White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl


My thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


About the book:
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.


About the author:
John Nicholl wrote a multi agency child protection good practice manual and articles for news papers and a national social work magazine during his career, but White is the coldest colour is his first novel.

He has worked as a police officer, and as a social worker and operational manager for the child guidance service, two social services departments, and the NSPCC. He has also lectured on child protection matters at several colleges and universities.

My review:

I had seen White Is The Coldest Colour on Relax And Read Reviews and also on Bytheletterbookreviews Goodreads page so I was aware of it before I got the email from John.

I have to say, child abuse is a subject that I find hard to read so I was a little apprehensive before I started reading. However, once I got into the book, it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting.

White Is The Coldest Colour is a skilfully written book, full of detail that shows the authors knowledge of child protection. It’s portrayal of Dr. Galbraith is chilling, as we see into the mind of a sadistic abuser and the lengths which he will go to in order to control everything and everyone he encounters.

I found myself rooting for the Mailer family from the beginning. Going through a separation, they seek help from Dr. Galbraith as their youngest son Anthony is having behavioural problems in the wake of his parents splitting up. I wanted to scream at the mum, Molly, when she says yes to seeing Dr Galbraith!!!!!

The ensuing events in the book kept me awake later than normal in order to read as much as I could! More than once I wanted to shake the police officers as they just weren’t seeing things!!! As for Galbraith’s family, they were so far gone under his rule that they couldn’t see what was happening around them!

I always think a book that makes you get cross at characters, frustrated at lack of speed in doing investigations and generally wanting to fling (in this case) my kindle across the room, is definitely a book worth reading. If I were to find any fault with this book, and there isn’t many at all, my personal opinion is that the ending left me wanting more!!!!! Which isn’t necessarily a fault either! Sign of a good writer! πŸ˜‰
I gave White Is The Coldest Colour 4 ⭐️ on Goodreads, I would highly recommend reading it!
Happy reading! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–

6 thoughts on “White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl

  1. I know what you mean about the ending which i asked the author about at the time i read and reviewed it and there is going to be another book but if i remember rightly it is going to be about the doctors wife x

  2. The second book will fill in many of the gaps. Life can sometimes change in as instant. Thanks for the review, it’s appreciated.

      1. I appreciate your interest. Without bloggers like yourself it would be almost impossible for first time authors to get noticed. My previous message should have read: Life can sometimes change in an instant. But, I’m sure you’d worked that out anyway! Cheers, John

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