Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl – Q&A and Giveaway

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What are your favorite TV shows?

I enjoy high-quality dramas and documentaries.

What is your favorite meal?

Indian, Thai or Italian.

If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?

They would have to be dark psychological thrillers.

Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

I’ve got an eclectic taste in books, but Kurt Vonnegut stands out.

How did you come up for the title of your first book?

It’s called White Is the Coldest Colour. I was listening to “A Whiter shade of Pale”… great song

mediakit_bookcover_portraitsofthedeadEmma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerised, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed five young women.

A gripping page-turner of a serial killer thriller packed with suspense. If you like Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter, discover John Nicholl’s chilling new thriller today.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

2:20 A.M. Saturday, 2 May 1998

Emma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors and watched, mesmerised, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night. But he did. She knew that he did.

Emma woke with a start, tense, alert, and opened her bleary eyes, telling herself insistently that the dark silhouette slowly approaching her was the nightmare construct of her subconscious mind. But initial anxiety became blind panic as the inky shadow took on an obvious human form that suddenly gained pace and loomed over her. And then a hand, a large hot clammy hand, pulled the bedclothes over her head, clamped her mouth tight shut and silenced her scream before it materialised.

A myriad unwelcome thoughts invaded her troubled mind as he pinned her head to the pillow and raised his free arm high above his head, before closing his fingers tightly, forming his hand into a formidable weapon and bringing it crashing down, again and again and again, with all the force he could muster, rendering her unconscious and bleeding.

She didn’t know how long she remained senseless, or what he did to her while she slept. She didn’t know what time he lifted her from her bed and carried her from her student bedroom, down the creaking wooden staircase and out into the Welsh city street. But he did. She knew that he did.

About the Author:mediakit_authorphoto_portraitsofthedeadJohn Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker, manager and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or anyone interested in proposing a joint creative project.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Audrey Stewart says:

    I can’t wait to read this. It gave me goosebumps reading what I have. I can’t wait to read the rest.

  3. I’m a big fan of documentaries as well. What was the last one you watched that you really enjoyed?

  4. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

  5. Sounds like a great read.

  6. Fun interview!

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  8. kim hansen says:

    enjoyed the excerpt.

  9. Marcy Meyer says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  10. Not ashamed to admit I might be a little spooked after that excerpt, not to mention the clown on the cover. Post was very effective then 😉

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