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When Rebecca's childhood abuser escapes justice, it sets her on a path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocent. A gripping, audiobook psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

©2017 John Nicholl (P)2017 John nicholl

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Psychological Thriller!!

Rebecca was abused when she was young and the abuser escaped prosecution. Now Rebecca is intent on getting her own revenge on men who are predators. She poses as a young child and lures them to her place. It's a case of once you enter, you never leave!!!

This book was such a hard book to read. My heart broke for Rebecca!! The abuse she suffered when she was young deeply affected her, but no one knows how deep. All she wants is to stop what happened to her, happening to other young people. It was hard to read about what the men sent her, thinking she was only young. This happens in real life!! What those men were sending her, happens in real life!! It's sickening to think there are people out there who do that, and it's frightening to think of what the kids see and how someone can manipulate them to not tell.

Rebecca can justify what she does, but the way she relishes in their pain is hard to bear. The author really makes you see how something can impact a life. While I know the law is there for a reason, I can see why Rebecca too the law into her own hands. Since her own abuser got off, what's to stop others? I didn't like Rebecca, but I understood where she was coming from.

This was the first full book that I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. He has a way of packing a punch into his writing and really making me feel, think and question things. I will definitely have to check out more by him.

Jake Urry read this perfectly. His tones and cadences were spot on and he really gave me the chills when he was portraying the Pedophiles. He really is an amazing 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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LOVED THIS

A gripping story of psychosis and revenge, 'A Mind to Kill' is a thriller you won't want to miss! A young woman, abused in childhood, now works for the police by day and is a vigilante killer by night. As she commits more crimes, her grip on her sanity and ability to elude authorities dwindles. Detective Inspector Gravel is called back from a forced vacation to take lead on the case as the dead bodies pile up. I will say no more for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this was the best book I've listened to in a while. Jake Urry is an expert narrator and John Nicholl doesn't miss a beat. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who likes the murder/mystery genre.

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

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Great Psychological Thriller

Rebecca was molested as a child and never got justice. Now a young woman, she is determined to rid the world of deviants like her molester - slowly and painfully. As she descends into madness (or is it clarity?), she methodically begins to carry out her mission. She's doing what the legal system failed to do for her and has assumed the roles of judge, jury and executioner. Yes, our girl's going to be very busy. Come into my parlor....

What a deliciously creepy story! I don't ordinarily root for murderers but I was totally feeling the girl power vibe here. Don't judge. True to the title, the suspense was gripping and I couldn't tear myself away from Rebecca's plot for revenge. However, there are scenes of graphic torture that might not appeal to everyone. Is it wrong that I enjoyed the "victims" getting their due? And oh my gosh, the narration! Jake Urry, with his accent and sinister, menacing voice, gave a narrative that was just perfect for this story. Bravo! I really enjoyed A Mind To Kill and would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Is it really an eye for an eye?

A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl was nothing less than I’ve come to expect from Mr. Nicholl…. an incredibly dark and gritty thriller! A Mind to Kill (or really any Nicholl book) is seriously not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach!! There are scenes that are conspicuously cringe-worthy… just… very disturbing… yet I was instantly drawn in and could not look away! Nicholl can write a fantastic suspense/thriller.

This book makes you consider the old age question can two wrongs cancel out a wrong and so make it all right? Is it really an eye for an eye? Mr. Nicholl opens your mind to these questions. Is it acceptable to take the law into your own hands when it fails you? When the rules and laws of our country fail us, can we exact revenge? Most people won’t agree with going out and taking care of your unjust. We get to see this type of dilemma through the eyes of Rebecca.

