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Dead Girl Walking

(Jessie Novak #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  43 reviews
“911. What’s your emergency?”
“He came for her. She’s been shot,” says a desperate voice, as footsteps echo down an alley. “She’s dying.”
“Oh no, oh no, he’s coming back. Please, come quickly––” And then a click, and the drone of a dial tone.

The beautiful young woman on the stretcher could be on her honeymoon. Chestnut hair tumbles around a pretty face, rose petals tangled i
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Bookouture
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Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a unique twist on a police procedural, as the main character was a nurse and not in law enforcement. It was a bit unrealistic, though, as she had access to info that the average civilian wouldn’t. The story, first of a new series, centers on ER nurse, Jessie, who questions the story of a young couple who comes into the ER, seemingly shot by a stranger. The police think the story is viable but Jessie is convinced that the husband had something to do with it.

While the book moved at a fast
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dead Girl Walking is the first instalment in the Emergency Room Triage Nurse Jessie Novak series, set in Boston, Massachusetts. Married couple thirty-two-year-old Rob and twenty-eight-year-old Ann Hart had, according to Rob, been out celebrating that night when a man had approached them, pointed his gun and robbed them before shooting mayor's aide and Harvard alumni Rob in the flank and Ann in the head in an alley next to the theatre on Warrenton Street, but when the dispatcher asks him to check ...more
Kelsie Maxwell
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Dead Girl Walking by Roberta Gately is the first book in her Jessie Novak series. As an ER nurse, Jessie Novak is both observer and participant. She’s a smart new female protagonist, even though she’s not the usual cop/former cop or private investigator. I warmed to her personality as the story and her background details evolved. The story is well-written and the plot is engaging. Some of the elements are predictable, but I still enjoyed this mystery and will read any future installments to foll ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The story started with the bang and a 911 call about a husband and wife being shot. They were both brought to the ER to be treated under the capable hands of Nurse Jessie.

I was so happy this was not a typical police procedural but a cool, level-headed investigation done by Jessie. My first book by author Roberta Gately, I loved Jessie’s intelligence and keen sense of observation. Her instincts were in the right place. I too was frustrated when cop Sam refused to see the obvious. I was quite spee
LianaReads blog
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The premise of this book sounds quite interesting and appealing especially since i am a nurse and know pretty much what our heroine has to deal with in her daily job activity. It was nice to read her pov in the story and even better that it's the first book in the series so i could get into her head more and know what are the reasons her actions speak up for.
The story starts quite confusing for me and had a very hard time to get into it actually because i was confused of who is who and what the
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime thriller fans
Recommended to Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog by: Bookouture
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Dead Girl Walking is the first book in a new series featuring Jessie Novak, a Emergency Room Triage Nurse as its lead. Set in Boston Massachusetts, the story follows Jessie’s quest for answers after a beautiful woman is bought into the emergency room, with a gunshot. Who would do this? Why?

The story has been well plotted, executed and with Roberta Gately bringing her own knowledge as a nurse to the table, this makes for an interesting medical drama crossed with a crime thriller. The mystery itse
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via netgalley. This book is the first of a new series following Jessie Novak. Jessie is an ER nurse who becomes involved in helping to solve the shooting of Ann Hart.

This book was very interesting as it was a crim
Emma Shaw
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Something was wrong here, very wrong."

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a great crime series. With Dead Girl Walking I've added yet another to my ever-growing list.

ER nurse Jessie Novak finds herself embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse after becoming determined to bring a killer to justice. She is sure she knows who brutally attacked Ann Hart, but the police don't agree. So she sets out to find the evidence herself, putting her own life in danger. Can she find the proof and exp
This book is the first instalment in the Jessie Novak series written by Roberta Gately, set in Boston, Massachusetts.

