Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

Beware the Past

A stunning new standalone crime thriller from #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis with a totally shocking conclusion. Discover the author everyone’s talking about. 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 w...


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TitleBeware the Past
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Release DateDec 17th, 2017
PublisherJoffe Books Mystery, Crime Thriller, Suspense Fiction
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction
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  • Louise Wilson
    1970-01-01
    Detective Matt Ballard is haunted by a traumatic case he never solved. In the 1990's three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed, the killings stopped. But Matt was never satisfied that the real killer had been caught. Twenty five years later, another killing takes place on Gibbet Fen. Has the killer returned or is this a copycat killing?This is a new standalone book from the author...
  • Linda Strong
    1970-01-01
    4.5 StarsTwenty-Five years ago three young boys were murdered. The prime suspect was killed in a hit and run accident and the killings stopped. Detective Matt Ballard was never sure that the real murderer wasn't still out there. The case has haunted him since then.Today Ballard received a large brown envelope containing the picture of the very last victim ...at the time of his death. More photos are received ...some were sent to his team. All are...
  • Books n All Jill Burkinshaw
    1970-01-01
    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 b...
  • Pat
    1970-01-01
    Oh my, Joy Ellis is a master of crime fiction. This book was a real mind bender.DCI Matthew Ballard (Mattie) is still haunted by a 26 year old case where three 11 year old boys were brutally murdered when he was a shiny new policeman. Cut to the present day and he starts getting very disturbing mail. Someone is sending him pictures of the three crime scenes - only the images are from before the murders. Logically they can only have been taken by ...
  • Greta Halliday
    1970-01-01
    This spine chilling, on-the-edge of your seat read surpassed all my expectations. Full of mystery and intrigue, so many red herrings and twists and turns make this Joy Ellis book a must for all crime thriller lovers.
  • Joann
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Jennifer Holder
    1970-01-01
    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 incred...
  • Annette
    1970-01-01
    I have read quite a few books by this author and in my opinion it's one of her best. It is the kind of book where you say to yourself just one more chapter and end up reading half a dozen. There has to be some violence in crime thrillers but Joy Ellis knows how to put in lots of detail without going over the top.
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    DCI Matt Ballard is taken to the brink when a past case comes back to haunt him, with new killings occurring twenty-five years later.A great read, a well-written mystery with some interesting characters, kept me interested right to the end.Received an Advanced Reader Copy
  • Aaron Case
    1970-01-01
    Eh, not the worst book I've ever read, but not a good one either. Cheap, dumb, mystery. The subtitle, "A gripping crime thriller with a huge twist" sets the book up for failure. That means that anyone could be the killer, so I suspected everyone. I figured it out a little more than half way through who it probably was, and as the book unraveled from there it became clearer and clearer whodunit. When the big reveal came I was not shocked in the le...
  • Li'l Owl
    1970-01-01
    It's been twenty years since DCI Matt Ballard and his old partner worked case in which three eleven year old boys were savagely murdered. At the time they were certain they'd catch the monster responsible. They never did. They had a suspect but hadn't made the case stick. When the man died the killings stopped. Matt is about to retire but has plans of revisiting the case full time. Then one of his PC's gets a letter in the mail addressed to Matt....
  • Books n All Jill Burkinshaw
    1970-01-01
    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 bru...
  • Joyce
    1970-01-01
    4 and 1 / 2 starsIt is the 1990’s and DC Matthew Ballard is on a stakeout for drug dealers in Gibbet Fen when the dealers suddenly flee. Hastening over the bridge to see what was going on, Matt and his partner, DS Bill Morris discover the body of a young boy in the water. It makes number three in the string of killings. It’s now the present day and Matt Ballard is a DCI. He is six months away from retirement and receives a photograph in the m...
  • Book Lover
    1970-01-01
    25 years ago, three 11-year-old boys were brutally killed. The main suspect was killed in a hit and run accident and the killings stopped. DCI Matt Ballard was just starting his career when he helped investigate these crimes. He and his team start getting photos from the previous deaths and an 11-year-old boy is found dead, murdered in a similar way to the 3 previous boys. As the investigation moves forward, it looks more and more like DCI Ballar...
  • Joanna Larum
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Susan Angela Wallace
    1970-01-01
    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*.
  • Marleen
    1970-01-01
    Expecting a great British police procedural read, I was rather disenchanted with this one. Joy Ellis is an unknown to me, so I gave it a go. Unfortunately, for me, there was simply too much cruelty and evil behavior to even be able to enjoy it. How can authors take pleasure in creating such hideous characters, and have them act out on the page – and not just for a small fraction of the book, but for pages on end. I’m so tired of books with th...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Misfits farm
    1970-01-01
    Twenty five years ago DC Matt Ballard found a body whilst staking out a drugs drop. Two more bodies were found shortly afterwards, all three were eleven year old boy whom no one would miss. The perpetrator was thought to have been found dead but several investigating the case didn’t believe it was quite that simple. Fast forward to now and Matt is now a DCI, just a few short months away from retirement. His past has been jaded and then he recei...
  • Donna Maguire
    1970-01-01
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...This is an excellent book!  I have read a lot of books now by Joy and this has to be one of her best - and she has written some really good ones!!Matt is a great character and I loved how the story focussed on his professional life from the 25 year old case and moved in to his private life - really well thought out story, loved the pace and plot line, lots of twists and turns and it really kept me on tente...
  • Caitlyn Lynch
    1970-01-01
    Twenty-five years ago, three young boys were brutally murdered in the Lincolnshire fens. The killer was never caught. It is the case which has haunted Detective Chief Inspector Matt Ballard for his entire career. Now, photographs connected to the case are being mailed to his work colleagues, raising Matt's suspicions that the killer may be back. When the body of another young boy is found with the killer’s unique ‘signature’ and one of his ...
  • lesley Benrimoj
    1970-01-01
    Ten Stars! Its 2:45am and I've just finished this book! I would say its been one of the most exciting books I've read for a long time! I love joy Ellis novels and have to say this stand alone book is a cracker. I was reading to get to the end as was totally enthralled and engrossed in the story......its now finished and I'm exhausted. Great story.... Great book!!
  • Lisa Clift
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Anthony Savage
    1970-01-01
    Great read!!I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I don't have anything to compare it too. Grilling till the end. Can't wait to read another.
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    Complete and utter bollocks. Unrealistic, poorly written, and simply ridiculous.
  • Angela Sansbury costello
    1970-01-01
    I thought I had this book figured out halfway through, but it turns out the author is quite clever. Very enjoyable and nail biting read.
  • Tracy Lombard
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Sluserfive
    1970-01-01
    Good thing I Been like it works It's a free for all the cities that are available for citizens in the Arizona state of America the only way to get it work
  • Tom Waters
    1970-01-01
    GripplngI have only one Work for Joy Ellis brilliant her books take you to a new level first class full of twists would make a good film Tom waters
  • Julie Simon
    1970-01-01
    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Absolutely fantastic read.