White Is the Coldest Colour : Dr. David Galbraith

  • by John Nicholl
  • Narrated by Jake Urry
  • Series: Dr. David Galbraith
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Be careful who you trust.
The Mailer family are oblivious to the terrible danger that enters their lives when seven-year-old Anthony is referred to the child guidance service by the family GP following the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters.
Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

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Even more chilling in audio.

If you could sum up White Is the Coldest Colour in three words, what would they be?

I have previously read this novel and it was one of my top ten reads in 2015. I must admit that this is my first ever audible book but I have to say listening to the narrator brought the characters and the story even more to life. The narrator was perfect for this story and I loved the different voices and accents he used for each character as it was easy to distinguish between them all. I didn't think it was possible to make this novel even more chilling than it already is but that is what the audible version has brought to this novel and highly recommend giving the audible version a go.

Below is my review of the novel itself:

White is the Coldest Colour is one of the most disturbing psychological thrillers I have ever read.

Even though this story is a work of fiction the fact that the author has written this book drawing on his experiences as his time as a police officer and a child probation social worker, makes this book even more chilling.

The story itself will grab your attention from the very first chapter.

To start with the story focuses mainly on Dr David Galbraith and his latest obsession Anthony and his family. I think due to the nature of the storyline some parts of this book can be uncomfortable to read but to be honest the book itself doesn't go to much into detail with the abuse side itself. If anything it is the doctor himself that I find extremely disturbing. The author does a fantastic job of letting the reader see the inside of this truly disturbed character. I have read many books along the lines of serial killers, criminals and abusers but I don't think I have actually hated a fictional character more than I do with Dr Galbraith. You really do need to read this book to believe it, there is nothing about this character that I could ever have any sort of empathy for, he really is just evil inside and out.

The book also focuses on the police and social workers who are desperately trying to bring down these horrendous predators which gives the readers a great insight to how hard it is for the authorities in bringing these people to justice.

White is the Coldest Colour is a book that will stay with me for a very long time as Dr David Galbraith is not a character you can forget in a hurry! This book will grab you from the start and by the end will have you at the edge of your seat. I literally could not tap to the next page on my kindle quick enough towards the end of this story as it was so fast paced towards the end. There is also going to be a sequel to this book which I can not wait for.


White is the Coldest Colour is not a book for the faint hearted but if you are a big lover of dark psychological thrillers once you've started you will not be able to put it down.

Many Thanks to the author John Nicholl for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Even though he is one I hated it had to be Dr Galbraith.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I think the ending was one of my favourites but don't want to say to much and give anything away.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would say it shocked me more than anything as it is a disturbing and chilling read but one that will have you hooked and you have to finish.


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- sarah hardy

Hard hitting subject, incredible story

If you could sum up White Is the Coldest Colour in three words, what would they be?

Freightening, Shocking, Upsetting


Who was your favorite character and why?

From a purely narative point of view the Doctor would be my favourite. As he's the primary character he stands out and has incredible depth. However, his wife Cynthia becomes the dark horse of this story, finding me cheering her on during the last chapter.


What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Jake's inflections whilst speaking as the Doctor convey this man's brutal nature. Spot on!


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When the ring calls your name.


Any additional comments?

A gripping book with a subject matter I was initially very wary of. Powerful scenes from the first chapter are shocking and not for sensitive individuals. However, beyond that the narrative allows the listener to delve into the psyche of an utterly deranged and incredibly cruel man. A classic battle between police investigation and the criminal ensues, with a highly developed plot and a twist at the end that left me screaming in delight.
Superb text, narrated beautifully and sensitively by Jake Urry.

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- Devilish Accord

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-05-2016
  • Publisher: John Nicholl