I received this book for free from the Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dead Inside by Noelle Holten
on 31st May 2019
Published by Killer Reads Genres: Crime, Mystery
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
Reading Challenges: Reading Challenge 2019
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.
‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons
When three domestic abuse offenders are 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 finger of suspicion points at Lucy and the police are running out of time. Can Maggie and her team solve the murders before another person dies? And is Lucy really a cold-blooded killer?
This book is bloody FANTASTIC. Honestly, it blew me away. It is a unique thriller series told from the probation officers and the Detectives point of view.
The books main topic is about domestic abuse, the author did this fantastically. Domestic Violence is something that’s on the rise, unfortunately. Although this is a crime thriller it still highlights and raises awareness about domestic violence. How far this can escalate and how so bloody real it is. It’s definitely a topic which is interesting, educational, informative, dark, harrowing, earth-shattering. This really throws you deep into DV from all sides. The victims, the abusers, the police, probation etc etc.
But Noelle did it perfectly and its quite clear Noelle has a back ground of working within the probation services. Even if you didn’t already know.
I love Maggie, fell in love with her from the very very start, I was hooked, lined and sinkered with this book.
Maggie Jamison is the detective who is new to the detective and homicide unit (DAHU) who work with probation and other services to solve crimes. Maggie’s first case is of three murder ‘victims’ who are all domestic violence abusers.
Lucy, the probation officer becomes heavily involved within this case as all the murder victims are her clients.
What’s shocking is Lucy is keeping a secret? She too is suffering from domestic violence at the hands of her partner. While working with actual abusers.
There are many many characters in this book but surprisingly even for me, They was easy to follow and each and everyone of them had an important role within the story. Each character is unique, they all have a place. There are characters You will like, love, indifferent, hate and despise them. Something for everyone.
It was had me hooked from the first word to the very last. It is a very dark, horrifying, gripping, terrifying, harrowing, breathtaking book. It is one of those books that leaves you gasping for air as you realise that, you have been holding your breath the whole entire time.
I absolutely loved everything about this book, and I think the author was born to write. It is an absolutely flawless crime thriller. And I can not wait for Book Two and any other books from this author.
I could honestly write and write about this book, but i will not and cannot for fear of giving absolutely anything away.
Highly recommend. 5\5
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 was 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 sharbook lovebooklove 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.
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