I’m delighted to take part in the blog tour today for Dead Secret by Noelle Holten. Huge thanks go to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
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…
How on earth is this book 4 already?! Although I feel as though I’ve known Maggie Jamieson forever as she has really become a favourite character of mine now and I do feel as though I know her personally now! Yes, she is that well brought to life by crime author Noelle Holten who has once again delivered a dark, shocking and thoroughly gripping read!
Maggie never seems to get a break does she?! Not only does she have the death of a young man to solve but she also finds out that one of the DCIs and his family have gone missing. And if she’s not busy enough, her friend Lucy also calls upon her for help when a terrified woman lands on her doorstep unable to speak or hear but who has obviously had a very traumatic experience! But Maggie is one of the hardest working police characters around and she packs a lot into this one book as she tries to solve crime and handle her complicated personal life at the same time. And it’s definitely a cast of likeable and relatable supporting characters who make this police procedural for me. Everyone feels authentic and the criminal acts themselves and those who commit them are perfectly described. Noelle has a keen eye for the darker side of the criminal justice system and her experience within that world means that you really do feel like you’re in a real police station watching events unfold in real time much like those who are working there. And the post-mortem examinations also feel very real so be prepared and maybe don’t read this while you’re eating! Although to be honest, you may have to as you probably won’t want to put Dead Secret down once you start it. I picked it up and then read the whole book in one session-desperately turning the pages to find out if my theories were correct-they weren’t!!
This is a brilliant crime thriller that’s part of a brilliant crime series! I absolutely love Maggie Jamieson! What I don’t like is being left hanging and I can’t believe that Noelle Holten finishes this book on such a massive cliffhanger for the next book!! I was like “WHAT?! You can’t leave it there!! I want more!” Yes, I’m now on countdown for DC Maggie Jamieson #5 and know I will be in for a thrilling ride if the last few pages of Dead Secret are anything to go by! If you’ve not read the previous books then do as you’ll get a much rounded picture of one of the best fictional detectives around at the moment and by then you’ll be ready for more…just like me!
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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