The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 6

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My next #bookvent pick is from a debut author who, strangely enough for a newbie, needs very little introduction. It was perhaps one of the blogosphere’s most hotly anticipated reads of 2019 as we’ve all been watching her progress while writing the book and a good few of us knew her away from the blogs too. Drawing on the author’s own experience working in the Probation service with a hopefully full fictional angle too, my sixth #bookvent choice is

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Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent.

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?

Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books
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I said it in an earlier post, but I’ve struggled with reading this year. So when I found a book that drew me in and kept me completely hooked and fascinated until the end, then I really have no choice but to declare it a winner. This was one such book. Mixing a blend of believable, likeable (and some unlikeable) characters, a sound knowledge of police procedure and a storyline which kept me in suspense right up until the point the killer was revealed. The book was pacy and intriguing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a large cast of characters, many of whom were familiar to me (the real versions, not the fictional) and so many viable suspects that it wasn’t only Maggie Jamieson who was struggling to see the wood for the trees. It is very clear this is a genre and a subject that the author is passionate about and readers of her blog, CrimeBookJunkie, will know well why that is. I am really looking forward to seeing the characters develop as the series goes on. This isn’t solely focused on the police but all the agencies who are a part of prosecuting and managing offenders and it promises to be a thrill ride seeing how they all fit together.

If you’d like to see my full review of the book, you can find it here and find Mandie’s review here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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