Title: A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 31st January 2018
DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.
Meanwhile Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.
But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.
How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives in tact?
Sometimes evil wears a suit…
I want to thank Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy of A Cold Cold Heart and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.
Four women have been found murdered, all with the same colour hair, each wearing an unusual outfit. The killer covers their tracks well, never leaving any evidence behind, the police are baffled.
Emily Gravel has returned home after a bad break up to live with her father, unwittingly becomes the next target for this brutal serial killer.
This book is fast paced, dark and disturbing that kept me hooked chapter after chapter.
From early on in the book we know who the killer is, which worried me as it’s not something I’m a fan of but it really ended up enjoying getting inside the mind of a killer, and what a sicko they are!
I have to be honest, I wasn’t that keen on DI Gravel or Grav at the beginning. He’s grumpy, has a quick temper and seems to treat every woman within his vicinity as his personal tea lady. As the book progresses you get more of an insight into him and how he’s not taking care of his health and his still raw grief after the death of his wife from cancer. I also found his relationship with his daughter Emily and his fellow officer DS Laura Kesey quite endearing.
I will warn you it’s a little gruesome in places and there’s a good dose of swearing, so it’s not for the faint of heart!
However there are a few plot inconsistencies, The big one that stood out to me was the killer nearly has his thumb severed, then there’s no mention of it again, surely he would have had to have an operation of some kind? Also I feel it did make the police look a little dim witted at times, but of course that’s just my opinion.
Overall I found this a quick and easy read, a good mix of psychological thriller and police procedural.
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire. A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018. John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.