The Cellar by John Nichol

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The Cellar by John Nicholl is a horrifying contemporary psychological crime suspense.

This is not a read for the faint-hearted. There were scenes that I had to skip over as I found the detail too much for me. I do recognize that this was for realism and some readers may prefer the gruesome details.

The plotline was well thought out and executed. The action made my heart race. As the clock was ticking down, I was hoping for a positive outcome – what happened next, I never predicted!

All the characters were well drawn and realistic. The leading lady was a mixture of physically weak but mentally strong. She was courageous in her desire for all or nothing. The perpetrator was definitely a character with a black heart whose head had been influenced in a previous line of work.

The beautiful Welsh countryside contrasted sharply with some of the dark scenes inside.

This was not a cosy mystery but a very dark psychological suspense. It is not an escapist book as your heart will race as you follow the action. It was a well-crafted story but not one to be read alone.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.

A word of warning: there are scenes, language and disturbing moments that some readers will not like. If you like cosy mysteries, this is not the book for you.


The Cellar

Dark, disturbing and gripping. This is not for the faint of heart.

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Artist. Teacher. Daughter.

Lucy Williams is just like everyone else. She’s had some success as an artist, not so much success in love, but she’s getting by. But soon she’s going to have to become something else if she wants to be a survivor.

Detective. Ex-husband. Underdog.

Ray Lewis’s career isn’t heading anywhere. But he’s a solid detective and he’s determined to find Lucy no matter what the upper brass throw at him.

Three people. Ten days. Who will live and who will die?

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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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