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Absolutely stunning 5* #CrimeThriller – Dead Secret by Noelle Holten

Title: Dead Secret

Series: DC Maggie Jamieson #4

Author: Noelle Holten 

Publisher: One More Chapter

Published: April 23rd, 2021

Pages: 398

Rating: 5*

My Review:

This is an absolutely stunning read, one that had me totally engrossed from the very first page and unwilling to go to bed until I’d finished it. It is a riveting story, sharing the behind the scenes investigations and life of DC Maggie Jamieson and the team she works with. It starts with her first weekend off after a harrowing case, but the discovery of a brutally murdered young man prevents that happening as she’s called to investigate. When boss, DCI Hastings, and his family go missing the race is on to discover any connections and identify the perpetrator . . .

The author has a superb way of writing that draws you into the story, engaging you with the characters and bringing the scenarios to life in your imagination – too vividly at times!! It is great to explore the main character’s interactions, realise her worries and see events and those she meets through her probing eyes and different ways of looking at things. It is a roller coaster ride, with so many twists and turns to keep you guessing – I definitely didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished it and that last chapter, I really didn’t see coming – and I need the next book in this series to discover what happens next now, please!!

If you enjoy police procedurals, crime thrillers, suspense filled mysteries or any combination of these genres, make sure you get to read this book (and the series). It does work as a standalone but you’ll want to read the other books after reading this one – and I definitely need the sequels as soon as possible!

Thank you to One More Chapter and NetGalley for my copy of this thrilling book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed . . . . Please can I give it more than 5*???


‘Enthralling from the first page to the last. Devoured in one sitting. Noelle Holten has become one of my must-read authors’ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone series

Psychopaths can take root in the unlikeliest soil…

DC Maggie Jamieson crosses paths once again with Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood when a domestic violence survivor stumbles into her new refuge, unable to speak, desperate for help.

Then another case hits Maggie’s desk. A young man has been murdered, and a curious constellation of black dots has been inked onto his cheek.

That’s when DCI Hastings goes missing and Maggie uncovers a shocking connection that turns the case on its head.

Every family may hide secrets, but not every family buries them…

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