Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig – book review

My latest personal choice of read, rather than a requested book review is Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Jimmy Coates Killer by Joe Craig

Here is the book blurb.

An eleven-year-old boy discovers he has strange powers, and a future that holds mystery, adventure – and death!

Bending his knees, Jimmy let go of the windowsill and slowly tipped backwards. Surely this is impossible, he thought, even as he could feel himself doing it. He pushed out with his legs and the thrust sent him flying backwards into the air… Then his fingers locked on to the cold wire of the fence, poised in a perfect handstand on the top.

Who are the mysterious men chasing Jimmy across the city?
Why are they after him?
What are Jimmy’s parents keeping from him and who can he trust?
And how come he can suddenly do all this really cool stuff…?

This is the first book in the Jimmy Coates series and was published back in 2005.

The story begins with Jimmy discovering he can jump through the upstairs closed window and fall onto the concrete feeling no pain, when trying to evade the strangers who have mysteriously arrived at his home to take him away from his family. He hides under the car, as they lead his parents away but his older sister Georgie manages to run off.

He eventually makes his way to the police station, but they seem just as suspicious as the others, so he legs it out of there.

Why is everyone after him?
Who can he trust?
How has he suddenly got these mysterious super powers?
Where have his parents been taken?
Where is Georgie?

Gradually things become clearer to Jimmy but it doesn’t make his decisions any easier. Plenty of twists and turns to come in this story set in the Neo-Democratic State of Great Britain.

Jimmy Coates: Killer is an excellent book, targeted at readers from about age 10-14. A great read that had me immediately adding books 2-7 to my TBR list.

Spoiler Alert. The only disappointing thing is when you reach the back of the book and it mentions the website www.jimmycoates.co.uk with lots of fun activities, secret files, etc, but when I visited, all I found was a Google map to explore Jimmy’s World. However the map features locations from all books in the series.

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4 thoughts on “Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig – book review

  1. Joe Craig

    What a great review. Thanks so much for choosing my book to read and for the kind words. It means a lot. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as well! Let me know. I’m sorry the website was a disappointment. I had to re-do it all myself and, unlike Jimmy, I’m no good at technical stuff. I tried to pack loads of content into the google map, so everything that was on the old site is there – and more – you just have to click around a bit to find it. And I try to make sure there are no spoilers – for people like you who haven’t read the rest of the series yet. But if you do spot anything you think I should take down, let me know. And also let me know what you’d like to see up there. If I can possible do it, I will. Thanks again for reviewing my book. I like your site! Say hi to your boys from me. Joe


    1. mumjd Post author

      Wow very NJ7 finding my review the day I posted it! The map looks good, but I’m not convinced I wanted to see the locations from books I haven’t read yet



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