Dead Inside - Noelle Holten
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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?
I found this book quite hard going. It developed really slowly, and there was a lot of chapters dedicated to getting to know new characters. It felt like the first half of the book was just introducing all the main players. There was also too much going on that the book couldn’t dedicate itself to being one type of book. There wasn’t enough time to completely emerge in the investigative side of the story, so we only see snippets of this. It also felt a little like a psychological thriller with what Lucy was going through. However, this was just a watered-down version of a PT. There wasn’t enough time to really get to know the ‘victims’. Even though we get introduced to all the characters, there wasn’t enough time to really get to know them. In crime books, we the reader are usually along for the ride in unveiling who the killer or bad guy is. However, the investigation just felt a little bit half-hearted. The book was just spread too thin. It could have done with being either a longer book or cutting out some of the characters and could have been made more focused. The best thing about the book was the small chapters, often only one or two minutes long. This really helped me move through the book at a decent pace. I could say I will just read another chapter as it is only small and then once finished still have time for another. The ending was also quite good; I didn’t expect the dual aspect nor who was to blame for the killings. Overall, it wasn’t a terrible book, but it had a good premise and could have been so much better.