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Today I am reviewing The Doctor by John Nicholl. This is due for release on the 27th of July, published by Boldwood Books.


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 townhouse 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.

A note from the author: While fictional, this book was inspired by true events. It draws on the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker. The story contains content that some readers may find upsetting. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.

“Be careful who you trust…”

I have just finished this book and I am a blubbering mess! There are some books that get under your skin and The Doctor is one for me. Absolutely chilling and haunting, this book will stay with me for a long time to come. Now excuse me while I try and pull myself together and get my thoughts in order to write this review…

Ok I’m back…

A doctor’s oath is to first do no harm. For sadistic predator, Dr. David Galbraith, he definitely missed the memo on that one! He is an absolute abhorrent excuse for a man that I have so many choice words to describe him! I think he is one of the most despicable characters I have ever read and I have never felt so much anger and hatred towards a character as I did him.

To be perfectly honest, this tale is by no means an easy read. Inspired by true events, it deals with child kidnapping, pedophilia, torture and domestic abuse that could be too distressing for some readers. Nicholl’s draws on his own experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker, so it is a very realistic account.

As much as this is a harrowing read, I couldn’t tear myself away from it. Well written and so very compelling, it pulls you in and holds you captive. This is my first read from Nicholl and what an incredible introduction to his work! I will be most definitely be reading more from him and the other two books that makes up this series.

*Please note that this book has been previously published under the tile of White is the Coldest Colour*

Thank you to John Nicholl, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Doctor, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google read Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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John Nicholl is the bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers and detective series, previously published by Bloodhound, and inspired by his real-life experience as an ex-police officer and child protection social worker.

Boldwood will be publishing the next title in his Galbraith series and a new psychological thriller in autumn 2022, and will be reissuing his bestselling backlist from May 2022.




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