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 book includes content that some readers may find disturbing from the start.
It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.
I would like to thank Mr John Nicholl, for forwarding me an ARC of his brilliant book in exchange of an honest review.
Strangely enough, for one actually enjoying books full of horrific murder scenes, blood and gore, I don't have enough stomach to digest books involving child abuse. Reading this book's blurb I felt a little bit anxious at reading it, and wasn't sure if I would actually give it a go, however once I started reading the first chapters, I found myself completely absorbed. In writing this chilling thriller, the author has used his knowledge of the subject and experience obtained through his police and social work background. He did a great job in addressing this serious social problem without including any graphic scenes, that readers (including me) may find disturbing.
Everyone has a dark side, however some people's is blacker than black.
Anthony Mailer is a seven-year-old boy who's finding it difficult to cope with his parents' separation. He is referred to Dr David Galbraith, a handsome, brilliant consultant child psychiatrist. Anthony's mother Molly is hopeful that the doctor will bring her son back to his normal self. Little does she know of the grave danger she puts her own son into as soon as they step inside the doctor's clinic. Dr Galbraith is in reality a predator, a sadistic brutal paedophile and murderer. He uses his charm to lure his innocent victims to his lair (complete with torture chamber). He sees Anthony as an ideal candidate for his next 'project' and becomes obsessed with him. Soon mother and son will have their lives turned upside down as the doctor is determined to go through with his sick plan. Will Molly be able to keep Anthony safe and away from the monster's grasp before it's too late?
In the meantime, the local social services and police uncover a local paedophile ring that has been operating for many years. Dr Galbraith is an active member of that ring but without any proof, little can be done.
The author skilfully takes us inside the doctor's dark, sick mind. We read into his thoughts and sadistic scheming. I don't remember to have ever hated a fictional character as much as I hated Dr Galbraith. I found myself desperately wanting Anthony to be safe and shouting at Molly to keep her son away from the doctor.
By the end, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and for a dubut novel it is absolutely brilliant deserving a full 5-star rack. I hope Mr Nicholl will award us with many more brilliant books.