Their Lost Daughters is one of Joy Ellis's best novels yet
THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS by JOY ELLIS Joffe Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 31 Mar 2017
It is easy to become addicted to Joy Ellis’s novels. Her police procedurals would make excellent movies. The cases are complex, compelling and always unique. Her investigators are distinct individuals you come to care about. Their Lost Daughters features DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans. If you enjoy reading the Nikki Galena novels, you will definitely enjoy these as well.
Their Lost Daughters tackles a very difficult subject - the grooming of teens. Teens are being lured to parties where they are given alcohol and drugs and encouraged to “enjoy” themselves. The parties are far from innocent, and some of the attendees aren't seen afterwards. Two connected cases bring the ring to DI Jackman's attention - the disappearance of the daughter of a prominent local businessman and the discovery of a young woman’s body washed upon an isolated beach. The teen is found not long after wandering barefoot, drugged out of her mind. She and another girl were taken from one of the parties and she fears what may have happened to the other girl. Jackman and Evans also have a high profile cold case - the disappearance of a young girl a decade earlier.
Ellis does an amazing job weaving the varying plot lines together into a coherent whole. I don't want to give too much away. What I can say is that Their Lost Daughters is one of Joy Ellis’s best novels yet.
If you like complex British police procedurals with compelling characters, you will definitely enjoy Their Lost Daughters. Mature themes make this novel inappropriate for younger readers.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Their Lost Daughters from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description TWO GIRLS GO TO A PARTY, ONLY ONE RETURNS ALIVE Toni, the surviving teenager, is found delirious, wandering the muddy fields. She has been drugged and it’s uncertain whether she’ll survive. She says she saw her friend Emily being dragged away from the party. But no one knows who Emily is or even if she’s still alive. . . Meanwhile the drowned body of another girl has been found on an isolated beach. And how does this all relate to the shocking disappearance of a little girl nearly a decade ago, a crime which was never solved? The girl’s mother is putting immense pressure on the police to re-open the high-profile case. EACH ONE OF THEM IS SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER AND THE POLICE MUST GIVE THEIR FAMILIES JUSTICE AND CLOSURE DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evansof the Fenland police are stretched to the limit as they try to bring the perpetrators of these shocking crimes to justice. There is evidence of an illegal drinking club run by a shadowy group of men, who are grooming teenagers. And the team come across a sinister former hospital called Windrush which seems to house many dark secrets. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the shocking ending.