Blog Blitz – A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl

Happy blog blitz day!

Thanks to Bloodhound Books and to the author for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.

A COLD COLD HEART – John Nicholl (released yesterday, January 31st!)

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Book Description:

DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.

Meanwhile Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.

How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives in tact?

Sometimes evil wears a suit…


My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

Whenever I see new books coming out from Bloodhound I know that I’m going to be sucked right in! This was my introduction to John Nicholl and I need to go back and read more of his backlog. A COLD COLD HEART was gripping and had me turning the pages (tapping the screen?) to see what would happen next in this police procedural/serial killer thriller.

DI Gravel and his daughter Emily don’t realize the real danger they are in. After Emily accepts a position working for Charles Turner, their lives are forever altered. She is completely oblivious to the risk she has put herself in.

Meanwhile, DI Gravel is on a murder investigation, but as more bodies begin to surface, he quickly realizes that he’s tracking a serial killer. All signs point to his daughter Emily being the next target to satisfy the killer’s grotesque inner fantasies. The twist? The killer attempts to befriend Gravel in order to throw him off his trail. With the killer hiding in plain sight, how will Gravel and Emily be able to make it out alive?

I think this always makes for the best kind of serial killer thriller. You know who the killer is but the investigator is none the wiser because of how normal and charming they seem. That’s the most terrifying of all – not all serial killers are crazed maniacs. This definitely gave me Ted Bundy vibes, just for the simple fact that he was charming, charismatic, and no one suspected him. Despite knowing how the killer is, that didn’t take away from the suspense of the story.

Overall, if you’re looking for an engrossing serial killer thriller then you’ll need to pick up A COLD COLD HEART. With a dash of cat and mouse elements you’ll definitely want to clear your schedule before starting.


About the Author:

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, writes popular dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire. A Cold Cold Heart, John’s sixth book, is published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018.

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

Author Links:

Author Website:

Facebook: John Nicholl

Goodreads: John Nicholl

Twitter: @nicholl06


Make sure to check this one out! And the other blogs on the tour to see their thoughts 🙂



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