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White is the Coldest Colour

John Nicholl - White Is The Coldest Colour


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 my experiences as a police officer, child protection social worker, manager and trainer. During my career, I was faced with case after case that left me 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 content that some readers may find disturbing from the start. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

White Is The Coldest Colour is published by leading independent publisher of crime and thriller fiction – Bloodhound Books.

Foreign and audiobook rights are handled by The Rights People.

For enquiries please contact Hannah Whitaker hannahw@rightspeople.com

Film and TV/ Rights enquires – please register your interest by emailing info@bloodhoundbooks.com


Paperback & Kindle  versions available from Amazon. Audiobook available from Amazon, Audible and iTunes.




‘The writing is superb. I was totally gripped. I cannot believe this is John Nicholl’s debut novel.’ Read Along With Sue.

‘One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read.’ The Book Review Cafe

‘I confess to holding my breath as the conclusion drew near.’ Crimesquad.com

‘Nicholl is a superb storyteller; it is an art to write a book with such a violent and brutal plot line and conveying it without gratuitous details.’ Great Book Escapes 

‘A masterfully written dark psychological thriller.’ Albina Hume – bestselling author 

‘I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book that explores the darkness of the human mind and soul as well as White is the Coldest Colour. Incredibly dark, but also terrifyingly perceptive.’ Books, Movies and Wine Reviews.

‘One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read all year!’ Carissa Backherms – bestselling author 

‘This is one of the best debut novels I’ve read. I seriously was on the edge of my seat reading it. If you like psychological thrillers then I really do highly recommend his book.’ Cheekypee Reads and Reviews

‘This is a well thought out, clever, insightful and a very moving psychological read. Confident crime writing at its best. A must-read for lovers of very dark crime.’ Northern Crime

‘Some of the best writing I’ve read.’ Mark Tilbury – bestselling author 

‘Absolutely brilliant deserving a full 5-stars.’ Relax and Read Book Reviews

‘A powerful debut. The writing is fab. Intense and gripping. A hard-hitting, eye-opener of a book.’ Renita D’ Silva – bestselling author

‘Fantastic book. Technically brilliant. A suspenseful eloquently worded page-turner.’ Angie Smith – bestselling author

‘One of the most disturbing psychological thrillers I have read. This book will grab you from the start and by the end will have you at the edge of your seat. I literally could not tap to the next page on my kindle quick enough towards the end of this story.’ By The Letter Book Reviews 

‘You don’t read this book, you experience it. Probably the best book of the summer.’ Stella Marie Alden – bestselling author

‘A dark psychological thriller that is realistic and disturbing at the same time. A dark, powerful, gripping novel about themes that are especially important and relevant in today’s society. The writing is crisp and engaging; I would very highly recommend this book.’ Readers Favorite 

‘You’ll cry. You’ll probably shout out loud in some places – and then just stand back and ask yourself: Was this really a debut novel?’ Chris James – bestselling author

‘Very cleverly plotted, well-developed characters, and disturbingly believable. The ending just blew my socks off. Highly recommended.’ Booklover Catlady Reviews 


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