Today I am reviewing Dead Secret by Noelle Holten. This was released on the 23rd of April, published by One More Chapter.
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…
As if DC Maggie Jamieson’s last case wasn’t tough enough, she is now faced with an even tougher one when her colleague DCI Hastings and his family go missing after the gruesome discovery of a young man. Is there a connection? Maggie and the team most certainly have their work cut out for them to find out in this gripping 4th instalment of the DC Maggie Jamieson series.
Noelle Holten has crafted another thrilling read that is so fast paced my poor kindle struggled to keep up with the speed at which I was flicking those pages. I was completely consumed and engrossed in this story, which I have to say is my favourite so far in the series. Noelle Holten has definitely upped the ante with this one and is on fire!
With each book I just love Maggie more and more. She has been so well nurtured over the course of the four books and really is such a strong protagonist, right up there as one of my all time favourite female characters. We see her insecurities laid out bare this time as we get more insight into her personal struggles. It was also great to be reacquainted with Lucy Sherwood again as one of the cases has herself and Maggie crossing paths again.
I have always thought that Noelle Holten could write, but there is something with this instalment that sets it apart from the other books. It is just flawless and commands your attention, daring you to try and pull yourself away, which I couldn’t do! I was gripped from beginning to end. Oh and speaking of the end, holy you know what!! I need the next book stat!
There isn’t really much more I can say that I haven’t already mentioned in previous reviews about how fabulous Noelle Holten and this series is. You really need to just experience it for yourself. A breath of fresh air in the crime thriller genre, she has done such an outstanding job with it and has added another brilliant addition to it with Dead Secret, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Noelle Holten, One More Chapter and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Secret, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Noelle Holten
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.