Friday, 8 January 2021

Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten - Book Review


‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

A murdered woman…

When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer.  The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else.  Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.

A determined detective…

Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger.  Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls? 

Can Maggie find the depraved killer?  Or will Kate become his next living doll?

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

'Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

My Thoughts

What happens when you combine a talented writer with a knowledge of the topic they are writing about and mix it with a slightly disturbed mind? Well you get this amazing book!! Noelle Holten has written an outstanding book that I just could not stop reading! I absolutely loved her previous books, but Dead Perfect is on a whole different level!! I would struggle to find anything negative to say about this story, from start to finish I was gripped! 

There is an underlying tension throughout, mixed with mystery and suspense. The characters are brilliant, I especially enjoyed the friendship between Maggie and Kate. Maggie is really protective of Kate, while Kate finds this overwhelming at times she understands it.

One of my favourite things in this type of book is when there are chapters/parts written from the killers POV, Noelle Holten delivers this expertly in this novel. The parts told from the killers side are chilling and give an insight into a very disturbed individual!

I am soooo looking forward to reading the next part of this series. I want to know what is to come and I am sure I won't be disappointed. If you are looking for a novel that will have you feverishly flicking through the pages to find out the conclusion, then this is definitely a book you need to read! Although it is part of a series I think it could be read as a standalone without a problem. Although to get the full back story I would highly recommend reading the previous books, Dead Inside and Dead Wrong.

About The Author

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.


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