Romance, Mystery & Thrillers

By Joanne Ellis

Publisher : Night Publishing

ABOUT Joanne Ellis

Joanne Ellis
Joanne Ellis is a prolific Australian writer who won the Night Reading / Publishing 'First Chapter of the Month' in May-June 2010 with her first chapter of 'Spoilt'.

Other novels written by Joanne include: 'Fire Starter', 'Womaniser', 'The Rookie', 'Charlottesville', 'Control'  More...



Passion turns to envy. Love to murder. One way or another, everyone is spoilt.

A sadistic killer is stalking the streets, carving his hatred into the bodies of beautiful, young women.

The murders are stirring up bad memories for Detective Lucas Huson, as he struggles to remain focused - juggling the horrors of today with horrors from the past.

When Chelsea Summerville's best friend goes missing, she's unwillingly dragged into the race to stop the killer.

As Lucas and Chelsea find happiness together, Chelsea becomes the hunted rather than the hunter.

Can Lucas shake off his demons and save the woman he loves, or will everything he holds dear be spoilt?

I'm an Australian writer who has completed romance seven novels. I began writing for many reasons, I have always been an avid reader, I wanted to challenge myself and I love escaping from reality and creating love stories. Now I can't seem to stop. I love writing and have so many ideas, so much editing to do and so little time.

Comment by Steve Jensen, author of ‘The Poison of a Smile’: The author makes us feel for her characters, as only good writers can. The contrast between the very human relations between the decent, ordinary characters and the insidious, hateful and hate-filled 'voice' of the killer makes for a rollercoaster ride of emotions. This is a great, credible and thrilling read - the type of fiction which often makes for a superbly exciting movie; it already makes for a superb novel. Excellent storytelling.


Comment by Sarah Gott, author of ‘Hummingbird Lodge’: All I need is some wine and some chocolate and this in a proper paperback. As for the first signs of romance, wow!  Exactly how I imagine that these wonderful things happen. The pace is brilliant as are your characters - all fine work.


Comment by Raven Dane, author of ‘The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire’: Oooh, I do love a good, gripping thriller, and this is one! Even without the short, sharp ad shocking prologue, I would have been drawn into this story. The opening chapter is excellent, the characters as engaging as one of my favorite top crime TV series which compelled me to read on. I loved the way Lucas is portrayed, a world weary and experienced cop yet one still burning with compassion for his victims.


Comment by Alison Pensey, author of ‘The Amulet’: I love your voice, you slam us right into the fray from the first sentence and force your reader to keep reading. Your writing is amazing.
Comment from Mark Mayfield, author of ‘The Prophet of Doom’: A chilling start, a diabolical killer, and a very well-written story. Your dialogue, the tension, and all the questions surrounding these murders, make this a page-turner. Yet you take the time to build Chelsea's character. Her everyday life is such a contrast to the killings at the heart of this story.


Comment by Tony Freeman, author of ‘Life Bringer’: Wonderful dialogue. The story is fast paced and the draws the reader in making it hard to tear yourself away. A wonderful crime story.


Comment by Catherine Batty, author of ‘Judas Kiss’: I picked this up this morning intending to only read a few chapters....I've finished it in a few hours! I got sucked in which is what we all want isn't it? I really enjoyed it, I thought the characters were great, well developed and believeable and the narrative flowed well.


Comment by Shiloh Min, author of ‘Second Life’: It's a fantastic story. I love the characters. They are really well defined and you grow to like them independently. I'll still buy it when it's published even though I’ve already read it.


Comment by Jillian Brookes-Ward, author of ‘Saving Nathaniel’:

I have a trick with reading. I like to watch the movie in my head as I go along. Visualisation is important. This story hits the spot full on. I loved it. I just wanted to reach in there and give poor old Lucas a great big hug.