Summary

The new dark psychological suspense novella by ex police officer and child protection social worker, John Nicholl.
Every aspect of Kathy's life is dominated by her abusive bully boy husband. Now she's pregnant and in fear for her life. Can she ever escape him?
A gripping psychological suspense novella. If you like Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, and Robert Bryndza, discover John Nicholl's chilling new thriller today.
©2017 John Nicholl (P)2017 John Nicholl
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joy Mutter on 05-05-17

Short but packs a punch

I was delighted to win this audiobook as I always wanted to acquaint myself with John Nicholl's work. As it is a relatively short listen, it only took me two sunbathing sessions to listen to the brilliant narrator's performance. Having been a victim of a bullying father, I felt huge empathy for the poor wife. The story grabbed me by the throat from the start and the tension was maintained until a satisfying conclusion. Well worth a listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 03-05-17

"The last throw of the dice."

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jake Urry has, arguably, the most sinister reading voice in audio when he decides to use it. And in this short novella by John Nichols he uses it to perfection.
Cathy has been married for three years to a police inspector, respected and liked at work. Unfortunately for Cathy, at home he is a monster, taking pleasure from the pain he inflicts on her, both physically and mentally. When she discovers she is pregnant for the second time, she decides she can't let him kill this unborn child as he did the first. But how can she Saxe herself and her baby when even her mother doesn't believe what she tells her ...

Especially terrifying given that this sort of domestic violence and subjugation is not just a fictional concept but only too real for many women, Jake Urry's reading of Bully Boy Blue intensifies the awfulness of the situation, the desperation and fear of never being free - and the terrible way out that Cathy chooses. But the most frightening part is the ending ...

A dark tale not to be missed by fans of psychological thrillers.

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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-11-17

Wow.

This is my first book by this author but it definitely won't be my last. Wow, is pretty much all I want to say. This is the story of Kathy. She married the love of her life but since they exchanged vows, he has become her worst nightmare. Michael, a respected police man, has physically, emotionally and sexually abused Kathy for the last 3 years. When she fell pregnant the first time, he beat her till she lost the baby. So when she finds out she is pregnant again, she knows she has to leave, but doesn't know how!

I have to say that even though this is a short read, it packed quite a punch!! I normally don't particularly like short reads because they feel like something's missing. Not so here! The story was well written and developed and it felt like a much longer book. Nothing was left unanswered. While the plot is hard to read, it is something that happens everyday.

My heart broke for Kathy. She has to put up with so much and has no-one to turn to. Since her husband is a cop, she can't even rely on them. Plus if her husband found out she talked to someone, she would be in so much trouble. Kathy felt so real and all I wanted to do was hug her and take her away from it all!!

In all, this was an emotional rollercoaster. It is a quick read but one that will stay with you long after you take out the headphones. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!

Jake Urry is one of the best. He never fails to deliver anything other than a stunning performance. His range of tones and voices is incredible, plus his ability to perform the story in such a way as to make you a part of it, was amazing! He is truly an incredible narrator.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 22-05-17

SO MUCH YES

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This was an absolutely fantastic listen. That said, this was SO authentically written that the first bit of the book is pretty hard to listen to (if you're sensitive to domestic violence, this book probably isn't for you). "Billy Boy Blue" grabbed me right away and didn't release it's grip on me until the very end. I can't say more without giving away spoilers - all I will say is that the book had a satisfying ending that I wouldn't have changed a bit! Jake Urry is the best voice actor I've come across on Audible - I would recommend anything at all narrated by him. I would highly recommend this book to any friends that enjoy a mystery/thriller/suspense story. 10/10!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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