White Is The Coldest Colour entered the UK top 100 best seller chart, just 15 days after being published, and today I’m really excited to have John pop by the book review cafe and answer some questions about his book so without further ado…
Welcome to the book review cafe John, it’s lovely to have you here, for those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book White Is The Coldest Colour can you provide us with an introduction?
Thanks for inviting me. I write dark psychological thrillers which draw heavily on my professional experiences. I live in west Wales, and am married with three adult children.
Where did the idea White Is The Coldest Colour come from?
White is entirely fictional, but many of the things that happen in the book occurred in one case or another over a twenty year period.
How did you come up with the title?
I stumbled across it when listening to ‘A whiter shade of pale’ on Radio 2.
The main Protagonist Dr David Galbraith is the most despicable character, is he based on a real person or persons you came across in your job as police officer and social worker?
Yes, he’s a compilation of several predatory criminals I encountered.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
To be honest, it was a cathartic process. You can control events far more easily in fiction than in real life.
What inspired you to write this book?
I retired early from my job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire, and had plenty of free time. I’d written a child protection good practice guide and articles for newspapers and a national social work magazine during my career, but never a fictional book. I decided to give it a go.
How do you research material for your book?
I wrote the book from experience. Future books may well require more research.
Do you write an outline before you start writing?
No, I just see where the story takes me.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Can you tell us a little about When Evil Calls Your Name, the follow up to White Is The Coldest Colour? And why you decided to write it?
Several people asked me why the wife of the villain in ‘White’ stayed with him, and didn’t do more in response to his crimes. I hope the sequel answers those questions.
Can you tell us anything about your next book?
I’ve just started it. It’s about the abduction of several young women and the investigation that follows.
What authors/books do you like to read in your spare time?
Kurt Vonnegut, Roald Dahl, Paulo Coelho and many others. I enjoy original writing that breaks the mould.
What book are you reading now?
‘Sick’ by Christa Wojciechowski. Really fascinating reading! If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl’s darker work, I can recommend it.
Describe your book in 5 words?
Dark and gripping psychological thriller.
Describe yourself in 5 words?
Husband, father, grandfather and writer.
And one final question…During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
What is the one book you wish you’d written? Slaughter House Five. So original!
Thank you John for taking the time to answer my questions, and I’m really looking forward to reading your next book
About John Nicholls
John Nicholl 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. His debut novel: White is the coldest colour, a chilling dark psychological suspense thriller, draws on the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker.
The novel entered the Amazon UK top 100 bestsellers chart after just 15 days, and reached number 1 in British Detectives and Vigilante Justice. It also reached number 1 in British Detectives and Psychological Thrillers in France, number 1 in British Detectives and Psychological & Suspense in Spain, and number 1 British Detectives and International Mysteries and Crime in Australia, where it reached number 10 of all books in the Kindle store. The gripping sequel: When evil calls your name, was published on the 31st of December 2015, and quickly reached number1 in Biographies and Memoirs of Women in the UK, number 1 in Biographies and Memoirs of Criminals and International Mysteries and Crime in Australia, and number 1 in Violence in Society in the USA.
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White Is The Coldest Colour is the debut novel from John Nicholl, and it’s a hell of a debut. From the first page I was truly hooked. Some readers will be put off by the subject matter of this book, and the first couple of pages were very graphic and stomach churning, but after that it only contains minor elements. Yes the plot is disturbing, but any book that is based on a predatory Paedophile is not going to be a comfortable read by any means.
This book takes you deep into the thoughts of Dr David Galbraith, to the world he presents himself as a highly trusted and respected child psychiatrist, happily married with two daughters, but the reality is Galbraith is a sadistic predatory paedophile. Galbraith uses his position of power to groom and abuse young boys, and when seven year old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service, following the break down of his parents marriage. Anthony soon becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession, and unfortunately for Anthony he will stop at nothing to make his fantasies reality.
John Nicholls the author has managed to create the most despicable fictional characters I have ever read about. Galbraith abandons any semblance of conscience and fully embraces his true nature, he’s cunning, depraved and carries out the most heinous crimes without remorse.
Unfortunately he is a very realistic character, you hear of such people every day of the week. People who are highly respected individuals of impeccable status, who plant themselves in the community, who have later turned out to be predatory paedophiles, and used their position of trust to groom and abuse vulnerable children.
It’s difficult to believe this was the authors debut novel, it is so well written, the plot flows with ease, and as you reach the end of a chapter the tension mounts. It is clear the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker, have been used to construct a very powerful and intense tale. White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and disturbing psychological thriller. In fact I would go as far to say it has to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time. This book kept me gripped until the very last nail biting page, and I will certainly be reading When Evil Calls Your Name the second book in the series.
Many thanks to the author for my copy of White Is The Coldest Colour in exchange for an honest review.
5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: FeedaRead.com (7 April 2015)