Review: Dead Wrong (DC Maggie Jamieson #2) by Noelle Holten


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: One More Chapter (March 14, 2020)

From Goodreads.com: The serial killer is behind bars. But the murders are just beginning…

DC Maggie Jamieson's past comes back to haunt her in this dark and gripping serial killer thriller.

Three missing women running out of time…

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…



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I don't know what I was expecting, but this one just didn't jive for me. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that this story was repetitive without repeating itself. What does that mean? It means I can sum up the entire book in the following couple of sentences; body parts of women thought long dead turn up freshly killed and dismembered. Maggie goes to visit the man who previously confessed at the jail, he riles her up, she loses her temper. Maggie goes back to the police station gets grumpy that no one believes her when she says the man behind bars is involved, throws a temper tantrum. Wash and repeat. At least until the point where everyone seems to start letting her have her way, which leads to the killer being found, but it took so long to get there and there were just so many instances of details being thrown at us that frankly, it was hard to stay invested at some points. 

There were also areas that made no sense. Like Maggie's cat is missing throughout the entire book, Raven makes some vaguely threatening remarks about it at the end of the book and bam! She comes home to her cat, perfectly safe asleep in his bed? Just what was that all about?  

I was also really disappointed with the sub-storyline regarding Maggie's friend (and criminal profiler Kate). While I can't go into details without giving away spoilers, I will say given her job and the fact that they were in the midst of hunting a serial killer, the way certain aspects of her story-line were treated made absolutely no sense. 

What saved this story for me was the surprise twist at the end. I had not expected the book to go the way that it did which was a pleasant surprise. All things considered, I am sure this novel will appeal to people who enjoy detailed thriller novels with heavy police undertones (aka you spend a lot of time at the station and in the field trudging along with the characters). And considering how this one ended, I will probably give at least the next book a chance before making a final decision whether or not I'm going to stick with this series.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.
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                                Dead Wrong is available from Amazon.com

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