After yesterday’s review, today I have something quite different. Today I am reviewing the first in a new series by a fellow blogger, Noelle Holten. Many thanks to Sarah at Book on the Bright Side publicity for letting me be on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: 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 Review: Sometimes before I review a book I glance over other people’s reviews. There’s been quite a few for this book where people have loved it and also where people have been surprised and educated about the impact of domestic abuse. I’m not going to say either of those things for reasons which will become clear.
I will admit, it took me a bit of time to get into the story, there are a lot of characters to keep track of and, at times, I felt there were too many although killing some off did help with that! The pace of the story was good and once I got further into it it was easier to keep track of who was who and what was going on and then, after a few events the pace picked up again and I couldn’t put it down.
I had mixed feelings about some of the characters, but in a story like I think that’s a good thing. It dealt well with people’s perception and thoughts about domestic abuse both from those who had experienced it and those on the outside who didn’t understand what it was like. This is ideal as it is exactly how society is, domestic abuse and those who experience it are not fully understood by people who have little to no knowledge of it, and I speak from personal experience. I got out of my situation but I can understand why it is so hard to leave and hard for those outside to not understand why people don’t leave sooner, or at all.
Although this is the first in the Maggie Jamieson series it does focus more on Lucy so we don’t get a lot of depth on Maggie but there is enough to get a bit of understanding of her character. It’ll be interesting in future books to see that develop and learn more about her. The other thing I enjoyed about this book was the insight into the probation service. I know a reasonable amount about police work from other books and TV but probation work isn’t usually covered so it was good to read something with a different focus.
For a new series, this book got it off to a good start and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes next and how/if the characters we’ve already met fit into the future books. Definitely one to keep an eye on!
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 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.
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