Married couple Rob and Ann Hart are out and about when a man approaches them and shoots, hitting Rob in his side and Ann in the head, but when the emergency dispatcher asks Rob to check whether or not Ann's breathing, there's no answer and the line goes dead with a click. Meanwhile, Emergency Room Triage Nurse Jessie Novak is just about to clock off when the paramedics radio to i
Julie Lacey
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series by Roberta Gately and it’s a great start.
Jesse is an ER nurse and has seen most things but when a husband and wife get rushed in after being shot, it’s all hands to the deck.
The man’s political role makes the shooting front page news so the pressure is on to find the person responsible.
Jesse has her thoughts on the crime and helps the police with their investigation which is a great help to them.
It seemed odd at first for a crime thriller to have the mai
Ana Lopez
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC copy

Dead Girl Walking is the first book in a series, a fact that is nicely established through the path the main character goes through in the book.
However, I don't find myself very interested in continuing reading this series. Despite keeping me interested in finding out who had done what, I didn't find this book to be a great thriller.
Not only were the mysteries pretty easy to guess (not every plot twist has to be the most surprising, but I feel like any read
Brenda Feinen
Nov 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Jessie works as an ER nurse. One of the mayor's staff is shot in the leg, his wife in the head.
From the beginning, Jessie is convinced Rob Hart had something to do with the shooting.
Predictable. Skimmed to finish.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Dead Girl Walking follows ER nurse Jessie Novak who treats patient Ann Hart after she has been shot by an unknown assailant alongside her husband. Jessie helps with the police investigation into Ann's shooting and starts receiving bouquets of the same flowers that were found in Ann's hair when she was brought into the ER.

When I read the summary of this book I was immediately dubious (although curious) about the premise of the ER nurse getting involved in a police investigation. On one hand it is
Kris Zeller
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great characters! This new heroine is fantastic!

I loved seeing an ER nurse as the main character, and I thought she was well constructed and authentic. I generally don't like a "torn between two guys" storyline, but this one was written pretty well, was mostly believable and wasn't overly dramatic. Both of the male characters, as well as most of the secondary characters, were fleshed out enough to be interesting but not so much that the details felt unnecessary, which can be a hard line to walk,
Wendy C
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new author I have been wowed by! As a debut with Bookouture, this was one hell of a phenomenal novel!

The first thing I loved about it was the point of view from a hospital worker. I’m used to a crime thriller being from the lead detectors point of view so this was the first series that I’ve read from this point of view and I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s different, fresh and certainly not something I’ve read before. I can see other authors would follow suit. There’s been books with hospital
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Roberta Gately, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

Instantly I got sucked into the fast paced, intense, graphic and frantic beginning of Roberta Gately’s latest read Dead Girl Walking. It was the best of both worlds with criminal investigation and medical drama. The book reminded me of one of the ER crossover shows with the Investigative team.

This book is in loving memory of Roberta’s cherished brother Jim Gately, an a
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
An Emergency Room nurse, Jessie Novak, plays detective in this crime thriller.

When a young couple is attacked, shot, and left for dead in an alley, they are brought to Boston City Hospital by ambulance. Jessie is on duty and finds the wife, Ann Hart, barely alive and the husband with a less serious wound. For some reason, she can't get the crime out of her mind and is quite suspicious about the event. Meanwhile, she's harassed by a reporter and is involved with two local cops who share many inv
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Many thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

A thriller with an ER nurse as the main character, Dead Girl Walking was a fun, fresh take on a murder mystery. Although there were times I got annoyed with Jessie — mainly due to the repetition of some character flaws/quirks (I cannot count the number of times that it was emphasized that Jessie always falls for the “wrong type of guy”) — the plot was fairly quick and the story engaging. I especially loved the
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always been such a huge fan of Bookouture authors the stories they publish always seem to deliver exactly what you are promised, and this one is no different.

What I loved most about this book was following Jessie through her daily grind as a nurse. I found that this gave the book a very unique edge for me. Reading about the patients being admitted and the daily tasks if a medical professional created a medical drama show to play through me head as I was reading.

I felt like I was on a fa
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-x
WoW......... And what a "Breath of Fresh air" this New author was for me!
Everyone loves a new author and when Roberta Gately's new book called Dead Girl Walking. I had to find some me time and open my kindle and start to read it. Oh, Boy, I was not disappointed!!! It was Brilliant! and I was hooked from the very first page!

