‘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 two 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 supervises two of the victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a third 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?
Wow! Wow! Wow! I seriously can not believe that this is the authors debut novel!
This is the first book in the DC Maggie Jamieson crime series. What a way to start a series off! Whilst it is a series featuring Maggie and her team, the main character in this story is Lucy. Lucy’s character I loved. She works in probation, of which was a job I didn’t envy her whatsoever, dealing with some offenders that even prison would be to good for them to end up.
Due to the story line dealing with domestic abuse, some parts do make for uncomfortable reading but it also makes for a compelling read. What I really loved was getting to see the probation side of things as to often in a crime book we only ever get to see things from the side of the police which isn’t really a true reflection of what actually happens with these sort of crimes.
There is vast amount of characters and this just goes to show how talented the author is as not even once did I feel overwhelmed with how many there are and trying to remember their part in the story. Every one of them plays a very important role and I really hope to see some of them again throughout the series.
The story starts off with a prologue that grabbed me straight away. I knew from that point that this was going to be an emotional roller coaster ride of a read and I wasn’t wrong. It carries on flowing effortlessly so that I was totally wrapped up in what was happening in the story and totally oblivious to what was going on in the real world.
Dead Inside is an impressive debut that had me hooked from the first to the last page. It is a powerful and hard hitting story that shows the inside of the victims and abusers minds. It made me go through an array of emotions, though mainly anger at the abusers and sadness for what the victims were going through. This really is a great start to a brand spanking new series of which I am a huge fan of already. All the stars for this one and will be counting down the days until the next one is out.
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About the Author:
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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