October 19, 2020

Dead Perfect

Dead Perfect

by Noelle Holten

Published by One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Crime

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

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?

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

My review 

Dead Perfect is my first book by the author and although it’s the third in the series, I don’t think I’ve missed much because the author has made a good job in the character development throughout this book and we can easily see what kind of person is our main heroine, DC Maggie Jamieson. 

A smart and quirky detective, very determined to catch the killer’s and also very sympathetic friend, especially with her long-time partner in crime, Kate. 

The book starts off slow for me but it picks up quick and it’s interesting to see how such a gruesome incident is becoming more than her job to put an end but it gets personal as her past and present are challenged and there are moments when she doubts herself . 

There are many twists, some predictable, some a bit unrealistically for me and some unexpected moments that kept me guessing and wanting to know more and see how everything will unfold. 

Because of the way the crimes were committed, my mind was immediately transported to an older CIS episode that I remember so vividly after over ten years since I’ve seen it first because it felt creepy and to read something similar gave me goosebumps. 

Overall, it’s a good mystery and crime story that many people will enjoy.

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