A few months ago I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book and put a review on my blog.
It’s the third book in the series, and it had quite a lot to live up to following in the steps of the first two. In fact I still think that Dead Inside was the best debut book I’d read.
Book two Dead Wrong was just as good, and continuing the theme Dead Perfect is just that, Perfect.
Noelle has created a character in DC Maggie Jamieson that is one of the most realistic “cop characters” that I’ve come across.
Her secondary character, the goth Criminal Psychologist, Kate Maloney, is brilliant in her uniqueness and in this book it’s her that is centre stage of the investigation. Here’s my review
Dead Perfect. Noelle Holten
The third book in the Detective Constable Maggie Jamieson series.
Maggie is one of those cops that gets things done, in her own way, and sometimes to the detriment of her relationship with her colleagues, and her friends. She rubs people up the wrong way most of the time but she gets things done. So basically she is what we all want to be. She says it as it is, ignores advice, and ploughs her own farrow.
But she is fiercely protective of her few friends, and one of those friends is Criminal Psychologist Kate Maloney. Kate is another anomaly from the norm, an Irish Goth who specialises in Criminal Profiling. She’s also one of my favourite fictional characters.
So when when a body is found that is dressed, and made-up, to look like Dr Kate, Maggie is both scared that her friend is in danger, and determined to solve the murder.
It’s not until a second body, dressed and made-up, in the same way turns up that people that other people, including Kate, start to share Maggie’s concerns
What follows isn’t just a crime thriller, or a police procedural, it’s a cracking psychological thriller.
Noelle Holten has a way of writing that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The suspense she builds is enough to have me turning the pages well into the night, in fact her books are the very definition of “I couldn’t put it down”
Then there’s what is becoming her trade mark. The last page twist, the last page cliff hanger.
Just when you think the story is ending, and you turn the last page. WHAM!!!
She smacks you in the face and hooks you into the next book.
This book isn’t out until October, so if you haven’t read the first two, Dead Inside and Dead Wrong, you have time. Believe me you won’t be disappointed
Publishers: One More Chapter
Publishing date: 16th October 2020.