Their Lost Daughters

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Deep in the muddy fields of Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Mere feet away, the drowned body of another girl turns up on an isolated beach. All this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case. Are the crimes linked? Who are these girls? Is a twisted predator living among the families on this secluded English coastal enclave? For detectives Rowan Jackman and Marie Evans, the pressure is on to unravel these unsettling crimes and bring the perpetrator to justice.

In Their Lost Daughters, Joy Ellis, Audible UK’s breakthrough crime author of 2018, weaves a dark web of mystery. The incredible Richard Armitage (known as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies) brings his commanding baritone to a story of pulse-quickening suspense – and the stuff of every parent’s worst nightmare.
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Four missing girls. One unforgettable mystery.

Meet the investigative team at the heart of Their Lost Daughters,
stars of the breakout first installment in the Jackman & Evans series.

Our favorite moments from Their Lost Daughters

Jackman learns of the body on the beach.
Marie is haunted by an unsolved case.
The deadly history of the marsh, as told by Gary.
Jackman introduces the team's newest recruit.

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  • Jackman learns of the body on the beach.
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  • Marie is haunted by an unsolved case.
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  • The deadly history of the marsh, as told by Gary.
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  • Jackman introduces the team's newest recruit.

Our team in London cast an incomparable performer to bring to life the words of Joy Ellis, British breakthrough crime author of 2018.


"Put your headphones on, turn your Wi-Fi off, clear your diary and take a ride with DI Jackman and DS Evans. As you listen to Their Lost Daughters they will start to feel like old friends, and you will live through their triumphs and traumas on the trail of one of the most wantonly twisted crimes ever to grace an audiobook. The book is harrowing at times but never overdone. It's as heartfelt as it is disturbing. In the run up to the final, brilliantly executed twist, it is almost clinically impossible to press the pause button." - Gabriel, Audible UK Editor

"Checking my home for intruders isn't one of my standard nighttime rituals, but after listening to Their Lost Daughters, I found myself doing just that. In this chilling narrative, Joy Ellis expertly plays on your deepest fears and delivers a satisfying, shocking twist that no crime aficionado could predict. It bears all the hallmarks of great TV shows like Broadchurch, and with powerful narration from Richard Armitage you genuinely feel part of the action as the hunt to find the killer intensifies. I urge you to experience it in all its glory." - Jess, Audible UK Editor

Hear more about the impeccable pairing of mystery maven and fan-favorite narrator in our
Audible Session with Joy Ellis and Richard Armitage.

About the Performer

Richard Armitage is an actor widely known for his array of television, film, and theater work, including his roles in the BBC drama Spooks, The Hobbit trilogy, Ocean’s 8, and the acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic in London. His trademark baritone voice has earned him recognition, too, through his performances on many notable audiobooks as well as in TV and radio show narration. This experience shines through in Armitage’s gripping performance of Their Lost Daughters, where he plays host to a plethora of characters.

About the Author

Joy Ellis started her career as a flower-seller in the 1960s and went on to open her own florist business. When recession hit the UK, she was forced to change her career and became a bookseller. While attending a writing course in Greece, she gained a mentor: popular novelist Sue Townsend. She now lives in The Fens with her partner Jacqueline, where the flatlands and marshes provide inspiration for her eerie plot lines.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 06-16-18

Author Joy Ellis never disappoints!!

THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS is the 10th novel by Joy Ellis I have listened to and reviewed at Audible. Joy Ellis is lauded as "Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018". I hope Audible is correct and this wonderful author now gets the attention the quality of her work deserves. For those familiar with her DI Nikki Galena eight novel series this novel is set in the Fens, an area on the east coast of England about 50 miles northeast of London that was reclaimed from the sea and marshes several centuries ago, like Ellis' other modern detective novels. The plot is an excellent one with two new protagonists (Jackman and Evans) introduced. Narration by Richard Armitage is excellent but not quite as good in my opinion as that of Henrietta Meire who narrated the Nikki Galena series. The next two audio books in the Jackman and Evans series will be released by Audible October.

Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
By alma on 06-14-18

A Psychological Thriller

The story is well written and flows. It incorporates elements of drama, mystery, action, and paranoia. The police officers interactions with the public and politics within their own division is integrated with a very interesting story. Richard Armitage does stellar work in transitioning his voices from narrator and all the characters. His storytelling is flawless and the listener is hooked from the start.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. K. Sowden on 06-19-18

Cracking mystery beautifully read

An excellent story with lots of twists and turns. Read by the chocolate voiced Richard Armitage who has more voices in his repertoire than I've had hot dinners.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 06-14-18

Smokin' Start to a New Series!

I often hate it when books get quite such a push as this one has because once you've listened to the interviews, seen the short trailers and read the background expectations are so high the result is often disappointment. As a result I don't doubt that this one will get some negative reviews as a result. Personally though I think it deserves most if not all of the hype. I took to Jackson and Evans from the off! They make a great pair and they are thrown into a twisty and evil-mannered plot that's enough to make your hair not only stand on end but get up, pack its bags and leave! Well, that's my excuse anyhow.

The devious mind that came up with all of this could surely not belong to the mild-mannered, highly approachable Joy Ellis in the Audible interviews! Well, somehow it is; they say you need to watch the quiet ones. Of course an audiobook only reaches the top levels when the partnership between author and narrator has genuine chemistry. Again, there's no doubt about that here. Armitage is of course a bit of a celeb but he's full of character and charm and their is clearly a glowing mutual respect between him and Ellis. His performance is assured and full of character-driven depth.

The odd thing is that Audible seem to be billing volume 2 of the printed series as volume 1 of the audio version and vice-versa. Presumably they felt this one had the biggest wow factor and in truth the next one in the series which I have already pre-ordered will have to go some distance to beat this one. The obvious concern is that the missing back story from the original volume will detract from the enjoyment of this one but although it is hinted at I don't think you'd notice unless you already knew.

I'll not say it was a 100% perfect. Some of the police procedure felt a little weak to me, an undercover operation in the first half of the book felt poorly thought out and I am sure would have caused much more considerable consternation than the story indicated. Occasionally parts of the dialogue did seem a little stilted to me. These are very minor things though and I have no qualms at all in recommending this one to those strong-stomached individuals who like an edgy and creepy police thriller.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 06-21-18

Waiting for the next book!!!

I ate this one in 2 days. I couldn’t put the story down and the narrator was the best I have ever listened to. Really worth listening to.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kim Davenport on 06-20-18

Masterful Performance By Richard Armitage

Gripping police procedural which asks the question “What makes a monster? Nature or Nurture?”

Stunning nuanced performance once again by Richard Armitage. He gets better with each audio performance.

Can’t wait for Book 2 in the Jackman / Evans series.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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