Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway for Psychological Thriller, Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl

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Portraits of the Dead

by John Nicholls
GENRE: Psychological Thriller
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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.


Chapter 1

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.



About the Author:

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. He can be contacted via his author website at:



What are four things you can’t live without?
Family, love, food, shelter and creativity.
What is your favorite television show?
I love high quality dramas with strong plot and characters.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
I’m writing a fourth psychological crime thriller featuring Detective Inspector Gravel… He’s off to Barbados, lucky sod!
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
There are too many to mention, although I think I’ve developed my own style as my writing has progressed.





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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for the interview, excerpt and giveaway. Great post!

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  2. Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book! :)

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  4. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  5. Enjoyed the excerpt and the interview, sounds like a great read!

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  6. Thanks for the interest. The book is available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook.

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  7. I'm always fascinated by the serial killer reads. Sounds gripping for sure.

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  8. I love a great thriller so this sounds like a book to read!

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  9. This sounds like a really intriguing plot. I love thrillers. I look forward to reading this!

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  10. Thank you for sharing the excerpt and interview and for offering the Giveaway!

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  12. It's an intense excerpt!

    --Trix

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  13. Love your answer for the things you can't live without! :) perfect :)

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  14. Sounds amazing.. I am looking so forward to reading this. Thank you..

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  15. Sounds like a great book ! I would love to read this ! Thank you for sharing ! :)

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