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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 06-16-18

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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  • alma
  • las vegas, nevada
  • 06-14-18

A Psychological Thriller

The story is well written and flows. It incorporates elements of drama, mystery, action, and paranoia. The police officers interactions with the public and politics within their own division is integrated with a very interesting story. Richard Armitage does stellar work in transitioning his voices from narrator and all the characters. His storytelling is flawless and the listener is hooked from the start.

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Superb writing and excellent narrator performance

Joy Ellis is a superb writer. She has done her research of the internal workings, dynamics and relationships of law enforcement. CID, coroner, specialized units, intra-agency departments, behind-the-scenes law enforcement relationships, she nailed it. The eye for detail and accuracy doesn't go unnoticed. Ellis creatively works in these details into her novel seamlessly. She had me from Chapter One and I couldn't stop listening (a book you just can't put down). I never have binged listened an audiobook, but this one I did. It was worth every second. Now it is just waiting (impatiently) for her next two audiobook releases. In the meantime, I will be listening to Their Lost Daughters several more times.
Richard Armitage's spectacular performance of multiple characters all at once in several scenes is mind blowing. I felt like this was a live radio performance, not just an audiobook. How he creates such distinct voices for each character and can move effortlessly between each in an incredible talent that not many narrators have. You could feel, see, smell, taste and hear the settings like you were actually on The Fens and as if you were standing right next to Jackman, Evans and the rest of the lot.
Highly recommend Their Lost Daughters.

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Complex and fast-moving Fenland mystery<br />

A complicated and fast-moving plot made more exciting by a brilliant performance by Richard Armitage

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Love the new protagonists!

I have all but the last of Joy Ellis' "Fens" books, so was intrigued at the thought of a new series. Ellis crafts a wonderful mystery. Richard Armitage is no slouch, either.

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 06-16-18

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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  • Simon
  • 06-14-18

Smokin' Start to a New Series!

I often hate it when books get quite such a push as this one has because once you've listened to the interviews, seen the short trailers and read the background expectations are so high the result is often disappointment. As a result I don't doubt that this one will get some negative reviews as a result. Personally though I think it deserves most if not all of the hype. I took to Jackson and Evans from the off! They make a great pair and they are thrown into a twisty and evil-mannered plot that's enough to make your hair not only stand on end but get up, pack its bags and leave! Well, that's my excuse anyhow.

The devious mind that came up with all of this could surely not belong to the mild-mannered, highly approachable Joy Ellis in the Audible interviews! Well, somehow it is; they say you need to watch the quiet ones. Of course an audiobook only reaches the top levels when the partnership between author and narrator has genuine chemistry. Again, there's no doubt about that here. Armitage is of course a bit of a celeb but he's full of character and charm and their is clearly a glowing mutual respect between him and Ellis. His performance is assured and full of character-driven depth.

The odd thing is that Audible seem to be billing volume 2 of the printed series as volume 1 of the audio version and vice-versa. Presumably they felt this one had the biggest wow factor and in truth the next one in the series which I have already pre-ordered will have to go some distance to beat this one. The obvious concern is that the missing back story from the original volume will detract from the enjoyment of this one but although it is hinted at I don't think you'd notice unless you already knew.

I'll not say it was a 100% perfect. Some of the police procedure felt a little weak to me, an undercover operation in the first half of the book felt poorly thought out and I am sure would have caused much more considerable consternation than the story indicated. Occasionally parts of the dialogue did seem a little stilted to me. These are very minor things though and I have no qualms at all in recommending this one to those strong-stomached individuals who like an edgy and creepy police thriller.

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  • Valentina Ancilotti
  • 06-18-18

Perfection

I read Their Lost Daughters a few months ago and was enthralled by its grim story and by the interesting characters. Now, with the addition of Richard Armitage as performer (and in the role of Rowan Jackman, I'd say) the book has reached perfection. I am extremely glad and thrilled we are going to get three (four?) more audiobooks of the Jackman & Evans series. Can't wait!

