Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog tour for Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl.
Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.
Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?
He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I didn’t really help myself when I was sat in bed at 2 o’clock in the morning with my Ovaltine and a thought of I will just read for a while before I go to sleep because OMG! I wanted to sleep in my wardrobe just so no-one else could hide in there after I had read the first chapter. Damn this man. John Nicholl had done it again with me in the very first chapter, he is good, no he is brilliant at getting me right at the very first couple of hundred words. There was only one thing for it. It was going to be a long night! I was going in.
Now if you thought IT was scary for the kids in it, then double the scare factor here for adults because this is one mean son of a psycho that got into my head. For a lot of young women it was already too late, five of their portraits hung on the wall in this sound proof room but there was plenty room for more to be added and for Emma she was just at the start of her horrific ordeal. Oh wow there is being frightened and there is wakening up to discover slowly the horrendous things that have been done to you. Could this man be called human? I read every new discovery with my hand over my mouth. John Nicholl is very graphic with his descriptions and does put you there in amongst the worst of it.
It wasn’t going to be the first appearance for DI Gareth Gravel and DS Clive Rankin in John Nicholl’s novels but the disappearance of a 19-year-old student wasn’t causing a great deal of concern with either of them except for the fact that the girl’s mother was a personal friend of someone high up the chain of command. The two detectives play a much bigger role in this book than previous ones. They were frustrating at times, all part of their characters in the story but at times I wanted to batter them. It is very early on that you discover who the bad guy is which does add to the way I viewed how the case was handled.
There are so many shocks in this story that I really was left speechless. So much I just didn’t see happening. John Nicholl is definitely a man with very dark thoughts. Super read! Bring it on Mr. Nicholl! I am camped out in my wardrobe and waiting.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.