JOY ELLIS – Jackman & Evans Series

I am very excited to hear that book 3 in the Jackman and Evans series is on its way so I wanted to give you the opportunity to read the first 2 books in the series before the new one is released:

Book 1: The Murderer’s Son

Their Lost Daughters

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book 1 in the Jackman and Evans series and, while it does work very well as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in sequence so as to extract full enjoyment from what is an excellent book. That said, I did read Book 2: Their Lost Daughters a few months ago and really enjoyed it so this book has been on my ‘to read’ list.

The story begins 20 years ago with the brutal murder of a farmer and his wife. The murderer was caught, imprisoned and has since died. Fast forward to the present day and another brutal murder is committed on the patch of DI Rowan Jackman, DS Marie Evans and their team. They are sifting through the evidence when a man walks into the police station and confesses to the murder. Jackman and Evans think this is too easy and they would be right but just what is going on in Daniel’s head and life?

This is a very gripping story with a lot going on as the team try to untangle the web and uncover the clues. However, there are complications at every turn and all is not as it seems as we join the team on an adrenaline pumping journey through the twists and turns of the case. As more murders are committed and people are running away and going missing this is one very gripping book that is impossible to put down.

I love Jackman, Evans and the team as we learn about them and their lives. They develop very well throughout the book and, as I have grown to expect from Joy, there are no chunks of descriptive text as their personalities develop and we learn about their past lives.

This is an excellent start to what is developing into a fantastic series you won’t want to miss. Definitely worth every one of the 5 stars and a must read for anyone who likes psychological thrillers, police procedural or any kind of crime fiction. I will definitely be reading every book by this author.

Book 2: Their Lost Daughters

Their Lost Daughters

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About the Book

Toni, the surviving teenager, is found delirious, wandering the muddy fields. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive. . .
Meanwhile the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach.
And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case.
DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evansof the Fenland police are stretched to the limit as they try to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice.
There is evidence of an illegal drinking club run by a shadowy group of men, who are grooming teenagers. And the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush which seems to house many dark secrets.
Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.

THE DETECTIVES DS Marie Evans lost her husband in a motorbike accident and has personal connections to the case. DI Jackman leads the team. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team.

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author and is book 2 in the series. I like to read books in sequence and especially like to read the first book as this is when most of the character building takes place. However, this book does work very well as stand-alone and although I felt I had missed out on some of the history to the characters it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

The story starts with a dead girl case landing on the desk of Rowan Jackman and then a cold case is added into the mix which leaves Jackman and Evans juggling cases. A situation made much worse when another case involving a missing girl is handed over to Jackman’s team by another branch of the Police Force. To make matters worse while they are collecting the information for the case of the missing girl another linked case is brought to their attention.

The action starts from page 1 and the author makes a brilliant job of moving all the cases forward in such a way that the reader finds it very easy to follow where they could have become confused. There are many twists and turns throughout the book and the suspense is building all the time.

I can say, with complete honest, that this is one of the most gripping and adrenaline pumping books I have read in a long time. Cases involving children always tug at the heartstrings and this book does plenty of pulling as the separate cases are all brought to their mind blowing conclusions.

There are many characters involved and they are all complex characters that the reader gets to know throughout the book. Heartbreakingly realistic as many issues are examined. There are corrupt members of the force and mothers looking for a lost daughter for years without giving up hope, traumatised children and heinous crimes all thrown into the mix sorted out and laid out for the reader in an awesome book that will stay with the reader for some time to come.

I am looking forward to more from this author.

Thank you to Joffe Books who provided me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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Joy Ellis photo 2About the Author

Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair flower shop, Constance Spry Ltd.

Many years later, having run her own florist shop in Weybridge, Ellis took part in a writer’s workshop in Greece and was encouraged by her tutor, Sue Townsend to begin writing seriously. She now lives in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner Jacqueline and their Springer spaniels, Woody and Alfie.

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