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  • Amazing book,

    Dead Inside is a bold, mysterious and chilling crime thriller about a very emotional and disturbing subject, however the author handles it with understanding and compassion. Domestic abusers are being brutally murdered and DC Maggie is chosen as a member of a team to solve the murders. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish and I didn't want it to end! Exceptional story, a powerful plot and excellent character development. This is an amazing book, with a deep awareness and insight into the minds of abuser and victim. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • A great start to a new series

    Three men who are abusive predators, have been killed, beaten to death the same way that they treated their own victims. DC Maggie Jamieson assigned to the case, has her worked cut out for her to solve this, before another murder takes place. Maggie’s friend Lucy Sherwood, a probation officer who has connections with these men, is hiding a terrible secret of her own. And when her own husband is murdered, Lucy becomes the prime suspect and her secret is out that she has kept to herself so carefully, that she has also suffered abuse at the hands of her husband for a number of years. But is Lucy responsible for these murders? Having been beaten to unconsciousness that fateful night, Lucy’s struggles to recall the details of her husbands murder and believes that she must be responsible, having been finally pushed to the brink and unable to take anymore of his abuse. But a recollection of another person in the house that she thinks she saw leaving the room that night comes to light, but is this just Lucy’s mind playing tricks on her to try and shift the blame from herself. Lucy’s recollection of the night doesn’t sit well with Maggie, and with time running out, she must trust her instincts and keep looking for the perpetrator before Lucy is charged with a crime that she may not have committed. But are Maggie’s personal feelings getting in the way, or will she have to come to terms with the fact that Lucy really is the killer? Do I recommend this book: Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As a first time author, Noelle smashes this one out of the park!! This is a harrowing story which in times is hard to read due to the graphic descriptions of abuse but it is handled in a sensitive way. I really loved the character of Maggie and my heart broke for Lucy and the other characters who were treated in such a horrific way, by men who are meant to love them. I loved the writing style and the short snappy chapters that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout wanting more. I also liked how Noelle used the names of her friends, who some I was familiar with from book blogging. I really enjoyed that personal touch. I have followed Noelle’s award winning blog Crime Book Junkie, for awhile now and I was so inspired by her and her blog that I have recently become a blogger myself so thank-you for that Noelle. I love that you have taken that passion to create your own work, and a fantastic job has been done. I am thrilled that a second book is in works and I look forward to that and more from DC Maggie Jamieson in the future. Thank-you to NetGalley, Killer Reads and Noelle Holten for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Inside in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.

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  • I liked it.

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEAD INSIDE by Noelle Holten in exchange for an honest review. Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood frequently deals with wife beaters as part of her duties. When she’s in the office, she’s in control. However, at home, she, herself, is the daily victim of domestic violence. After several of her clients are brutally murdered, police look for someone to blame. As soon as Lucy’s husband is murdered, too, the police arrest Lucy as the perpetrator of all four murders. Is Lucy guilty? Will Lucy be exonerated? Either way, Lucy feels that her future will be better than recent past. Though this is a DC Maggie Jamieson novel, the book actually focuses on Lucy’s story, and Maggie isn’t the key to cracking the case. I liked it, though.

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  • Well written

    keeps you guessing right to the end. Serious subject matter presented well. Abuse is unacceptable!

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  • Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Dead Inside is an impressive debut that had me hooked from the first to the last page. It is a powerful and hard hitting story that shows the inside of the victims and abusers minds. It made me go through an array of emotions, though mainly anger at the abusers and sadness for what the victims were going through.

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