The Guilty Ones

A Jackman and Evans Thriller
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,078 ratings)

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Jackman and Evans are back in the latest gripping thriller by Joy Ellis, performed by the incomparable Richard Armitage. 

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy homelife and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. 

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Do not listen in the order Audible tells you to!!

Love this whole series! She does an excellent job portraying men and women working closely together - bonding - without the silly romance a lot of writers feel they need to include. Get this book and the others in the series!

My review is to tell you to read/listen to them in the order the author wrote them and NOT the order Audible tells you to.

DI Jackman and DS Marie Evans Series
Book 1: The Murderer's Son
Book 2: Their Lost Daughters
Book 3: The Fourth Friend
Book 4: The Guilty Ones
Book 5: The Stolen Boys (not yet on Audible)

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NOOOOOOOOO!!!

First I must say that I find the characters in this series to be quite enjoyable. I have listened to all four. The ending of this last one was such a trite platitude I swore aloud in my car. The author set the stage for such a powerful ending and blew it trading instead for a predictable severely over-used outcome in this genre. I will listen to the next installment because the characters are well written, but it will take me a long time to get over the BIG miss at the end of this one.

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Another winner from Joy Ellis!

Just as with her nine novel DI Nikki Galena series British author Joy Ellis has another wonderful series modern detective with Jackman and Evans. The Guilty Ones is a fine addition to the Jackman and Evans series. Actor Richard Armitage does a nice job of narrating, but I much prefer the narrations of Henrietta Meire due to her Fens British accent compared to the generic British accent of Armitage. In any case the modern detective series by Joy Ellis are always worthwhile.

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Good . . . But Not Quite AS Good

Book Four in the Jackman and Evans Series is a good one, but in my opinion doesn’t quite stand up to the others in the series so far. Jackman’s family is hit hard when his sister-in-law, Sarah commits suicide by drowning herself in the river. But according to everyone who knew her, she was a happily married wife and mother to two young boys. Questions arise, however, when a similar thing happens to another woman. Jackman’s brother, James, is overwrought and not much help in solving the case, or in caring for his young sons. With the help of Orac (the computer wizard downstairs) Marie Evans and Jackman look into Sarah’s past and discover a lot of secrets. When the suicides continue, it’s a race to connect the dots and to keep Jackman’s family safe. One thing I liked about this book is learning more about Rowan Jackman’s family, his parents and background. The conclusion wasn’t as satisfying as most. But I will certainly continue the series.

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An unwelcome detour into different genres

I’m honestly confused why this book has such high reviews – did the reviewers not read the previous books? If I’d read this in isolation, I’d give it a significantly better review but as part of an established series, it sticks out like a sore thumb. For a series that has been really good up to this point, this book is an annoying (and unwelcome) detour into a completely different genre.

I have two major problems with this book: 1) The premise: that a stable woman with a loving husband and children could be bullied into suicide. I might believe that in real life, there are some horrifying examples, but the author completely fails to convince me here. The idea that this woman would kill herself – not because of emotional reasons, like immense stress (that I would completely understand) but because someone ordered her to, abandoning her family (including her 2 children!) instead of bothering to ask anyone for help, like for example, the police detective inspector who is her brother in law! Even worse that it’s Jackman, who would have moved heaven and earth to stop it and protect his family. The author provides the excuse that she’s afraid of the police/exposure… so suicide is preferable?? It's so staggeringly ridiculous that you'd need massive suspension of disbelief to go along with this.

2) The melodrama: the way the characters go on about the killer is completely ridiculous – constantly referring to them like they’re the devil himself. ‘Evil’ gets thrown around a lot, my personal favourite was ‘the very epitome of evil’ (I rolled my eyes so hard that I immediately wrote it down so I'd remember for the review). They almost literally compare the killer to Stalin?? Diabolical and a master manipulator maybe, but it’s so melodramatic that every time it came up, it just irritated me… and it comes up constantly. We’ve seen far, far worse in this series alone!

The book improves significantly from about halfway, when they stop reminding you about the stupid suicide storyline and stop harping on about how ‘evil’ the killer is, and start focusing on moving the story along and then the pace picks up, becoming a cat-and-mouse game with Jackman... then that tone is ruined with the ridiculous action-movie ending, complete with cliffhanger.

Even Richard Armitage doesn’t seem to be his usual exceptional self, or maybe I’m projecting here. Absolutely no negative reflection on him, he’s the best reader I’ve heard anywhere.

It’s so hard to find a series you really enjoy, that has multiple parts that you can get stuck into. I’ve immensely enjoyed this series so far, and this one left an unpleasant aftertaste – it’s like the author got bored with the ‘police procedural’ genre, and switched to an action/serial killer genre, which just doesn’t fit at all. I will definitely read the next book, but I must say my enthusiasm is considerably reduced. This author is better than this, maybe it was interference by the publisher or something. To be clear – it’s not a bad book at all, it’s just so gratingly irritating in too many areas if you’ve read the rest of the series that I’m being far more negative than I usually would be.

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I loved it

I had been waiting impatiently for this audiobook release and it was well worth the wait. I love this author’s books and this one is no exception.

The story is twisted and leaves many trails for the reader’s mind to follow if one wants to “play detective.” Personally, I like to let the story play out and have Jackson and Evans and the team work it out. We know who-done-it fairly early on but then there’s the drama and suspense of what will happen next. The character development is first rate, as usual for Joy Ellis.

Richard Armitage is a delightful narrator and gives a tremendous performance. I did find the denouement a bit unrewarding and disappointing. But, overall, one of the best books of 2019.

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Fast-paced story & endearing characters

Really enjoyed this Jackman book. Richard Armitage offers a compelling and nuanced performance that, along with a strong story, brings the characters to life. I listened as I drove and found myself looking for excuses to get in the car and hear the next chapter.

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Another winning Joy Ellis novel

Another hard to put down story. Not too happy with the ending but that's because the danger is still lurking. I'm not fond of cliffhangers.

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Cheese

Extremely cheesy dialogue in this whole series - not sure why I listened to the first three & then this one. Likable main characters & narrator does a good job, but the stories don’t seem to have required any research whatsoever by the author & really aren’t that interesting. Somewhat ashamed that I own the first four in this series, but have to put my foot down & refuse to buy #5 coming out next week.

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another classic

I can't get enough of these stories. already ordered the sequel. I have heard them all. great performance.

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  • Jen
  • 04-07-19

perfect partnership

in love with Armitage's silky voice unravelling Ellis's twists and turns. bring on book 5.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

thoroughly enjoyable

great story, wanted to keep listening ...really enjoyed the suspense and characters and was read beautifully as always

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 05-08-20

Nail biting

Again , absolutely loved this reading of the adventures of Jackman and Evans and their crew. I love the cross over with the Nikki Galena series. Ordering the next installment immediately

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-20

loved it

As always, a well written and descriptive novel with twists and turns.
looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-20

great read

enjoyed the story line and the ever evolving plot. well narrated. a must to read if you like mysteries

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  • Tina Britton-Johnson
  • 01-16-20

Good story and very good narration

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and Richard Armitage is a favourite narrator - I am happy listening to him versus some other readers I’ve had!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-19

what a great story

loved every minute the story the twists and the narrator were most employable, I need more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

great reading

could not stop listening one of the best so far huge recommendation give it a try

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-19

Love this Series

Cannot wait for the next book! The characters are great & the narrator is excellent.

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  • Tony
  • 08-09-19

Tedious and long winded.

This book is tedious.I couldn't finish it as it was wordy and badly written.The narrator used inconsistent accents for the characters.The women's voices were particularly irritating.Definitely not recommended.