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The speed at which her books are published is phenomenal, as is her writing. There is just something I really like about all Joy's books, I love the stories, the settings, the characters. I really want to sit and not move once I have started one of these books. It's like something takes over me. Jackman is faced with one of the toughest cases of his career. When his sister in law commits suicide, Jackman is convinced there is more to it.

Why would a woman with 2 small children, and a husband that adores her, throw herself off a bridge. Everything about her and her life seemed happy, so what can have driven her to do it. He knows more about his work colleagues than he does his own family. When it's found that another woman has died, in similar circumstances the case starts to heat up.

Can Jackman and Evans find out what is going on, before anyone else has to die? This is a nail biting read, edge of your seat read. I so cannot wait for more in this series. Mar 18, Nicki rated it it was amazing. DI Jackman and his team find themselves caught up in a deadly battle of wits against a twisted adversary who is manipulative,cunning and very,very dangerous.

He is respectful to the members of his team,loves his family and is kind to the people he interviews during the course of his investigators. One of the things I love about this series is the camaraderie and banter between all the members of the team. They are friends as well as colleagues,care about each other and work well together as a team. I also like Rory Wilkinson the pathologist,I love his witty humour and sarcastic quips.

This is a gripping,twisty,roller coaster ride that hooks the reader in from the first page and has a unexpected cliff hanger ending. Although this is the fourth book in the series it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. Jackson and his team also get help. I love this brilliant series and can't wait to find out what Joy Ellis has planned for Rowan Jackman and his team in the next book.

Many thanks to Jofee books and Jill Burkinshaw for a arc of this book in exchange for a honest review and for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour Mar 16, Joanna Larum rated it it was amazing. Joy Ellis is a fantastic author and I look forward to every one of her books with eager anticipation - it's like a Christmas present any day of the year.

Detective Inspector Jackman's sister-in-law, Sarah, has committed suicide by jumping in the river. No-one knows why she did this when she has a wonderful husband and two young sons, but her suicide was captured on CCTV so it cannot be gainsaid. Jackman is determined to find out why she did it but, when another supposed suicide victim is found, th Joy Ellis is a fantastic author and I look forward to every one of her books with eager anticipation - it's like a Christmas present any day of the year.

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Jackman is determined to find out why she did it but, when another supposed suicide victim is found, the police soon realise it is murder. Jackman worries that he may be taken off the case because of his personal involvement but he manages to hang on, desperately searching for the killer. Both deaths have links to a murder case in the past and Jackman has to solve that case first in order to find his killer. A young man was imprisoned for the crime and died while in prison and his family want to clear his name. The atmosphere of the book is often chilling and tense but Ms Ellis grabs the reader by the throat from the first page, not letting go until we have reached the final, heart-stopping, ending.

I have said it before and I will say it again -I often forget to breath while reading Joy's books because my whole being is caught up in the story. Five stars??? I'd give it ten if I could. Don't miss out on a great read. Mar 30, Jannelies rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley-challenge , thriller.

Let me start with this: I am not a fan of books where unhappy things happen with family or friends of the main character. I don't understand why it is necessary to have those poor people die or hurt or whatever, just to write a story. In this book, Sarah could easily have been a total stranger. Now Jackman is left with a lot of questions and a grieving brother. This said, I must also say I enjoyed the book but it did not leave a big impression. In fact, I had to reread some parts when writing th Let me start with this: I am not a fan of books where unhappy things happen with family or friends of the main character.

In fact, I had to reread some parts when writing this review because it is already more than a week ago I've read the book. Would I have remembered the whole story clearly, I would have rated it 4 starts instead of 3. This is not to say it is not a nice and well-written book. It is just a bit too average for my taste.

I would be happy to read more of Joy Ellis though so when I can find more books of her on NetGalley, I hope they will allow me to read them. It is initially believed that she drowned herself by jumping in a river. She lived a wonderful life, with two small children, a loving husband and a beautiful home. Then another woman dies in the same circumstances. What follows is a painstaking police investigation that follows from clue to clue until the case is finally solved.

This is another great entry into the Joy Ellis collection of novels. It is well written and plotted. The suspense begins immediately and continues throughout the book. I like DI Jackman much better in this story because he is more human and likeable. Of course I like Marie as well. I will continue to read Joy Ellis as long as she continues to write.

I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this great book to read and enjoy. Mar 07, Lisa rated it really liked it. Joy Ellis has quickly become one of my favorite, go to authors. I love the characters, plot, "those dastardly villains! This wasn't my favorite by Ms.

Ellis, but then I've only read 3 of her books so far. I just didn't like the cliffhanger ending. Cliffhanger endings for me, usually mean that by the time the killer shows up again I've read so many other books that I've completely lost the plot. That's just me though. My thanks to Joffe and Netg Joy Ellis has quickly become one of my favorite, go to authors.

