Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten #review

Title: Dead Perfect
Author: Noelle Holten
Series: DC Maggie Jamieson #3
Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Synopsis:

A murdered woman…

When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer. The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else. Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.

A determined detective…

Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger. Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls?

Can Maggie find the depraved killer? Or will Kate become his next living doll?

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My review:

I have read the first in the DC Maggie Jamieson seriesDead Inside – and really enjoyed it [read my review here]. Somehow I missed the second book, but jumped at the opportunity to review her newest release, and the third in the series, Dead Perfect.

It’s a really well written and constructed thriller, featuring a very likable main character Maggie, who at the start of the novel gets a real scare when she thinks her friend, Dr Kate Moloney, has been murdered by a serial killer. We quickly learn that she hasn’t, but from then on it becomes apparent that Kate is unfortunately not out of danger…

Maggie is a strong, dependable character. She can be hotheaded and passionate but as a reader I feel like I can trust her to do what’s best, and in Dead Perfect she’s doing all she possibly can to keep her friend safe from the serial killer and stalker who seems to have Kate in her sights. This added level of personal interest in the case means there’s even more at stake for Maggie, increasing the novel’s tension and emotion.

There are plenty of twists throughout the plot, and although I had missed book two, I didn’t find I needed to have read it to enjoy this book (though it’s always great to read a series in order if possible!) The characters are all pretty easy to get to grips with; there aren’t too many compared to some novels in this genre, and I liked the impactful way this novel ended. Bring on book four!

Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to HarperCollins UK for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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