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Beware the Past

A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis with a totally shocking conclusion. Discover the author everyones talking about. ONE TERRIBLE CASE ALWAYS HAUNTED DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD. NOW MANY YEARS LATER, THE KILLER SEEMS TO BE BACK. AND THIS TIME HES 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. Its 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 Matts very secret private life. A KILLER WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO DESTROY A DETECTIVE. 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 Matts life and reputation? Everyone around Matt is in danger as the killer plays mind games with the detective. In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his team race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits. WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BEWARE THE PAST I think I forgot to breathe every now and then while I was reading and really begrudged having to put the book down. Barbara A simply brilliant book, so many twists and turns, I had no idea what to expect at any time. Janet The suspense starts on Page 1 and continues through the twists and turns until the very surprising ending. Linda Strong OMG, this book was fantastic I absolutely loved it. I was gripped from the first page but as the tension and suspense mounted throughout the book it just got better and better and that ending, well just WOW! Dawn Jones Gripping from beginning to end. Olga Without doubt Joy Ellis' best yet, this from someone who has read all of the Ellis novels. Ron Full of suspense, many clues and leads that only lead to dead-ends. Interesting characters with a past and buried secrets. Missmesmerized The Setting England's rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves (the old livestock routes) that lead to nowhere. The lonely lanes are flanked either side by deep drainage ditches and are, for a good part of the year, filled with tall, whispering reeds. Closer to the Wash, high seabanks form a barrier between river and marsh, and the richly fertile soil of the drained land. But when the mists come down, as they so often do, perspective is destroyed and all sense of direction lost, and then the fens become a rather frightening place of mystery and danger. Somewhere that you do not want to be at night. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell. ALSO BY JOY ELLIS THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS Book 3: HUNTED ON...

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Beware the Past Reviews

  • Lisa Clift

    Oooh it's always good when you discover a new author, and last night I found Joy! This is an excellent murder mystery, with plenty of twists and double bluffs, and a flawed hero. Can't wait to dive into the rest of her books.

  • Books n All  Jill Burkinshaw

    Joy Ellis is, probably, my favourite author and I was very much looking forward to reading this stand-alone book.  This book comes shortly after Thieves on the Fens and I absolutely loved that book so much I really doubted it could be bettered but then along comes this one and now I am thinking WOW the books just get better and better I wonder what she will come up with next.

    Matt is haunted by a case many years ago when 3 11 year old boys were brutally murdered.  The suspect died before his guil

  • Susan Angela Wallace

    Beware the past by joy Ellis.

    Omg. An absolutely fantastic read with great characters. Dci matt ballard is on the hunt for a killer. But this killer has matt in his sight and he is playing a deadly game himself. Is he the killer from 25 years ago? I had my suspicion but it completely shocked me. Highly recommend this book. 5*.

  • Joann

    I normally enjoy Joy Ellis' books but this one was just so so. For me, Detective Matt Ballard's constant reminiscing, re-criminations etc. was quite wearing and I began to tire of him as a character. Everyone else was well fleshed out but there were a lot of unanswered questions for me. Certainly not the 5 star I expected. Not even 4.5 star from me.

  • Tracy Lombard

    Wow! The ending got me twice! I tried to figure it out the entire way through and never would have guessed that. Truly a “who could it possibly be” book.

  • Joanna Larum

    If it was at all possible, I would rate this book five stars twice! Joy Ellis is a wonderful writer who keeps the reader on his/her toes all the way through and this book is at least twice that! I finished reading it as I was cooking tea and, when I reached the end, I said 'Oh my God' very slowly to an empty kitchen.

    Matt Ballard is a detective with a sad past and we learn more and more about his trials and tribulations as we read further through the book. He is surrounded by a team of detective

  • Linda

    When I received this ARC from Joffe Books I was very eager to read it as I do love to read anything written by Joy Ellis. However, I was slightly disappointed with this one. Apart from an explosive introduction, I found it very slow to start and getting involved in it was hard work, which was a shame because the story line itself was original and intriguing. Sadly though the characters didn’t really excite me enough and the interaction between them was odd, they just didn’t seem to gel.

    The plot,

  • Jennifer Holder

    I don’t even know what to say. I was hooked the whole way through. Usually, I always guess the twist by the half way point of a crime thriller, even ones that everyone else said shocked them. So, me being me, thought I had it sussed, just over half way through. I did change my mind a couple of times but I thought yep, I’ve nailed this.

    Let me tell you, I was wrong. I was so wrong. The answer to this story literally made me gasp. It was incredible.

    One of the best books I’ve read that left me thi