I’ve been waiting for so long to read this and so am absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour for Dead Inside by our very own lovely Noelle Holten! This is a bloody fantastic debut and I can’t wait to read more from her!

the blurb

Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘A brilliant debut – gritty, dark and chilling. Noelle Holten knows her stuff’ Mel Sherratt

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new 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?

Where to buy: Amazon UK

my review

I’m so excited to be reviewing this! Noelle is one of the loveliest people (and a fellow animal lover) so I couldn’t wait to read her debut novel and I was not disappointed!

We meet Probation Officer Lucy who, on a day to day today basis has to deal with domestic abusers…but one by one her clients are turning up brutally murdered….Is she a suspect? Why would she commit these crimes? And what dark secrets of her own is she harbouring?

DC Maggie Jamieson has just joined the DAHU team from the murder squad….and on her first day has to deal with a murder….and then they keep coming! But why did she leave the murder squad? And will she be able to find out who the serial killer is before someone innocent takes the blame?

I was completely gripped by this story! I fell in love with Lucy from the beginning, who is the loveliest person but she has her own secrets that she’s trying to keep covered up.  I really wanted her to share them and really wanted her to be happy!

Maggie is fantastic and does a brilliant job, alongside Criminal Psychologist, Dr Moloney (who is also new to the team) in pulling together the facts of the case, and uncovering the bits that might make a difference.  The other supporting cast, especially Mark and Sarah were brilliant.  I loved that there were some names in there that I recognised (Sarah Hardy!) which really made me smile.

The story is well written and easy to follow.  There are a number of characters who have mini stories going on and I loved this.  Each of the characters bought out different emotions in me….some I hated (and could willingly punch in the face!), others I just wanted to give them a kick up the bum and tell them to sort themselves out!

This is a bloody brilliant debut which is well paced, with a fantastic ending! Noelle covers the sensitive subject of domestic abuse brilliantly, and it really makes you think about those it affects in real life.

If your looking for something that you won’t want to put down and will have you completely engaged, then this is the book for you! Highly recommended by me, and now I can’t wait for book 2!!!! Hurry up Noelle!



abouT the author

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Where to find Noelle online: Facebook ~ Twitter ~ GoodReads ~ Blog ~ Instagram

I’ve got a Meet the Author post coming up from Noelle which will go live in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her!

tour hosted by

Book On The Bright Side

Check out all the other reviews from these fabulous bloggers too!! Thank you so much to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to Noelle and the publisher to providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and are unbiased.

If you’re read this too, I would LOVE to know what you thought.

Have a great weekend all, and thanks for reading lovelies.

Chelle x

4 Replies to “Blog Tour & Review: Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

  1. Eeeek!!!! OMG wow!!! Stunning review – thank you so much for being a part of the tour and I am SO HAPPY you enjoyed Dead Inside! 🥰

    1. Thank you for sharing with me! It’s honestly fab Noelle – you completely SMASHED it and I can’t wait for your next book 🙂 xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *