Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Killing of Mummy's Boy by Joan Ellis

The Killing of Mummy's Boy
by Joan Ellis

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: August 31, 2014
Publisher: Joan Ellis Publications
ISBN-13: 9780993009112
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

‘I slit someone’s throat,’ the man told the woman on the 4.20 from Waterloo to Portsmouth.’

Two strangers. One shared interest. Murder. Ben slit a man’s throat. Sandra’s son, Carl witnessed a murder.

With Carl on a Witness Protection Programme, Sandra fled London to live anonymously in a remote village on the Isle of Wight where she becomes increasingly isolated and vulnerable. Terrorised by an unknown stalker, the police are unable to help and she turns to Ben. What makes a respectable, middle-aged woman want to sleep with a killer? More importantly, can the relationship give her the love she craves and help Ben find redemption?

Hate, fear and lies boil over in a page-turner with love at its black heart.

The Killing of Mummy's BoyMy Review
The Killing of Mummy's Boy by Joan Ellis

In the tradition of great British mystery writers, Joan Ellis is serving up a dark and edgy thriller that in turns chills your bones and boils your blood. The Killing of Mummy’s Boy is definitely not your cozy-grab-some-hot-chocolate kind of read. Sharp edges, jagged twists about as one mother, determined her son should “do the right thing,” inadvertently sets off a series of events that will have evil lurking in the dark years later, ready to do its best to carry out an old and rancid quest for revenge.

Carl wasn’t the model son, although his mother tried. Little did she know his testimony would send them both running for their lives by disappearing into a witness protection program, separated from each other. When Sandra finds herself confronted by a stranger who claims to have killed a man, first panic sets in, because perhaps she has been discovered and perhaps Carl has been found by the mob bent on revenge. Somehow this gruff, uncouth killer has wormed his way into her lonely heart, not that she doesn’t fear him at times and he becomes her strength when signs that the darkness has found her start appearing. How can she keep Carl safe? She never felt she was the perfect mother, but she is determined that if, she has been found, no one will hurt her son. She is willing to die for Carl, but has he grown into a man worth saving? Does a mother’s love know no bounds? So much running, so much hiding, the lies, the deceit, when will it end?

Joan Ellis takes us into the heart of mayhem and darkness, as we creep along through this dark journey. Razor-sharp edges, brittle twists and a cast of wickedly questionable characters are drawn together to create a tale with a signature British flare to it. I cannot say I loved every character, frankly, there were a couple I would have liked to seen in a cement overcoat, so to speak. But, together, the darker side of life comes alive in all of its flawed glory. For mystery/thriller buffs, settle in and get ready to take this ride to the end.

I received this copy as part of Joan Ellis' The Killing of Mummy's Boy Tour and Giveaway stop at Tome Tender.

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