‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin
‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
'Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt
A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent.
The killer is just getting started…
When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.
The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.
And he is Lucy’s husband.
Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?
‘A hugely confident first novel. Harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
‘Kept me hooked throughout … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons
'A brilliant debut – gritty, dark and chilling. Noelle Holten knows her stuff’ Mel Sherratt
‘I loved this. A dark and chilling debut’ Robert Bryndza
‘Dark and gritty and kept me hooked until the very end. A Fantastic debut!’ Casey Kelleher
‘A chilling and disturbing look inside the lives of domestic abuse survivors and their abusers. This book is truly eye-opening. You will race through it and never see the end coming. Brilliant!’ Lisa Regan
‘A pacey, tight, immersive thriller full of powerful emotion and authentic procedural detail. Gripping stuff’ Chris Merritt
‘A hard-hitting, impressively authentic crime fiction debut … nuanced, highly readable, page turning, a definite cut above the rest. I urge you to read this book’ Howard Linskey
‘Extremely powerful, incredibly thought provoking and ringing with authenticity, this is an excellent debut’ M. W. Craven, author of the Washington Poe series
‘Noelle has conjured up a real page-turner here. The author's experience with damaged and damaging people really shines through bringing a great deal of grit to the drama. Add in some fascinating characters, relentless pace and a strong story and you have a winner on your hands’ Michael J Malone
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 a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering cases of domestic violence and abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Dead Inside is her debut novel and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
Harrowing reading when you realise that although this is a novel, a lot of the abuse as described in this story actually occurs in real life, on a regular basis. Well done to Noelle Holden for highlighting a subject which most would shy away from.
Gripping and powerful
Omg got this has the free book of the week on apple and so glad Imdid.
A gripping read that has you on the edge of your seat but also powerful dealing with the topic of domestic abuse.
Harrowing at times but a great read
Chaotic and boring. In the middle of the book you still don’t know who is who and who doing what. Jumping from one person to another in one moment. Characters completely without character and melting in stream of words. No more from this author