6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten

Today Mandie takes over with a blog tour review of 6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten, We both really enjoyed Noelle’s Maggie Jamieson series and were really curious to see what her standalone thriller is all about. Our thanks to Anne Cater for the tour invite. Here more about the book:

Source: Advance Reader Copy
Release Date: 13 October
Publisher: One More Chapter

About the Book

ONE HOUSE
EIGHT KILLERS
NO WITNESSES

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.

Mandie’s Thoughts

I really enjoyed the DC Maggie Jamieson series, so I was intrigued to read 6 Ripley Avenue, a standalone thriller by the author. When convicted killer Danny Wells is brutally murdered at the approved premises he was staying at nobody was really going to mourn his death. For journalist Sloane Armstrong and local neighbourhood watch member Helen Burgess it just proved what they had been saying all along. Ripley House should not be in operation and offenders just couldn’t be rehabilitated. 

Sloane Armstrong has her own reasons for wanting to see Ripley House close and they are very personal. Her sister was murdered by someone who had been released in error and it led to a very dark time for her. Fuelled by this she is determined to prove her opinions are right. Helen Burgess lives next door to the facilities and is very much of the opinion that the place should not be next to normal law-abiding people and had been one of the leaders of the Neighbourhood watch that had tried to prevent it opening at all. When Danny Wells is killed they both make it their mission to find out who did it and get the place closed once and for all. 

The book is told from the viewpoints of Helen, Sloane, Jeanette who is the person in charge at the facilities and the killer.  The change in viewpoints gives the reader chance to get to know the characters a little better and I have to admit that the one that frustrated me the most was Jeanette. For someone who was in charge of both staff and multiple murderers she seemed to have somehow taken her eye off the ball and didn’t notice all the protocols that were not being followed and that her staff may have been as much a problem as the residents. 

I do get where Sloane is coming from in her quest to get to the truth but when her actions put both her and Helen in danger from the killer you do have to wonder if the cost is really worth it to be the first to the story and if her personal experiences are not clouding her judgement.

With so many of the staff and residents appearing to not be what they seem, the only thing you are sure of is that this was personal and had something to do with why Danny was in prison in the first place. The who may take a little longer to work out but when revealed all makes sense. With the way Sloanes story ends you do wonder if this will remain a standalone for long.

About the Author

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at http://www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Master’s in Criminology.

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