I am a big fan of Noelle’s series (find my reviews here of Dead Inside and Dead Wrong) and so I was pleased to be invited onto the blog tour for the third in the series Dead Perfect.
Dead Perfect starts where the previous novel Dead Wrong ends with Kate being stalked by an unknown assailant. When a body turns up in the local park it soon becomes clear that there is a link to the stalker. The body has been mutilated and redressed to look just like Kate. DC Maggie Jamieson is determined to find the killer before he can strike again and at the same time keep her friend Kate safe from the Living Doll Killer.
This was another page turner of a novel from Noelle that I really enjoyed. I really like the style of writing in this series, the chapters are quick and compelling which builds up the atmosphere as the killers creepiness escalates. I did sort of guess the perpetrator early on, but the actual motive and story was a mystery until the end. It was definitely not something I saw coming and was quite out of leftfield.
The character of Maggie is still pretty annoying unfortunately. I am no expert at policing but I would be surprised if they let someone investigate a crime that they are so close to. Maggie made a few dodgy choices I thought but then who of us doesn’t! She is however tempered by a great cast of supporting characters (and a couple of cats) that all bounce off each other as the story zips along.
Dead Perfect does follow on from the previous novel but I think there is enough background in it to read as a standalone. However I would recommend starting this series from the beginning especially if you like your stories gripping and scary from the outset.
To find out what others thought of Dead Perfect make sure you visit the other stops on the tour:
As a blogger I am lucky to have virtually (and in some cases physically) met lots of fantastic bookie people. One of these was Noelle Holten, aka Crime Book Junkie. Therefore last week I was looking to stock up my kindle ahead of week of train journeys and her debut novel ‘Dead Inside’ was the first thing I searched for.
Dead Inside introduces us to DC Maggie Jamieson and her friend Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood. To the outside world Lucy has a great life. She has a good job, a doting husband and 2 happy step-children. Yet behind closed doors Lucy lives in fear of her abusive husband. Maggie has recently moved to a new team, the Domestic Abuse and Homicide Unit. She is keen to make her mark with her new colleagues and her first case starts with the murder of a known domestic abuser. As more bodies appear it seems there are links to Lucy but are things as they seem?
Dead Inside caught my interest from the start and didn’t let up. The story was intriguing, and it was clear that the knowledge Noelle must have gained from her years in the probation service added a great sense of authenticity to the novel. The story itself is quite brutal and in parts quite hard to read, which to me is exactly how it should be given the subject matter.
The two main characters were a great pairing. I personally found the character of Maggie a little annoying. During the briefing her eagerness to please and jump in with questions was frustrating to read, yet it gave a good insight into her character. Lucy on the other hand I had huge sympathy for, her character was clearly in turmoil. Having to deal with horrendous criminals during the day, and having to deal with her husband at home, the pressure that she was under just poured off the page. There were quite a lot of peripheral characters that were hard to keep track of at times, but that says more about my memory than anything about the writing. Towards the end of the novel, as all the strands start to come together you realise that all the characters have their own part to play in creating the story.
Dead Inside was an incredibly accomplished novel, and I can’t wait to read Noelle’s next one and to find out what is next for Maggie and Lucy.
You can find Dead Inside and the follow up Dead Wrong here.