Even the darkest secrets can't stay hidden forever.
When 29-year-old Cynthia Galbraith struggles to come to terms with her traumatic past and the realities of prison life, a prison counsellor persuades her to write a personal journal exploring the events that led to a life sentence for murder.
Although unconvinced at first, Cynthia finally decides she has all the time in the world and very little, if anything, to lose. She begins writing and holds back nothing: sharing the thoughts she hadn't dared vocalize, the things that keep her awake at night and haunt her waking hours.
©2015 John Nicholl (P)2016 John Nicholl
It is truly hard to pick one memorable moment as the complete story had me on an emotional roller coaster. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
I have never listened to Emily Wilden before this performance but I most definitely will be watching for more of her work. She portrayed this story as I feel it should have been. She brings Cynthia, as well as the whole story, to life.
I experienced many emotional reactions to this book but what stands out most is anger and sadness.I had anger towards the Dr. and his treatment of Cynthia. His actions were deplorable and reprehensible.I had sadness for Cynthia because of how she was treated and all she had gone through. John Nicholls' experience as a law enforcement officer and child protection officer shine through in this story. Kudos to Mr. Nicholl's for an amazing story. Anxiously awaiting book 3.
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Sad, Intense, Gripping
Yes it did. I kept waiting to hear how it all started. How the the manipulation started. Its scary to think the power people can have over others.
I didn't have a favorite. I thought it all fell into place and it was so intense that I couldn't pick one.
No I couldn't listen in one setting but that was because her story was gripping and depressing. It's sad how one can be so manipulated, tortured, and naive.
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Hearing Dr. Galbraith's Wife" - Cynthia's version of the events of book #1. The same story but from the primary victim's perspective. Nothing said was "enjoyable" but slow moments of self-satisfaction gradually gained strength.
Child 66 ... which is a true story - not fictitious!
That would be a spoiler :-(
Yes, Gentlemen - please read or listen to this story. You just might become a more compassionate husband and father. Ladies ... Book 1 - might alert you to hidden signals from those you trust your family's welfare with.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
When Evil Calls Your Name is a brilliantly written “fictional memoir” of Cynthia Galbraith, wife of evil bastard Dr. David Galbraith. I have never before read a novel written in this style. It is extremely well done, and I congratulate Mr. Nicoll for pulling it off. I loved how Cynthia is very cognisant of her readers, addressing us directly and even asking our opinion on several occasions.
The story leads us through how a normal young woman is transformed from a very capable and sociable individual into a broken, totally dependent, dispirited shell of a human being. We also see her gradual recovery into, once again, a fairly self-reliant woman, though she will always have some psychological scars. I really cared about Cynthia and rooted hard for her. I could see the potential in her to regain some sense of normalcy even though it was clear she would need to undergo a lot of hard work to get there.
The tale really isn’t a “whodunit”; it is a “whydunit.” Furthermore, I wouldn’t call it a psychological thriller so much as a psychological study. I do not consider either of these statements criticisms. For the most part, I very much enjoyed it for what it is.
The story is told from two points of time. We are taken through the period just before and during Cynthia’s years with Galbraith by way of Cynthia’s ongoing journal entries while imprisoned. We are also privy to what is going on with Cynthia during the present time as she writes. This in and of itself is fine; however, the narrative relating to the Galbraith years during the 50-75% portion of the book was very difficult for me to plow through. In White is the Coldest Colour, we saw what a horrific monster David Galbraith is. To be honest, I had no desire to revisit this barbaric savage and his interactions with poor Cynthia. I had to force myself through this very distasteful (to me) part of When Evil Calls Your Name. I must say, reading a number of reviews, it appears no one else felt as strongly as I did regarding this issue, and that is something I hope potential readers will keep in mind.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Although I did enjoy the book the content was difficult to listen too so I hope the author tries other subjects as well.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
I can see now why the reviews were so mixed after listening to this book. I cannot compare it to the first book since I've not listened to it so I didn't have that dilemma. It does move slowly but in my opinion it must move that pace since that is the pace of a prisoner writing a journal. I really enjoyed the manner of this writing - it really was like listening to someone's journal. It goes off on tangents which I also enjoyed. Not for the action/thriller reader.
The narration was excellent! It kept me in the story and followed the diversions aptly. That didn't really make a lot of sense but I feel the need to say why the narration was pleasing to me.The tone and accent and pitch were spot on.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
I think I would. Especially if I go back to listen to the first book. There is so much detail here and hints I didn't initially notice. I would like to review the accident involving Cynthia's boyfriend as the eventual reveal on that blindsided me a bit.
When Cynthia is taken in for questioning by the police and she is given every opportunity to just tell the truth and separate herself but she doesn't out of fear.
John Nicholl really gets the psychology of a battered woman. It was enlightening to hgear it so delicately and masterfully handled.
I have not. But she was great.
It is hard not to have an extreme reaction to this book. It is so powerfully written and the subject matter is so shocking. I cried a few times as I begged for Cynthia to speak out and save herself. I also cried at the end.
I adored the term "Prison World." It was so apt.
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Profile of a psychopathic, narcissistic, Paedophilic, child murdering psychiatrist, operating as an acknowledged respected specialist in his field. The story is told from his wife's point of view. Violence is more implied rather than overt, which somehow increases the chill. Slow to start but worth it as the story progresses.
Narrator has a beautiful tone of voice, crystal clear diction. Beautiful Welsh accent but slightly grating in places where she reverts to an over reliance on the upturn at the end of sentences. However it's a slight criticism.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
No. It is a long, involved narrative that I did not realize was the 2nd book in a series.
Its hard to have a favorite character when the book details the horrific acts of a monster and the fall of his wife....