“911. What’s your emergency?”
“He came for her. She’s been shot,” says a desperate voice, as footsteps echo down an alley. “She’s dying.”
“Oh no, oh no, he’s coming back. Plea
Elisabeth Soane
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book with Jessie Novak as the main character. It was a good start but will be interested to know what will happen in book two. Usually the main character in a crime novel is a police officer or victim, with this Jessie is an emergency nurse.
Jessie is on duty when Ann Hart and her husband are brought in after being shot. How is Ann critically injured when her husband sent? Jessie seems to think it’s because her husband was involved with the shooting. Detective Sam Dallas is on t
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was totally hooked on this book from the very first scene, when two seriously injured robbery victims show up during Jessie Novak's shift in the ER. Jessie, a tough and smart ER nurse with a ton of experience, knows there's more to this so-called robbery than meets the eye -- but what does it all add up to, and can she get anyone to listen? The story is so good, it's impossible not to test out your own theories about the crime as you move through the pages. But what makes this book so differe ...more
Nicky Skene
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dead girl walking the first book in the series by Roberta Gately- another new author for me.
Loved it! I’m a huge fan of crime thriller books and happy to add this to one of my favourite reads of the year.
Jesse an ER nurse has a very busy night when two people - husband and wife - get rushed in after being shot. The husband an up and coming political hotshot makes the shooting front page news. Jesse has her thoughts on the crime and whilst working her already stressful and high paced job helps
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dead Girl Walking is an edge-of-your seat mystery. Jessie Novak loves her job as an ER nurse at Boston City Hospital. Usually able to distance herself from the trauma and tragedy, one case affects her unexpectedly. A young couple arrives, victims of a robbery gone wrong. But the story the husband tells doesn't ring true to Jessie. She is warned by Detective Sam Dallas to be careful, but Jessie doesn't trust him after a sleazy reporter tells her the police are involved in a cover-up. Jessie doesn ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
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This book just didn’t do it for me. I never ended up like Jessie and while I appreciated her tenacity to get to the answers the way she goes about it is, well, unlikable. I hated the way she was with Sam. Apparently Sam needs to give her every minute detail about what he finds out but she claims Hippa every time anything is asked of her.

She gets involved with another cop even though she is attracted to Sam and I, honestly, have no idea why. This other off
Kristen Daniels
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a little unsure about how I would feel about a thriller coming from the view point of someone other than the lead detective as I’m used to. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the way this all played out.

One night in Jessie Novak’s life ends up turning her life completely upside down. From the first time she laid eyes on her patient, she knew something was wrong but I don’t think anyone could guess just how wrong things really were. Unfortunately for Jessie, the problems don’t remain
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Dead Girl Walking. I was hooked from the first page. I loved the feisty ER Nurse Jessie Novak who gets more involved in the 2 people that were brought to the ER with gun shot wounds than most would. She seems to have a keen eye and great instinct for asking the right questions during the investigation. I also enjoyed the love triangle Jessie was involved in and could see how difficult it was for her to sort it all out. I definitely recommend this book as a must read and hop ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i very much enjoyed this Jessie is a ER nurse . at the end of her shift a couple are brought in gunshots Ann hart and Rob hart .the detective in charge is Sam Dallas Jessie has a news reporter gets Jessie in trouble at work she starts dating Nick a policeman . Jessie thinks something not right about the shooting and thinks the husband involved someone is watching Jessie are they all connected . can she trust the police its so good looking forward to next book
Sharon Logue
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jessie Novak is an ER nurse and the story is told though her. I like the idea of a thriller being told, not through a policeman’s prospective but through a nurse that maybe could teach the detectives a thing or two!! I read that there will be a Jessie Novak No.2 book - so hope I can read this..... I need to know what she is up to next!!

Thanks to #bookouture & #netgalley for letting me read this in advance.

#deadgirlwalking #Robertagately

Publish date - 24th November 2020
Carol Drinkwater
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love medical dramas and I love thrillers so this book definitely hit the spot for me, well written and all the characters were good with their own stories.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and I can't wait to read more about Jessie Novak in the future.

I can thoroughly recommend this book, just brilliant.
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A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in third-world war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC World News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced.

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