Book Review #31: White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl



Title: White is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith book 1)

Author: John Nicholl

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication:  February 28th 2018

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

ISBN13: 9781912604005


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Be careful who you trust…

The Mailer family is 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.

When Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But can Anthony be saved before it’s too late?

Brilliantly gripping, White is the Coldest Colour will have you hooked from the very first page and holding your breath to the heart-pounding and shocking conclusion.

Please be aware that this book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start.


Warning: The book blurb says this. The author says this in the foreword. And I am also going to say it. This book is going to be an uncomfortable and upsetting read for many. It was for me, especially the first 30% of the book.  Here’s why.

White is the Coldest Colour is the darkest and most disturbing psychological thrillers I have ever read. You thought Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train messed with your head, try this one out. This will turn your brain into paste.

I have read a few books where you are introduced to the antagonist from the start. But this was the first time I read a book where not only I knew who’s the antagonist but he was the protagonist too. He took up most of the book. And even when he didn’t make a presence in the scene, you’re worrying what he might be upto. In the first 30% of the book, you as a reader are literally sitting inside his head. You can see how much filth is in there. The way he thinks, the way he behaves, the face of a caring and dedicated psychiatrist he puts on for others and the actual he has that only his wife and children see. And don’t get me started over how he treats his wife Cynthia. It was absolutely disturbing and painful. All this was so disturbing that I didn’t want to read anymore. But I continued in the hopes that someone will stop this insane, lunatic monster. After the 30% mark, you could see a flicker of light and at 50% you can’t stop reading because you want this monster to be caught. The end is absolutely befitting, couldn’t have asked for a more better end. All through the read I was uncomfortable and pained but this book was worth the read as it made me realise that such sadistic people are there in this world and they need to be stopped. Hats off to the author for writing this novel!


Final Verdict:

White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.


Thank you to Bloodhound Books for providing me with the e-book through NetGalley.

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