• The Ex

  • DS Jenna Morgan, Book 4
  • By: Diane Saxon
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (538 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes your past just won't let go.... 

As a heat wave grips the country, DS Jenna Morgan is called to a domestic incident at the home of a young family in Ironbridge. 

Pregnant Imelda Cheetham-Epstein has been found unconscious by her husband, Zak with serious head injuries. 

When Jenna arrives on the scene, she discovers something even more disturbing the couple's 11-month-old son, Joshua, is missing and the race against time begins to find him.

Is this an accident or something more sinister?

Are the two incidents linked?

Or has something in the Cheetham-Epstein's past caught up with them?

Diane Saxon is back with a gripping new psychological crime novel, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Carol Wyer.

The fourth installment in the thrilling DS Jenna Morgan series.

©2021 Diane Saxon (P)2021 Boldwood Books Ltd

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great series

This book was another great hit!!! I can't wait for the next one! 😍

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love this author

as much as I love this author and her books, in this story it was a little difficult waiting for the main characters to catch up to what became so obvious to the listener. This author does have a way with words and descriptive detail. That makes the stories easy to read and/or listen to and enjoy.

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Well written Story

I’d probably give this a 4.5* rating. It was entertaining from the start and I normally guess the ending but this one got me! I have really enjoy listening to Diane Saxon’s books and look forward to listening to more.

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Decent story but not as good as the others

narration as always in this series was wonderful.
the story however was less about Jenna Morgan than I liked.
I felt as though the author became lost in the twist, too eager to create an interesting idea, which I found somewhat predictable. I knew early on what was happening, any avid reader might pick up on it too. The story itself might have been good with or without Jenna, I felt she just became another character instead of the main one with 3 prior books to go on. it wasn't a heartstopper at all, unlike the very first one which had me listening non stop.
although this was still a good story, and listened all the way though it was my least favorite in the series.
it's worth a listen, but sorry to say wait for it to be free instead of using a credit.
I hope if there is another it has more shock and excitement than this one had.
To the authors credit, I will be watching out for more books from her, it has not turned me off in any way.

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Ok for a violent psycho drama.

The story is well written but a LOT of time is spent describing the perpetrator’s ablutions? The narrator is too breathless and child-like for a psycho drama. Very weird choice . Would love for it to have been a real plot twist - but the reader/listener annoyingly figures out the plot twist LONG before the protagonists. On a brighter note the heroine isn’t as screwed up as most are written recently. She is pretty competent. Just Ok.

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Less engaging than previous books

The twist in this story became evident to me early on, so I felt it was too long. Waaayyy to much detail on baby nappies. Love this narrator.

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I didn't want it to end it was so good!

This is hands down a must listen to or read series! Every one of them had me on the edge of my seat! It's like I was right there and it just pulled me in! I'm so upset it had to end!!!

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I don't want to know

I felt disconnected again as it began with the knowledge of who done it. I want to figure it out.

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  • Rachel Hague
  • 01-31-22

Hard to like

I find this series so hard to like, this is the 4th one I've listened to now and although I've stuck with them it's been mostly due to not being able to find anything else to listen to.

My main frustration is the narrator, there is nothing actually wrong with the narration but the reader has a very saccharin voice, combine this with the fact the author has created two characters in Jenna and her sister who seem to have the depth of a tea spoon and tend to notice muscular arms and sexy accents whilst holding back tears and the two things combine to make the characters appear weak and vacuous. I find myself cringing when Jenna loses her temper or "takes charge" as it feels incredibly fake. The author clearly wants her to be a hard ass but she comes across as a slightly pathetic teenage girl with a bit of an attitude problem.

There is also a massively unnecessary number of side quests, obviously character building is important but I don't care about the hunt for a dog walker, or the meals where Jenna and her sister hold hands over the table with tears in their eyes. In the last book multiple pages were given over to some kids in car and drug pushing dog walker, neither of which progressed the story anywhere. These little flights of fancy suck up huge chunks of the book which then leave the actual story feeling rushed. At least two extremely serious mental health issues are lightly brushed over in this book, whilst Domino has pages and pages dedicated to his need for 2 hours walk a day. And what's with the need to constantly repeat what kind of wine it is? Is this book sponsored by Mateus Rose?

There is definitely something about these books which gets me to read them but I'd abandon them without a second thought if a new DCI Logan book suddenly appeared.

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  • Kerrybella
  • 02-07-22

Disappointing

I’m not sure if it’s the author or main character that annoys me so much. Explaining every little detail as if to prove how knowledgable she is.
I really wouldn’t bother.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-22

tinnitus

this is the last book in the series so far and although I am enjoying them certain things keep getting repeated Genna's tinnitus right we know Diane enough already maybe do an prologue on the kidnapping then Genna's tinnitus due to the damage done by pc horror getting shot . Also in this one I don't want to give anything away the subject matter was not really explained well enough and I would have thought it should have been a different diagnosis not the one that it is branded about . Still enjoyed all the books and watching for the next one in the series

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  • Mrs. N. E. Keens
  • 06-28-22

Not happy!

As a Social Worker the portrayal of ‘Dot’ in this story was really unpleasant to hear. Me and my colleagues work extremely hard to protect children- especially in these circumstances. I don’t know anyone who works 9-5 in this job. It’s pretty offensive as it goes and really ticked me off (polite version), ruining the book for me.
Also Mateus rose doesn’t have a cork…

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

Not sure about this one

It had all ingredients of a good story and all the players but something was not adding up. A lot of threads started and not followed until it was a ball of strings with no way to untangle. I still enjoyed it very much but more due to the fact of the familiar team and the familiar history but the new people involved in this plot were kind of flat. Seems to b me some chances for that story were missed to follow maybe it was just a filler to give all a bit of respite before the next one. Or maybe it was the heat putting a dampener on it. Looking forward to the next one hoping it will recover again.

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  • Emma scullionn
  • 05-12-22

Another really repetitive story

The storyline was fab absolutely brillant but it’s so repetitive if I heard Adrian and Jenna didn’t see each other once I heard it 5/6 times - note we do not have memory problems and the same goes for the whining about fliss kidnapping constantly ! I love the Jenna character but I find the constant talking about the past every few sentences highly annoying - I understand why it’s incase others haven’t read the prequel but it’s constant !!

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  • Sacha
  • 05-01-22

many problems with this audiobook. Surprisingly

Good story but unlikeable main character., Terrible narration. Lots of technical glitches throughout. A bit annoying really.

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  • Julie
  • 08-24-21

Another good book

Really tense and quite nerve wracking, it showed how real mental health issues are. Read & Written so well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-22

Disappointing

Annoyed I used a credit on this. The other 3 books were excellent. This one was nowhere near as good. Attacking the pregnant lady wasn’t nice to listen to. I skipped through a lot of it as it just wasn’t interesting

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  • Glen
  • 08-02-22

Gripping

The best yet, couldn't stop listening and the twist was genius. can't wait for the next installment of Jenna Morgan and her team.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Surprising

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With this Book, D.Saxon gave me a ‘read’ to which the ending took me by surprise.

I challenge any Mum, not to get a tear in her eye.

The suspense was slow into growing into a decent and thrilling ending, for me.
Thank you !

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-21-22

Too predictable

The story drags at times, too many moments of frustration in the plot. Setting up the lead as smart and strong but she misses to many obvious clues. Predictable.

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