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Beware the Past

Beware the Past

Geschrieben von Joy Ellis

Erzählt von Antony Ferguson


Beware the Past

Geschrieben von Joy Ellis

Erzählt von Antony Ferguson

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (28 Bewertungen)
Länge:
11 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781977383396
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

One terrible case always haunted detective Matt Ballard. Now many years later, the killer seems to be back. And this time he's 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 twenty-five years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's 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 Matt's very secret private life.

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 Matt's life and reputation?

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 31, 2018
ISBN:
9781977383396
Format:
Hörbuch

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  • (5/5)
    It was his most important case, 25 years ago, and now it all seems to be coming back to him. Detective Matt Ballard was still young when a series of murders of three boys hit the remote area of Gibbet Fens. The killing suddenly stopped when their main suspects was killed in an accident, but nevertheless, doubts remained and now the killers seems to have resumed his series. The team is working around the clock and soon they have to realise that this is not just a normal murder case, it is a cat and mouse play with Matt Ballard at the centre. The killer wants his full attention and he want to hurt the detective – therefore everybody close to him is in the highest danger.Joy Ellis’ thriller is just want I’d suspect from a crime novel: full of suspense, many clues and leads that only lead to dead-ends. Interesting characters with a past and buried secrets. A fast paced story with twists and turns and quite a surprising motive of the predator.For me, the strongest aspect of the novel was actually the plot and the motivation of the killer. It is hard not to tell too much since it really comes as a surprise, but the way Joy Ellis drafted the novel, the killer’s procedure and the solution of the case was just brilliant. I was kept in the dark about who is behind it all for such a long time – ok, one might have guessed, but actually, the fact that I was totally taken by surprise makes it an outstanding thriller for me.
  • (5/5)
    Over 25 years have passed since DCI Matt Ballard started working on the Gibbert Fen case that has haunted him ever since. Back in the 90’s Matt Ballard was fresh on the force and eager to make his career a highly successful one. At the same time a serial killer was striking the remote Gibbert Fen area. The killer had successfully abducted and murdered three young boys, all while leaving behind zero evidence. Through diligent police work, Ballard was able to determine the killer was a man named Paul Underhill. Before he was able to prove this theory, Underhill was killed by an erratic driver and left to die on the side of the road. Matt has always harbored his doubts about the killer behind the Gibbert Fen case, despite another murder with a similar M.O. not occurring since the death of Underhill. Now that he is knocking at the door of retirement, Matt is planning to secretly continue investigating this case, however, it appears he won’t need to wait. Photos of the old crime scenes taken prior to the murders have started showing up in Matt’s mail and fellow police officer, Gemma’s mail. When a young boy is kidnapped and killed in a manner eerily similar to the Gibbert Fen deaths the department has no choice but to open this cold case. It seems that the killer is back and this time wants more than just his victims, he also wants to take down Matt Ballard. As the days tick by Matt is forced to reveal secrets from his past and his life in order to track down this killer. Matt’s life and reputation are on the line. Can he catch this killer before both are lost?Joy Ellis drew me in to BEWARE THE PAST within the first several pages and didn’t let me go until I hit the last sentence. I was instantly drawn to Matt Ballard. I wanted to know more about the Gibbert Fen case, how it impacted him, and how his current case/situation would play out. Ellis created a story that focused on the main character of Matt, but also allowed the secondary characters, his co-workers, close friend, and the killer, to also play a substantial role in making the book a well thought out read. The chapters were short, but had alternating viewpoints within each one, which helped drive the story and keep things fresh. BEWARE THE PAST is an addictive read that will keep you at the edge of your seat and up well past your bedtime!