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 townhouse 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.
©2015 John Nicholl (P)2016 John Nicholl
This is my first Audible book and I'm extremely impressed. I've listened to audiobooks in other forms before, but White is the Coldest Colour was of exceptional quality
My favorite character is Dr. Galbraith - not because I like him, but because he's so skillfully constructed that I hated him to the very core. I don't think I ever loathed a character so much in any book I've ever read.
Jake Urry's voice was perfect for this dark and disturbing story. He did an excellent job with a subject most people would cringe to read aloud.
Yes, absolutely. I became fully immersed in the story.
The audiobook format makes this story doubly chilling. I highly recommend it!
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Freightening, Shocking, Upsetting
From a purely narative point of view the Doctor would be my favourite. As he's the primary character he stands out and has incredible depth. However, his wife Cynthia becomes the dark horse of this story, finding me cheering her on during the last chapter.
Jake's inflections whilst speaking as the Doctor convey this man's brutal nature. Spot on!
When the ring calls your name.
A gripping book with a subject matter I was initially very wary of. Powerful scenes from the first chapter are shocking and not for sensitive individuals. However, beyond that the narrative allows the listener to delve into the psyche of an utterly deranged and incredibly cruel man. A classic battle between police investigation and the criminal ensues, with a highly developed plot and a twist at the end that left me screaming in delight.
Superb text, narrated beautifully and sensitively by Jake Urry.
I have previously read this novel and it was one of my top ten reads in 2015. I must admit that this is my first ever audible book but I have to say listening to the narrator brought the characters and the story even more to life. The narrator was perfect for this story and I loved the different voices and accents he used for each character as it was easy to distinguish between them all. I didn't think it was possible to make this novel even more chilling than it already is but that is what the audible version has brought to this novel and highly recommend giving the audible version a go.
Below is my review of the novel itself:
White is the Coldest Colour is one of the most disturbing psychological thrillers I have ever read.
Even though this story is a work of fiction the fact that the author has written this book drawing on his experiences as his time as a police officer and a child probation social worker, makes this book even more chilling.
The story itself will grab your attention from the very first chapter.
To start with the story focuses mainly on Dr David Galbraith and his latest obsession Anthony and his family. I think due to the nature of the storyline some parts of this book can be uncomfortable to read but to be honest the book itself doesn't go to much into detail with the abuse side itself. If anything it is the doctor himself that I find extremely disturbing. The author does a fantastic job of letting the reader see the inside of this truly disturbed character. I have read many books along the lines of serial killers, criminals and abusers but I don't think I have actually hated a fictional character more than I do with Dr Galbraith. You really do need to read this book to believe it, there is nothing about this character that I could ever have any sort of empathy for, he really is just evil inside and out.
The book also focuses on the police and social workers who are desperately trying to bring down these horrendous predators which gives the readers a great insight to how hard it is for the authorities in bringing these people to justice.
White is the Coldest Colour is a book that will stay with me for a very long time as Dr David Galbraith is not a character you can forget in a hurry! This book will grab you from the start and by the end will have you at the edge of your seat. I literally could not tap to the next page on my kindle quick enough towards the end of this story as it was so fast paced towards the end. There is also going to be a sequel to this book which I can not wait for.
White is the Coldest Colour is not a book for the faint hearted but if you are a big lover of dark psychological thrillers once you've started you will not be able to put it down.
Many Thanks to the author John Nicholl for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Even though he is one I hated it had to be Dr Galbraith.
I think the ending was one of my favourites but don't want to say to much and give anything away.
I would say it shocked me more than anything as it is a disturbing and chilling read but one that will have you hooked and you have to finish.
White Is the Coldest Colour is a debut novel by John Nicholl and ranks amongst the highest in terms of story telling. His characters are well developed and very early on you come to hate the protagonist - he is an arrogant, evil bastard who thinks he can not be touched; much like others who we now know in real life are paedophiles.
Although the subject matter is horrible, John Nicholl, who is a former child protection officer with social services, clearly draws on his experiences in dealing with vulnerable children and this transfers extremely well into the story. It is dark, disturbing and sometimes difficult to read, but at the same time draws you in and you want to see justice done. I loved it!
I was given a free copy of this by Jake Urry in exchange for an honest review, and I have to say Jake Urry delivered a stunning performance. He brought the book to life and, in particular, his voice sounded how I would imagine Dr David Galbraith to sound. I have already downloaded another book narrated by Jake.
This book brought all sorts of emotions to the fore; anger, sadness, distress - all the requirements of a dark, psychological novel.
It is difficult to believe that this is John's first novel, and I certainly look forward to reading more from him, particularly his next novel 'When Evil Calls Your Name' which is out now and is Book 2 of the Dr Galbraith books.
It was a suspense thriller from beginning to end
His voice was right for the plot
Very good audiobook and great narration
It has successfully captured the minds of an abuser, a victim, child, parent, murderer police officer and others with sublime detail and knowledge of the subject matter captured by a intense, strong narration from Jake Urry.
Excellent debut novel from John Nicholl.
Hang on while I get my breath back!
OMG this is a brilliant read. I can't believe I haven't come across John Nicholl before & the narrator Jake Urry, they are a match made in heaven. I actually felt I was there, although I'm not sure what part I was playing. It kept my attention completely, even though I listened to the entire book in one session. Fast paced with believable characters, not too graphic given the topic. A must listen.
