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Audible Editor Reviews

"Put your headphones on, turn your Wi-Fi off, clear your diary and take a ride with DI Jackman and DS Evans. As you listen to Their Lost Daughters they will start to feel like old friends, and you will live through their triumphs and traumas on the trail of one of the most wantonly twisted crimes ever to grace an audiobook. The book is harrowing at times but never overdone. It's as heartfelt as it is disturbing. In the run up to the final, brilliantly executed twist, it is almost clinically impossible to press the pause button." - Gabriel, Audible Editor 

"Checking my home for intruders isn't one of my standard nighttime rituals, but after listening to Their Lost Daughters, I found myself doing just that. In this chilling narrative, Joy Ellis expertly plays on your deepest fears and delivers a satisfying, shocking twist that no crime aficionado could predict. It bears all the hallmarks of great TV shows like Broadchurch, and with powerful narration from Richard Armitage you genuinely feel part of the action as the hunt to find the killer intensifies. I urge you to experience it in all its glory." - Jess, Audible Editor 

Publisher's Summary

Introducing Audible Exclusive Their Lost Daughters, the first in the Jackman and Evans crime series, written by Joy Ellis, Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018.

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case. 

For DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans, the pressure is on to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice. Are the crimes linked? Who are these young girls? And what on earth is going on under the green and pastured land of the Lincolnshire Fens? 

An Amazon Kindle number one best seller, Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis is performed by the incredible Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and available exclusively at Audible. Be prepared for your pulse to rise and your nights to be disturbed as our breakthrough crime author of 2018 weaves her dark web of mystery. Perfect for fans of Sarah A. Denzil, LJ Ross and Denzil Meyrick. 

About the author 

Joy Ellis is not your ordinary newcomer to crime fiction. She started work in the 1960s as an apprentice florist in Covent Garden before opening her own flower shop in Lincolnshire. Later in life, she began to consider a career change towards crime writing and attended a workshop in Greece led by Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole. Ellis has now left the flowers behind and dedicates her life to writing gritty crime thrillers set in the Fens, where she lives with her police officer partner. 

About the narrator 

Richard Armitage is a British actor known for his vast array of film, television and theatre work, including The Hobbit, Spooks and The Crucible. His trademark baritone voice has earned him recognition, too, through his performance on many notable audiobooks as well as in TV and radio show narration. 

His audiobook credits include The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde featured in The Monster Collection, David Copperfield, and Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, and this experience shines through in Armitage's gripping performance of Their Lost Daughters

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

What the critics say

"If you’re a crime fiction fanatic, Their Lost Daughters could well be your next obsession." (Digital Spy)

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Amazing!

I was looking for something in the same vein after reading Lethal White and found this. Was so well done I read it in almost one day. And anything Richard Armitage reads is worth listening to just for his voice. But this is well paced beautifully written.

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Excellent performance

Richard Armitage’s narration drew me into the content immediately and was a perfect introduction to the world of Jackman and Evans. I’m looking forward to exploring more of Joy Ellis’ work - hopefully with Richard Armitage at the mic - and I’d recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of crime drama. #Audible1

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Good Start!

The voice actor was very good and was able to separate all the characters with different voices, which was impressive. I liked both main characters because they weren't reckless like often happens in these types of books. I will definitely read the next book when available. #audible1

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Short, but engrossing.

Good, unpredictable and strange mystery story. The protagonists are such believable characters that I was sorry to end the book. The narrator was excellent and really helped the book come to life. I'll definitely read more of the series as I want to know how my 'new friends' are doing and what mysteries they are unravelling

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Not so good

Although Richard Armitage’s acting is superb, he does what he can with an awful work by Ellis. This ‘mystery’ is, in my view, derivative and jejune, and unforgivably-full of cliches. It reminded me of the ‘ Hardy Boy’ mysteries that I devoured as a kid. This is a great story for young adults. But for the rest of us-particularly those who enjoy an inspired mystery- this is one story you should avoid.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-06-16

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is the 10th novel by Joy Ellis I have listened to and reviewed at Audible. Joy Ellis is lauded as "Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018". I hope Audible is correct and this wonderful author now gets the attention the quality of her work deserves. For those familiar with her DI Nikki Galena eight novel series this novel is set in the Fens, an area on the east coast of England about 50 miles northeast of London that was reclaimed from the sea and marshes several centuries ago, like Ellis' other modern detective novels. The plot is an excellent one with two new protagonists (Jackman and Evans) introduced. Narration by Richard Armitage is excellent but not quite as good in my opinion as that of Henrietta Meire who narrated the Nikki Galena series. The next two audio books in the Jackman and Evans series will be released by Audible October.

Highly recommended!

