Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Dead Inside by Noelle Holten, which is her debut novel and the first book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series. Happy publication day Noelle!
About the Book:
The killer is just getting started…..
When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.
The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.
And he is Lucy’s husband.
Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?
Three men who are abusive predators, have been killed, beaten to death the same way that they treated their own victims.
DC Maggie Jamieson assigned to the case, has her worked cut out for her to solve this, before another murder takes place.
Maggie’s friend Lucy Sherwood, a probation officer who has connections with these men, is hiding a terrible secret of her own. And when her own husband is murdered, Lucy becomes the prime suspect and her secret is out that she has kept to herself so carefully, that she has also suffered abuse at the hands of her husband for a number of years.
But is Lucy responsible for these murders?
Having been beaten to unconsciousness that fateful night, Lucy’s struggles to recall the details of her husbands murder and believes that she must be responsible, having been finally pushed to the brink and unable to take anymore of his abuse.
But a recollection of another person in the house that she thinks she saw leaving the room that night comes to light, but is this just Lucy’s mind playing tricks on her to try and shift the blame from herself.
Lucy’s recollection of the night doesn’t sit well with Maggie, and with time running out, she must trust her instincts and keep looking for the perpetrator before Lucy is charged with a crime that she may not have committed.
But are Maggie’s personal feelings getting in the way, or will she have to come to terms with the fact that Lucy really is the killer?
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As a first time author, Noelle smashes this one out of the park!!
This is a harrowing story which in times is hard to read due to the graphic descriptions of abuse but it is handled in a sensitive way. I really loved the character of Maggie and my heart broke for Lucy and the other characters who were treated in such a horrific way, by men who are meant to love them.
I loved the writing style and the short snappy chapters that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout wanting more.
I also liked how Noelle used the names of her friends, who some I was familiar with from book blogging. I really enjoyed that personal touch.
I have followed Noelle’s award winning blog Crime Book Junkie, for awhile now and I was so inspired by her and her blog that I have recently become a blogger myself so thank-you for that Noelle. I love that you have taken that passion to create your own work, and a fantastic job has been done.
I am thrilled that a second book is in works and I look forward to that and more from DC Maggie Jamieson in the future.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Killer Reads and Noelle Holten for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Inside in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast.
Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering cases of domestic violence and abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology.
Dead Inside is her debut novel and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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Dead Inside is available to buy now!
The second book in this series “The Other Killer” is released on the 15th of November and can be pre-ordered now, and will also be reviewed at Once Upon a Time Book Blog