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A gripping crime thriller full of stunning twists and turns.

When DI Rowan Jackman and DS Evans are told that the IT boss has disappeared, they soon suspect foul play. Orla Cracken, known as Orac, is no ordinary techie; she was once a field agent traveling abroad undercover, working for the government.

Meanwhile DC Robbie Melton discovers that two people, both urban explorers, have mysteriously disappeared whilst out exploring abandoned buildings. One went missing at a disused airfield, but was it a military base, or was it civilian?

The gruesome discovery of their decaying bodies found hanging in ancient church ruins bursts the case wide open, and Jackman and Evans are under pressure to find the killer. With Orac safely back in the picture following a secret journey to Ireland to try and find her long-lost sister who went missing as a child, the hunt is now on to find the killer before he hangs his next victim.

It soon becomes clear that the killer is targeting urban explorers, but why is he determined to track down and torture these innocent people, and how is the case connected to Orac’s mysterious past, still shrouded in secrecy? 

The latest gritty crime thriller by Joy Ellis, set in the Lincolnshire Fens, will keep you guessing – and your pulse racing – until the very end.

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suspense until the end

my guilty pleasure. wonderful story with talented narrator and I hope joy Ellis continues to write

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  • JJ
  • 2020-10-03

Ok story

A bit of a hard listen as the story wanders off in too many directions. Not as good as some of her previous books.

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love this series

Great book & narration. Really enjoy the suspense & characters development .Hope more to come soon. I'm hooked.

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Learning more about our wonderful characters!

This novel gave us some history and backstory for one of our regular supporting characters, while bringing in more of the people we’ve met in other books wrapped around a devious murderer. First rate again!

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This was my least favourite in the series because the story line felt a little weak and I was less invested in the characters this time, it felt like a watered down version of what the other books in the series are to me. It almost seemed like there were too many characters so we scratched the surface of many but didn’t learn enough about each to get pulled into the story. I adore Joy Ellis and while it was not my favourite, it was still enjoyable.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-08-09

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans Book 7

THEY DISAPPEARED is another great Jackman & Evans modern detective thriller. An it yet another novel about the popular topic in Great Britain of Urban Explorers. This novel has two threads the first of which is a member of Jackman's team named Orac who goes missing and the other is the multiple gruesome murders of urban explorers At the end the two threads merge to become one. Actor Richard Armitage narrates wonderfully well.

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  • Barbara
  • 2020-08-01

Another Great Jackman & Evans Story

Joy Ellis has weaved yet another great Jackman and Evans story. Urban Explorers are disappearing and no one seems to care. One of the team knows something isn't right and after a little digging, finds there is something to worry about. In the meantime Orac also vanishes and puts the entire team on high alert. At first these two events don't seem connected, but as the story moves forward, you find they are. It was wonderful to get a better picture of Orac, who is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, besides Jackman and Evans, of course. It was a well written story, with a twist I didn't see coming. Richard Armitage has such a wonderful repertoire of voices in these books, it's a wonder how he keeps them separate. He was exceptional, as usual. Now that Joy Ellis has opened up a couple new storylines, I can't wait to see what happens next with this wonderful team.

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  • alma
  • 2020-08-02

The Pain Will Disappear

Another good story by Joy Ellis. She interweaves the human condition so well with the major crime. This story gives a deeper look into one of the main characters, and how the crime in focus reflects an event in her past. The update on the main characters is like reading a letter from a family member. The insight to two characters heart breaks and the prospect of moving forward in life is an added bonus. Hope future books expand on these characters and mainly that between Jackman & Evans. Richard Armitage voices are always amazing.

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  • Mariangela Morfisa
  • 2020-12-31

Great!

I am a big fan of this series, and this novel is one of the best. I had a couple of bells ringing about who the killer might be, but until the last moment, I couldn't guess who the real culprit was. The author at her best! Mr Armitage's performance is flawless as usual, and I appreciate greatly the sometimes sublte, but always very well recognisable differences in voicing the different characters. He's truly a great narrator. The couple Ellis/Armitage is pitch perfect!

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  • R.
  • 2020-12-27

Fluffy, non-committal mystery

I don’t know if this is the final book in the series, but it certainly tied things up nicely. The stakes never seemed too high, and there wasn’t much tension, but with everything going on in the world and my life right now it’s kind of nice to read a book where everyone gets along and things work out “just so”. I originally started listening to this series because I enjoy Armitage’s narration, but was pleasantly surprised with the comfort these books bring. They are by no means great, but sometimes you just want a warm blanket of a story, you know? This might be the weakest book in the bunch, but I still enjoyed my time with the Fenland Constabulary. If you’ve read other books in this series, you know exactly what you’ll get with this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-12-09

Great Story!

As usual Joy Ellis is amazing!! Characters have depth, story lines so detailed, twists and turns. can hardly wait for the next one!!!!

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  • barbara
  • 2020-12-08

They Disappeared

I have read all the books in this series and am loving them. This one is no different, getting so involved with the characters and the murders are so suspenseful. I cannot wait till the next one! The narration is excellent.

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  • Margaret Rose STRINGER
  • 2020-11-27

Richard Armitage is BRILLIANT at this !!

This series is patchy, with some plots (like this last one) being fairly silly. However ! I have liked the characters. And I've LOVED Richard Armitage's narrations. I would never have thought of him as a reader - but how wrong can one be ?? He made the series enjoyable, regardless of the level of cleverness of plot. I hope hope hope that he does a whole lot more narrating. I'll be looking out for him.

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  • Loy
  • 2020-11-04

another great installment

this is the seventh book in the Jackman and Evans series. I have listened to all the series and really enjoyed it. The narrator was fantastic. This has two story lines. One about the mysterious IT guru Orac who disappears. The other about several missing people. Joy Ellis writes very well. I love this series.

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 2020-10-30

Lots of talking

Certainly well researched lots of new ways to tell the story. Story seemed poised in the middle of being a nonfiction narrative or a detective novel. Was not convinced that the killer’s character development supported the act of murder. Seemed rather a flimsy reason for murder after so many years of his son’s death.