When Evil Calls Your Name by John Nicholl is a dark and twisted tale about a woman’s survival at the hands of a psychopath.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
Cynthia Galbraith started out as a normal university student from Cardiff, and things might have stayed that way if her boyfriend hadn’t been brutally murdered in a hit-and-run. This tragic event was the turning point in Cynthia’s life, and it all ends with her serving a life sentence in the women’s prison. As a part of her therapy, Cynthia is asked to journal about her life and the events that led her to this dreary place. Thinking it will pass the time, Cynthia agrees. But, what began as an innocent therapy exercise soon turns cathartic as she reveals the truth of her situation. What follows is a dark and twisted story into the mind of a psychopath and the woman who lost herself in his madness.
I really enjoyed this story, but I also really hated it. The characters were so rounded and defined that you felt like you knew them, and the settings and situations were expertly detailed. That being said, this book made me so mad! I was mad at David for being the twisted jerk he was; I was mad at Cynthia’s parents for believing his lies, and I was especially mad at Cynthia for becoming so utterly dependent on a monster that she couldn’t even see what was going on. I actually had to pause a few times while reading so I could calm down and collect my thoughts, but every page just took me deeper and deeper into the story.
The book itself seemed a little sporadic and sloppy at first glance, but when you realize that you’re actually reading her journal, it really works. There were a few technical flaws that I noticed, but the story sucks you in so completely that you don’t even care. You get such an intimate look at Cynthia’s life through the pages, and the chapters between her current life and past life are expertly intertwined and give you a complete picture of her world.
I give this book a 5 of 5. It is definitely a twisted thriller, and I want you to know that this book may mess with your head. It certainly messed with mine!
About the Author:
John Nicholl worked as the head of child protection services in Carmarthenshire, and he didn’t get into writing until after retiring. When Evil Calls Your Name is the sequel to his debut novel, White is the Coldest Color, and both stories draw on his experience as a social service worker. To learn more about this author and his works, you can visit his Website, check out his Amazon Page, or connect with him on Facebook. If you’d like a copy of When Evil Calls Your Name for yourself, check out the link below!
When evil calls your name
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