Narrator: Jake Urry
Series: Dr. David Galbraith #1
on 26 May 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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
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I’ll start this review by telling you not to listen to this Audio Book without ear phones or a headset. This is definitely NOT a book for everyone. There is some extremely sensitive content in this book that will bother some readers. We also don’t start out gentle or ease slowly into the subject matter, no; we get hit right with it in the first chapter. I can tell you that first chapter was difficult… it was disgusting and broke my heart a bit. However, I can see how it is needed. We need to understand and get inside the oppugnant’s head. It’s a difficult chapter but get through it and you will have a thrilling, psychologically addictive read on your hands!
I’ll admit it took me a bit to get through this book. I’m not generally sensitive especially with fiction books but this one took me a bit. Anytime bad things happen to children, I struggle, but Dr. David Galbraith was a trusted adult. Knowing that something like this really could happen in real life pulled at my conscience a bit… again, I’m not normally so sensitive. I enjoy a good thriller… the more horrific, generally, the better. I’m not going to talk about the synopsis; you can read and find out what it’s about. I don’t want any spoilers in my reviews. I will, however, tell you what this book made me feel. You will be on a roller coaster of emotions, mostly anger and disgust. Thankfully, I ended feeling relief and satisfaction!
I’ll admit that John Nicholl has me very interested in his other work now. It isn’t just the story here but Nicholl’s writing is incredible. This story is written so well that you will get pulled into the words and be absorbed into the world Mr. Nicholl creates. I’m a HUGE lover of thrillers, psychological, and crime books but this book is set on a whole new level. It could be the fact that the villain, Dr. Gilbraith, is all too real. On the exterior, he is thoroughly respectable and well-liked but on the inside, he is this vile and reprehensible man. He’s a monster and we just hand our venerable children right over to him.
The narrator’s voice, Jake Urry is chilling to listen to with this story. I love that all I hear is the story. There is no outside interference or unusual noises that some have. I appreciate that as it takes away from the book. This is my first audio book by Urry and it was perfectly executed. There isn’t a thing that I think he could have done better… chilling perfection!
John Nicholl has an interesting perspective as he writes from his personal experience as a former police officer and a social worker with child protection. I wonder did Mr. Nihcoll include some real stories from his experience in “White Is the Coldest Colour: Dr. David Galbraith,” on second thought, I probably don’t want to know if any of this was based on true events. However, with Mr. Nicholl’s background experience there is this level of realism that completely makes the book. I am very excited to see that there is already a book 2 out there, “When Evil Calls Your Name.”