REVIEW: Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @BOTBSPublicity

REVIEW: Dead Mercy by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @BOTBSPublicity

Afternoon lovelies.  I lied when I told you my last post was my last review for Christmas!!  Today I’m thrilled to be reviewing Dead Mercy by the very lovely Noelle Holten….This is another brilliant, suspenseful, crime thriller that had me absolutely hooked (and cringing with pain at times!),,,,,,,

about the book

Title: Dead Mercy
Author: Noelle Holten
Genre: Thriller
Series/Standalone: Fifth book in a series; Can be read as a standalone
Estimated page count: 402
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: One More Chapter (19 Nov. 2021)
Tour organised by: Book On The Brightside

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin on Dead Inside

A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

When Maggie is called to the scene of a murder, she’s shocked to find that the body might be the husband of one of her probation colleagues…….With not much to go on, the investigation starts but before the team know it they have another murder on their hands.  Again, the body has had teeth removed and has been set on fire.  But what links these two victims? As Maggie starts to dig, she discovers a despicable crime that was never resolved.  But there are so many pieces of the puzzle missing.  Maggie, along with her colleagues, must put the pieces together before more bodies turn up……

As I’ve come to expect from Noelle, this is an absolutely brilliant, suspenseful thriller that had me completely hooked!  Having read all the previous books I already love the characters, and thoroughly enjoying coming back to them each time to see where they’re at.  It was wonderful to see Maggie taking some brave steps in her personal life in this too.

The plot is an absolute belter! Some of the chapters are narrated by the killer (although we don’t know who it is) and as they describe the murders, you will feel like you’re watching it playing out on screen.  Teeth being pulled is a definite no-no for me and I was cringing along like I was there! It was absolutely fantastic and fully sucked me in.  The story kept me constantly turning the pages, trying to figure out what had gone on in the past, who the murderer was and who might be next! There’s also something that happens towards the end which has completely left me hanging so will see what happens in the next one!

I really enjoy Noelle’s writing style.  It’s clear, fun and easy to read and always leaves me wanting more! So honestly, if you’re looking for an absolutely gripping crime/serial killer, then you will LOVE this! You can definitely read this as a standalone, but I have loved every single one of the series so would highly recommend reading those too.  Another absolute smasher – well done Noelle.

about the Author

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at 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 Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog. Dead Inside – her debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK is an international kindle bestseller and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Follow Noelle online: Subscribe to Newsletter ~ Twitter | @nholten40 ~ Facebook ~ Blog FB Page ~ Instagram | @author_noelleholten ~ Website ~ Bookbub

Thanks so much to Sarah, Noelle and One More Chapter for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

I may well be back before Christmas so see you then!

Chelle x

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