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Dead Wrong

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My goodness! Noelle Holten has done it again. What a crackingly good read! Bill Raven, self confessed murderer is now appealing his conviction, citing certain levels of incompetence from DC Maggie Jamieson. Everyone starts to doubt the conviction and the evidence it was based on when it seems the murders have not finished, despite Bill Raven being in prison. Maggie is not only against the clock trying to find out who murdered these women but also she's fighting to save her own career. And horrifically, some of the women who have been missing may actually still be alive which is terrifying! Where have they been? What have they been through?

Maggie Jamieson's character is fantastic. I'm really enjoying the strong female lead in Maggie and the reader gets to know her a little bit more.  In fact, its refreshing to see so many of the strong, central characters in the book are female. The author has created a super creepy villain in Bill Raven. He reminded me a little of a Hannibal Lecter type character in the way he conducted himself and the way his mind worked. A little bit of insanity mixed with a very clever person is surely a deadly combination. I could feel myself get a little tense every time Maggie had to spend any time with him. Noelle Holten has written their interactions totally spot on and in such a way as to totally draw the reader in and become so invested in the investigation itself. I love a character I can dislike as much as the main character hates Bill Raven, or The Chopper as he's known as!

Dead Wrong has a clever plot line and an even more clever ending. The story kept me entertained and horrified all at the same time. I was gripped straight from the beginning and found the book difficult to put down.  A highly recommended read!
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Noelle Holten has written a novel that I feel deserves more than 5 stars. Honestly, there arent enough stars to give this novel. Dead Wrong is part of a series but there’s no issue reading it as a standalone…except then you get less of Noelle Holten‘s brilliant writing.

Noelle Holten is at the top of the class when it comes to crime thrillers. She writes dark and thrilling stories that aren’t for the faint of heart. Vivid and captivating, I was sucked into this story and I felt all the emotions Maggie went through as she took the leading role.

Speaking of Maggie, character building is clearly a rock star when it comes to crafting characters. I feel like Maggie is a real person and this story was a real tale.

This is one of those books that I could go on and on about but you should be heading to purchase your copy right now. Highly recommended!!



*I received a free copy of this book from BOTBS Publicity in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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Book 2 in this detective series and I really enjoyed this one.  I was engrossed in the storyline from the very beginning.  A gripping crime thriller and now I'm heading straight on to read book 3 in the series.
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Dead Wrong is the brilliant follow up to Dead Inside and carries on the story of Maggie Jamieson and this time she is faced with a high-profile cold case. The action is tense and I really enjoyed the interaction between Maggie and Forensic Psychologist Kate. Looking forward to seeing more from this series.
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'Dead Wrong' is the second instalment in the fabulous DC Maggie Jamieson series by author Noelle Holten. A few months ago I read the first book, 'Dead Inside' and I had really enjoyed it. Now, as the author has just published the third book in the series, I was desperate to catch up with Maggie and see what the author had in store for her and us in this second book.

In 'Dead Wrong', Maggie is faced with a very baffling case which sends her spinning down a self-doubt spiral. The dismembered body parts of a woman thought to have been one of three murdered two years earlier by the notorious killer Bill Raven (now jailed) are found dumped in a wheelie-bin. At the time, the victims' bodies were not found, the killer had not given the police any clues as to their whereabouts. So, since the body parts have been found now, after two years, and they don't seem to have been frozen, this means that a) unbeknown to the police, the woman was still alive all this time, held captive somewhere, b) there's another monster on the loose in Staffordshire and c) Maggie had imprisoned the wrong man. But could she have been this wrong? Was Raven really innocent?

In order to start unraveling this chaos in her mind, Maggie has no other option but to confront once more Bill Raven in prison. Raven is a shrewd psychopath who enjoys playing with people's mind especially Maggie's and he has no intention of helping her. The discovery of the victim gives Raven the possibility of appealing his conviction, but Maggie is certain that he's involved somehow, she couldn't have got it all wrong two years previously. But how can she prove it? Raven is in prison, he couldn't have killed her himself.

