Portraits Of The Dead by John Nicholl
Publication Date: Paperback - August 19, 2016 / eBook - September 1, 2016
Format: Paperback - 324 pages
Kindle - 658 KB
ISBN: 978-1786972675ASIN: B01KEANZU2
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Emma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerized, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn't know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed five young women.
A gripping page-turner of a serial killer thriller packed with suspense. If you like Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter, discover John Nicholl’s chilling new thriller today.
My Book Review:
In Portraits Of The Dead, author John Nicholl weaves a riveting psychological thriller that easily draws the reader in with its dark and gritty storyline that follows the abduction, imprisonment, and cruel tormenting of nineteen year old college student Emma Jones by a depraved serial killer, and the intense investigation by Detective Inspector Gravell and Detective Sergeant Clive Rankin to find and save Emma before she suffers the same fate as five murdered young girls before her.
This captivating and gritty tale is rich in detail and vivid descriptions and has intriguing and suspenseful twists and turns that leaves the reader with no other option than to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. As a diehard fan of psychological thrillers, I must admit that this story exceeded my expectations. The dark intensity of the storyline and the tension between the serial killer, Emma, and the investigators kept me thoroughly riveted and so engrossed, I literally had to finish the story in one sitting.
With a complex and realistic cast of characters, the author does a phenomenal job of delving into the mind of a serial killer who is seriously demented, a courageous young girl who is determined to survive, and police investigators who are determined to save the girl and bring the serial killer to justice. The author transports the reader into this fast-paced white-knuckle storyline with his creative interweaving of a psychological cat-n-mouse game between the characters that leaves the reader's heart palpating while holding their breath until the surprise ending. It just doesn't get any better than this!
Portraits Of The Dead is one heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard psychological thriller junkie!
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker, manager and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or anyone interested in proposing a joint creative project. He can be contacted via his author website at:
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