White Is The Coldest Colour introduced the reader to Dr David Galbraith, to the world he presented himself as a highly trusted and respected child psychiatrist, happily married with two daughters, but in reality Galbraith was a sadistic predatory paedophile. Galbraith used his position of power to groom and abuse young boys. We also see glimpses of Galbraith’s wife Cynthia, and the abusive and controlling life she was part of. In when evil Calls Your Name Cynthia is now serving a prison sentence and struggling to come to turns with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life. A prison counsellor encourages her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder. She begins writing and holds nothing back: sharing the thoughts she hadn’t dare vocalise, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.
When Evil Calls Your Name answers many of the questions I had about Cynthia, in the previous book I wanted to shake her and tell her “to get a grip”, she appeared weak and in awe of her psychopath husband. I did wonder why Cynthia did not do more in response to the crimes her husband committed, but after reading Cynthia’s story I feel my questions have been answered.Through Cynthia’s writing we learn so much more, as she goes from a confident carefree student to a shadow of herself. Galbraith is a master in manipulation, we discover how he gradually takes control of every aspect of Cynthia’s life, by degrading and abusing her until she is nothing more than a puppet in his twisted games. Galbraith has to be one of the most despicable characters I have ever read about, and that is down to John Nicholls skilful writing, he is scarily believable, I’m sure I will be having nightmares about this character for months!
Cynthia’s story is unfortunately a believable one, and by the the end of the book my views on Cynthia had completely changed, I could empathise with her and appreciate what she went through. When Evil Calls your name is a disturbing read, and with no graphic details of any abuse, you can’t help imagining the awful things Cynthia had to put up with, which made for a very compelling psychological read. You really need to read both books in this series, as Cynthia’s story will not be as convincing if you haven’t read White Is The Coldest Colour. I did wonder why Cynthia did not do more in response to the crimes her husband committed, but after reading Cynthia’s story I feel my questions have been answered
John Nicholls has once again written an intense and thought provoking read, that kept me reading late into the night, (hence the dark circles under my eyes!). I will certainly be adding John Nicholls to my list of “MUST READ” author’s. I am giving this book 4 out of 5, because although I found it compelling, it wasn’t as dark or gripping as White Is The Darkest Colour, which has to be one of my best reads of 2016.
4 ☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5
You can see my interview with author John Nicholl Here