When a second woman's fresh body parts are found and it emerges that she too had been named by Raven at the time of his arrest, Maggie and her team find themselves against the clock on a desperate cat-and-mouse hunt to catch the killer before another woman is murdered and before Raven is set free once more.

Well, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It's evident that the author did extensive research on crime-solving and investigations. I enjoyed the fact that she included both offender and geographical profiling in her police investigation. These are so fascinating and I learned so many new facts.

The tension never stops and the plot's momentum is pacy throughout. We have lots of twists and turns. Every time Maggie thinks she has found something, it always leads to a dead end, frustrating the hell out of her and intriguing the reader more and more. The characters are all life-like and the dialogues realistic. My only gripe with this book is that I couldn't punch the living daylights out of Raven myself! He's such a horrible monster.

The huge cliff-hanger the author reserves for the ending left me open-mouthed and shocked - oh no, Ms Holten, you can't do that, no!!

'Dead Wrong' is another fantastic addition to the series and I highly recommend it. Fast plot, great characterisation, a baffling mystery, all in all an entertaining read. What more could a reader wish for? Now off to start reading the third book 'Dead Perfect' right away as I want to know what happens next!
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I very much enjoyed this book.  It has a good story and excellent main characters.  I would definately recommend this book.
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"Dead Wrong" hits the ground running picking up right where "Dead Inside" left off! As a back-to-back reader, I appreciated the smooth transition into the depths of DC Maggie Jamieson. Luckily, even if I hadn't just read book one, book two more than stands for itself. This second novel in Noelle Holten's debut crime thriller series keeps readers spinning circles around the previously convicted serial killer, Bill Raven. 

While the initial Chopper Case was heavily reliant on Raven's murder confession, the missing women's bodies were never found. That is, until recently, when their chopped up, body parts began surfacing all over town. It doesn't take long for Maggie to suspect that Raven was at the root of these horrific deaths. Yet, seeing as he has was in jail when their bodies were found, how could he have done it? Many are questioning the detective's objectivity, especially the media. Determining Raven's involvement is exactly what Maggie aims to find out, even while under strict orders to branch out and scour every possible person of interest, reinterview past connections, and play nice in her on-going prison meetings with said convicted serial killer.  

Maggie is one hell of a character, and I just loved her! She felt real and raw. Sure, she overstepped a few times for the sake of the case, letting her gut feelings guide her, but that didn't make her any less of a detective. She followed her hunches and accommodated her orders, all while navigating her own life and sexuality. Oh, and let's not forget her cat, Scrappy!  

The multiple narrations between herself, a few of her teammates, criminal psychologist Dr. Kate Moloney and Bill Raven himself really brought this story full circle. It was interesting to see how Raven's mind worked, the banter between him and Maggie, and each of the Chopper Case connections along the way. I don't want to give too much away, though, so I'll just leave it at that.

I would recommend this novel to those interested in crime thrillers with a heavy emphasis on the actual police procedural. As stated in my review of "Dead Inside," it's important to note that this book is a part of a series and does end with a cliffhanger. Rest assured that all of this individual story's I's are dotted, and t's are crossed; the ending scene purely leaves you wanting and ready for the next installment! If this is your kind of read, then get to chopping at those pages!