My thanks to Joffe and Netgalley. Jun 20, Annette rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks. Really enjoying Richard Armitage's narration on this series, in audiobooks. Mar 16, Jen rated it really liked it. Why do I enjoy Ellis' books so much? It has much to do with the ensemble casts that Ellis creates for both this series and her DI Nikki Galena series. I am at home now in the Fens and with either DI's team. The characters are familiar, and I enjoy their sense of commitment to each other.

That feeling of familiarity with characters in a book is similar to the reason I like certain television series. I like the folks who inhabit the stories, and although the cases and problems are different each time, there is a sense of comfort when rejoining the characters in each new episode or new book. When Jackman's sister-in-law commits suicide, circumstances are too close to home. Why would a happily married woman who adores her children do such a thing?

This one gets a bit elaborate, but kept me engrossed throughout. The conclusion leaves an opening for a story-arc to be continued. March 14, Mar 21, Donna Maguire rated it it was amazing Shelves: kindle-read , net-galley-books-read , books-read , crime-mystery-suspense , publishers-joffe-books. I love Joy's books and I was really keen to get stuck in to this one! I loved the ending and it bumped my rating up from 4. The characters are great and I loved catching back up with them. There are some tough subjects dealt with in the book but Jackman, Evans and the team deal with the situations well and it is done with sensitivity as part of the story.

It has the same great writing style and pace as per the author's other books and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Five stars from me - very highly recommended - I think Joy's books just keep getting better and better!! Feb 14, Dele Haynes rated it it was amazing. I think this is Joy's best so far. Our favorite detective Jackman is affected by this case personally. Jackman's sister-in-law dies by apparent suicide. But on further inspection, it appears that it could possibly be murder.

Then another suicide happens and they knew they were on the trail of a murderer. As more suicides appear, the team discovers that they all may be c I think this is Joy's best so far. As more suicides appear, the team discovers that they all may be connected. Who has chosen these people to pay for his idea of punishment? How is everyone connected to Jackman's sister-in-law? Apr 17, Joann rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star , english-drama , drama , page-turners , books-in-a-series , mystery , english-mysteries , kindle , fiction , murder.

This is the last book in this series, but it ended with an open ending, so I'm thinking there might be more books in this series - at least I am hoping. This is Detective Jackman's most difficult case to date and includes the mysterious death of his sister-in-law. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that kept me turning the pages. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many secrets. Mar 19, Sarah rated it it was ok. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange from an honest review.

This is the first book of Joy Ellis's that I have read and despite being the fourth in the series it is easy to read without any prior knowledge. The only difficulty I experienced was taking longer to get to grips with the array of characters. There were a few references to what I assume were the events of previous novels but it didn't affect my appreciation or understanding of the book.

The story starts when DI Jackman's sister-in-laws commits suicide. This is out of character to her and as the family are starting to grieve suspicions are raised when there is a second out of character suicide. As the investigation continues it becomes apparent that the two dead women were witnesses to an event that occurred decades before.

Overall I wasn't too fussed over this book.

The plot was one that has been written many times before although before the detectives and the antagonist are all too keen to point out that he is the first person to think of murdering people by forcing them to commit suicide. It almost feels like a smug comment in spite of the fact this is something that has been seen on both TV and in literature. The dialogue felt strangely forced and formal and I struggled to imagine any one speaking to one another in the way the characters in the book did.

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The plot felt strangely contrived in places who recognises a character from a drawing by a seven year old? By the time the cliffhanger at the end came around I no longer particularly cared. To be honest I rushed through the end of this book as I wanted it to be over. Super read What e great read one of her best yet I always enjoy reading books by this author so glad she 's now on the audition book market Tom Waters. The story starts with DI Rowan Jackman being thrown into an emotional turmoil with the apparent suicide of his sister-in-law Sarah, leaving his older brother and two nephews heart broken.

Not convinced of suicide he begins to dig deeper and he realises that he knows nothing of his sister-in-laws past. Meanwhile DS Marie Evans is tasked with handling the suspicious death of a tramp who looks to have taken his own life too. Not believing in coincidences, they believe the two cases are linked but how The story starts with DI Rowan Jackman being thrown into an emotional turmoil with the apparent suicide of his sister-in-law Sarah, leaving his older brother and two nephews heart broken. Not believing in coincidences, they believe the two cases are linked but how? Another clever and absorbing read from Joy Ellis!

From page one it had me intrigued, keeping me on tenterhooks throughout. You see quite an emotional journey for most of the characters, especially Jackman, who is constantly worrying for his family and has the extra pressure of possibly being taken off the case. Although at times I did feel the storyline was a little unbelievable, overall I found it immensely engaging. Mar 12, Denise Zendel rated it it was amazing. No one understands, including Jackman, because she was seemingly happy and had two beloved children.

