White Is the Coldest Colour
by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Dr. David Galbraith - Book 1
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Publisher: John Nicholl
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Print Length: 286 pages
The gripping dark psychological thriller by ex police officer and child protection social worker, John Nicholl.
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.
White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl
(Dr. David Galbraith, #1)
(Dr. David Galbraith, #1)
In 1992, the world was a more innocent place, or more closed mouthed era. Dirty little secrets often fell on skeptical ears. The victims became victims of a world that wasn’t listening when a child’s tale of abuse by a trusted adult went unheard, or considered a fantasy or nightmare. This is the story of a monster, a pedophile, and a family in crisis who went to him when their young son was suffering emotionally.
John Nicholl brings a nightmare to life in White is the Coldest Color. Dr. David Galbraith is a trusted child psychiatrist, well respected, if not actually liked by all. For Galbraith, his true persona was that of a viscous bully in his own home, a twisted predator who will stop at nothing to get his next “fix.”
Anthony’s family was in crisis, his father was unfaithful, had moved out and his mother was a bitter woman, shattered, yet still willing to take her husband back. We all know children are the victims in divorce and some are given the support and stability they need, while others get lost in the turmoil they do not understand. Anthony was one of the lost ones, taken to the good doctor. He also became the doctor’s latest obsession. When Anthony’s family home is broken into and his mother beaten to near death, he is abducted, missing and the clues are few and far between. Follow a tenacious Inspector as he sifts through a haystack to find the one pin that will point to justice. Will that justice come too late for Anthony?
John Nicholl’s writing is harsh, brutal and rough enough to scrape his readers’ nerves raw. Mr. Nicholl doesn't ask us to like the characters, nor does he give them all many redeeming qualities, but he does give a frighteningly realistic tale with haunting qualities. From the beginning, this game of cat and mouse will leave you on the edge of your seat, muscles clenched as he barrels on to an ending that may or may not let one feel that justice was truly served. Read it and you decide, was it?
I received this copy from John Nicholl in exchange for my honest review.