The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…
DC Maggie Jamieson’s past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.
Three missing women running out of time…
They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.
The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…
But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.
Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.
Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…
Having read and loved Book one in the Maggie Jamison’s crime series Dead Inside, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to review the sequel, Dead Wrong. I’m so glad that I did, it is a gritty, tension filled follow-up and confirmation of Noelle Holton’s excitin carrier as a crime writer.
Maggie Jamieson as the lead character is one of my favourite female leads. Not for her the supporting role. she is front and centre of the story. Even though we see more female leads in crime drama now, it is still are enough to be celebrated when you come across a really great one. Her character is not left to coast through this story, she has many challenges in this new read and developes into a forthright and determined character, read to challenge her suspicions if she feels she is right. I love her and I want more female characters like Maggie in books, for my god children and niece to be inspired by! She is more than a match for the killer in this story and its all down to her intelligence, not to male colleagues that this investigation is so exciting to read. In book series, character development can become stale as authors concentrate on narrative, but I like many readers want more than that and Noelle delivers on this to. We get to learn more about Maggie’s background, her hang-ups, her fears and especially in this book, her relationship with her brother. It’s things like this that make the story flow and give it a personality, that carries the character from book to book and it’s dealt with here with perfection.
As for the story, I enjoyed the way the writer kept me guessing and kept more than one surprise held back, so that they fell like small shock waves throughout the story. It made it fast paced, but at the same time it had moments of quiet, that when the next bombshell arrived, the tension ratcheted up so much, you become super grateful for those moments of calm, to allow you a moment to breath. Because the tension as it builds, I felt like I had to stop and take a breather.
The killer in this story, is one of it’s greatest assets, because you have no bloody idea who it is! Or at least I didn’t. until the writer slapped me in the face with a series of revelations and I sat back and thought, Wow. No one wants the identity revealed too soon and it isn’t, it’s all so exciting for being fooled hook, line and sinker feels quite delicious. The killer is her protagonist, but is he or she, her equal, buy the book and find out.
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 was 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, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
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