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  • Solace House

  • Jackman and Evans, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,010 ratings)

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By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
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Publisher's Summary

Holly Stewart moved into Solace House thinking it would be a fresh start for her and her family. She knew a tragic murder had taken place there, but she didn’t know the full ghastly history of the house.

Now, her husband has lost his job, the children are bullied at school, and someone is prowling around the garden at night. Someone who wants them gone.

Detective Jackman wants to help. Instead he’s been pulled into a 20-year-old cold case. The gruesome murder of a young woman whose head was never found. A new witness comes forward. He claims to have crucial evidence on what really happened that night.

Days later, a group of litter-pickers uncover black sacks containing dismembered human limbs. Attending the scene, DS Marie Evans is shocked to see a strange symbol carved into the victim’s flesh: the same symbol found on the headless girl all those years ago.

The murders must be connected. But why has the killer struck again — after 20years?

As the threats to the Stewart family escalate, Jackman must choose between helping people in the present and solving the crimes of the past.

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

©2022 Joy Ellis (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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Long and drawn out

I have heard all the books in this series and enjoyed all the previous stories. This one not so much. There were too many characters to keep track of. I needed to rewind to understand who was who to make sense of the storyline.

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A good story

I've listened to the authors books before. she wit3s a good story. This was a great story although I did guess the ending. I am however sick and tired of all the main characters being long suffering poor sods. It's the same with every police thriller written now. It'd starting to make the characters very cardboard and boring.

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No where near as good

I've listened to a lot of this series and as much as this was a compelling story, there were so many obvious links missed. I had an idea in the beginning, which usually turns out wrong, but in this case was proved correct. Which is not how a mystery should be. I even guessed the twist at the end.
This is becoming more common and I feel authors are allowing listeners to figure out a mystery themselves in novels these days, to make them feel clever, maybe? I don't. I feel robbed of a good story.
This one really missed the mark for me.

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A bit sloppy

I realised the identity of the “surprise” character right from the start, which made this book not as good for me as the others.

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Overly cute cops and unlikely, predictable story

I had decided to give up on this series, but there is was, all free and accessible, so I dove in yet again.
Armitage reads as though they are all new age wannabes, all love and caring. It wears thin as it's so unlikely. A lot of it is like that - of course it's a nice change from the world-weary cop stereotype, but not my thing. This runs through the whole of the series, and I do wonder whether a different narrator would lessen it.
The story I found predictable and over the top.
I imagine this will be my last, should she continue with the series.

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Not my favourite Joy Ellis

I have really enjoyed the Jackman and Evans series but this one felt a little contrived in comparison. Lots of great plot twists throughout. I do enjoy Richard Armitage’s performance.

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Hard to Follow Story and Strange Plot

I usually love this series and was keen to listen to this one. It seems that Joy Ellis has lost it with this one. It isn't up to the usual standard. For the first three hours (yes, three hours). It feels like I am missing something. There is no real start to the storyline, just vague continual references to cases without explaining the content. It was really dull and nothing happened. So, you feel lost and I even went through the series to see if I missed a book - I didn't.

Then there was a strange way to kill off a main character. It seemed very unnecessary and not even part of the main story plot. It was suddenly just announced without any lead-up, expectation or reason. It was senseless. This whole storyline makes you feel robbed of your time and angry at how the story unfolded.

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Solace House

If Enid Blyton had written an adult crime novel I suspect the characters would have been like these - all terribly nice and ever so proper. The premise of this book was good, but the dialogue was a real slog and the “twist” so obvious it was kind of frustrating. I’ve listened to better books in the series

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This series has lost its spark

I've loved this series but I was quite bored with the slow pace of this book. Constant use of the characters names and titles throughout has me wondering if it's only mentioned to pad out the word count. Narration was excellent but this is likely my last Jackman and Evans listen.

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Overall great story

I was annoyed that it wasn’t told who John was and why he killed Janet. But overall great storyline.

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