Thursday, 16 August 2018

Portraits of the Dead - Book Review

Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women. 
Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game… 
My Review
I absolutely loved this book! It's a twisted serial killer thriller and I couldn't put it down. 
Emma is locked in a room, she is scared but is determined to stay strong and survive. I really took to Emma's character, she is so well written and has depth to her character. She desperately tries to think of ways to escape her captor.
The story is told from different perspectives and I enjoyed knowing who the culprit was early on in the book. The story includes his thoughts and what he is doing whilst Emma is locked up. The author not only gives Emma's side of things, but also the culprit and the detective investigating, DI Gravel.
The more the story went on, the more complex and interesting it became. With more characters being added in at different points, which added to the overall feel of the book. I won't give anything away, but I will just say there are so many layers to this book that even though you know who is guilty, there is still so much to be unearthed
Portraits Of The Dead is a well rounded story, with an ending that I particularly enjoyed. It is a must read for fans of thrillers with a creepy edge to them. I look forward to reading more of John Nicholl's work. Definitely a 5 star book in my opinion.
Thank you to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for a digital ARC of Portraits of the Dead in return for an honest review.



  1. The cover of this book is TERRIFYING! Ugh! Definitely sounds like my kind of dark read though! :)


    1. It is isn't it! I think you would definately enjoy this one I couldn't put it down x


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