#BlogBlitz: PORTRAITS OF THE DEAD by JOHN NICHOLLS @Bloodhoundbook @nicholl06 @sarahardy681
Title: Portraits of the Dead
Author: John Nicholl
Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.
Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?
He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…
I always wondered how an author can entice a reader into his imaginative world, now I can see it, the cover for Portraits of the Dead is the start, emanating suspense, thrilling intentions and the call to turn the pages, smacking of full on chills, chills and more chills.
From the cover to the initial first pages, the characters, the plot, to the last gasp of the final few pages, John Nicholl held my attention tight with the intention of not letting my mind wander from the words until I devoured the all consuming End.
One thing I haven’t noted but will now is the tagline on the cover ‘The greater the evil, the deadlier the game……‘ a jolt of electrifying energy sears itself through my very core reading and seeing this one deadly statement, the bait that John has dangled has created a point of no return and so the book begins…
Lets look at Portraits of the Dead and what we can expect from John Nicholls standalone serial killer thriller, how dark did John go…..oh John went real dark. Emma a student snatched from her bed, no witnesses, no evidence, captured by a killer who has a tally of five women, gone, erased, removed from this world.
Will Emma be his victim……
Emma has a small part to play in the whole scheme of things, even though not always at the front of our minds, the dark depravity inflicted by the killer sits sullenly at the fore front, heavy and laden with horrific scenes. John tapped into the cold insatiable appetite I have for the grisly and macabre plotlines, ensuring I read on, to follow Detective Inspector Gravel as he looks to unlock the secrets to determine Emma’s future and that of the serial killer.
What I will say about Portraits of the Dead is that it’s certainly a mixed bag, part psychological thriller, part police procedural and a whole lot of Darkness, Depravity and Downright Horrifying scenes, but boy did I love it. I’m for more but will you join me……
My thanks go to Bloodhound Books, John Nicholl and Sarah Hardy for an advanced readers copy of Portraits of the Dead in exchange for my honest opinion whilst reading and reviewing for the Blog Blitz.
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.
You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com