What the publisher says:
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?
What I say:
This was a strong start to the story of Maggie Jamieson as she moves to a new team, for reasons as yet unknown, and is quickly caught up in an investigation into the murder of three men. The common link between all of them is Lucy Sherwood, a colleague of Maggie’s from the Probation Service.
The story jumps between different viewpoints as we meet the victims and the various members of the team investigating their murders, something which could have derailed the story but it was done in such a way that it ramped up the tension. On one occasion I thought there had been enough clues to identify the killer but thanks to the twists in the story I was wrong.
There are graphic elements to the story and unfortunately the domestic abuse theme runs strongly throughout. Sadly the abuse is all too realistic and this is probably due to the author’s background in the Probation service.
All in all a solid debut
Rating 4 out of 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 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.
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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18489795.Noelle_Holten