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The Ex

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The Ex by Diane Saxon is the fourth book in the DS Jenna Morgan series I have only read 2 of these books and I have loved both of these (the other 2 are on my list of must reads in the future) But, they did not ruin this series without me reading them. This book was excellent and a detailed read throughout, with two incredibly written main characters.

I highly recommend the 2 I have read ny Diane. Excellent reads!

Big Thank-you to Diane Saxon, the author, Netgalley and Boldwood Books the publishers for an ARC of The Ex in exchange for an honest review.
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A great read. On one side was a sweet family of father, expecting wife, and their toddler. On the other was THE EX. This was a battle of ego combined with mental illness culminating into rash decisions and devastating actions.

The author Diane Saxon’s writing prowess had the ability to hold my interest as the story heightened in emotions. There was an energy palpable in the prose, more when the author spoke about THE EX

All the characters were in place in this book and the only thing missing was linking them. The author did a brilliant job in etching their characters. Each one leaned credibility to their role. Emotions at their actions thrust their waves at me, even the ones who were on the other side.

Fast paced with a missing child arc, the story went down lanes expected yet explosive in their own way. The investigation had DI Jenna at the help with her trusted team of Mason and Ryan. A surprise at the end pulled me up short and had me smiling at the evil intelligence of the author.

As said before, quite a compelling read.
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Oh how I love Jenna Morgan crime thrillers!
The Ex is superb, easy to race through and a great credible storyline that successfully held me in its thrall.
I adore the team around Jenna Morgan, the dialogue as they work together and the sense of the clock ticking and the need for the DS to make those necessary connections to solve perturbing incidents thst have resulted in brutal violence.
In Ironbridge a child goes missing but this is not found out until a while later. His pregnant mother is fighting for her life and no-one realises he isn't in his cot. Is Imelda Cheetham-Epstein a victim of an accident or a more disturbing event?
The story is set amidst a sweltering summer. The descriptions of the heat, the gorge behind the house and the desperation to find the missing child put the reader right there with the grieving father, the detective team and a house where two women are seemingly at odds, one trying to protect and save the other.
Nail biting, tense and immensely exciting, I loved how the story unfolded, a call to another incident helped take the case forward and how the awful truth was revealed.
Please can I read book number 5 now?
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Thank you for providing me a copy of this book. 
I run out of time so sorry I wasn't able to finish this.
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The third book in the DI Jenna Morgan series which i was unaware of when i read this - i will go back and read the other two - i did not have to have read these before reading the third. A good thriller, lots of twists and told at a good pace.
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This book was amazing. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put down my Kindle!

Emily Shenton's ex-boyfriend, Zak dumped her 2 years ago. She waited patiently for him to come back to her, but he never did. When she finds out through office gossip that he recently got married, she snaps. He broke up with her because she was mentally unstable, accusing him of things, crying, etc. But he never knew how bad she really was. So she decides to go see him and get him back.

When Detective Sargent Jenna Morgan is called to a crime scene outside of London, England at first it looks like a domestic crime between newlyweds. Zak and Imelda just recently got married 3 weeks ago and are expecting their 2nd baby very soon. But when Zak realizes their 11 month old little boy, Joshua, is missing as well, things change drastically. The clock is ticking and Jenna's team is running out of time trying to find motive for a kidnapping and locating the toddler.

With the mother in a coma and the father frantic for both his family's lives, the police have no clue who took the child. That is until a neighbor caught the crime on her security camera. Now Jenna needs to find the woman who took him, and fast.

Emily beat Imelda and took the child without Zak even knowing that she was at the house. Now she's hiding and hopes to show up with his son to prove her love to him. Only there are two sides to Emily that no one knows about. But soon Zak will.

This thriller took me by complete surprise, and I loved every minute of it.

A must read!
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I have read books 1 & 2 in this series and will be going back to read 3. This one can be read as a standalone but it refers a lot to events that have happened previously. I would say this one was my least favourite out of the 3 I have read. It was just very predictable. I thought the supposed twist was very obvious from the second time we met a certain character. I’m also not a massive fan of when we know who the bad guy is. I just felt there was no suspense to keep me hooked. There were also a lot of repetitive and long winded descriptions that were unnecessary. However, I love the main characters. Jenna and her sister Fliss and their respective partners are great and I hope we get to see more of them. Also, Domino is too cute.

