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 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.
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.
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I write dark psychological suspense thrillers which are intended to keep the reader turning the pages or tapping the screen of their Kindle just as fast as they possibly can. If readers don’t find a writer’s work interesting and entertaining, why would they buy or read it? I think books in the thriller genre need to be fast-paced, gritty, tense, suspenseful and realistic, with a strong story line and well-crafted believable characters.
The reader needs to get involved in the story from the very start, hate the villain with a passion, and relate to the other characters to some extent, from the victim or victims and their families, to the various police officers struggling to solve the crimes and catch the criminal. I write from real life experience and try to get into the characters' heads, which can sometimes be an unpleasant place to be, to say the least! It’s a case of conveying what people are thinking and feeling as well as what they’re saying and doing. All the characters are multidimensional and come with their flaws as well as their positives, just like people in the real world. Just like all of us. Detective Inspector Gravel, my main police character and lead investigator, for example, is a fifty something, world-weary, overweight and hard drinking individual, with a well-developed sense of humour and a sharp tongue. He’s not a typical hero, but he’s a hero of sorts, in that he’s dedicated and has a clear idea of what’s right and wrong.
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John 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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