‘Marshlight’ by Joy Ellis

MARSHLIGHT a totally gripping psychological thriller with a stunning twist (Detective Matt Ballard Book 4) by [Joy Ellis]



An old friend’s sister disappears without a trace. There’s no sign of foul play, but she’d been acting very peculiarly . . .

Meanwhile, Liz’s cousin Christie comes to stay. She takes an immediate — and uncharacteristic — dislike to the local bookshop owner, Gina. Why does everyone put up with her awful behaviour?


Christie is convinced that Gina is manipulating everyone around her. Is she onto something dangerous or just pushing her new friends away?

No one believes her suspicions until another friend goes missing late at night on the misty Fen marshes.

Can Matt and Liz uncover the truth in time to save lives?

My Review

I have been a fan of Joy’s work for a while now.  I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written but I am getting there.  I especially love the series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Matt Ballard or former DCI Matt Ballard as he is now. ‘Marshlight’ is the fourth book in the series and it is another corker of a read and then some.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Marshlight’ but more about that in a bit.

As with all of Joy’s books, the fact that Joy’s name was on the cover was enough to grab my attention and draw me in.  As soon as I was able, I grabbed a copy and hibernated until I had read the very last word on the very last page.  To say that reading Joy’s books become extremely addictive is a huge understatement.  I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough as I became ever more desperate to find out who the perpetrator was and whether or not Matt would make it to the end of the book in one piece.  I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the story.  All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Marshlight’ and I had to bid farewell to Matt.  I found ‘Marshlight’ to be a gripping read, which certainly kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘Marshlight’ is superbly written although in my opinion, all of Joy’s books are superbly written.  She has a way of creating lead characters who are impossible to dislike and making them sound so realistic.  For me the story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout.  I love the way in which Joy Ellis makes ‘The Fens’ come alive.  I feel as though I have a real feel for the area despite never having visited.  Joy makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action.  That’s how I felt at any rate.  Reading ‘Marshlight’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Marshlight’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Joy’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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