Psychological thriller from Carmarthenshire author draws on real experience with victims

Monday 3rd January 2022 7:05 am
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John Nicholl (Pic. Helen Oakes)

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Ferryside-based bestselling author John Nicholl has released his 11th book.

Killing Evil, published by Bloodhound Books, tells the story of a victim of childhood abuse who sets about hunting down and killing abusers.

Told through the killer’s eyes, the tale asks important questions about the rehabilitation of offenders, the plight of victims, and the dangers of taking justice into your own hands.

Like his previous 10 bestsellers, Nicholl’s book draws on his own experience in his previous roles in the police and child protection. In a long career that saw him start out as a police officer, move into social work and become a head of child protection services, Nicholl experienced many harrowing cases.

He was left with PTSD and started writing fiction after a psychologist recommended writing as a form of therapy.

Nicholl self-published his first book, White is the Coldest Colour, in 2015 It sold 150,000 copies on Amazon; this led him to him getting signed by an agent and a publisher, and he has written prolifically ever since.

He said: “What I’m always trying to get across is the rage and the anger that survivors often feel – and it’s a rage that’s often shared by the professionals trying to protect them.

“I worked with so many people who had been through those sort of awful experiences - some even worse than what Alice goes through. There’s a lifelong effect from that.

“One thing which has surprised me is the number of people who messaged me after reading Killing Evil saying they went through similar experiences.

“I don’t think a lot of people realise how many predatory offenders there are out there. This is the first book I’ve written through the eyes of the killer. As with all my books, I hope people find it a gripping read, but also that it gets people thinking.

“It’s been surprising how people have said they sympathised with Alice and wanted her to get away with it until she crossed the line,” he added.

Killing Evil is out now, published by Bloodhound Books.

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