I have not
This book filled me with disgust and sympathy, it horrified me and I was angry at the situation, the perp, so I would say the author truly did his job with a true talent for writing.
As I said previously reading book 1 is ideal, this story is a very long and often wandering tale of the wife of a sadistic child molestor - and how she came to be locked up in the womans prison.
It has some very thought provoking parts, but moves along quite slowly and you really have to hang in thee to get hooked, had I read the first book - it likely would have hooked me from the beginning.
As much as I loved the first book and it's fast paced story, this book was the exact opposite. The story drug on for literally hours before it even got to the part that really pertained to the previous book and when it did it still was so lackluster. It was so hard for me to get through this book. I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review and this is the first time that I have ever had to leave such a poor review for a book. I actually can't even believe this book was written by the same author it was such a huge difference from the first. I did not enjoy the narrator at all either. Her singsong way of speaking would be wonderful for a different style of book but just did not work for me in this book. I don't enjoy leaving such a negative review but I didn't have a choice with this one, it was a struggle to finish the book.
I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror
it was a good book rather sad the Dr was a sadistic man very horrific. the book was to long for me I have to really enjoy a book to listen for that long this is not a book I would be interested in reading. .I received this book free from the author or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom
Yes I certainly intend to listen again as I'm certain to have missed something. There's a great deal to take in during the narrative, especially over the first couple of chapters where the story jumps around a bit.
I can't think of a direct comparison as the style of story is new to me. However, I would absolutely recommend listening to the first book in this series, White Is The Coldest Colour, to gain Doctor Galbraith's perspective on the events depicted here.
Emily is perfect for the narration given her delightful Welsh accent. I doubt the vocal inflections and pronunciations would easily be 'heard' in the mind when reading the book. The accent, considering the book is set in Wales, gives much more depth and realism.
The way that Dr Galbraith gradually brainwashed Cynthia made me very angry at the Doctor, and in despair that Cynthia could not break free from his torment. Having listened to the first book, where we hear more of the way Cynthia was treated, I felt even more sorry for her. Truly cruel what she went through.
Really enjoyed the drak gripping story, especially as it alternated chapted by chapter between prison and historical tales. The 'Journal Reading' style of story telling was my first of this type, and although it took me a couple of chapters to get comfortable with it, I thourougjly enjoyed the experience. Bravo to John and to Emily.
"My first audio book experience"
I have never thought about purchasing an audio book in the past but this absolutely gripped my attention. I could not stop listening and finished the book far quicker than I wanted. The narrator differentiated between the characters flawlessly and portrayed Cynthia's difficult experiences so much so you could feel her pain. I have not read the book previous to this and feel this could be a stand alone book as I did not feel I had missed out on any information.
Absolutely fantastic first audio book experience, down to both the fantastic narrator and the way the book has been written.
"Satisfies your morbid curiosity and then some"
The quality was outstanding.
This is an excellent follow-up to the Audible version of the first book. I was very impressed with the acting and production. Combined with Nicholl's storytelling, it makes a chilling listen on a rainy day.
No, but I'd like to in the future.
I was disturbed and frustrated to hear how Cynthia was psychologically abused to the point where she didn't know herself anymore. I simply loathed Dr. Galbraith.
The first third of the book might be slow-going for some people as Cynthia goes through her life story since birth, but be sure to keep going till Dr. Galbraith makes his appearance. That's when things get interesting.
Equally as gripping
John Nicholl has written a great novel after his debut "White is the coldest colour" and the narration is just as strong.
"My first audible...loved it!"
Thanks to John Nicholl for this chance. I found the whole experience fascinating. This was my first audible book. I had read the first in the series White is the Coldest Colour and was eager to learn more about Cynthia Galbraith. Initially, the Welsh voice threw me a little, as I had not realised that Cynthia was indeed Welsh. It was a thrilling experience and this book, like the first, has been extremely well written. I would highly recommend the book in paper and audible form and look forward to more that John has to offer.
"Fantastic story, expertly narrated!"
Absolutely, it answers a lot of questions from the first book in the series, White is the Coldest Colour, and also works well as a standalone account of the terrible struggle Cynthia faced.
Emily's soothing Welsh accent gives an authenticity to the story she is telling - you really feel like it could be Cynthia reading it from her prison cell.
An expertly written and narrated book. John Nicholl's experience in the police and with child protection is evident throughout, and Emily Wilden brings the story to life the way the story should be told!
"Brilliant and great narrator."
The narrator was great and the storyline was excellent.
The ending, finding out what was going to happen to Cynthia.
I can't say without including a spoiler.
The narrator did a great job, this is the first audiobook I haven't wanted to take a break from, it was brilliant.
Cynthia Galbraith is in prison for the murder of her husband. The book splits between her life in prison and how she ended up there. It was sometimes difficult to listen to, Cynthia's experiences at the hands of her husband was extremely unpleasant and upsetting at times. Having said that it was very well written, so much so that I could feel her pain, and sympathised with her and the choices she made.
A full 5 stars.
I highly recommend this audio book. Great story, very well told.
I recommend lidteningbtobtjis book after White is the Coldest Colour - the first book in the series. It can however be listened to ad a stand alone story.
She acts the parts so well. Natural Welsh accent.
When evil calls your name
Brilliant story, very real. The author's experience as a police officer and child protection officer realky shows. Fantastic insight.
"wow both books have been amazing"
i have to say my earphones havent been out my ears for 2 days as both books were amazing and i will never forget them
This is an excellent suspense thriller and a superb follow up or even stand alone novel to John Nicholl's 'White is the coldest colour'. Narration from Emily Wilden is superbly done with some excellent quality. You need to listen to this! Brilliant!
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