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Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer.

Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes.

Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder.

But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. He has no memory of the first five years of his life and has a rather unusual obsession with his mother....

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you gripped until the shocking ending.

©2016 Joy Ellis (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Smart well paced story!

I wish I’d listened to this story first as it gives a little more background but doesn’t really matter. Great interesting story and of course fantastic narration! I hope all her books come out on audible!!

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  • Julie
  • 2018-12-29

Audible ruined this one for me.

I followed the "recommended listening order" suggested by Audible to listen to Their Lost Daughters first despite it being the second book in the Jackman and Evans series. Because of dialog between Jackman and Evans the story line of The Murder's Son was ruined !! Shame on the editorial staff for such a blunder!!

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  • Nora
  • 2018-10-25

Couldn't put it down

This is another fantastic offering by Joy Ellis. It is a believable story with characters you grow to be so intimately involved with that you talk back to them while listening. I was constantly asking myself what would I do in the myriad situations presented in the plot. Would I have acted as Skye did? Would I have made the choices Daniel did? Where are the dark places in my mind capable of leading me? Then, of course, there are the choices faced by Jackman and Evans. How far to you trust your mind rather than follow your gut? The main plot is paralleled by the tale of a bent copper and a young cop trying to survive. This tale is deftly woven into to the main story to great effect.

Richard Armitage's narration grabs you and carries your through the harrowing tale with a vast range of emotion from shock, horror and disgust to heartrending compassion. His voice weaves his usual magic as he carries you deep into the hearts and minds of the characters. Congratulations to both Ms. Ellis and Mr. Armitage for another stellar project. I look forward to December and installment 3 of Jackman and Evans.

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  • JO
  • 2018-10-31

Slowcooker Dinner!

Plan to listen to this one all day! You will not want to stop to make dinner.

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  • Lauren
  • 2018-10-19

Ellis and Armitage Did It Again

What a spectacular audiobook. Ellis is one of the best crime novelists today. Her attention to detail, authenticity, keen development of characters, wrapped in suspense and intrigue keeps you on your toes and a "book" you "just can't put down". I binged the entire audiobook in one sitting. Armitage is narrator supreme. He makes you feel like you are literally standing there in each scene experiencing everything first hand through the eyes of each of Ellis' characters. This is more than a five star audiobook.

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  • Elizabeth P. Fowler
  • San Francisco
  • 2018-10-27

Great performance of a Joy Ellis mystery

Richard Armitage again performs -- rather than merely reads -- a good thriller. He makes it pop!

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  • Mariangela Morfisa
  • 2018-12-01

Fantastic!

Ellis tells such a compelling story that I found it hard to stop reading/listening, fascinated not only by the thriller part of it, but also by the human story of the main characters, in particular obviously the Rowan Jackman and Marie Evans duo, but also Daniel Kinder, who’s the third main character, the title’s murderer’s son (but the named murderer has nothing to do with the present murderer). The relationship between Jackman and Evans looks very close, to the point one wonders if they’re secretly in love with each other, but at a certain point the author denies everything quite firmly. Too bad, I would have loved it, because I think they’re fabulous together, and the fact she’s several years older than him would make them an unusual couple, breaking the stereotype stating the man has to be older than the woman.
I appreciate Ellis’ talent to build up the mystery, making it unravel little by little through the investigation lead by Jackman; some clues take to dead ends, others prove different than what they looked, muddling things and confusing the reader more than once. At a certain point I began to suspect a certain character, but then I thought he/she couldn’t possibly be the murderer, but in the end it turned out I had been right! Ellis was very good to make me doubt, a voracious reader of thrillers as I am! LOL
The way Jackman – who seemingly has no fear of anyone, including his quite terrible she-boss – looks terrified of a nerd working for the police, a woman with a mysterious past and a rather unsettling appearance; it’s funny and it makes the character more human.
What I love best of Evans is her being a passionate motorcyclist, as I used to be. Something that made me laugh hard was the moment when she, having to buy a new motorcycle, calls the one she has pointed out “my beauty” in such a way that one of her colleagues says she’s giving him the chills, because she sounds like Gollum “my precious”! I wonder if Richard Armitage, too, laughed reading this XD
I can’t wait to read/listen to the third novel of the series, The Fourth Friend; and I very much hope that Audible will have Mr Armitage reading also the fourth novel, The Guilty Ones, in order to have the full series! Also, a series of movies featuring Mr Armitage as Rowan Jackman would be great XD

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  • Laura
  • VALLEY VILLAGE, CA, US
  • 2019-01-15

DO NOT FOLLOW RECOMMENDED LISTENING ORDER

Audible totally messed this up. They recommended listening out of order, and it totally ruins the suspense, not to mention the evolution of the character's development and relationships. That said, I still really enjoyed it-- the characters are well written and even though I had the end figured out from the beginning because there is mention of the result in the 2nd book, I was still well entertained, but spent a lot of time wondering why in the world they published these out of order only to go back and discover they did not--Audible actually is the one who recommended listening out of order and for what reason I cannot fathom. It will have ruined it for many, so I sincerely hope they fix that issue ASAP.

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  • Riverlover
  • 2019-01-04

Difficult Book To Put Down

My first book by Joy Ellis. I sincerely enjoyed it and I’ve already bought another.

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  • Roberta Rose
  • 2019-01-03

kept me guessing

I had picked 3 people as the villian. Yes, it was 1 of the 3. was a good listen.

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  • Crafty Nana
  • texas
  • 2018-12-17

What happened to Orack?

Listened to while sewing all in one day!! Ready for the next one. Wondered what happened to Orack the technician with with silver metalic eyes..

2 of 3 people found this review helpful