What you don’t know can hurt you.
Thirty years ago Anthony Mailer was a seven-year-old boy trapped in Dr Galbraith’s basement. Now he’s a journalist, a husband and a father. But no matter how far he’s come, at times he’s still that scared little boy.
In order to save his marriage, he has to stop hiding from what happened and deal with it once and for all.
But digging into the past holds dangers Anthony never imagined . . .
A note from the author: While fictional, this book was inspired by true events. It draws on the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker. The story contains content that some readers may find upsetting. It is dedicated to survivors everywhere.
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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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If you’ve been a follower of my blog, then you know that John Nicholl is one of my favorite Psychological Thriller authors. So, of course when I have an opportunity to read a book of his I never turn it down. The latest book in the Dr. Galbraith series is The Father. I highly recommend starting the series from the beginning. It’s utterly terrifying and will make your skin crawl, but this book will make much more sense if the history is known.
As mentioned, this is the latest book in the series. I’ve read a lot of psychological thrillers, the genre is one of my favorites, but this one by John Nicholl is one that sticks out. The Father tells the story of Anthony, one of Dr. Galbraith’s child victims. As he deals with the aftermath of the trauma that occurred to him as a child, he interviews family members, law enforecement, and anyone who had knowledge of the experience. The book revisits the old wounds by telling the story from Anthony’s point of view, in the present and the past.
While I found The Father to be a slower pace than its predecessors, it was still written in the author’s true fashion. He leaves nothing to the imagination, but without being unnecessary. With his background in law enforcement and as a child protection social worker, the details are real and can be disturbing. He never apologizes and doesn’t hesitate to show the true colors of evil in the predators. There is a raw component to his writing that is somewhat refreshing, even if the book can creep into nightmares.
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book. The Father is not one to be missed.