Guest Review: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis (@joffebooks) @mgriffiths163

Today I hand over the reins to Mandie who has a review of Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis. First things first – here are the all important booky bits.

TLDThe Official Book Blurb


Toni, the surviving teenager, is found deliriously wandering the muddy fields of the fens. 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.


DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of 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. A sinister man works on the property alone, but the owner appears to be the perfect gentleman.

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

Set around the Lincolnshire fens DI Jackson and DS Evans are heading an investigation into the missing daughter of one of their own. When the body of Shauna Kelly washes up on the beach it is the outcome they dreaded. When another girl turns up wandering in the fens with signs of being drugged and going on about her friend Emily being taken they begin to think these cases are linked. To add to their already increasing workload they are also assigned a cold case of a missing girl by a neighbouring police force. Are these cases linked despite being 10 years apart??

When I started this book I thought it would be a case about missing girls but the further into the book that I got, the more I saw that there was something else going on. Joy Ellis weaves a story that takes you to underground drinking parties frequented by underage revellers and a good hunting ground for the person abducting the victims. You are also drawn in to old tales of the area that have a bearing on the case and its eventual outcome.

I have to say I loved this book although due to the subject matter I do feel slightly odd using the word loved.  It was not fast paced but considering the subject it was dealing with then slow and steady seemed to suit it. You get a real sense that DI Rowan Jackson and DS Marie Evans have a mutual respect for one another and although there is a difference in rank DI Jackson fully values all of his team and the strengths that they bring to it. Despite not having much time for his superiors they are also more in the background and only make an appearance in the story when absolutely necessary and don’t actually hinder the investigations. It was also nice to see normal situations appear between the team despite the gruesome nature of the case.

There is so much more I could say about this book but if I did I would worry that I would spoil it for other readers by giving things away.

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis is the second book in the DI Jackson & DS Evans series. Although I have not read the first book The Murderers Son it did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this one.  The main characters clearly have back stories that are probably explained in book one but you don’t actually need to know about them to appreciate their dynamic.

This is the first book by Joy Ellis I have read but it won’t be the last.

5 stars.


My thanks to Netgalley and publishers Joffe Books for the advance copy for review. The Lost Daughters is available to purchase now from the following retailers:

Amazon UK

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