The gripping, dark psychological suspense thriller from ex police officer and child protection social worker John Nicholl.
When twenty-nine-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder.
Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. She begins writing and holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn’t dare vocalise, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay hidden forever…
When Evil Calls Your Name is the sequel to White Is The Coldest Colour. I strongly recommend reading White Is The Coldest Colour before reading When Evil Calls Your Name.
White Is The Coldest Colour is without a doubt one of my favourite reads from 2015, so when I heard the author was writing a sequel I was over the moon. I have to say this is one book I have been eagerly awaiting, so when the author approached me to see if I would be interested to read and and review a copy, I jumped at the chance.
When the book actually arrived on my kindle I actually started to feel very apprehensive about reading it. The author had set the bar so high with the first book that I just didn’t know whether this one would be able to match it in anyway.
I have to say I had no idea what to expect from this novel, when I first started reading it I was quite unsure of what I thought. The story is told in the first person by Cynthia in the present day where we find her in prison. The story flicks between Cynthia in prison and her life with the doctor through the writings in her journal.
The author seems to tease the reader as I was dying to know straight from the start how Cynthia and the doctor came about and how she could live with such a monster for so many years. The author is in no hurry to tell us though and to be honest I am actually quite glad that he didn’t as we get to understand Cynthia better and how it affected her in present day and how it has made her a much stronger person.
There are some surprises in this story which I won’t go into in fear of spoiling it for others, but in whole, things are not as straight forward as I had assumed they would be.
I hated David Galbraith as much in this book as I did in the first. He seems to be great at manipulating everyone that he meets and he uses his profession to fool everyone and empower himself.
It was really good to be able to have more understanding for Cynthia. Her life certainly hasn’t been an easy one. I think White Is The Coldest Colour left the reader with a few questions and I think readers will have them all answered in this one.
For me the author certainly delivered what I was hoping for in this story. It is quite a steady read that certainly gains speed towards the end. I would certainly advise readers not to read this as a stand alone as it would not do the reader or this novel the justice it deserves.
Many thanks to the author for an Advanced Readers Copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
When Evil Calls Your Name is due to be published on the 31st of December, you can pre order a copy on Amazon.