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Nicholl is a superb story teller; it is an art to write a book with such a violent and brutal plot line and conveying it without gratuitous details. He has a great style of writing I can’t wait to see what he will give us next.

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Available:<strong> <a href="http://<a href=">White is the coldest colour: A dark psychological thriller</a> </strong>(£1.99 at time of writing)
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Synopsis:

Be careful who you trust…

The Mailer family are oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP following the breakdown of his parents’ marriage.
Fifty-eight year old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.
Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession, and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

The book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

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My review:

This is a story about a paedophile ring set in the 1990’s, it’s brutal but absolutely riveting.   I could not put this book down and had to finish it in one go!

What did I like best?

I love the fact that there is not just one hero in this story, but many who make up the team investigating the paedophile ring, as it is in the true life, including police, child protection,social services etc. This is such an important part of the book because each character brings something different.

The opening chapter is shocking and violent, and thank goodness that its the last time you will read brief details of such horrendous acts in the the book. However, incredibly Nicholl leaves the reader in no doubt of the horrendous violence and obscenities that are inflicted on children in the hands of pedophile rings without any further account.

The paedophile Dr Galbraith a child psychiatrist is the ultimate master of cunning and deception. He is part of a ring with each paedophile belonging to a like-minded community to encourage, aid and protect each other

“He made a point of never seeing a family until exactly ten-minutes after their appointed time had elapsed…He hated every excruciating minute, but it reinforced his importance, and therefore his power. The sacrifice was probably worth it.”

This quote sums up the cold calculation of the man. A man who another paedophile about to be released from prison was prepared to spend another 10 brutal years rather than give up his name.

And then there is the Mailer family who are so caught up in their marriage problems they fail to see the danger their son Tony is in. I was practically shouting to the mother and father “wake up, if it feels wrong, then it is wrong.”

Don’t make the mistake though in thinking that this is not a loving family. Molly is fiercely protective over her children, and Mike their father has just lost his way with his relationship with Molly.

Nicholl shows us how blinded by authority most people are that anything is possible. It is anguishing to read how little seven year old Tony can fall prey to a man who only has torture on his mind.

This is a very tense book, I could not put it down because I just had to see if they could find the boy in time….

It was great to see the level of expertise and knowledge shown in the subject throughout from Nicholl’s own career experience. I felt that not only had I enjoyed an excellent read, I had been educated as well.

The ending is blunt, but I understand that there is more yet to come from this author. Here’s hoping 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • ASIN: B00VR8X45W
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    Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book for an honest review.
    
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