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  • Portraits of the Dead

  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Emma didn't know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn't know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerized, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn't know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delectably chilling

  • By Vicki Goodwin on 31-10-16

Gripping and chilling read. Definitely read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-16

Another cracking book from John nicholl. Another well written bunch of characters. Hard core storyline, leaving the major part of the action to your imagination. John nicholl makes my heart pound in horror and anticipation. The bad characters are vile and you hate them; the good characters, you warm to and enjoy their strength. One character made me gasp with shock. Ooh, and I loved the ending...well played!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • When Evil Calls Your Name

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 2
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Emily Wilden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

When 29-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder. Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. She begins writing and holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn't dared vocalize, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow both books have been amazing

  • By kim paton on 17-06-16

When Evil Calls Your Name.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

I listened to this book on audible. It has been very interesting listening to the Dr Galbraith tale from the victim's point of view. Very harrowing to hear and envision how Cynthia was manipulated and deceived from the very beginning. As I said for the previous book 'white is the coldest colour' - there is no way to escape this man.
What a cleverly written book, I loved (hated) the symmetry of cynthia's prison situations and felt horror for the lack of perceived opportunity to escape.
The light at the end of the tunnel; the strength in Cynthia to persevere through all kinds of personal distress, lack of trust, lack of confidence and lack of hope. She is a survivor!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

It's so good because it's so bad!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-16

What made the experience of listening to White Is the Coldest Colour the most enjoyable?

If I shut my eyes, I was away in the literary world, consumed by the story. (Also, I can cook the tea and still listen).

What other book might you compare White Is the Coldest Colour to, and why?

I think Tess Gerritsen's The Surgeon or The Apprentice or Mo Hayder's Birdman. They all had a similar effect on me. A chain of events that are doomed to happen and there doesn't appear to be any escape.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Excellent narrative, without monotone listening, voice reminded me of Pierce Brosnan actually.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The emotional response I felt from this book was a lot of anxious tension, worrying about what was going to happen and the screeching of 'No, don't do that!' I was very angry to be disturbed from this book as I needed a positive police outcome quickly!

Any additional comments?

Excellent book. This is a heavy story dealing with various abuses towards children and some toward adults. Not all abuse is verbalised, but instead nudged at and left for the imagination. If you can keep this under control in your head, it's a cracking read. 5*.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful