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Publisher's Summary

One terrible case always haunted detective Matt Ballard. Now many years later, the killer seems to be back. And this time he's after Matt. 

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. 

Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life. 

Then another murder happens, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned, or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt's life and reputation?

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor

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couldn't finish because of performance 🤨

struggled with narrator..it was a same but he put me right off as I like the author

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Brilliant

Such an incredible story. Gripping right to the very last word. Narrator was good too.

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So thrilling

Another wonderful Joy Ellis book, I hope she has more audio books
Thank you Amazon

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Loved it.

Great story line with so many twists and turns that I fou
nd it hard to leave it to do my work.

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Interesting story but

The narration has ruined this audio book. The speaker does loosen up a bit as it goes along but his voice is so stiff and formal he sounds a lot like an old fashioned BBC news reader. The female characters dialogue is especially unfortunate. The story was enough to keep me listening though, so over all it’s a three from me.

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I loved the detailed twists and turns!!

With a wide and varied cast of characters it was wonderful to develop a close understanding of each of them as the story unraveled.I was on the edge of my seat right up until the last sentence. i didn't want it to end!

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  • Wayne
  • 04-06-2018

Author Joy Ellis knows how to build suspense!

BEWARE THE PAST is a marvelous standalone modern detective mystery by British author Joy Ellis. Few novels build and maintain suspense as well as this one. There is a major plot twist that I never saw coming. Like the novel, the narration earns 5 stars.

I've listened to and enjoyed all 8 novels in the Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis. On June 14 a novel from her highly rated Jackman and Evans suspense mystery modern detective series will be released in audio format. The title is THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS.

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  • Douglas
  • 06-06-2018

An okay mystery

Let's deal with the narration first... it's horrible. It's inconsistent and at some points the female characters sound like bass-toned males.

My main complaint with this book is that Matt Ballard the DCI is happily having a romantic affair with one of his subordinates. It's very clear that it's consensual; however, at one point the killer does something and all our hero can worry about is that his illicit sexual romps with his married colleague will be found out. Really? I think if I was in Matt's place I'd be worrying about a few others things first. I know I'm being vague about what the killer did but I thought it was interesting and don't want to spoil it.

At the end of the book there's a scene with Matt, his lover and the lover's husband in the same room. The author could have handled the situation in a classy way, instead the author decided to cheapen the moment by using a dues ex and let Matt completely off the hook.

I guess my biggest issue with this book is that I didn't like our hero. I found Matt's 2nd in command Jason and the killer to be more interesting characters. I'll try another of the author's books but I'll have to really enjoy it to read a third.

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  • KarenUpNorth
  • 20-06-2018

Bravo!

Possibly the best of Joy Ellis’ books. I almost didn’t purchase this audiobook due to a couple negative early reviews of the narrator. I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The story and the narration are brilliant.

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  • Debbie
  • 09-11-2018

Gritty, Maddening, Sad . . . Victorious

This stand-alone by Joy Ellis had me listening with a range of emotions that many of her others did not . . . first off, let me say, I LOVE this author . . . but I wasn't real happy with the affair between DCI Matt Ballard and his subordinate on the team, Liz, (who is married to a deployed soldier). That it was JUST SEX made me furious. Had I not already listened to all of the Fens series and trusted this author, I'd have stopped listening and returned the book. Very glad that I stuck with it. As in most of her books, things took so many twists and turns that I nearly got whiplash. Delving deep into a case from the past and into Matt Ballard's personal demons, the killer is able to thwart the police at every turn. Stick with the story, you'll be glad you did.

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  • Sue
  • 23-09-2018

Wonderful thriller

Joy Ellis doesn’t disappoint. So well written that I stayed up to the wee hours to finish this book. Highly recommend.

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  • J. Tierney
  • 12-09-2018

Couldn't even finish. Horrible narration

I couldn't get past the first chapter. I found the narration so bad that I couldn't even continue. Horrible, since I like Joy Ellis a lot. Somebody missed the mark on this narrator. Must be related to someone. Too bad. Total waste of one of my credits.

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  • B. G.
  • 22-08-2018

Kept me gueaaing til the end. I have not been dissapointed with any Joy Ellis' books

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  • Chooch
  • 11-06-2018

Very disappointing

Weak all the way around. Narrator did not pronounce A. D. or Addie’s name the same.

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  • Elaine Loonam
  • 23-10-2018

great listen

very suspenseful from beginning to end. will listen to more more books by Joy Ellis.

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  • 22-07-2018

love Joy Ellis hated this -

I feel like I am stabbing a friend love Ms Ellis;s work, NORMALLY

Pushed credulity to the limit dreadful reading especially female voices

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  • annitz
  • 08-07-2018

Disappointing

Good story, but really disappointing narration. Everyone but main protagonist sounded like a David Walliams character. Struggled to finish.

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  • Emma
  • 25-07-2018

Disappointing narration

Good story but poor narration almost made me abandon the story. I found some of the voices (particularly female characters) very childlike and unbelievable, very grating.
Very sorry to say that it very much put me off, which is very sad.

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  • ruby
  • 24-07-2018

actually awful!

whilst the storyline is quite entertaining the whole thing is far fetched and tacky.
I didn't empathise with any of the characters.
by far the worst thing about the book is the cringeworthy narration that makes listening to the end a fete in toleration. the women all come across as simpering whilst the men are either macho or posh with no inbetween.

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  • karen wood
  • 16-07-2018

very good read

I was gripped by this story. Had to keep listening constantly. I found the narrator's imitation of women's voices annoying he made them all sound simple and stupid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2018

Bit disappointing

Good story but irritating narration and poor research. The narrators regional accents were poor and confusing. The adoption information was factually incorrect which I hound very distracting. A shame because otherwise a gripping yarn!

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  • Oops 66
  • 12-11-2018

Another brilliant story by Joy Ellis.

Could not wait to get to the end to find out how this terrific story would end. The people are described so well, you can see them in your mind.

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  • CitySallie
  • 21-10-2018

Terrible negation, slightly predictable story

Since when did Lincolnshire people sound like Devon, a Welsh character also south west .... and the character from Sunderland, an awful mix is Ulster, Scottish and who knows what else! The publishers have done this author no favours here. Story OK, but slightly predictable, not as good as Their Lost Daughters, but would be vastly improved by a re recording by Richard Armitage.

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  • Marie
  • 11-10-2018

Would definitely recommend

Excellent story. Heartwarming and clever ending. Unlike most such stories I didn’t guess it all - the final scene was inspired

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  • Anna Zakharova
  • 27-09-2018

Good story, less good reading.

Unfortunately , I did find the reading style off-putting: sounded rather like my Sat nav.