When Evil Calls Your Name by John Nicholl #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of When Evil Calls Your Name by John Nicholl as part of the blog blitz so thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me. And today is publication day so congratulations to John Nicholl and Bloodhound Books.

About this book…

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay hidden forever…

When twenty-nine-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 diary 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. As she begins writing she holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn’t dare vocalise, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.

Will the truth finally be revealed?

My review…

I absolutely loved White is the Coldest Colour (brilliant title for a brilliant book) and so I was really looking forward to this new book by John Nicholl. So when I got my copy I was over the moon and bumped it right up my TBR pile.

Although a sequel to White is the Coldest Colour, in my view it us more of a “companion book”. You need to read Book 1 to appreciate Book 2 but more importantly, you need to read Book 2 to fully understand Book 1. This is the story of Dr David Galbraiths wife Cynthia and how she became the woman we met in book 1. It is told through the form of a memoir she is writing while in prison, a kind of therapy to help her (and us) understand what happened to her life. It moves slowly through her metamorphosis from happy intelligent school girl to the prisoner we meet in the first chapter. It is very moving and the author tries to get us into the mind of a woman so downtrodden and indoctrinated by a vile, predatory paedophile that she has shut down. We always say of woman who are with these men “did they not realise what was going on?” and this book bravely helps us to understand that all is not always as it seems.

Yes, this is a very different book to the authors first but it needed to be and a fantastic job he has done too. His experience of families who have been in these circumstances has helped him delve deep into the emotions of those affected and forces us not to look away.

Another great book from John Nicholls that can be uncomfortable to read at times but was definitely a must read. And you definitely need to read White is the Coldest Colour first to get the most out of this sequel.

About the author…

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.  A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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