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Chasing Shadows: A Thrilling Journey into "The Murder's Son"

Updated: Aug 26, 2023




"The Murder's Son" by Joy Ellis is a twisting crime thriller that takes readers on a turbulent ride of suspense and mystery. For Americans, this work is set in the atmospheric backdrop of the marshes across the pond and offers an intriguing plot, well-developed characters, and unexpected twists that will keep you engaged until the shocking, yet at times somewhat predictable conclusion.


The story begins with a horrifically brutal murder; one that squeamish readers should avoid. As Rowan Jackman and Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary delve into the investigation, they are almost immediately confronted with a shocking confession. Daniel Kinder, a man with an unusual past, walks into the police station and claims responsibility for the aforementioned murder. However, as the detectives probe deeper, they discover that there is more to Daniel than meets the eye.


My favorite element of this audiobook is Richard Armitage, who brings the story to life with his captivating voice and exceptional narration skills. His deep and resonant tone draws listeners into the world of the novel, immersing them in its atmosphere and tension. Armitage's delivery is both engaging and expressive, effectively capturing the emotions of the characters and intensifying the suspense of the narrative. With his precise enunciation and impeccable timing, he effortlessly transitions between different voices and accents, lending distinct personalities to each character. Armitage's skillful narration enhances the overall listening experience, making "The Murder's Son" a truly immersive and thrilling journey for audiobook enthusiasts.


The characters in the novel are well-crafted and multi-dimensional. Rowan Jackman is a determined and intuitive detective, haunted by his own personal demons. Marie Evans complements him with her astute observations and unwavering dedication to solving the case. Joy Ellis has a knack for creating authentic and relatable characters, making it easy for readers to invest in their journey.


While "The Murder's Son" is primarily a crime thriller, it also delves into the psychology of the characters, particularly Daniel Kinder. His obsession with his mother and the gaps in his memory provides an intriguing psychological element to the story, giving readers a glimpse into the complex workings of his mind.


The major drawback of the book is that some may find the conclusion rushed. After a buildup of suspense and anticipation to go along with a couple of plot twists, the resolution leaves more to be desired.


In conclusion, "The Murder's Son" is a captivating crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Joy Ellis's expert storytelling, well-developed characters, and twists make this a must-read for fans of the genre. If you enjoy atmospheric mysteries with a psychological edge, put this book on the top of your listening or reading list!


Overall Rating 3.85/5

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