October 16th, 2020, is finally here, publication day! A special congratulations go out to Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller series! Book three, "Dead Perfect," is available NOW! RUN! Trust me when I say you are going to want to read this one! If you read book two, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about when I say that Noelle left her readers begging for more! Picking up "Dead Perfect" was akin to flipping the page, as that is exactly how it starts - right where "Dead Wrong" left off! While all of the books in this series can be read as a standalone, I'd suggest reading them in order for maximum enjoyment! The 'Living Doll Killer.' Boom. Enough said. Okay, but really wow! This may just be the best installment in the series yet. I've enjoyed them all, but there was just something about this one that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I was worried about Dr. Kate Moloney's safety, DC Maggie Jamieson's sanity, and absolutely fascinated by this book's psychological aspects! The 'why' is a huge driving factor here. What could cause someone to kill women and completely change their appearance? To figure that out, you'll have to follow this cast of characters on their hair-raising journey to save one of their own. As with her previous books, Noelle provides her readers with multiple narrations and insights into the story's main and supporting characters. This time around, we're given an even deeper look into Maggie and Kate's lives, their histories, personalities, and relationships, both personal and professional. Maggie definitely toes, if not crosses, the line quite a few times in her efforts to protect Kate. Her team, while mostly understanding, were often at the brunt, receiving end of her struggles. I am hoping that the next installment provides more insight into the lives of Maggie's team. I would love to know DI Rutherford, DS Wright, Bethany, and Kat a little better. Each new book usually comes with further development of the individual characters, and I'm eager to learn more. I would recommend this to crime thriller enthusiasts everywhere! As stated in my review of "Dead Inside," it's important to note that this book is a part of a series and does end with a hook for book four. Rest assured that all of this individual story's I's are dotted, and t's are crossed; the ending scene purely leaves you wanting and ready for the next installment! News on books four and the following book five of this series is coming soon; be sure to keep this author on your radar! I'd like to take a moment and thank the author, the publishers at One More Chapter, a division of Harper Collins UK, and NetGalley for my advanced ebook copy of "Dead Perfect." I fully intend to add the paperback to my collection! I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title.
For Noelle’s debut novel Dead Inside, I said as a first time author she smashed it out of the park. For the follow up, Dead Wrong, I said she smashed it out of the damn stadium. So how does Dead Perfect stack up? Well, as there is nothing bigger than a stadium as far as venues go, so I will say she now owns the damn stadium! Dead Perfect picks up from where Dead Wrong left off and Noelle Holten doesn’t waste any time in kicking things off. What a rollercoaster she takes the reader on. There were so many times she had my heart racing so hard that I had to put the book down to catch my breath! I have a heart condition Ms Holten! LOL! The plot had me intrigued and definitely held my interest. It is authentic and has been executed perfectly. As weird as this is to say, I was actually quite fascinated by this killer, who has been masterfully written. Although the identity of them wasn’t a huge surprise, it was their reasoning behind the why of their actions, that held the most shock! DC Maggie Jamieson is such as formidable character and with each book I love her more and more. She has been very well nurtured over the course of the three books and is right up there as one of my favourite leads. It is her fierce protective side that really stood out for me in this story and we see more of a belligerent side to her as the stress of this latest case hits close to home. With each book I see Noelle Holten’s confidence grow. No longer a rising star, she is a star and one that shines so brightly as she cements her place up there with the likes of Angela Marsons in the crime thriller genre. She has taken her own experiences and has translated them into a series that just keeps going from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see where it is going to head next. Dead Perfect is a smashing read and one I can’t recommend highly enough. It is dark, intense, compelling and so incredibly well written. It is a fast paced action packed read and is such a brilliant addition to this series. Congratulations on another outstanding read Noelle Holten!
I've been so looking forward to this one - the third book in an absolutely terrific series! When Maggie is called to the latest crime scene where a body has been found in the local park, she is appalled to see the deceased has been made to resemble her good friend, Dr Kate Moloney. As if things weren't bad enough with Kate having acquired a stalker, the latest developments put Maggie and the rest of the team on high alert. But why Kate? And why the strange look-alikes? As with the previous novels, this is a well-planned thriller with a great mix of personal and professional making it a very appealing read. Plenty of twists, turns and unexpected developments plus an insight into what comes next at the very end - very cleverly done. Maggie Jamieson is a beautifully developed, multi-faceted character and her gut feeling is never to be ignored. This one is everything I hoped it would be but it was rather spoiled by the clues as to the perpetrator's identity which I picked up on very quickly as I began reading. From then on it was just a matter of reading until he was caught. Perhaps my detective instincts were just particularly alert today, but it did rather take the shine off the book for me. It's still a good crime thriller though, and one I'm happy to give four stars.