Portraits of the Dead (DI Gravel #1) by John Nicholl


Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.

Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…

My Review

Described as “a gripping serial killer thriller” I had really high hopes for this book, sadly it didn’t quite live up to expectations 😦

This is my favourite genre and I have read countless numbers of serial killer thrillers, some more memorable than others, and although this isn’t one of the best it was still a good read and I will definitely be reading the rest in the series when they come out.

The characters were strong with a solid plot line and Gravel is the stand out guy and he will make a very followable DI. The bad guy was fairly easy to work out but i think that was intentional. The most memorable and standout part of this book has to be the ending! Without giving any spoilers and ruin it for potential readers the ending is a definite WTF moment!! It will be very interesting to find out what comes next for DI Gravel following on from that explosive ending.

If you want to read a fast-paced, creepy thriller with a nice twist ending, this is the right book for you. It might not be a stand out among other similar novels, but fans of the genre will not want to miss it.

Portraits of the Dead will be released in the UK on 16 Jul 2018 and can be pre-ordered now from

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