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Stella won't give up, but she doesn't know how to go on.

Stella North, a rising star in the police, has her life torn apart by a gunman's bullets. She has often faced danger, but these injuries mean she must give up the job she loves. Her grandmother Beth is her rock. And Beth is no ordinary woman. At 70, she runs marathons and has a past that Stella knows very little about.

Beth calls in her friend, Michael, to help with Stella's recovery. But this man means a lot more to Beth than she reveals. And Stella's ex-husband, Edward, and old police partner, Robbie, want to help, but Stella puts up emotional barriers, and they have problems of their own. Her old friends from her days of Urbex (exploring old abandoned buildings) offer a glimmer of hope for the future.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Tantor

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Tried too hard

I usually enjoy this author but I found the story dragged badly and there seemed to be no plot. Disappointed.

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Disappointing and on the sexist side

I found Ms. Ellis different Fenns series entertaining enough though they ventured into the outlandish at times and plots were too similar between the series. However, I had to abandon this one when the main character's main support, her grandmother, and her friend, a supposed expert therapist, treat her like a recalcitrant two year old and the author clearly believes them to be right given how the encounter plays out. For a novel that purports to be about a strong female lead character I found the patronizing patriarchal approach insulting. I realize I can be dismissed as I did not finish the book but I did force myself to get through the first of Ms. Ellis' Matt Ballard series and it just was not worth it.

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very enjoyable!

Love this author and how the characters all overlap with her other books but also stand alone for new readers/listeners.

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Gripping and Emotional Roller-Coaster? No!

I've read most of Joy Ellis' books and that's why I bought this one. Joy Ellis usually writes in the crime/detective/thriller genre. This was actually quite the opposite; it was more of a love story. Personally, I think she should stick with her normal genre. The narrator was awful. Her voice was gravelly and monotonous. I won't be listening to any of the books she narrates. It was a struggle to finish the book and I only did because 1- I usually try my best to finish books I don't like and 2- I wanted to give Joy Ellis the benefit of the doubt... maybe it would get better. Audiobooks are quite unique in that you need both the author and narrator to be awesome in order to create a fantastic product. This was not the case.
While I don't recommend this book, I will give her new books in this genre another try. But label it as it is: It's not crime, not thriller, and not a roller-coaster. This was more of a 'Danielle Steele' or 'Nora Roberts' feel good/love story rather than a 'Joy Ellis'. Nothing wrong with these authors, just not what I was expecting to read.

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Lovely story with a few surprises!

Ties in with my favourite series but had some very personal connections as my son has had a brain injury. Thank you Joy for another great book!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-02-17

Simply beautiful!

GUIDE STAR is a different novel by Joy Ellis. It's not a mystery/suspense thriller, not at all. If that is what you want this novel will disappoint. It is a novel about not giving up even when the odds are stacked against you. British actress Shiromi Arserio does a wonderful job of narration.

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  • 2020-05-05

What a lovely, encouraging story!

An enjoyable cast, nice story and well read. Not Ellis’s normal genre but a few familiar characters woven in to this gentle story about friends, family and real life. Very enjoyable.

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  • LuvBks
  • 2021-06-27

Not to old to enjoy family romance and excitement

Thank you Joy for including the grandma who loves life and is young at heart. Still wants a love in her life and knows it’s possible
I love your books and look forward to reading your books, they give a sense of hope and promise but with true life experiences
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  • rose
  • 2021-05-03

Enjoyable overall.

Not exactly a mystery but the storyline had enough to keep it interesting. Narration was a bit disappointing. While the main character had a well presented narrated voice, the other characters had virtually the same, making it difficult to keep the characters separated.

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  • alma
  • 2020-09-02

Darkness is Required to See a Star

What a gem! I missed the first announcement of this release, and I am happy I came upon it. Perhaps this story was Kismet because I just finished "They Disappeared" the 7th installment of the Jackman and Evans series. Not only did I get more detail about the character Stella that appears in several of Joy Ellis's stories, it was a cathartic experience. Depending on the current state of the listener, the story touches many dilemmas someone may experience in their life. It did for me. Joy Ellis is a master of describing the human condition. Many of the ambient surroundings and analogies are beautifully described. The narrator was a storyteller. The experience was that of someone reading you a story. A perfect description is that of the grandfather telling a story to his grandson in the Princess Bride. I truly enjoyed it!

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  • Charitoss
  • 2020-04-22

A bit disappointed

I love Joy Ellis” styler and own pretty much all she has written. This story was painfully slow and I kept wondering where it was going the whole time. Overall this book could be anyone else’s in my opinion because I don’t see her normal fast paced story sine through.. I still love everything else she has ever written!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-17

Not a mystery/thriller

Why did this book pop up in my mystery/thriller search?

It's by Joy Ellis and I like a lot of her other stuff. I stuck with it to the end in the hope that someone would be murdered. No such luck. Dull. dull. dull.

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  • Ásrún Kristjánsdóttir
  • 2020-02-10

Nothing happens to these ordinary people...

I i usualy realy like joy ellis books. I was therefore very surprised to be listening to a joy ellis book where no exiting events take place. I waited all the way to capter 16 for the storry to begin,,,but finaly gave upp,,,could not care less about what happened ro these people.
The story was well read. That could have saved something,,it did,,,but not enough.