Review – Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten.

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

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?


From the moment I picked up Noelle Holten’s first novel Dead Inside I knew instinctively by the way she handled the written word, the story and the characters, that she was going to become one of my to read authors. I was right, she has become a firm favourite, a writer who delivers on the promise of a thriller that is guaranteed to excite and unnerve me as a reader. With every book she publishes, her voice becomes more assured, her writing easily portraying the sinister undertones of the twisted disturbed mind of a killer whose presence invades each moment of Dead Perfect.

The story is the third novel in the Maggie Jamieson Crime books and for me best read as part of the whole series. So I’d say if you haven’t read Dead Inside or Dead Wrong, why not? They are brilliant and will enhance your enjoyment of Dead Perfect!

What I loved about this the third in the series is that is was like meeting up with old friends again. From DC Maggie Jamieson to profiler Dr Kate Moloney. even their cats and colleagues, I just immediately felt at home amongst them. You get to know them and with each book they develop into more rounded individuals. The writer reveals more of their background story, their wants and needs, never allowing the character to stagnate and become second fiddle to the story.

I was fascinated by Maggie’s bi-sexuality and her feelings for Kate and the sexually charged undertones of her relationship with reporter Julie Noble. Noelle Holton makes her feel real and flawed by giving a voice to her reluctance to allow her sexuality to define her. She is first and foremost a Police Officer and does not want her preferred choice of partner to be the white elephant in the room. This is a brave thing to do in a genre typified by not only male leads, but alpha males, because it lifts her novels above the norm. It’s still unusual to represent bi-characters in main stream novels and Maggie is a shining beacon in a genre cluttered with straight white men.

The story itself had me on edge within the first few pages. As a writer Noelle Holten has an uncanny knack of being able to whack you with levels of anxiety throughout her novels; this one had me sitting blot upright straight way, as the last few pages of Dead Wrong flowed into the beginning of Dead Perfect! As Maggie works to protect her friend Kate from a stalker we are thrust into the beginning of nightmare that is scarily real in feeling and content. She manages to capture the feeling of claustrophobia experienced by Kate, as the threats from her stalker threaten both her life and her freedom. Add to that the way her colleagues and especially Maggie seek to limit the threat to her, by taking away her intrinsic need for control of her own life and you have a novel that gives a voice to the trauma experienced by many who have lived this experience for real. The authors work within the field of offender management gives this book a sense of of how a victims life is effected and she does so with within a riveting and electrifying read.

Add into the mix a killer who frankly gave me the chills and you have a must read novel. Roll on book four, I am waiting for you with excitement!

You can purchase this novel from Amazon and Waterstones, but why not give your local indie a ring and order it from them?

About the author

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at 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 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 – 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.

You can follow the author on the following social media sites –

Twitter, Facebook and on her website.

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