On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Noelle Holten, 6 Ripley Avenue. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
Jeanette is the manager of a probation hostel that houses high risk offenders released on license.
At 3am one morning, she receives a call telling her a resident has been murdered.
Her whole team, along with the eight convicted murderers, are now all suspects in a crime no one saw committed…
I was really intrigued to hear that Noelle Holten was writing a standalone thriller, as I have loved her DC Maggie Jamieson series. Noelle didn’t disappoint. 6 Ripley Avenue is a very dark crime thriller, focusing in on a hostel for high risk individuals. I think it’s perhaps Noelle’s darkest crime novel yet.
It’s fair to say that the residents, who live nearby to 6 Ripley Avenue, aren’t too happy about the idea of having dangerous criminals living nearby; I think if I was in their position, I would be feeling the same. One resident, Helen Burgess, blames the hostel for the death of her husband, who blamed his stress, that caused his death, on the place. Helen, however, in the present, is working in the kitchens there, but she is determined to get the hostel shut down and begins working with a journalist, Sloane.
There is a real sense of menace throughout this book, especially following the murder of a person staying at the hostel, Danny Wells. This puts everyone on edge, including the criminals who are living there as they don’t want any more of their freedoms taken away, which the staff threatens to do so, as the tensions between those running the hostel and the local community escalate.
As Helen and Sloane started talking, it made me wonder just how much danger they were going to be putting themselves in. Sloane is determined to get a good story and it is clear to see that she is willing to do anything to get one. Throughout the book there are some sinister chapters told from the point of view of the killer, and it isn’t yet clear what their motive is here, especially with the murder of Danny Wells. Noelle also creates tension around the possibility of the killer striking again.
Noelle Holten has created a cast of intriguing characters in this book. I was totally surprised by who the killer turned out to be, and I thought Noelle wrapped everything up well as she drew the novel to a close. Noelle Holten has written another brilliant thriller. If you’re a fan of her writing, you will love this one, and if you haven’t read her work yet, then you definitely need to.
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication date: 27th September 2022
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