I regret the change in cover as I don't much like sensational covers and prefer the previous covers.
As in previous novels, the location becomes a character. The Lincolnshire fens are both beautiful and mysterious and getting lost in the fens can be risky.
Ellis' human characters ring true and feel like old friends when you meet them again. I liked that Cat gets more attention in this book when she teams up with Ben, a Derbyshire detective who has not given up on a case similar to the one Galena's team is tasked with solving.
An interesting twist relates to an unsolved case from a previous book. Nikki's mother Eve plays an important, if brief, role. Eve has an intriguing background, and I hope she will continue to play a part in future books.
It is not necessary to read these books from the beginning--each one works perfectly well on its own thanks to Ellis' skill, but if you follow the series, it is rewarding to see connections and get reacquainted with characters from previous books.
Captive on the Fens has a kind of serpentine effect going on that keeps the reader following closely, trying to weave the various threads into whole cloth.
Crime/Police Procedural. Jan. 25, 2017. Print length: 315 pages.
Some books read in January, but not yet reviewed:
Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison--biography of Beatrix Potter
The Last Hack by Christopher Brookmyre--cyber suspense
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti--coming of age? mystery
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova--contemporary and historical; behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria
The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir--set in Iceland; chilling story of a home for young offenders in 1974 and a current investigation of the situation.
Two versions of covers of The Undesired.