Publication: 6th November 2018 – Bloodhounds
When Mia, a successful novelist, is targeted by a stalker, her life begins to unravel.
Unaware that the predatory psychopath has placed cameras in her home, the stalker sends untraceable emails, including photos of her and her four-year-old daughter, demanding Mia performs outlandish tasks, threatening dire consequences if she refuses or approaches the police.
As the pressure builds, Adam, Mia’s sister’s boyfriend, offers to accompany her to stay in Italy with her parents. But when the villa is burnt down, Mia fears the stalker has followed her and decides to return to Wales.
Meanwhile, the police are investigating the murder of three women in the area, and when DI Gravel’s daughter is threatened, he takes matters into his own hands.
With his health failing and his career coming to an end, just how far will Gravel go to protect his daughter and catch a vicious killer?
This is the first novel by John Nicholl that I read and I am happy to say that I found the plot twisty and unexpected, his writing detailed and captivating, and his characters are multi-layered and complex, so I am definitely going to read more from this author.
At the centre of ANONIMITY is Mia. She is a successful author, a single mother with a 4-year-old daughter, and, following a battle with cancer, she has become addicted to painkillers that make her vulnerable and the subject of threatening emails from a stalker. Fear and love for her child lead Mia to seek the help of her sister Ella and Grav, a police officer and a family friend.
The story is told from many points of views. Mia, Ella, Grav, and also the villain, whose identity is revealed at the beginning of the novel. Even though the reader knows who the stalker is, it doesn’t ruin the suspense, actually it keeps the tension high. I knew something bad was about to happen, but I didn’t know exactly what it was, so I was always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen.
Every character of the novel is well-crafted. Mia is naïve and vulnerable, while her antagonist is dark and creepy. However, my favourite character is Grav. He is old-fashioned, but a good police officer, and, following a heart attack, he is on a sick leave. He loves his job and he wants to go back to it, even if his boss wants him to retire.
Disturbing, gripping, and compelling, ANONIMITY really kept me captivated, page after page, and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Book for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.
John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.
John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.
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