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Captive on the Fens keeps readers glued to the page



Joffe Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 25 Jan 2017


Captive on the Fens is a solid police procedural that has quite a number of surprising twists. If you are looking for a gripping, gritty read, you can’t go wrong with any of Joy Ellis’s books. One thing I love about her novels is the strength of her female characters, and the effort she puts into developing the entire investigative team. They are real, as opposed to two dimensional. The cases are dark and disturbing, but they are well done. In this case DI Galena is tasked with uncovering a murderer who kidnaps and mutilates young women. The narration alternates between the experiences of a captive woman and Galena and her team’s investigative efforts. Also, Freddie Carver is back, and Galena is determined to make sure he doesn’t set up another of his criminal enterprises.

If you like dark, realistic police procedurals, Joy Ellis’s novels are a fantastic choice. Captive on the Fens is a thrilling read that will satisfy fans and newcomers to the series alike.

4 / 5

I received a copy of Captive on the Fens from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



A young woman’s body is found in a remote barn on the Fens. Before she was killed, one of her fingers had been cut off. Who is inflicting this violence and why? And can DI Nikki Galena stop them before anyone else suffers?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.

The young woman in the barn had been kept captive for some time. And the case shows strong similarities to an unsolved murder in Derbyshire. When another woman is found alive with similar injuries the case grows even more complicated.

At the same time, the Fenland police have received intelligence that the ruthless criminal Freddy Carver plans to make Greenborough the hub for his new enterprise. DI Nikki Galena is desperate to track down Freddie Carver and make sure that he does not put down roots in the Fens, but finding him is not easy. And what’s his connection to the kidnapped girls?

And who is the woman being held captive in a remote location? DI Nikki Galena must rally her team of detectives, while facing a traitor on the inside, in this captivating mystery which will have you gripped as Nikki races against time to save more than one victim, including someone she care deeply about.

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