Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

June 30th, 2023 Kimberly Review 8 Comments

30th Jun

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis is the second audiobook in the Jackman & Evans murder-mystery crime series. Narrated by Richard Armitage, the author delivered an engaging, twisted case involving missing girls. Come see why I loved this Audible Plus audiobook…

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis
Their Lost Daughters
by Joy Ellis
Series: Jackman & Evans #2
Narrator: Richard Armitage
Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery
Source: Audible Plus
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x

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 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.

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


I read a review of a later audiobook in the series from a fellow blogger and was ecstatic to learn the series was available in Audible Plus. For those who prefer to read them, they are also available in Kindle Unlimited.

This is the second audiobook in the Jackman & Evans series, but Audible recommended I listen to it first. So here we are. This was a riveting case that quickly pulled me in. I honestly cannot believe I’ve never read this author before.

DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland police are pulled into a case when two girls attend a party and only one returns. The case leads us down several paths when the body of another young girl is discovered on an isolated beach. The girls who disappeared may have been part of an underage drinking club. Next we have police fraud and the team reopens a missing girl cold-case from a decade ago. Who is Emily and where is she?

The author spun a clever tale and pulled the different threads together to fully immerse the listener. We end up with four missing girls and the author delivered some interesting twists. The crime unit worked well together, and I liked both Jackson & Evans. They play off each other well. We get enough forensic and police procedural details to give an authentic feel without bogging down the story. It felt grounded and realistic.

Richard Armitage narrates, and what could be wrong with that? I enjoyed everything about it, from his voices to the tone he set.

Fans of police procedural novels, crime thrillers and murder-mysteries will want to scoop up The Lost Daughters.

Amazon* | Audible

About Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis grew up in Kent but moved to London when she won an apprenticeship with the prestigious Mayfair florist, Constance Spry Ltd. Having run her own flower shop in Weybridge for many years, Ellis then worked as a bookseller until a trip to the Greek island of Skyros, where she took part in a writer's workshop with Sue Townsend, encouraged her to write her own books. Joy soon after moved to the Lincolnshire Fens, where she has spent many of years living among the countryside accompanied by her partner, Jacqueline, and her variety of springer spaniels. After many years of writing, Jasper Joffe, from Joffe Books, discovered Joy's work and approached her with the offer of becoming her new publisher. This new relationship introduced Joy's work to the fascinating world of ebooks and audible listening. Since their partnership, Joy's success has grown further than she could have ever imagined. She has recently celebrated her 10th UK No.1 book on the Amazon 'Best Sellers' chart, with her 9th instalment in the Jackman & Evans series, Solace House. Joy boasts a staggering estimated total over 3.4 million copies sold worldwide, and became a short-listed nominee at the British Book Awards, 2021.

About Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage is a multi–award-winning stage, screen, and voice actor. Armitage is best known for his roles in The Hobbit trilogy and Ocean's 8. He has also starred in many flagship BBC programs such as Spooks and Robin Hood. One of Britain’s most respected audio narrators, Armitage has won an Audie Award for his work.

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8 Responses to “Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis”

  1. Katherine

    I love Richard Armitage’s narration so that alone would sell me. This sounds like such a good mystery and one I would really love.