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?
It’s my final blog tour of 2020, and what better way to round off a stellar year of reading than with a review celebrating the paperback release of the latest book in a series I am really enjoying. Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten is the third book featuring detective Maggie Jamieson, and the series keeps getting better and better. My thanks to Sarah Hardy of Books on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me to take part, and to the publisher for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
With every book in this series, it feels to me like the characters and the story-telling are maturing. In this book, we have a truly horrifying set of crimes with a deeply disturbing psychological basis to them. Even more worryingly, the main target of the killer seems to be Maggie’s friend and colleague, Kate, which causes problems for Maggie, who struggles with detachment at the best of times and finds herself repeatedly in trouble here for over-stepping the line.
There are so many different aspects of this book that are particularly enjoyable for fans of the genre. Firstly the crimes themselves. The author has developed a killer and a series of crimes that are shocking and baffling, and had me on the edge of the seat throughout. The motivation behind the crimes does not seem to be murder, so it is a fascinating trip into what is driving him and what he is trying to achieve. I have to say, I had no clue as to who was doing it or why until all the details were revealed at the end of the book, it was very cleverly done and kept me engaged throughout.
Then there is the development of Maggie herself as a character and in her relationships with both colleagues and people outside of work. With every book we learn a little more about her, and understand why she behaves the way she does. Here, her emotional attachment to the object of the killer’s obsession adds extra pressure, and causes her to push the boundaries between her job and her personal life, leading to increased conflict with her colleagues which was riveting to watch unfold. Nathan’s promotion above her is also causing a change in dynamics, and there were more aspects of her relationship with her brother, Andy to explore. Noelle has created a real, three-dimensional protagonist to carry this series, and I am growing increasingly fond of her as the series goes on.
Finally, this series is unique in the way that it explores the working relationship between the different departments in the criminal justice system, such as the police, probation, forensics etc. I have never come across a series of books that emphasises this in such a way before, and it is obvious that the author has worked within the system and understands that it is not just the police alone that solve crimes, but they need the assistance of other departments in collecting evidence and information to narrow their suspect pool. In coming at this from a slightly different angle, this author offers the reader an engaging and compelling perspective on police work in the UK.
Another great edition to the series. Here is a writer who is firmly in her stride and flying along with confidence and panache. This book was left on a cliffhanger again that has made em eager for the next instalment. If you are looking for a new crime series to feed your thriller addiction, this one has to be near the top of your must-read list.
Dead Perfect is out now as an ebook and in paperback tomorrow, and you can buy a copy here.
Please do check out the rest of the blogs taking part in the tour for more great reviews:
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 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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