Wooooooo hooooooo it’s the weekend!! Time to kick back and escape into a world of police work, murder and stalking….. yes it’s time for me to share my review of Noelle Holten’s third (!) novel Dead Perfect. Doesn’t feel like two weeks since we were celebrating Noelle’s debut publication (it’s actually nearly 18 months ago😱😱).
Massive thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the blog tour and to One More Chapter for my advanced e-copy of Dead Perfect that I received through Netgalley… but my own copy arrived in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A murdered woman…
When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer. The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else. Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.
A determined detective…
Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger. Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls?
Can Maggie find the depraved killer? Or will Kate become his next living doll?
What Did I Think?
Where do I start? This book has it all. Murder, stalking, personality clashes, flirting….
As with Dead Wrong, I picked up the story where its predecessor left off and in this book’s case, with a dead body. This (what I think) is a rather unique factor that Holten has developed leaves you wanting for the next book. Oh boy, I couldn’t wait for Dead Perfect – leaving me with a dead body of what appears to be a main character is a killer hook!! I can’t tell you how relieved I was to read the first few chapters and find out the doctor has survived this … but would she survive Dead Perfect??
I was on tenterhooks throughout. Why was this lunatic stalking Kate? Why was he making other look just like her?? This crazed individual really got my nerves on edge. But the chapters dedicated to this slightly unhinged person seem so calm and I got the impression this was normal for him … so why did I get the impression he was delusional in a major way??!
This third novel from Holten definitely hits all the right buttons for this crime fiction fan. The twists and the turns kept me guessing from beginning to end … Maggie Jamieson is a character I want to keep appearing on my kindle again and again… Dead Perfect is a sterling addition to this series!!
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 worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BAs – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside, her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK, is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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