Dead Inside (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1)

Dead Inside (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1)

by Noelle Holten

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ISBN-13: 9780008332235
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2019
Series: Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 22,493
File size: 2 MB

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Dead Inside (Maggie Jamieson Crime Thriller, Book 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Fictionophile 2 days ago
Staffordshire has a critical domestic abuse problem. Because of this, a new, specialized police team called DAHU (Domestic Abuse and Homicide Unit) have been set up to deal with murders linked to domestic abuse. In addition, Staffordshire is experiencing an increasing number of substance abusers. The two problems act like nitro and glycerin. New to the DAHU team is DC Maggie Jamieson. Also new to the team is the goth-dressed criminal psychologist Dr. Kate Moloney. MY THOUGHTS I was excited to learn that one of the bookbloggers I've followed for some time had written a book. I was tickled to read many familiar names sprinkled throughout the novel (the author used several of her bookblogger friends' names for her characters). The subject matter of the novel is quite dark and disturbing. Spousal abuse/domestic violence is a difficult topic, but one in which this author is very knowledgeable - having worked as a probation officer herself. She knows her subject, and it shows. She seems to have an innate understanding of the abuser's psyche - and a knowledge of the cycle of abuse. I thought that the novel had rather too many characters and found that less would have been more in this case. The protagonist should have been policewoman Maggie Jamieson as this is the first in the D.C. Maggie Jamieson series. However, after reading the book, I clearly felt that probation officer Lucy Sherwood was the protagonist. Lucy Sherwood was a likable character, yet I was very frustrated with her. She has made her career working with violent offenders/abusers, yet she is abused herself. Surely she would have been more keen to escape her dire situation - and given her line of work had the gumption to do so. I understand that she was thinking of her husband's children, yet surely even they would have been better off out of that abusive environment... The narrative was written skillfully and kept me interested in the outcome. This debut novel will be (and has been) enjoyed by many readers. I'll be interested in what this talented author will write next. All in all, "Dead Inside" was a strong debut. 3.5 stars rounded up
GraceJReviewerlady 12 days ago
A cracking read! DC Maggie Jamieson - you and I are going to get along just fine. Maggie Jamieson has been moved, temporarily, to a new team after dealing with a particularly harrowing case in the murder team she was part of. DAHU is an amalgamation of several services wit the aim of assisting and protecting abused partners; as fate would have it, Maggie's first day finds her investigating a murder .. swiftly followed by the discovery of a further two bodies. With the department under immense pressure to get a result - and quickly - it's down to good old fashioned detective work to get to the bottom of things. This is an accomplished and well-paced piece of writing; a good solid story which focuses on the crime and teases the reader with the barest of facts about Maggie's home life. The characters are all well-drawn, entirely believable and it is a thriller you can really immerse yourself in and give your grey matter a good workout pondering on who the murderer is! I did have a someone in mind, and it turned out I was right - but there is so much more to come after that. A fine, satisfying read and an absolutely stunning debut novel. This is definitely and author - and a series - I intend to follow, and together they have easily earned a full five stars!
JBronder 14 days ago
Three men have been killed in a brutal way. DC Maggie Jamieson is called in to investigate and it is discovered that all three were domestic abuse offenders. Even worse, they all have the same parole officer, Lucy Sherwood. But when another man is found killed all attention goes to Lucy since it was her own husband. This is a killer first book. I quickly got sucked into the story and wanted to know who was killing domestic abusers. It was convenient that Lucy was a suspect especially after her own husband if killed. Of course you have the race against time to keep another person from being killed and everyone trying to figure out how this new department is going to run. But the thing that keeps coming back to me is that this is not just a thriller/murder mystery. There is so much that goes into these abusive relationships. How or why does it start? Why do the victims stay in them? Although this is a Maggie Jamieson mystery it really focuses around Lucy’s life and career. This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. I’m blown away that this is the first book from Noelle Holten but you can tell that she put herself into it. I can’t wait to read more from her. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Bojoura 17 days ago