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  • Jools
  • 06-15-18

Enjoyable

A really good book to listen to, i recommend that its worth a credit, enjoy.

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  • Steph H
  • 06-16-18

Such a badly written book

I honestly don't understand why this book has received so much hype on audible. It is so badly written and the characters are two dimensional, I couldn't care less about them.  There are so many cases that are thrown at the same team and even more appearing through the book that are all apparently going to be solved at the same time as part of the same crime.

Basic police procedure is not followed and the opportunity to look at evidence that could help identify a body is to hand and not even thought about.

Every cliche under the sun is used, it's almost as if it's a write by numbers book.  When an 'expert' is required they don't use the ones that the police would have on their database but people who they happen to know.  They bring in a phsychologist right after explaining how they don't like them. He then says he doesn't believe in profiling and then goes on to profile the killer.  They also don't make full use of the experts that they have brought in.  The forensic anthropologist actually tells them she's got more information that they need to know but they don't bother to listen. Then when they keep banging on about finding out more about that victim they don't think 'Oh hey maybe the expert can tell us more about her', no they just keep saying, we need to find out more about her and doing nothing.

The officers seem to see qualities in the people they are interviewing that are in no way described by the author and that clears them of being a suspect.  They seem to spend half their time driving back and forth to the station instead of staying out and doing police work.  And the days must only be about 3hrs long as they always seem to be tired and working late and being sent home every five minutes.

The only redeeming feature of this book is Richard Armitage, I could listen to his voice all day long. But even he seems fed up with what he's reading.

This is a total mess of a book and I will certainly not be getting any more from this author.

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  • Chris
  • 06-16-18

Movie.Their Lost Daughters ...I wish

Brilliant...could not put it down..Would make a great film..especially with Richard Admitage playing Jackman..





. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good police story.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-16-18

How did I miss Joy Ellis?

I've been an addict of contemporary crime thrillers for over a decade. I have devoured whole series of some of the best, but I have never come across Joy Ellis. This author without a doubt possesses excellent writing skills! It was difficult to stop listening once I got started. I'm delighted to find there are more books in this series as well. This is the type of a crime thriller I will repeatedly return to when I'm tired of all the "blood and guts" of some of crime thrillers, although I always keep up with my favourites like Stuart MacBride. This book has the blood and guts, but the emphasis is not on that. It was a puzzle inside an enigma type book. I would puzzle over the characters and their activities even when I wasn't listening to the book. These days just watching the news can be a head banger. My husband and I always listen to a crime novel for awhile before we go to sleep. Joy Ellis has the rare combination of a really well written thriller that won't give you nightmares. I'm thankful to have found her and will definitely download more of her books!

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  • G reardon
  • 06-17-18

Amateur feeling. Flat and unrealistic

Jumbled yet predictable story with two dimensional characters. Conversation dialogues are so stiff 70s porn dubbing flows better and has more realism. The whole force must have gone to Sunday school as none of them utter any profanities. (accompanying dodgy music may have added something). Gary is supposed to be a clever copper comes across like Benny from crossroads . Cooks a good breakfast though .The chief inspector must have watched too many superman movies to think that slicked back hair glasses and a change of clothing are all you need to do as not be recognised.

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  • JuliaTVC
  • 06-17-18

Excellent

Excellent, gripping and compelling story, expertly read by the very talented Richard Armitage. Highly recommended.

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  • Sandra Azevedo
  • 06-17-18

Unmissable!

Absolutely brilliant! Could not stop listening. Not my usual favourite genre but thoroughly enjoyed it! So many twists and turns and fantastic characters brought to life by Richard's excellent narration. I think I've found another favourite author to add to my list. Thank you Audible! :-)

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  • Shell
  • 06-17-18

Very compelling

Listened to it all in one day, I couldn’t go to sleep without finding out the end

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  • Kay
  • 06-16-18

I liked this

Complex story
Good pace

The Fens make a good location and become a character too