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Book Review: Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

I’ve interacted with Noelle for a while now at Bookouture and of course when I heard she was releasing her own book – I was so intrigued. I was very lucky to be sent an ARC!

Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

Genre: Fiction/Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: I can’t believe this is Noelle’s first book – I just loved it! What I really liked, although the storyline centres around the police, specifically DC Maggie Jamieson, there is an equal focus around another key character: Lucy, a probation officer who oversees the probation of domestic abusers – whilst also being a victim herself. The book takes a really dark turn when some of Lucy’s parolees are found murdered, and the teams must work together in order to piece together the puzzle. This book was a real rollercoaster – it had it all; it was gruesome, emotional and twisted. There were many parts that were hard to read, and the book kept me gasping and wincing throughout. Noelle did a fantastic job at character development. I loved everyone and felt a strong connection with them all.

Love isn’t meant to hurt.


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?


+ Despite being a very difficult subject, I found it fascinating and extremely well written

+ Epic characters – with strengths and flaws beautifully portrayed

+ Loved the story telling from the key characters POV


– Having to wait for the next instalment!!!

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Harper Impulse and Killer Reads in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 


  • Jo Linsdell
    June 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Great review

    • bookedupgirl
      June 2, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks, Jo 🙂


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