I received a copy of the ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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The Ex is the fourth in Diane Saxon's tremendous series featuring DS Jenna Morgan. In this cracking instalment, Jenna is suffering the effects of events from a previous case. She is called to Zak Cheetham-Epstein's plush three-storey Victorian home with the balcony overlooking stunning views of the River Severn. His new wife of three weeks, Imelda answered a knock at the front door and was subsequently attacked in a frenetic stabbing and then left for dead. Believing she is attending a domestic disturbance Jenna finds Imelda lying unconscious in the hallway with serious head injuries and bruising and cuts to her face. When Jenna interviews Zak about the situation he realises that his young son is missing from where he had been sleeping.

I really enjoyed reading The Ex and couldn't put it down! With its many twists, I was desperate to reach the end. Having previously read book three, What She Saw in the series I was praying that this one would be equally as good... and it was! Set in the village and locale of Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, Jenna is a fascinating character; she is clearly committed and driven though she has struggles of her own. Diane Saxon has cast all of her characters well and they all have something great to contribute to the story. The plot was enthralling and as the story progressed my enthusiasm levels rose proportionately. On balance, The Ex is an intense, wickedly good, tense, sharp read that I highly recommend and I can't wait for book number five. I also intend to read the books I've missed.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Boldwood Books via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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A young pregnant mum is attacked on her doorstep as she opens the door .
D.I. Jenna Morgan is called to the scene .
They realise their is a little boy missing has he toddled off or has he been taken .
This definitely is another great book in the D.I Jenna Morgan series .
This book has plenty of twists
It definitely gets you hooked.
Great Book
Thanks NetGalley
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TERRIFIC police procedural, really well written, with great characterization & lots of suspense to keep you on edge until the grand finale.  First time reading this author but have already purchased #3 in the series & plan to  get them all.. Enjoyed immensely, RECOMMEND highly.  Thanks to NetGalley & Bookouture for this ARC in return for my honest review.
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One of the main characters in this book is the heat. It plays important part in everything that is going on. It is talked about, suffered, survived...
The books starts of very interesting and suspenseful. However, it becomes very clear who is who in the story very quickly. Then, it just rolls, melts, stumbles and melts some more.
Having realised that The Ex is not the first book in the series about DS Jenna Morgan, I had a thought of reading the series from the beginning. But, having finished this book, I think not.
There was no suspense. Being a police-procedural, The Ex is lacking on many fronts. But, I absolutely loved the family dynamics of Jenna Morgan's family. It felt comfortable and safe and it was interesting to read about.
All in all, three stars for a very slow-burning, rather heat-melting police procedural about a crazy ex, mental illness, and horror of losing child.
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A well written, intense thrill ride!  The main character, is so well developed it’s scary!  This book is full of twisty turns, chilling chills, thrilling thrills, and shocks!  Fast paced and unputdownable, making you scared to ever have any exes!  Highly, highly recommend this one, as I promise it’ll give you thrill lovers exactly what you seek!
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When I requested The Ex from NetGalley, I didn't realize it was the fourth in a series, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the book at all. I really liked the detective characters, so I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the books in the series. I've never read anything quite like The Ex, and I liked that it went back and forth between different perspectives, giving the reader a front row seat to both the crimes and the police investigation. Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for giving me the opportunity to read a fantastic book by a new-to-me author. : )
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A nail-biting crime drama that skillfully blends tension, menace and suspense, Diane Saxon’s The Ex is sure to satisfy fans of psychological thrillers and police procedurals alike.