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • Bremerton, WA
  • 2018-09-29

Disappointed

I have really liked Ellis's Fens series with Nikki Galena and crew - good plots, characters with depth. This one, "Their Lost Daughters" doesn't have much plot but is more just a fleshed out animation of the awfulness of kidnap, abuse and killing but WORST is that Ellis has gone off the deep end with overblown emotionalism - like a soap opera. If you like soap opera you'll probably like this. If she'd had an editor other than Audible - the editor would probably have pointed this out to Ellis or just not published it. None of the Fens books bulged out this way - they contained and expressed strong emotion but kept it contained within the body of the whole - so it was very effective and an important contributing element. Neither Jackman nor Evans are interesting.
Audible has made much ado about Armitage's sexy deep resonant voice - which it IS and I'm sure he IS a good actor but in this reading he uses his voice to only further the over-done emotionalism. He also puts pauses in his pacing which, on stage, are exactly right but which in reading a book are distracting and irritating.
I don't know what Ellis was thinking . . . but, for her sake, I don't think this book should have been published.

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  • Molly
  • 2018-07-18

Awful story, good characters, great performance

The narrator is great with wonderful, accurate accents. The author has good, well rounded main characters, but the plot and story is utterly implausible and ridiculous.

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  • Nora
  • 2018-07-27

Gripping from the start

Joy Ellis has written a gripping tale. A parent's worse nightmare, a cautionary tale for teens testing freedom and a policeman's haunting case...all these are woven into a tale of mystery, generational pain and institutionalize corruption. When you first meet Jackman and Evans, you can't help but be touched by their passion for justice and their dogged determination to find the killer or killers before another daughter becomes a victim. You know these coppers and their team will never allow these girls to become statistics. The names of the missing and abused become central to the story as it twists and turns through the plot. You feel the frustration and anger of the police and of the parents. You smell the salty air and hear the moans carried on the wind across the Fens. Something terribly wrong permeates the landscape and Jackman and Evans won't rest until they have the answers.

Richard Armitage captures your imagination with his excellent performance. His talent for voices is just wonderful. Each voice becomes so familiar, you always know who is speaking. The characters move, breathe, love, rage within the context of the story and you are right in the middle of it all. As this is a thoroughly British tale with thoroughly British expressions, what better narrator could have been chosen to sweep you away than Richard?

I have already pre-purchased the next two books due out in October. There is obviously more to this story...

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  • Janna Wong Healy
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2018-07-09

Dreary and Predictable

In a word: meh. I wanted to like this mystery but the best part of it was Richard Armitage's narration. I found the story to be sometimes diverting but mostly, it was dreary and predictable. I was not surprised by any of the twists or turns and the writing was pedestrian and lacking in insight.

Most importantly, I never got a chance to know the two detectives -- they went through their paces and did a good job of uncovering the crimes but without any hint at their personalities or knowledge of their private lives, there was no sense of satisfaction when they solved the crimes successfully.

Richard Armitage is, as usual, phenomenal. He is such a wonderful narrator. I would listen to him read the phone book. Really.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • Hartland, VT, United States
  • 2018-06-16

Well written, excellent performance

Well written and performed. This deep twisted tale wound its way through a maze of clues and histories to expertly weave an intriguing spell upon the listener.

Taking place in the U.K. it did throw this American girl for a loop here and there... but nothing that took away from the expertly crafted experience.

Heat Factor totally non existent, although the subject matter was frankly a tad shocking and only sort of graphic.

Creditworthy? Heavens yes!

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  • Missy
  • 2018-08-06

OK but not all that

I started listening to this book because of the hype that was around it, however it isn't all as its hyped up to be.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • Portland Or. USA
  • 2018-12-31

I was completely wrapped up in this story...


This is an "angsty" British murder mystery, taking place in a bleak, desolate, wind whipped stretch of coastal property... The mood of the tale takes its cue from the dismal landscape (how typically British of it! Lol). D.I. Jackson, and D.S. Evans, along with their crack investigative team, face a very tough case, and they have to dig deep to find their own inner strength in order to move forward. They also discover that it's not at all as straight forward as it seems (is it ever?), and  seemingly unrelated cases may actually play a part in their investigation!
Richard Armitage has proved himself a brilliant narrator with this tale, and I found myself completely wrapped up in this twisty mystery. I'm confident that you will too!

A very solid 4.5 ★ overall!

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  • Lisa L. Grady
  • 2018-11-29

Lots of characters to keep up with.

Although I enjoyed this narration, I found myself having to listen and replay over and over. It could be the names are not familiar but by the last few chapters I had it down. I probably won’t listen to this complex of a book (w multiple characters)( again.

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  • Mark
  • 2018-08-27

OK but not a rea page turner

This story was OK with numerous twists and turns but I wouldn't call it a real page turner.

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