Beware the Past by Joy Ellis is a stand alone novel featuring Detective Matt Ballard.
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!
Words that spring to mind after finishing this book are Stunning, Surprising, Mind Blowing, Captivating and Emotional. There really was a whole gamut of emotions rolling through me as I read this book.
I would actually love this to be a new series featuring Matt Ballard I found him to be an intriguing character that I would like to see more of. I liked his team of detectives and the way they all interacted and the relationships between them. When the chips were down they all rallied to protect and support each other.
I think this is one of my top 5 favourite books from 2017, it was excellent. I highly recommend it and it gets a big fat 5 stars, if I could give it more I would because it was a cracking read.
Joy Ellis is one of my favourite authors so I was really excited to read this book, it didn’t disappoint!
Here is the publishers blurb:
A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis.
Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by one traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990s 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 never satisfied that the real murderer had been caught
25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. Taken before the murder.
More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, and intimate pictures of Matt’s secret relationship.
Another killing takes place, 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?
In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his colleagues, race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits.
Rural fenland is a strange place, with its never-ending fields, winding tracks, and long straight droves 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.