Very different from what i read in general. Yes its a crime novel, I read a lot of crime, but the tough subject domestic abuse was something i had to get used to. The characters are very well developed and they make you think. Its very interesting to see/read and feel the struggle of the probation officers and other care workers. Besides of the tough subject its also a great read, a solid whodunnit and I 'm really looking forward to #2 in this series.
paytonpuppy 20 days ago
DC Maggie Jamieson investigates when three men, who abused their wives, are killed in a most gruesome way. Maggie knows that she has a killer delivering their own brand of justice. Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood works with abusers who have been placed on probation, while not dealing with her own abusive situation at home. She fears her husband, Patrick, but tries to keep the knowledge of his abuse from her family and others. She knows he was a victim of abuse and stays with him as a way to protect and care for his daughter, Siobhan, whom she loves. The police determine that the three men were all connected to Lucy…is she delivering payback to other abusive husbands? When her own husband becomes a victim, did she finally snap and kill him? A very heartbreaking and absorbing novel dealing with domestic abuse and those that are trapped in the cycle of abuse. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
BobbieLCLA 20 days ago
Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEAD INSIDE by Noelle Holten in exchange for an honest review. Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood frequently deals with wife beaters as part of her duties. When she’s in the office, she’s in control. However, at home, she, herself, is the daily victim of domestic violence. After several of her clients are brutally murdered, police look for someone to blame. As soon as Lucy’s husband is murdered, too, the police arrest Lucy as the perpetrator of all four murders. Is Lucy guilty? Will Lucy be exonerated? Either way, Lucy feels that her future will be better than recent past. Though this is a DC Maggie Jamieson novel, the book actually focuses on Lucy’s story, and Maggie isn’t the key to cracking the case. I liked it, though.
Marnie Harrison 21 days ago
Three men who are abusive predators, have been killed, beaten to death the same way that they treated their own victims. DC Maggie Jamieson assigned to the case, has her worked cut out for her to solve this, before another murder takes place. Maggie’s friend Lucy Sherwood, a probation officer who has connections with these men, is hiding a terrible secret of her own. And when her own husband is murdered, Lucy becomes the prime suspect and her secret is out that she has kept to herself so carefully, that she has also suffered abuse at the hands of her husband for a number of years. But is Lucy responsible for these murders? Having been beaten to unconsciousness that fateful night, Lucy’s struggles to recall the details of her husbands murder and believes that she must be responsible, having been finally pushed to the brink and unable to take anymore of his abuse. But a recollection of another person in the house that she thinks she saw leaving the room that night comes to light, but is this just Lucy’s mind playing tricks on her to try and shift the blame from herself. Lucy’s recollection of the night doesn’t sit well with Maggie, and with time running out, she must trust her instincts and keep looking for the perpetrator before Lucy is charged with a crime that she may not have committed. But are Maggie’s personal feelings getting in the way, or will she have to come to terms with the fact that Lucy really is the killer? Do I recommend this book: Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As a first time author, Noelle smashes this one out of the park!! This is a harrowing story which in times is hard to read due to the graphic descriptions of abuse but it is handled in a sensitive way. I really loved the character of Maggie and my heart broke for Lucy and the other characters who were treated in such a horrific way, by men who are meant to love them. I loved the writing style and the short snappy chapters that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout wanting more. I also liked how Noelle used the names of her friends, who some I was familiar with from book blogging. I really enjoyed that personal touch. I have followed Noelle’s award winning blog Crime Book Junkie, for awhile now and I was so inspired by her and her blog that I have recently become a blogger myself so thank-you for that Noelle. I love that you have taken that passion to create your own work, and a fantastic job has been done. I am thrilled that a second book is in works and I look forward to that and more from DC Maggie Jamieson in the future. Thank-you to NetGalley, Killer Reads and Noelle Holten for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Inside in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.