Oh my word. What a terribly gripping and harrowing book. The subject of this psychological thriller is of course abhorrent, but the telling and the wording is perfection. The depravity of the criminal mind comes through and makes you appreciate the hard work of the police. I had total appreciation of the accusers and witnesses that came forward even with the danger, threats, and horror that they had to acknowledge. The little victims with the strength to speak out about what had been perpetrated against them was so touching.
John Nicholl has worked in the past as a police officer and as a Child Protective Social Service officer. Dealing with real life victims of the same horrible type of criminals. John Nicholl writes this work of fiction that pulls the truths from the emotions and the horror that children faced in their real lives. The writing of this story was riveting. I could not even sleep, I was so invested in the story.
The horror of the mind of the abuser was so dirty and ugly. I did not even want him to be called crazy, that seemed like too pat an excuse. I wanted him to suffer as much as he caused suffering. Dr David Galbraith, the calculating, evil predator. Oh he is exceedingly evil. When he was planning, I was physically shaking in shocked and with sickened emotion. He was cold and horrible and so calculating. He manipulated both the future victims and the parents as well. He worked the parents to make it seem safe to be alone with their child all the while he was intending to do great harm. It makes you distrust those that we should trust.
The Police and astute social workers are the saviors of these children. They were equally sickened by the deviousness of this man and people like him. They took hold of this investigation like a bulldog and refused to let go until they solved the case. They were disgusted by the events that were taking place in their small town. They were also disgusted by the people that were in on this with the Doctor. This is one book that should be read, it is hard and grim, but it is a strong story that needs to be told.
In order to appreciate the narration of Jake Urry, you only have to listen for about five minutes. Once you have listened for that first few minutes you appreciate that his voice is just perfect for the story. The cadence and the sound of his voice just bring the finishing touches on the story. He has such a variety of voices in his arsonal. Perfect voices for the police, the families, and the wounded children. The narration was emotionally charged and perfectly executed. I felt I was a part of the entire story as it unfolded before me.
The Story was 5 Stars and the narration was 5 stars. Everything about this book was 5 stars. There is a sequel to this book that I want to read, When Evil Calls Your Name (Dr David Galbraith #2). It is out now and available on Amazon and I will be reading it soon or I might listen to that second book on audiobook. It is currently available on Audible too. If it is as well written as this book is, then it will be another thrilling, spine chilling book.