6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten


Jeanette is the manager of a probation hostel that houses high risk offenders released on license.

At 3am one morning, she receives a call telling her a resident has been murdered.

Her whole team, along with the eight convicted murderers, are now all suspects in a crime no one saw committed…

Don’t miss the first nerve-shredding standalone thriller from Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson series.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of the Maggie Jamieson series, and even though I can’t wait for the next one in the series, this standalone novel is just superb and gave me my Noelle Holten fix until the next book.

As a crime and thriller novel this book has it all. It opens on a really explosive event, a murder in a probation hostel, but there’s more to this story than just finding out who has done it. It’s not over yet, and there’s huge tension and suspense as we wait to see who else is in danger, and why.

The characterisation is excellent, with really authentic characters, not all of them likeable, and it makes for a really realistic story. I really enjoyed the way the story was told from multiple points of view, and even though the killer is one of the voices it doesn’t make it any easier to identify them.

Although there are not many suspects to choose from, it’s impossible to work out who the killer might be. The rising sense of suspense and menace and the twists and turns of the plot make this book impossible to put down. I found myself absorbed in it for hours on end.

As well as being heart-stoppingly thrilling and addictive, I found the insight into the criminal justice system fascinating. So often in crime novels we get as far as the criminal being caught and brought to justice, but I never really thought about what happens to them after they have served their time.

All in all, a really unputdownable and thrilling book. Another complete triumph for this really talented author.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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