Dead Inside by Noelle Holden

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?

My Review:

Wow! This is an unbelievable debut novel.Right from the start it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the end.

It’s got a very arresting opening, and from then on, it’s an absolute page-turner.

Lucy is a complex character, she’s intelligent and strong, not the sort of person you’d expect to end up trapped in a relationship with a man like Patrick. But of course, these things are complicated and we begin to understand her more as the book progresses.

I liked Maggie, though we don’t get to know her very well just yet.

I was intrigued by the whole criminal justice process, and the probation service, and it’s clear to see the author’s great knowledge in this area.

The pace of the novel is perfect, with a build up of tension the whole way.

This book is gritty and chilling. An absolute must-read for anyone who likes a good psychological thriller.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the Author:

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at 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.


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