Wow! I found myself entranced from beginning to end. This story was so well written. You know it's good when you can imagine it all. The narration was excellent, especially the Welsh accents and manner of speaking. I am in my lounge and literally giving Jake Urry a standing ovation. (My kids are looking at me like I'm nuts, but hey, you deserve it Jake!) This is my first John Nicholl experience and I have to say I am impressed. Kudos to you Mr. Nicholl for nailing the pathological behaviour and writing in a way that allowed me to see the internal thought processes of the characters. I am officially a fan. Now, if you will please excuse me, I need to add to my John Nicholl collection so I can binge. ;)
It's a fantastically written story. John Nicholl's experience in child protection and the police really comes through. It's incredibly realistic.
I don't usually read thrillers, I enjoy real life stories. This book bridges the gap.
He doesn't just read it, he acts.
It made me feel sick at times, tearful at others. It got the adrenaline going that for sure.
A brilliant story
A great story narrated very well. The subject matter is very chilling and may not be for everyone. I will certainly be listening to the next book When Evil calls your Name. This book is truly scary stuff and not for the faint hearted!
"Oh my God"
This is true psychological thriller at its best. The author has to have a dark imagination to come up with this kind of story. And the narrator his voice does justice to the story. At times while listening I felt like I was in the story. Are there really people like this in our world? I wasn't sure if this was based on a true story so had to research it. No it is fiction that comes from the mind of a brilliant author.
I received this free of charge for an honest review.
"heart racing suspense"
wasn't a fan of the story sexual child abuse , but actually makes one think about the people we in trust our children with ..but the book will put you on the edge and have your heart racing and calling out come on move already like a good,film . good story not many actually get your heart racing
"Tale of an enraging, engaging, eloquint sociopath."
The people who appear to "have it all" can be the nightmare of your dreams ... and draw you into the darkest reality of daylight. 3 words? Embrace your soul.
This entire book was memorable and one I will never forget.
Cynthia Galbraith's sequel in Book 2 will be my next review -
not yet ... "my dear"
Moment by moment traveling through a dark, sinister tunnel - and finding a wee bit of light - at last!
Yes I am expecting CYNTHIA'S daughter's, to be released forthcoming Book 3 and 4! PLEASE! Their perspective, I'm sure, will add even more dimension to this series.
This is very dark and disturbing book! To think this could be actually going on. This doctor not only abuses children but his family. I recommend this scary book for thriller fans the last 2 hours were the best. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"White Is the Coldest Colour: Dr. David Galbraith,"
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This psychological thriller deals with a respected child psychologist, who just happens to head a secret pedophile ring. Will his latest patient become a victim? The story is fast past and very gripping. The author’s profession in law enforcement and child protective services adds a measure of depth that will keep the listener on the edge of their seat too the very end.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
"Gripping Psychological Thriller! A Must Read."
wow, right into the first chapter this starts. it turned my stomach because it just seemed so real, like it could happen. and I know these things happen. I had to ask myself if i would be able to listen to this book or not… Or would it bring up somethings from my past, I would rather keep in the past. I decided to give it until chapter 3 to see if i could handle this.
I am very glad i stuck with it. It was chilling, creepy, in a real life monsters kind of way…
I wasn’t sure how this book would go, but i can not stress enough, its a great book, one that will stay with you for a while.
I love how the writer made me hate the Dr. but, keep me interested about him. and i wanted to kick his butt, and I hated being able to hear what he thought, he was written very well.
the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life!
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..
A brilliantly, brutal read. More than once, I found myself shouting at the bad guys and cheering on the good. Eager for more!
"Excellent book - but not a good bedtime story!"
White is the Coldest Color: Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1 by John Nicholl, narrated by Jake Urry, is probably one of the most intense, dark, and sinister books I’ve ever run across. Jake Urry does intense, dark, and sinister very well. I learned quickly not to listen to it at bedtime.
The story itself is extremely well-written. It depicts a very realistic scenario of child abduction and abuse, by the people who you are most supposed to trust, and the ones you would least suspect. What makes it particularly dark is the fact that the kind of events portrayed actually happen – every single day, all across the world. As one of the detectives in the story asks, “What is wrong with people?”
If you like the kind of thrillers that gnaw at your guts for a while after you’ve finished reading them, you’ll like this one. If it makes you feel a little bit better to know that once in a while, the scum of the earth reap their just rewards, you’ll like this one.
Maybe hearing this story will help people be more aware, more willing to wonder about odd things they see or hear, and more willing to act on their suspicions. I truly, sincerely hope so. But fair warning - this one needs to be heard during the light of day.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Dark and Terrifying"
A difficult subject matter, but kept rooting for law enforcement to capture this child predator.
It seemed real and credible, even though the events were fictional. We live in a dangerous world full of such sadistic people and doctors are entrusted with our children's safety. Dr. Galbraith is the personification of evil at its highest form.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
"High Quality Psychological Thriller!!"
First of all, if themes involving pedophiles, misogyny, child abuse, and psychological abuse upset you, then I suggest staying away from this book.
I was pleasantly surprised by how outstanding this book is! It is one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a very long time. It is gripping right from the start, and I ended up listening to the whole book in 2 days because I needed to know what would happen next. It is extremely well written with an interesting cast of characters.
The narration is absolutely phenomenal. Jake Urry is truly talented and made the book come to life and shine. It is easy to differentiate between different characters, and internal & external dialogues, even without the use of over the top and unnecessary voices; and that is something that I can greatly appreciate! Furthermore, the narration for Dr. Galbraith impressed me the most. There is a chapter where the doctor is being interrogated, and the narration gave me chills because the rising impatience and desperation in the doctor is portrayed flawlessly.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of psychological thrillers, it will grab you from the start and you won't be disappointed. The writing is exceptional and the narration is remarkable.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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