Monday, 3 June 2019

Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
'A brilliant debut – gritty, dark and chilling. Noelle Holten knows her stuff’ Mel Sherratt

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

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?

Author Bio

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at 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 a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle's hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog. 
Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.


My Review

Dead Inside was one my most eagerly anticipated reads of this year and it did not disappoint! I read it at breakneck speed and was drawn in immediately. Noelle Holten has an excellent gift and I can't wait to read the next book she delivers.

The characters are so well written and I had so much sympathy for Lucy. She has many sides to her life and has some issues both professionally and personally. She is strong and assertive in her job as a probation officer. However this is not the case in her personal life.

Dead Inside is the first book in a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson and I am so looking forward to discovering where the series goes. Maggie is a clever and determined investigator, so I am sure she will have more fascinating crimes to solve. 

Dead Inside is a powerful story and a debut novel of outstanding quality. I would highly recommend it to fans of crime books. 



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