I am delighted to be a part of the #BlogBlitz for “A Cold, Cold Heart” from John Nicholl. Thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound books for inviting me to be a part of it and for the review copy of the book.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the blurb says:
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 intact?
Sometimes evil wears a suit…
Right from the beginning, we know whodunnit and it very quickly becomes clear why they are doing it in this tense, high body count and often gruesome police procedural so the question is will DI Garvel get to the bottom of this before his own daughter becomes the next victim!
DI Garvel is one of those characters that I couldn’t help but warm to, the man is a heart attack waiting to happen and it’s almost as though he’s pressed the self-destruct button as he continues to ignore his doctor’s orders. Yet I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him, grieving for his wife and the idea of retirement taking away his focus in life, the poor man is completely adrift. Despite this, he is focused on his job as a DI, he’s an old-school policeman who says it as it is and makes no effort to hide his true feelings when it comes to suspects, I don’t think the term “political correctness” is even on his radar. I liked his bluntness, his gruffness and even forgave his dubious policing ways because this is a man who is determined to see justice done. I especially enjoyed his relationship with DS Laura Kesey, who was going through some tough personal times. He looked out for her and was encouraging of her career. She was an intriguing character, so many people have made assumptions about her, which I guess she will be challenging in the next book in the series. I would like to see how her character developed.
His daughter, Emily, I have to say I struggled to connect with. I felt she was a little too superficial and had no real depth about her. I felt really quite bad about this as I found myself not really caring for her at all (but don’t tell Garv about this please, I don’t fancy his comeback to me!)
We are introduced to some quite unsavoury characters in this book and solicitor Charles Turner is one of them; I’m not going to lie, your skin will crawl when you meet him and his twisted mind. I don’t really think I would want him being my representative in court!
There is a real cat and mouse game at play as the killer continues to outsmart the police and laughs up his sleeve at his efforts to uncover him. It’s gritty and dark with quite graphic language from the outset. This doesn’t bother me, it’s crime fiction for goodness sake, but some people might find it a little off-putting. It is certainly a no-holds-barred read and not for the faint-hearted or those who like their crime fiction to be politically correct. There were a few parts which I found stretched credibility a little too much for my liking and sometimes the killer was just a little too much of a cliched version of a serial killer but nevertheless “A Cold Cold Heart” is perfect for those who are looking for a fast-paced, gruesome, serial killer thriller.
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About the author:
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.
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