an old friend of Eleanor’s. It’s Jessica’s job to find out if there is a link and if there is, what is it?
This is a great series of books, although I have to admit this is probably my least favourite of the series so far. I felt the story began well, but for it slowed up and I initially found myself getting a bit bored with it. The other books I’ve read in the series have all started with a bang and carried on throughout the book, but the bang seemed missing in this one. It then picked up again half way through the book and we were then back on track with our usual standard of story!!
There was more of Jessica’s personal life in this book than what I think there has been in all of the others. Whilst I always liked Jessica for a ‘no nonsense’ attitude I felt that at times this slipped and she became someone I couldn’t see her being. I would have imagined suspicions of Adam having an affair would have sent Jessica in with all guns blazing not retreating into her shell and ignoring the issue. Perhaps this shows how vulnerable Jessica really is and the Jessica we know and love is all just a front. Personally I prefer the gutsy Jessica, but I have a feeling in following books we are going to see a lot more of the other Jessica!
Without giving too much of the story away, this case leads Jessica into ‘club land’ where she meets some not very nice characters. The actual police story itself is great, with a very clever twist working out what was going on, who the murderer was and how it all fitted together. On a personal side, Jessica’s story is left hanging with a cliff-hanger, so I can’t wait to get onto Book 7 to find out what happens to her!
Even though the other books have been better, this is still up there as part of a great series of police procedural crime books. Now, onto book 7……
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Kerry Wilkinson has been busy since turning thirty.
His first Jessica Daniel novel, Locked In, is a number one ebook bestseller, while the series as a whole has sold more than a million copies.
He has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults, a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus the standalone thrillers, Down Among The Dead Men and No Place Like Home.
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.
Upcoming and recent UK releases:
Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Ten Birthdays (standalone): 21 April 2017
Two Sisters (standalone): Summer 2017
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Autumn 2017
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): February 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): Spring 2018