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Summary

Stella won't give up, but she doesn't know how to go on.

Stella North, a rising star in the police, has her life torn apart by a gunman's bullets. She has often faced danger, but these injuries mean she must give up the job she loves. Her grandmother Beth is her rock. And Beth is no ordinary woman. At 70, she runs marathons and has a past that Stella knows very little about.

Beth calls in her friend, Michael, to help with Stella's recovery. But this man means a lot more to Beth than she reveals. And Stella's ex-husband, Edward, and old police partner, Robbie, want to help, but Stella puts up emotional barriers, and they have problems of their own. Her old friends from her days of Urbex (exploring old abandoned buildings) offer a glimmer of hope for the future.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Tantor

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An addictive story

My very first audiobook and by default my first audiobook review so I will start by saying I don't have anything to compare it to so this is completely unbiased and my own personal opinion.

Stella is a successful detective, happy with her life until she wakes up in hospital. She is lucky to be alive but was shot in the head and side so she has brain damage and a long road to physical recovery and an even longer one to mental wellbeing.

Her life as it was is in shreds she can no longer do the job she loves and is mad at the world. Taking it out on her friends and family is not helping. At her wits end Stella's grandmother. Beth, picks up the phone and rings the one person who may be able to help but the one person who will crack open the break in her heart. But she will do anything for Stella.

As the tag line says this book is an emotional rollercoaster but not so much in the romantic sense. It follows a young woman's struggle to rebuild her life and it is told with such compassion and knowledge it had me in tears at times and smiling at other times.

As Stella struggles to find the way forward she contacts her old Urbexing friend, Tom. Now urbexing is something I knew nothing about so I was immediately drawn in to learn more. Photographing decaying buildings to capture something that will be slightly different every time is, I felt, amazing. The idea of having a physical record of wonderful old buildings preserved for future generations must be so rewarding and this brought a new level of interest to the story.

I loved the narration I think the narrator 'got' the accents perfectly especially Michael - not German not English but something that worked perfectly. Also the other characters each voice slightly different. I thought it all worked brilliantly.

5 stars for the awesome writing and 5 stars for the audio - A very enjoyable book in every way.

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Made my Saturday very enjoyable!

Different from the other books, but still very enjoyable with a couple of well loved names creeping in.

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Quality writing from one of my favourite authors

I really enjoyed the book and the overall storyline. As a fan of the Jackman and Evans series of books it was great to have them featured too.
The narrator's accents were a tiny bit off putting occasionally, but didn't lessen the enjoyment of the story overall.

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Joy Ellis great variation from her murder mysteries

Joy Ellis with a difference Really enjoyed it. Easy listening and story gripping at times always ready for the next chapter

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Another good story with great characters

Slightly different but with new characters and guest appearances from much loved names other novels, a good, fairly light story but oh, the narration! The accents were all over the place making the whole thing a chore to get through.

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OK but disappointing narration

I enjoyed the Jackman and Evans books so looked forward to this back story, but was disappointed on several counts. The narration was annoying, like reading a story to a child with almost no pauses between character changes so sometimes confusing. The plot was a bit low key and too Mills and Boon for my taste, and the character of Beth the supergran was unlikely and too sugar sweet to be likeable. I was hoping for another police plot and this wasn't one.
In my opinion it was not a patch on the detective novels the author writes.

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cracking story of love and survival

really enjoyed this book! heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Once I started listening I couldn't stop

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good back story

great background story gives a lot about Stella's story with all that happened in they disappeared

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Wonderfully astute and emotionally uplifting.

wonderfully astute and emotionslly uplifting book. I love all Joy Ellis's books and her different storylines.

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  • 31-07-20

Engrossing and Inspiring

Loved this slightly different but enthralling story from Jodi Taylor. Always enjoy feeling drawn in by characters you feel you already know from other works. A different, but really involving adventure.

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  • 17-02-20

Simply beautiful!

GUIDE STAR is a different novel by Joy Ellis. It's not a mystery/suspense thriller, not at all. If that is what you want this novel will disappoint. It is a novel about not giving up even when the odds are stacked against you. British actress Shiromi Arserio does a wonderful job of narration.

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  • Michael
  • 05-05-20

What a lovely, encouraging story!

An enjoyable cast, nice story and well read. Not Ellis’s normal genre but a few familiar characters woven in to this gentle story about friends, family and real life. Very enjoyable.

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  • LuvBks
  • 27-06-21

Not to old to enjoy family romance and excitement

Thank you Joy for including the grandma who loves life and is young at heart. Still wants a love in her life and knows it’s possible
I love your books and look forward to reading your books, they give a sense of hope and promise but with true life experiences
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  • rose
  • 03-05-21

Enjoyable overall.

Not exactly a mystery but the storyline had enough to keep it interesting. Narration was a bit disappointing. While the main character had a well presented narrated voice, the other characters had virtually the same, making it difficult to keep the characters separated.

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  • alma
  • 02-09-20

Darkness is Required to See a Star

What a gem! I missed the first announcement of this release, and I am happy I came upon it. Perhaps this story was Kismet because I just finished "They Disappeared" the 7th installment of the Jackman and Evans series. Not only did I get more detail about the character Stella that appears in several of Joy Ellis's stories, it was a cathartic experience. Depending on the current state of the listener, the story touches many dilemmas someone may experience in their life. It did for me. Joy Ellis is a master of describing the human condition. Many of the ambient surroundings and analogies are beautifully described. The narrator was a storyteller. The experience was that of someone reading you a story. A perfect description is that of the grandfather telling a story to his grandson in the Princess Bride. I truly enjoyed it!

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  • Lea
  • 22-04-20

A bit disappointed

I love Joy Ellis” styler and own pretty much all she has written. This story was painfully slow and I kept wondering where it was going the whole time. Overall this book could be anyone else’s in my opinion because I don’t see her normal fast paced story sine through.. I still love everything else she has ever written!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 17-02-20

Not a mystery/thriller

Why did this book pop up in my mystery/thriller search?

It's by Joy Ellis and I like a lot of her other stuff. I stuck with it to the end in the hope that someone would be murdered. No such luck. Dull. dull. dull.

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  • Ásrún Kristjánsdóttir
  • 10-02-20

Nothing happens to these ordinary people...

I i usualy realy like joy ellis books. I was therefore very surprised to be listening to a joy ellis book where no exiting events take place. I waited all the way to capter 16 for the storry to begin,,,but finaly gave upp,,,could not care less about what happened ro these people.
The story was well read. That could have saved something,,it did,,,but not enough.