Title: Anonymity by John Nicholl
Publisher: Bloodhound books
Date Published: 6th November 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
When Mia, a successful novelist, is targeted by a stalker, her life begins to unravel.
Unaware that the predatory psychopath has placed cameras in her home, the stalker sends untraceable emails, including photos of her and her four-year-old daughter, demanding Mia performs outlandish tasks, threatening dire consequences if she refuses or approaches the police.
As the pressure builds, Adam, Mia’s sister’s boyfriend, offers to accompany her to stay in Italy with her parents. But when the villa is burnt down, Mia fears the stalker has followed her and decides to return to Wales.
Meanwhile, the police are investigating the murder of three women in the area, and when DI Gravel’s daughter is threatened, he takes matters into his own hands.
With his health failing and his career coming to an end, just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer?
When we meet Mia she’s a bit of a mess. Addicted to pain killers, recovering from breast cancer and struggling to write her next book, when a sinister email pops up in her inbox from her ‘number one fan’ she replies in no uncertain terms for them to get lost. What she doesn’t know is the person behind the email is hell bent on destroying her mentally and physically and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
At breaking point she turns to old family friend DI Gareth (Grav) Gravel, who is currently on sick leave, for help.
So this is the fourth in the DI Gravel series but can be read as a stand-alone without missing too much. I have only read one other book in the series myself, which incidentally is also the first, A Cold, Cold Heart (you can read my review here) at the beginning of the year.
Anonymity is one of those books that you think to yourself, that could really happen, which now I think about it makes it that much more scary! As I said with the first one this is one of those genre defy books, part psychological thriller, part police procedural and if you enjoy those two, I think you’ll love this one! But be warned, I know I say this a lot, it does have a few uncomfortable and slightly gruesome scenes.
The story is told from several different POV’s including the killer who I have got to say is a pretty much EVIL! I do also like the way John Nicholl doesn’t try to explain too much why he became this way, the killer is just a nasty manipulative character who you can just really hate.
DI Gravel is really struggling with his health in this book, both physical and mental. He’s suffering the aftermath of his third heart attack, he wants to work but his boss, who has a massive dislike of him, wants to pension him off. He’s drinking the day away when Mia comes to him and he begins to feel the old fire again, especially when his daughter is sent threatening packages.
I have to be honest I didn’t much like Mia. Don’t get me wrong she’s a well drawn character with plenty of flaws but considering she’d meant to be quite an intelligent character, she makes a lot of dumb and naive decisions.
I did feel that it sort of lost it’s way a little in the middle and sort of lost the tension a little bit but it certainly picked up by the end, with a tense, action packed and very emotional ending!
Anonymity is a realistic and gritty novel that packs an emotional punch.
About The Author:
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’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.
John’s Social Media Links:
Author website: http://www.johnnicholl.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nicholl06 @nicholl06