I'd like to take a moment and thank the author, the publishers at One More Chapter, a division of Harper Collins UK, and NetGalley for my complimentary ebook copy of "Dead Wrong." I enjoyed this ebook right alongside my purchased paperback and audiobook copies. I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title.
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Dead Wrong By Noelle Holten 
I really enjoy this book, which is the second in the series. I recently listened to book one on audio, and knew straight away that I wouldn't leave it too long before reading book 2. 
I love Maggie and Kate in this series. I love how Maggie is so determined to get to the truth,  and love the support from Kate. 
I thought the storyline was excellent and well thought out,  and literally had me second guessing if Bill Raven deserved to be behind bars. I got through this book quickly,  just dying to know the outcome.  
I think the authors expertise really shines through in her writing.  Book 2 leaves you wanting more, and I can't wait to dive into book 3!
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Number two in the series and it’s shaping up to be a great ride.  We get to know Maggie a lot better this time as she returns to her original squad following her secondment. An old case threatens to ruin her career when the convection she secured for a brutal killer is accepted for appeal and it feels like just about everyone now doubts her past decisions. As the bodies  mount  up and he is still in prison even Maggie starts to think she may have been wrong. Excellent development of the characters and the sub plot but oh the ending
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Dead Wrong is the second in the Maggie Jamieson series and a thrilling, gripping read.  This series is shaping up to be fantastic, and I look forward to reading the next installment.  4 stars
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Dead Wrong is a total rollercoaster of a read.

At the end of book one, DI Maggie Jamieson knows that a case from her past is coming back to haunt her, and boy what a case it is.

Sick serial killer Bill Raven is behind bars but he was convicted on his confession alone... the three women he admitted killing were never found.

He's been locked up for a while now... but then the body parts start turning up... and they've only recently been killed.

How the heck has he managed that from his prison cell?

Jamieson and the team have to start looking at the old case and try to see what they missed the first time around. Everyone was convinced Raven was the killer. Everyone knew he was responsible for the missing women. He admitted it. And now they're in a race against time to discover the truth before more bodies turn up.

Holten's got a real way with words. She has a wonderful ability to pull you in to the page, in to the scene, you could be sat next to the characters. The world she has created around Jamieson is believable and realistic, and bloody scary!

While Maggie is trying to save her reputation, she knows she got it right the first time around, but how the hell is Raven doing this?! Maggie has so much going on in her life and the last thing she needs is to have her abilities as a detective called in to question.

Holten takes us on a real trip with this one. With twists and turns at every step and a 'killer' intent on revenge, Maggie is in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

We really get to know Maggie in this one. She really develops from book one and we see a lot more of her on a personal level too. That made it a lot easier to feel what she was feeling, and boy what a trip that was! Nothing like going to bed thinking there's a psychotic serial killer watching you!

As the hunt for the killer ramps up, so does the tension. Holten fills each page and it doesn't let up. There's a constant feel of dread when you're reading... you know the one... it's what us crime book junkies live for (did you see what I did there?!)

Noelle, it was an absolute honour reading your second book. I completely LOVED it and I cannot wait for more in the series.

You have created something standout special in a jam-packed genre and you deserve all the success with it.

Bookworms, you MUST get involved with Dead Wrong, it's out today and is bloody brilliant!
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Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten - ‘DC Maggie Jamieson's past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller. “ Three missing women  were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…
 But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.
Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find along with two other women. This was a good book. A serial killer is in jail, and now claims he didn’t kill anyone. He claims he was coerced to confess. The detective, from his first trial, stays on the hunt and maintains he is the killer, but with an unknown accomplice. I recommend this book but you have to know that the ending is a cliff hanger of sorts. Thank you to Net Galley for an advanced reader’s copy.
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This is the second book in the Maggie Jamieson series and in this one we really get to know the Detective a little bit better. After really enjoying Dead Inside I have been looking forward to reading this and seeing where Noelle was going to take her characters this time. 
When the body of a woman is found, Maggie must revisit a case that took over life and question if she arrested the right person. Maggie is convinced she was right the first time and it is this conviction that puts her at odds with both her team and her superiors. 
Maggie is a confident person and she is quite often blinkered to other possibilities that also see her going against procedure to prove her point. That being said she does have a good relationship with acting DS Nathan Wright and he seems to know exactly how to handle her, allowing her some leeway but always pulling her back if it looks like she is in real danger of damaging her career. By the end of the book I had certainly warmed to her as you got to know her outside of the police station and what made her tick.
Raven is definitely a dark and twisted character who certainly knows how to push Maggie’s buttons at every turn, and I found that I was never always as sure as Maggie that he was guilty of the murders or not. Clearly, he is guilty of something but as to what that is you really need to read the book to find out as I am not going to spoil it for you. 
When I get to start at the beginning of a series its always interesting to see if the next book is going to hold your attention as much as the first one did and if you could read them as a stand-alone. The answers to both these questions is absobluminlutely and with an ending that has you wanting to reach for book 3 almost straight away what’s not to love. Noelle Holton is quickly becoming a must read author for me with her next book already on pre order.
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New to me author Noelle Holton that I believe will become a favorite. I enjoy books that have a returning main character Maggie Jamison is a strong character and Dead Wrong has a great plot line with lots of twists and turns. If you enjoy police procedurals and mystery suspense novels Dead Wrong is the book for you! Thanks to NetGalley and the author and her publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of Dead Wrong.
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Absolutely enjoyed from start to finish, u didn't want the book to end. Highly recommended, if you like books that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
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They were abducted years ago. Notorious serial killer Bill Raven admitted to killing them and was sentenced to life.

