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  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (757 ratings)

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Beware the Past

By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
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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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I really enjoy this author however the narrator just put me off finishing this book. Made the book totally unbelievable and the accents were terrible. I will have to buy the hard copy; as the story has me intrigued.

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Terrible narration

The storyline might have been okay but dreadful narration made me so irritated, it was hard to tell whether the story was riveting or not. The narrator sounded like a stand up comedian trying to force accents. Doesn’t work with a serial killer plot. Possibly would be a better story if you read it rather than listening to it.

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Characters that are impossible to like

If you’re a fan of DI Jackman and DI Galena, and expect this book to present the same sort of compelling characters, you will be very disappointed. Repellent would be my word for the main detective and his sick-making illicit lover. The story line is as unpleasant and the narration does nothing to redeem the book. In fairness, even Richard Armitage couldn’t save this.

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Appalling

Difficult to get to the end
Storey ridiculous & narration made female characters sound like halfwits

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Narrator

Loved the book, but found the narrator very hard to engage with, had to keep rewinding.

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Most unnatural dialogue of any crime author

It only took a few minutes to remember the most annoying thing about this author’s writing: all the dialogue is written like a police report which the character is reading aloud. No one ever sounds that formal or stilted in real life. The plot was predictable, there was no surprise who the perpetrators were and their motivation was very flimsy and illogical. The performer did his best with the dreadful dialogue, sounding like he was reading it rather than performing it. This wasn’t his fault, this is how the author writes the dialogue. The book wasn’t disappointing as I knew what to expect from Joy Ellis and I didn’t waste a credit on the book - it was offered as a special deal. I thought I’d check if the writing had improved since the Nikki Galena books - no it hasn’t. Ellis’s plot aren’t too bad and the main characters are generally interesting enough but the writing is just awful.

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great story

loved the story, love Joy Ellis as an author, loads of twists and turns right up to the end. the narrator wasn't the best, it took a while to get past the voice and get into the story. the narration made it hard to find some of the characters believable.

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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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