Dead Inside by Noelle Holten


Three men were murdered, and they all had two things in common: a history of domestic violence and Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood. DC Maggie Jamieson and her team are in the midst of their investigation when Lucy’s husband becomes the fourth victim. Is it all a terrible coincidence, or is Lucy a killer? The team needs to solve these crimes, and soon… before someone else turns up dead.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading several unputdownable crime thrillers since I started book blogging,  and I’ve come to have high expectations for novels in this genre. I want several characters who seem shady enough to be a viable suspect. I want to be shocked when something unexpected happens.  Most importantly, I want to be surprised when the killer is revealed.

Holten’s spectacular debut easily met all those expectations.

Dead Inside is a well written story told from multiple points of view, which I enjoyed because I like to get into the head of several characters. Getting into the heads of the abusive men in the story was disturbing at times, but the realistic portrayal of them was necessary to the story, in this reader’s opinion.

I was somewhat taken aback to find myself feeling a momentary glimmer of sympathy after reading one of the victims final thoughts. That is something I wouldn’t have thought possible as he had done something pretty awful in a previous chapter. I rarely feel anything other than disgust for such an unlikable character. For an author to make me feel compassion, instead, is quite impressive. Well done. Very well done!

The ending blew me away, knocked me off my feet, and now I’m dying to read book two of the series. I can’t wait to see what comes next for DC Jamieson!

If you love crime thrillers and you’re looking for a new author to read, I highly recommend this book… and I hope you love it as much as I did!

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Killer Reads via Netgalley.

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Author: Noelle Holten
Title: Dead Inside
Series: DC Maggie Jamieson #1
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publication Date: May 31, 2019 by Killer Reads
Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

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?

About the Author

NOELLE HOLTEN is an award-winning blogger at CrimeBookJunkie. 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.