Review: Dead Perfect (DC Maggie Jamieson #3) by Noelle Holten - .Red Wine & Books

Friday, October 16, 2020

Review: Dead Perfect (DC Maggie Jamieson #3) by Noelle Holten


Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: One More Chapter (October 16, 2020)

From Goodreads.com: 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 Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Maggie is a hard character to like. She's very brash and hot-headed (seriously as a police officer she should know how to control her temper better than she does). I also found her inner musings and actions this go round to alternate between petulant and over-bearing (especially where Kate is involved). For example, the friend of a murder victim tells Maggie that the victim had received letters in black envelopes with gold writing - the same as Kate. However, Maggie decides not to bring this up during the briefing because her boss told her people didn't like how she sometimes seemed to take the lead over everyone else. 

Kate was also hard to like this go round - purposely taking risks when she knows she is a target of a killer's obsession. It didn't make any sense. She refused to give her cell phone up so it could be checked for spyware, something that might have helped them find the killer sooner. She insisted on going places by herself even knowing that this person had been stalking her for months prior. As it reader, it made me wholly unsympathetic to her. 

I had one other major issue with this novel, and being that I received an advanced copy, I am hoping it is taken care of before the final publication, but this novel jumped around A LOT with absolutely no warning or page break. One minute I would be reading about Maggie in the field, then it would jump to the killer's perspective in the next sentence. It made for some very confusing moments forcing me to go back and re-read in order for it to make sense. 

The final thing that convinced me to take a break from this series is the fact that like the last novel, this too ends on a cliff-hanger designed to make you want to pick up the next book. Unfortunately, the opposite was true for me as I am tired of authors trying to force readers to continue instead of producing quality content that makes readers want to continue. 

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 Perfect is available from Amazon.com

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