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  • The Dying Light

  • Detective Matt Ballard Series, Book 3
  • Written by: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Whisper Fen Holds Dark Secrets 

As the mists roll over the fens and enigmatic lights twinkle in the distance, only the locals know their way along the hidden paths through the mysterious watery terrain of one of England's most beautiful and sometimes dangerous places. 

Detective Matt Ballard may have retired but there's still plenty going on in the fens to keep him busy. 

Someone trashes an old lady's garden and daubs her isolated cottage with hateful graffiti. Emilia Swain seems to be totally harmless, so why is she being targeted? 

Matt's best friend Will and his wife Kate moved to Holland House to put their past behind them. But Kate's mental state is deteriorating and she's obsessed with the tragic history of the house and an old doll she finds in the garden.

And why is Kate suddenly friends with a loner who haunts the fens? Has the dreadful past come back to haunt the present owners?

Former detectives Matt and Liz want to help their friends and neighbors. But how can you help people who don't want to be helped?

©2020 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Tantor

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Brutally Beautiful

I loved this book. It's raw, honest and a real look at mental health. I love the look into these ex cops struggling to cope with something so traumatic outside of their wheelhouse. I work in mental health, and this is amazing.

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Joy Ellis always a pleasure to read her books

Really enjoyed this story. Something different in a mystery, narrator Matthew Lloyd Davies excellent reader

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Very dark. Well written

My only competing is the Canadian accent sounded more southern USA than from Saskatchewan!

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  • Nat
  • 2021-07-14

dark

this book was very well written as all her books but it was darker then expected and even if her other do have dark periods, this one seemed very dark through and through. not quite for me.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-11-07

Don't waste your time on this garbage!

There are more than 20 Joy Ellis novels in my Audible library. Almost all are excellent. This series is horrid.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-12-10

Not one of Joy Ellis’ best stories.

I normally enjoy all of Joy’s different series but this storyline was too drawn out and not her usual style of course detective mystery . I persisted cause I wanted to see how it ended but it was not as interesting as her previous books.

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  • Amanda de Asis
  • 2020-12-08

it's as bad as reviews show

Sometimes I wonder, "how bad can it be? when one of my favorite authors release a book and the reviews are not so great. Turns out, it can be pretty bad. This particular book was an all around waste of time. It's agonizingly slow and the ending doesn't make up for the lack of plot. I can get my credit back but I certainly can't get those hours of listening back

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  • Tabbi
  • 2021-01-11

I love Joy Ellis but this was disappointing

This is nothing like her other books. There is no mystery here, no drama, just some neighbors who need help and two retired detectives. Listening to the tale of the mentally ill woman declining is just very sad. The story really goes nowhere.

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  • SoCalTeacher
  • 2020-12-17

Not Like Joy Ellis

The books of Joy Ellis are usually well developed and very interesting. This one was just flat out strange and hard to believe. It’s like it was written by someone else. The narrator is excellent, but the story is very odd. It’s a stretch.

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  • LuvBks
  • 2021-03-23

Dark

I love her books but this was a dark thriller
Just surprised a little
One of my favorite authors

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  • tracy
  • 2020-12-01

dull story

severe patronizing tones in all relatioships within the novel. i think the story itself made me dislike the narrator. snooze

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  • StL Reader
  • 2020-11-28

Good, but a few annoying details

I like Joy Ellis overall, but I had a hard time accepting that all of these folks went along for so long with NOT getting a very sick woman professional help — especially two mental health professionals. The other thing was when help was sought all of this FREE private mental health services - like right, that happens.

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  • Kym Boemia
  • 2020-11-28

Very distressing. Poor quality for this author.

I feel like every storyline in this book left you feeling hopeless. Every professional let all of the characters they were supposed to help down. All I could say at the end was, "are you kidding me!" Joy Ellis has let me down with this one.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 2022-08-31

Decent; yet frustrating

Narration as always is excellent.
Story is quite frustrating.
Too often I felt like just giving up on such weak characters..AARGH!