Published 1st May 2015
The disturbing dark psychological suspense thriller from 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.
Thanks to the author for being kind enough to send me a review copy.
I love a dark read, that explores chilling disturbing themes. In this case, we get a story set in 1992 that takes us into the world of the paedophile and organised paedophilia rings. The author comes from a child protection background, having served as a police officer and also worked as a social worker. This knowledge he uses to construct the brilliant ‘White is the Coldest Colour’.
The story takes us deep into the thoughts of highly respected child psychiatrist, Galbraith. Galbraith from the outside looks like a happily married man, with two daughters, in a respected and well paid position in society. Galbraith uses his position of power to groom and abuse young boys. We get a glimpse into his evil predatory ways, at the beginning of the novel. He comes into contact with seven year old Anthony Mailer and nothing will stand in the way of satisfying his evil intentions. Will Galbraith’s arrogance lead to his downfall? Will he ever be caught?
So often we hear in the media about people like Galbraith: those in powerful positions of responsibility with children, who have used their power to gain access to victims. Paedophilia has gone from being something rarely discussed, to something we are more aware of and maybe even paranoid about these days. I liked the way the author set the novel in the 1990s, a time when we were even more naive about the people who prey on children.
The highlight of the book was the characterisation of Galbraith. I could believe in him. Galbraith was a total sociopath. Evil personified. I loved the way he had control over his terrified traumatized wife and a complete belief that he was above the law. At times, the way he talked reminded me of the police interviews you see with serial killers. I could feel the authenticity, that comes from the author’s real life experience.
This is a well thought out, clever, insightful and a very moving psychological read. John Nicholl’s novel does not read like a debut novel. It is confident crime writing at its best. A must read for lovers of very dark crime. John Nicholl has a new fan in me. And I look forward to reading whatever he writes next.