Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Dead Secret by Noelle Holten and I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down this post.
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 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.
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‘Enthralling from the first page to the last. Devoured in one sitting. Noelle Holten has become one of my must-read authors’ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone series
Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…
DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help.
Then another case hits Maggie’s desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek.
That’s when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.
Every family may hide secrets, but not every family buries them…
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The DCI Maggie Jamieson series just keeps getting stronger with each new addition! Dead Secret is the fourth book and as always I’d recommend you read them all (Dead Inside, Dead Wrong and Dead Perfect precede Dead Secret).
I think it’s great to see the characters develop with each new novel and also observe the author’s style growing.
Dead Perfect ended on the cliffhanger of a young woman arriving on the doorstep of Lucy Sherwood (probation office and domestic abuse survivor who has set up a refuge for women in the same situation). The traumatised victim can’t even bring herself to speak to Lucy about what has happened to her.
On top of this a young man has been found murdered with strange markings on his face and one of the DCIs and his family have gone missing in what looks like violent circumstances! DCI Jamieson certainly has a lot on her plate and I definitely think she could give Steve Arnott a run for his money in the stressful situation stakes!
I like the fact that these characters are so rounded; the don’t feel forced or two dimensional. I’m totally invested in their lives and relationships and have loved watching them develop over the series so far. It was great to see Maggie finally let her guard down a little and open up to a little fun and flirting although it appears she still has a lot of work to do on her trust issues.
I expect the cliffhanger at the end of each book now so I’m always a little nervous about those last few chapters which then leave me desperate for more. NOW!
A fantastic addition to the series and one I’d highly recommend.