SSSSSQQQQQUUUUUEEEEEAAAAALLLLL yes it’s finally my turn to share my review of #mamapossum Noelle Holten’s debut novel Dead Inside. Can you tell I’m excited? I’m thrilled to be part of the closing party of this epic blog tour!
I’ve got to admit, this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve written. I find it hard to gush like some other reviewers do with great ease and with this review, I’ve struggled to find the words to do this book justice. So my apologies Noelle.
Massive thanks to Sarah Hardy of Book on The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and to Killer Reads for my e-copy of Dead Inside which I received through Netgalley (I have also bought myself an e-copy through Amazon and a paperback at Newcastle Noir)…..
‘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?
What Did I Think?
I seriously don’t know where to start with my review…heck why not the beginning?
I love a good prologue, it can make the book for me and Dead Inside‘s opener oh my, it’s a cracker. I really felt the fear as I read. This fear resonates throughout the book. The underlying theme of domestic abuse gives a sinister undertone to the book. Who really knows what happens behind closed doors?!
It is amazing how different people can be when they’re at work. We all have a work persona, it just varies how different we are compared to our home life and Lucy is a prime example of an extreme. Living in fear at home but becoming a woman not to be messed with in the day job. I was desperate for Lucy to leave Patrick, he’s such a nasty piece of work – I hated him. His thought process and logic were diabolical, its not often a character can invoke such a feeling in me that I personally want to go and kill him myself but he was it. Don’t get me wrong, there are characters I’ve met that I’ve hated and would have happily bumped off but this man made my blood boil. The effect he has on Lucy and those around him is horrifying and I’ve got to admit, he felt real.
Now then, Maggie. She’s a bit of a character. I’m looking forward to getting to know her better. She knows when to trample on toes but she’s got the total tact needed both in a police officer but in the interviews she has to conduct with those left behind by these brutal vigilante murders. The team around her all bring their strengths and I’m looking forward to getting to know them all a lot better!
Noelle Holten is someone to watch. Dead Inside is a pacey twisty turny police procedural crime thriller with a difference. The characters filled my imaginary world of Markston like real people in a real town, living and breathing, their lives affected by these gruesome murders. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel. I can’t wait to read Dead Wrong when it comes out later this year.
Who Is 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.
Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18489795.Noelle_Holten