The Girl in Red by John Nicholl – Book Review





Kathy thought she’d met her soulmate. But Police Inspector Michael Conner’s behaviour changes on the day of their wedding.

Showing his true colours for the first time, Conner becomes increasingly manipulative, controlling and cruel as the months’ pass.

When Kathy tries to escape, Connor does his best to convince everyone that she is mentally ill. But Anna, Kathy’s identical twin sister, doesn’t believe it.

After a tragic event, Kathy decides enough is enough and elicits Anna’s help to rid herself of Connor for good.

But will Connor simply let Kathy walk away or have the sisters bitten off more than they can chew?


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The behaviour of Mike Connor is absolutely horrific, the violence and the psychological torture he subjected his wife to is hard to read, but it feels so real……I felt Kathy’s tension and fear….

Mike is a Detective Inspector, a respected police officer. His colleagues have sympathy for him as they believe his explanation, Kathy is ill, a breakdown after the miscarriage she suffered, and he has the patience of a saint to put up with her behaviour….she had called the police on several occasions….claiming he was violent, but nothing was done…she was ill, wasn’t she?

Kathy plans an escape, with the help of her sister, Anna she puts this into place ……finally getting out!

But this is only a part of the story in this totally spellbinding, tension filled tale….I had so much sympathy for Kathy, I mean just how far would you go to escape such daily torture?…..

This is not an easy read due to the subject matter, but it’s so well written by John Nicholl, that you feel emotionally involved…my heart was racing at times and I read this in one sitting as I just needed to know how it was going to end….breathtaking is all I can say…..

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook and this is my honest, unbiased review. 

You can buy a copy here




Author Biography



John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller.

John’s books are set in the UK and have a strong Welsh flavour. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John has publishing deals with Bloodhound Books, W.F. Howes Ltd, and Hungarian publisher – konyvmolykepzo. His latest novel, Anonymity, will be published by Bloodhound Books in November 2018.


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