The chilling dark psychological suspense thriller from ex police officer and child protection social worker John Nicholl.
Revised edition 12, June 2015.
Be careful who you trust...
The Mailer family are oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP following the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
Fifty-eight year old Dr David Galbraith, a sadistic predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian town-house he shares with his wife and two young daughters.
Anthony becomes Galbraith’s latest obsession, and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.
The novel is entirely fictional, but draws on John Nicholl's experiences as a police officer, child protection social worker, manager and trainer.
During his career the author was faced with case after case that left him incredulous as to the harm sexual predators chose to inflict on their victims. The book reflects that reality.
The story is set in 1992, a more naive time when many found it extremely difficult to believe that a significant number of adults posed a serious risk to children.
The book contains material some may find upsetting from the start.
It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.
Review: WHITE IS THE COLDEST COLOUR by John Nicholl
This is an eye-opening and heartwrenching novel, dealing as it does with the crossing of a societal taboo: abuse of children, by individuals, family members, and groups. The author, John Nicholl, has had a long career in the child protection field, including many years when the subject was not as well realized.
The antagonist is a reputable and respected child psychiatrist in Wales, both in private practice and in clinic. He is also a Narcissistic, sociopathic, sadist, abusing small boys through his practice, both physically and psychologically. The ring he manages transport multiple children to an isolated rural location which he controls. He has also terrorized his wife and two daughters. Arrayed against him are dedicated law enforcement and child protection services.
WHITE IS THE COLDEST COLOUR is by turns a suspense thriller, cutting very close to the bone of real life, and an in-depth psychological study of human monsters and the traumatized survivors.