Beware the Past (Matt Ballard #1) by Joy Ellis
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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 was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.
Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt’s very secret private life.
Then another murder happens, with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned, or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I previously read the kindle version of this book, twice and absolutely loved it. I have started to listen to audiobooks and as this was one of my favourite books of all time I decided to try the audio version.
Matt is haunted by a case many years ago when 3 11 year old boys were brutally murdered. The suspect died before his guilt could be confirmed and there was always a niggle of doubt about whether the sadistic killer was dead or still out there. He made a promise to his colleague that he would put the case to bed and with retirement approaching his plan is to put the case to bed once and for all.
Beware the past is a psychological thriller at its very best as the reader is given an insight into the mind of the insane. Joy has created something that I never thought possible. The reader develops a clear insight into the mind of the character as we journey through many twists, turns, highs and lows we wonder if there will ever be an ending and when we get to that ending it is certainly not what I was expecting.
I am no expert on audiobooks but thought the narrator was good but I have heard better. However, I really enjoyed the book and it still earns the 5 stars.
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