Category Archives: Psychological

Book Review: White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith #1) By John Nicholl


White Is the Coldest Colour is a thought-provoking, dark and gripping psychological thriller that moves briskly from the beginning to the end. Nicholl draws incisive attention to a number of disturbing issues that explore humanities seemingly unlimited capacity for evil.”

The story is set in 1992 and follows Dr David Galbraith, a vicious and predatory paedophile who works as a child psychiatrist in the South West Wales Area. Galbraith who has avoided detection for over thirty years is forced to keep his true nature secret from the world at large, as he has already murdered one child in his sound-proofed cellar at his family home and is looking for more unfortunate victims to fulfil his obsessive and grotesque fantasies.

Anthony Mailer, a seven-year old boy becomes Galbraith´s new patient and next major fixation. Anthony is referred by his GP to be counselled by Galbraith, as he develops various behavioural problems just after his parent’s separation. The Mailer family however are unaware of the horrific threat that awaits them at the hands of Galbraith and are equally unprepared that they must fight to try and stay alive against a number of life-threatening odds?

This novel is entirely fictional and draws upon the author’s experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker and exposes the real risks and harm that sexual predators inflict on their victims and is dedicated to survivors everywhere. I was literally blown away by this book and can’t wait to read the chilling sequel.
My Ranking: 5 Stars

PALE HIGHWAY: By Nicholas Conley



“Pale Highway is an ambitious, heartbreaking and out of this world Sci-Fi story of one man’s struggle to save humanity, while working against the clock to save his own mental degradation!” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog

Gabriel Schist, a rugged genius, who in his younger years developed the vaccine for AIDS is now spending his remaining years in a nursing home with few memories that Alzheimer’s have stole from him. However, when one of the residents comes down with a gruesome virus that nobody seems to want to find a cure for, only cover it up, Gabriel, tries to convince the heads of the nursing home that he is the only man who can find a vaccine/antidote to destroy the virus, unaware and unprepared that the virus may not be what it seems to be and that the threat to destroy humanity may soon become a reality if Gabriel cannot find a solution in time before his own mental and physical deterioration take place.

It is not often that my own words escape me as I try to recount the beauty, the true understanding of such a devoted man who struggles to hold off his own real-life manifestations to save everyone around him. Conley, has created a memorable, life-like and loveable protagonist who will stay with me for a long time and I have no doubt that this story will have an impact and raise awareness to each and every reader out there who has lost, or is losing someone in their lives’ to this despicable disease, as I and so many others have.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

5 Star Review: Home by the Sea By Shyreen Tyler


Aaron Baker is a writer who is working on a novel about a man with schizophrenia. In order for him to gain a better understanding of the long term mental disorder he willing takes residence for a week into a reputable mental institution. His main goals are to interact with the patients, to get to see how they react to their living environment and to go on and interview them to try and understand their world through their words. However, he soon discovers a mystery room in where the patients sometimes go for their treatment that he is blatantly denied access to, which eventually leaves him to speculate that the hospital has something sinister to hide. He confronts Dr. Reynolds, the director of the hospital about his concerns but it only results in hostility and the other hospital staff becoming more and more defensive when questioned about the room. Aaron collects different accounts of several patients he interviews about the mystery room only to discover their terrifying accounts of what really goes on in the room and instead of getting answers he is left with more questions. His questions eventually lead to a mind blowing secret that will alter his perception, his identity and everything he thought he knew and will change the course of his life path permanently.
Home by the Sea is a unique psychological thriller with a brilliant opening, wonderfully written with a strong emotional impact that will grab the reader from the very onset and leave them breathless, especially with its highly unpredictable ending.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
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