Rebecca was sexually abused as a young child by a pedophile that escaped prosecution. Now as a grown woman, Rebecca is seeking her own type of justice against these sexually deviant men when the system failed her all those years ago. Really though, could you blame any victim if they were to consider an appropriate level of revenge after the law appeared to be working against them? The law is the law but how is condoning a sexual predator acceptable? It isn’t, Rebecca challenges the system in her own way.
We get to catch up again with DI Gareth Gravel, or Grav. The good detective is a bit over-worked these days. He seems to be suffering from burn out and from PTSD. He’s a long overdue (read mandatory vacation ordered by his superiors). Gray is an angry alcoholic who is barely functioning through life. But, as a detective, there is no better (who knew that could ever work)! So when body parts start washing up on the beach, he quickly forgoes his vacation and heads back to work. Grav’s character had so much depth! He was so crass! At times I wasn’t sure if I even actually liked him or not… but it worked for him (and I seriously enjoy him, even when I think he’s a jerk!)!

This is a quick, yet wrenching listen. Jake Urry is a perfect fit for this narration! Urry’s accent and menacing voice gave a chilling narrative that was just perfect for this story. I really enjoyed A Mind to Kill and would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a thriller and books with some sordid, darkness.

I totally found myself on the serial killers side… normally on rooting on the detective. I have to say, here, I found myself supporting Rebecca and cheering her on. The suspense was gripping and I couldn't tear myself away from Rebecca's plot for revenge. Just like in most of Nicholl’s other books, there are scenes of graphic torture that might not appeal to everyone.

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  • Sara
  • Vermont
  • 11-06-17

An incredibly dark and gritty thriller!

A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl was nothing less than I’ve come to expect from Mr. Nicholl…. an incredibly dark and gritty thriller! A Mind to Kill (or really any Nicholl book) is seriously not for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach!! There are scenes that are conspicuously cringe-worthy… just… very disturbing… yet I was instantly drawn in and could not look away! Nicholl can write a fantastic suspense/thriller.

This book makes you consider the old age question can two wrongs cancel out a wrong and so make it all right? Is it really an eye for an eye? Mr. Nicholl opens your mind to these questions. Is it acceptable to take the law in your own hands when it fails you? When the rules and laws of our country fail us, can we exact revenge? Most people won’t agree with going out and taking care of your unjust. We get to see this type of dilemma through the eyes of Rebecca.

Rebecca was sexually abused as a young child by a pedophile that escaped prosecution. Now as a grown woman, Rebecca is seeking her own type of justice against these sexually deviant men when the system failed her all those years ago. Really though, could you blame any victim if they were to consider an appropriate level of revenge after the law appeared to be working against them? The law is the law but how is condoning a sexual predator acceptable? It isn’t, Rebecca challenges the system in her own way.

We get to catch up again with DI Gareth Gravel, or Grav. The good detective is a bit over-worked these days. He seems to be suffering from burn out and from PTSD. He’s on a long overdue (read mandatory vacation ordered by his superiors). Grray is an angry alcoholic who is barely functioning through life. But, as a detective there is no better (who knew that could ever work)! So when body parts start washing up on the beach, he quickly forgoes his vacation and heads back to work. Grav’s character had so much depth! He was so crass! At times I wasn’t sure if I even actually liked him or not… but it worked for him (and I seriously enjoy him, even when I think he’s a jerk!)!

This is a quick, yet wrenching listen. Jake Urry is a perfect fit for this narration! Urry’s accent and menacing voice gave a chilling narrative that was just perfect for this story. I really enjoyed A Mind to Kill and would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a thriller and books with some sordid, darkness.

I totally found myself on the serial killers side… normally on rooting on the detective. I have to say, here, I found myself supporting Rebecca and cheering her on. The suspense was gripping and I couldn't tear myself away from Rebecca's plot for revenge. Just like in most of Nicholl’s other books, there are scenes of graphic torture that might not appeal to everyone.

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Great story

This was a lot of fun to listen to. Great story, great performance, and great ending.
I have listened to this author before. Never disappointed.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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  • Jennifer
  • TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States
  • 10-03-17

A Thought Provoking Thriller Not to Be Missed!

John Nicholl has once again knocked it out of the park with "A Mind to Kill". This is the third book I have listened to from this author where the story centers around victims of child sexual abuse. His book, "White Is the Coldest Colour" focuses on the mindset of a depraved pedophile whereas this one focuses on the mindset of a sexual abuse victim and how it can alter their life path.