Jackman figures out the killer, whomever he is, is going after the things or people those connected to these cases love. It could be material things, it could be a partner, friend, lover, or child. I was mildly disturbed by my favorite characters being in peril, but the epilogue brings hope, and makes me anxious for book 5. This is one of my favorite British mystery series.

The author describes the Lincolnshire Fens with such detail I feel like I am in the car with Jackman, or riding behind Evans on her motorbike. I was on the edge of my seat, pulse pounding, trying to figure out who did what to whom and who the guilty party was. I was mildly disturbed by Jackman being in personal peril, and no spoilers here, but the epilogue left me with a feeling of hope that things will eventually turn out ok. This case had a multitude of suspects, some sympathetic, some not, and the ending was a surprise.

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I eagerly await the next adventure with Jackman and Evans. You could read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading the series in order, to get the full flavor of the Fens, and Jackman and his team. I received a free ARC of this book from Joffe Books, the publisher, but I bought my own copy when it became available. I enjoy this series that much. Apr 30, Ashley Gillan rated it it was amazing. Joy Ellis is definitely one of my favorite authors out there right now, and this book really cements that.

Ellis has the unique ability to take seemingly-simple, straightforward mysteries and turn them into wonderfully complex stories that lead you on a journey. It's really amazing. This book is part of a series, but can certainly be read as a standalone novel. This novel starts with the suicide of DI Jackman's sister-in-law, Sarah. However, things don't seem right from the start, and soon, it's al Joy Ellis is definitely one of my favorite authors out there right now, and this book really cements that.

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However, things don't seem right from the start, and soon, it's almost certain that something sinister is going on. As the body count rises, Jackman and Evans must work to get inside the mind of a sadistic killer, but first they have to find out what the heck is going on. This novel is another hit from Ellis in what was already a great series. It's complex enough to give you pause, but isn't so out there that you get lost. I also love the characters. I actually am not only invested in the mystery itself, but in the personal storylines that surround the team.

And I can't wait to see where they go in the future. Overall, highly recommended! Mar 29, Simon Leonard rated it it was amazing. This is the fourth book of Joy's I have read, and the second in the Jackman and Evans series. Even though this is the fourth book in the series it is quite easy to jump into it without having read the previous three stories, although it obviously does help as bits of the story jump back and relate to the previous books. The book starts off with DI Jackman's Sister-in-law committing suicide, which is totally against character leaving a husband and two sons heart broken.

As he investigates he reali This is the fourth book of Joy's I have read, and the second in the Jackman and Evans series. As he investigates he realises that her death isn't as straight forward as it seems, and when another body is found the same way the team link the two and start to investigate. This is a brilliant book, which goes back to investigate an old murder, which is the only link between the two current dead bodies, and deals well with the issues and how it affects the people left behind.

The book is very fast paced and left me guessing all the way through to the end, leaving me wanting more and being disappointed that Joy hasn't had it published yet. Apr 29, Pat rated it really liked it. With Joy Ellis you are guaranteed a great and gripping mystery. This is the fourth book in the Jackman and Evans series and it gets a bit personal this time.

Jackman's sister-in-law has just committed suicide by throwing herself off a London Bridge. Why go all the way to London to kill yourself? Another woman dies in similar circumstances.

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Is it related? Trying to find a way to write about it sensitively was difficult. Blake Morrison came closest with As If, a memoir of his own childhood linked to his thoughts on the case; Jonathan Trigell's award-winning Boy A was an equally powerful dramatisation of the troubled life of an infamous child killer once he's grown up and been released.

Now Lisa Ballantyne has plumbed the Bulger case again with her debut novel, The Guilty One, which was sold for large advances to 20 countries and comes dripping with the sort of accolades for its psychological acuity not seen since husband-and-wife team Nicci French burst onto the crime writing scene. The story is simple enough. A little boy by the name of Ben has been killed in a local playground; an older boy by the name of Sebastian is charged with the killing.

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Sebastian says he's innocent. He also has an alibi, of sorts. Enter Daniel, a solicitor assigned to the defence. Daniel had a troubled childhood of his own, including a difficult relationship with his foster mother Minnie, now dead.

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The novel, telling these stories in alternating chapters, centres on two mysteries: Did Sebastian commit the crime? And what happened between Daniel and his foster mother long ago that caused their estrangement? As it happens, the solution to neither puzzle is particularly earth- shattering.


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Most readers familiar with the genre will see them coming a long way off. There is always too the inherent danger in a book with parallel storylines that one of them will prove less interesting, thereby unbalancing the narrative. Here Daniel's childhood struggles to provide the drama provided by the present-day trial. Plenty of padding is needed to stretch out a few incidents to book length. Less would definitely have been more. Add in a rather suffocating liberal bias to the whole enterprise which makes it feel rather didactic in tone, and there's a lot to dislike as the novel unfolds.

It's taken for granted that children should not be judged to have moral or criminal responsibility for their actions, and that imprisonment of the young is self-evidently wrong.

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