In the middle of a heat wave, DS Jenna Morgan is called to a domestic incident at the home of a young family in the town of Ironbridge. Having had similar calls in the past, Jenna has a fair inkling of what she is about to find, however, she quickly realises that there is nothing typical or straightforward about the Cheetham-Epstein residence and that she might have just stumbled into her most challenging case yet. Pregnant Imogen has been found unconscious by her husband Zak with serious head injuries. However, Jenna quickly realises that this is only the beginning of this puzzling mystery as on arriving on the scene, she finds something even more disturbing and sinister…

The couple’s eleventh-month old son Joshua has gone missing and the race is on to find the child and rescue him from certain danger. But just how safe is the Cheetham-Epstein residence? Are Imogen’s injuries the direct result of an accident? Or is something far more chilling going on here than meets the eye? Is Joshua’s disappearance linked to Imogen’s accident? Or are the two events completely separate? Are the Cheetham-Epsteins telling the police the whole truth? Or are they determined to keep a dark secret from their past hidden?

Jenna will leave no stone unturned until she gets to the truth, but will she be able to find Joshua in time and unearth the skeletons in the Cheetham-Epstein’s closet? Or will this case leave Jenna with more questions than answers?

Dark, gritty and captivating, Diane Saxon’s The Ex is a chilling crime thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers completely and utterly hooked! A nerve-twisting read packed with shocking revelations that will make readers jump out of their skin, The Ex features tough, determined and intelligent DS Jenna Morgan, a brilliant detective who I hope we haven’t seen the last of.

Crime fiction fans looking for a book that will keep them reading all through the night, look no further than Diane Saxon’s The Ex.
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I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. As I did not know this was part of a series, it was confusing and I could not follow
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I didn't realize this was part of a series, but thankfully it wasn't really needed to understand or follow the book. 

Really enjoyed this one and this will be quite easy to recommend to readers both as a stand-alone and as part of a series, which is always nice.
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Gripping story of unrequited,imagined love. A good edition to this series where the characters continue to develop and grow. Lots of twists.
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I read this book as a stand alone not realising that it was part of a series but as the story unfolded and reference was made to past events I guessed there was more to learn,

Nevertheless it was a great read delving into the mind of a psychotic Ex with a split personality hell bent on revenge.
 
DI Jenna and her team are tasked with finding missing toddler Joshua who went missing after his mother was brutally attack i their home and left for dead. 

Full of drama, violence and trauma,
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Zak Cheetham-Epstein lives in a beautiful house with wife (of three weeks) Imelda, and their beautiful 11 month old son, Joshua. They're enjoying a typical Sunday at home together before their world is turned upside down. 
Emily is distraught. Well that's an understatement. My first thoughts were: "This is one crazy individual." Then, "I really feel sorry for this woman." 
I have thoroughly enjoyed Diane Saxon's books so far and this was yet another gripping and fantastic read.
This book is the fourth in the DS Jenna Morgan series and is slightly different to the authors other books, in that we know who the antagonist is from the start, but it isn't as clear cut as it seems. No, I was gobsmacked with how the story unfolded and I had a huge shock near the end! 
This story shows how one can become obsessed, feel as low as one can possibly get, how the past defines our future... 
I love how well Jenna and Mason get along together, both in and out of work. They have respect for each other plus light banter, which I love. 

Any case involving a child is very heart-wrenching and I feel that Jenna and Morgan couldn't have been better Police officers assigned to dealing with this case even though it is hard for Jenna as she has had a tough time in the past on previous cases. Mason grows on me more and more and after this case I just love him! Bad things happen every day in real life, there is no getting away from it and this story was so well plotted that it also felt real.
I love how much Fliss and Jenna care for Fliss's Dog, Domino.  Each time I read a Diane Saxon book I can't wait to hear about Domino.
I look forward to reading more from this author, her books are always very enjoyable, hard to put down, and I love to spend time with these wonderful main characters. 
Well worth more than 5 stars! 
My thanks to Boldwood Books via NetGalley. 
This is my honest and unbiased review.
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We all have that one ex that won’t accept it’s over but when it becomes stalking and potentially murderous it takes things to another level.

Zak has moved on, he’s married, he has a child and another on the way his ex is in his past and forgotten.  However his ex has other ideas.

A brilliantly written tale that kept me gripped to the end.  The scene with the dog handler had me in fits of laughter (my dad was a dog handler!) and the banter within the CID team gives  light relief to a hard storyline of poor mental health and it’s repercussions.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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