The case was closed – at least DC Maggie Jamieson thought it was…
But now one of them has been found, dismembered and dumped in a bin bag in town.

Forensics reveal that she died just two days ago, when Raven was behind bars, so Maggie has a second killer to find.
Because even if the other missing women are still alive, one thing’s for certain: they don’t have long left to live…

Another cracker of a read.  This is the second in a series and it does not disappoint.  Great characterisation, fantastic story, drama and intrigue abound.  Edge of the seat stuff and finished in one sitting,  As usual some superb writing.  Highly recommended and a 5 star rating from me.  Can’t wait for the next instalment.
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This is the second in the DC Maggie Jamison series, I really enjoyed the first one and this was a great follow up. Maggie is pulled back from her secondment  in the Domestic Abuse team to the murder unit to revisit one of her old cases. Bill Raven, who formerly confessed to the murder of three women, has launched an appeal claiming he was wrongly convicted. 
Maggie is under pressure from work and the media and the details of her interview and working methods are dragged into the spotlight.
Then the body parts of one of the victims Raven claimed are found. The woman has only recently been murdered however and as Raven is behind bars, it couldn’t have been him. Has Maggie got it wrong?
As things progress, she’s convinced Raven is involved somewhere and she’s determined to prove it.
Alongside the case itself is the story of Maggie’s budding friendship with Dr Kate Moloney who is a profiler and psychologist. She provides some important insight into the killer and Kate turns to Maggie when she starts to receive strange letters in the post, followed by a gruesome package. 
There were some great twists in this book and I’ve already been allowed to review the third book in the series, thank you Netgalley!
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First in the series can’t wait to get stuck into the rest. Gripping storyline completely believable plot and characters highly recommend
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I was SO looking forward to reading this second instalment by Noelle and I wasn’t disappointed. We are back with Maggie Jamison and this time she is dealing with Bill Raven who she put behind bars. With bodies showing up relating to that case Raven is now claiming innocence and it’s Maggie’s job to either prove she was right the first time, or find the real killer.

There is plenty of suspense in this book and although it was slightly slower to start than the first book in the series that flips on its head in the second half. I like the character of Maggie and particularly how her relationship with Raven is so warped yet VERY engaging. There is certainly a chilling air running through this book.

I read the second half of the book in one sitting and cannot wait to see where the series goes next. I would certainly recommend reading the first and then the second book because as a reader you have continuity with characters which helps build more of a connection. I absolutely loved this book even though it was a slower burner than the first, but the second half totally made up for that. Definitely recommended!
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This was an easy to read thriller thaylt kept my attention all the way through! Lots of twists and surprises I didn't see coming. Very good, would recommend! This was fab guys
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