Author – Noelle Holten.
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.
Noelle is also the reason that my blog exists, I attended a talk by her over two years ago about blogging. I was so inspired by her, that I decided to start my own book review blog, and here we are. Two years on and I am reviewing her first novel.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18489795.Noelle_Holten
Publisher – Killer Reads
Pages – 293
The Blurb –
‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
‘A brilliant debut – gritty, dark and chilling. Noelle Holten knows her stuff’ Mel Sherratt
A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.
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?
My thoughts – On reading this book, you may be surprised to realise that is it the Noelle’s first book. The story is well structured and moves along at pace.
For this first book in the DI Maggie Jamieson series, the story revolves around Lucy Sherwood and her violent relationship with her husband. Even if you know someone who has been in an abusive relationship, you never know what being in that situation is like. The constant mental and physical anguish, walking on eggshells and changing your whole personality just to placate your partner. Noelle has managed to capture the essence of this horrible mindset and get it onto paper, the fear and dread is very real. Domestic violence is sadly part of our world and makes for difficult reading but this issue drives the story along and hopefully will enlighten some readers to the circumstances some women and men find themselves in every minute of every day.
Noelle’s extensive knowledge of the legal system is evident, the book has an authenticity to it as you read the conversations between the liaising agencies. It was also interesting to get a small insight into Probation Officers as most crime novels focus solely on the Police teams.
Whilst Lucy is struggling with her home life, her day job is as a probation officer dealing with domestic abusers. So she has to be professional and try and help these men who are exactly like her husband.
DI Maggie Jamieson and the team are dealing with a murder of a well known woman beater, most of the force think he got what he deserved, but when another two bodies are found they realise they are dealing with a serial killer. The only connection between the three? Lucy Sherwood is their Probation Officer…….
An excellent debut novel and I can’t wait for the second one, Dead Wrong which you can preorder here
Purchase Links – Dead Inside