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Publisher Description

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

'Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

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?


Praise for Noelle Holten:

‘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

‘Dark and gritty and kept me hooked until the very end. A Fantastic debut!’ Casey Kelleher

‘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.

Crime & Thrillers
16 October
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Customer Reviews

sarahks7 ,


Addictive reading

GriffyReads ,

Dead Perfect book!

Wow! This is stalker, thriller killer at its finest! Noelle Holten does it again with her third book in the DC Maggie Jamieson series. Tension flows through this book in a way that kept me turning those pages in order to find out who the killer was.

I’ll mention the killer next. This is some warped stuff and I loved the imagination that went into creating this character. It’s compelling reading. Throw in the threat to one of the team, you have this fear constantly bubbling away.

It’s a fast read too. Once you start, it’s hard to put down. I enjoyed the familiar faces that reappeared in this book. Not only Maggie’s direct police team, but Lucy and Kate.

Maggie is so loveable too. I was hugely rooting for her to come up with the goods. ‘Dead Perfect’ is an exciting police procedural thriller and not one to be missed. The tone is set perfectly. I loved the descriptions of the area and enjoyed the creepiness of it all. Fantastic stuff!

Lvnhs ,

Great find. Real page Turner

I picked up the 1st book as a free one on iBooks while at looking for a new author. Fast paced, characters that you understand and want to know more about. Real and gritty storylines.
Real page turner couldn’t put them down and read all 3 in a couple of weeks. Just a bit disappointed now that there’s only 3. Hopefully the 4th one is on its way!
Highly recommended if you like a good murder story with a great background

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