"White Is the Coldest Colour" gave me a sobering realization of the justice system and how pedophiles can never be rehabilitated. “A Mind to Kills” delves into pedophilia and the lengths they go to lure and trap their innocent victims. The story dives into this idea with protagonist Rebecca who was sexually abused at age 6 and her abuser got away with it.

Rebecca has never moved on from this soul altering atrocity to the point that she is just entirely consumed with revenge. It’s clear she is not "living" with an empty apartment, cut off from her family, and no meaningful relationships. Like Dexter Morgan would say, " I take out the trash" and this could be said about her all-consuming hobby.

As a killer, she is a cross between Dennis Nilsen who flushed his victims down the toilet and Jeffrey Dahmer who stored his victims in his fridge. As wrong as this is, it was impossible not to route for her, these slugs or slime as she called it needed her services. I grew to care for her and just wanted to see her get justice.

I love DI Gareth Gravel personality who was also the detective in "White Is the Coldest Colour." He is just so old school and could care less about pleasing others. He does whatever it takes to get to the truth, even if it’s inappropriate. He does truly care at his core despite his flaws. I hope Nicholls continues to write stories with him as the lead detective,

I'm sure many in the justice system hate all the loop holes that let scum like the predators in this story out of jail with hardly a slap on the wrist. This story is not for the faint of heart but I appreciate that Nicholl shows pedophilia for what it is and the irreparable damages it leaves on victims.

Jake Urry is always spot on and was perfectly cast. I hope John Nicholl continues to hire him for future book readings.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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A Mind To Kill

A Mind To Kill
: John Nicholl

This latest novel by this author is a dark suspenseful thriller. A woman survivor of childhood sexual abuse, whose abuser escaped prosecution becomes a vigilante. She targets other pedophiles and lures them into her web. Will she find peace or will her demons find her?

DI Gravel is gruff and investigates using unorthodox means. Will he catch the vigilante or will she get away with murder?

This novel made me think:

As a mother I find empathy with the female protagonist. Does this say something about my mental state? No it says I am a human being that finds pedophilia outrageous and our judicial system in need of sterner punishment of these degenerates.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Jake Urry voices this type of novel so well the listener will feel they are in the center of the story.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


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Revenge Killer

This was a deep psychological thriller. It is about young girl (Rebecca Smith) who was sexual abused and the bureaucratic failed to punish her attacker and really messed up her mind as she grew up. Detective Gravel (Grav) (really liked this character) did his best to convict the rapist and is stressed out from his job and personal life is told he has to take a vacation and is almost immediately called back to dept. Rebecca seeks revenge on the entire child predators she can. It is gruesome, intense and dark. Narrator makes it even darker. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you!

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A Mind to Kill

Rebecca was abused as a child, but they were unable to convict. This is something most never overcome. Rebecca's way of dealing with it is to become a vigilante. The book is well written and you can't help but root for her to continue to rid the scum. Nice narration.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 09-12-17

Perfection

John Nicholl is one of the very few authors that I both read and listen to, not in whispersync, but at entirely different times. His work is so well constructed, so carefully thought out that it warrants two bites of the cherry. Jake Urry's narration style is such that if he read out the phone book you'd be both fascinated and terrified. The 'mash-up' of Mr Nicholl's words and Mr Urry's narration results in complete perfection. Audio books don't come better than this. If A Mind to Kill was a lager, I'd go as far as to say it would probably be the best lager in the world. The sub text of A Mind to Kill is totally mind blowing; we have law but do we have justice? Would anyone say that Rebecca was totally in her right mind when she committed the murders? Does it not seem, by her behaviour and her speech, that she is deeply disturbed as a result of Sheridan's abuse? The book is a very telling indictment of the way in which children, who are brave enough to name their abusers, get treated by the courts and defence barristers. Mr Nicholl cleverly stops the book from being too bleak with the addition of DI Gareth Gravel, or Grav, as he prefers to be known. Grav's misogyny and total disregard for authority provide some welcome humour, making the balance of tone absolutely perfect. Anyone who cares what happens to the victims of child abuse should read this book. I feel proud and privileged to recommend this outstanding audio book to everyone.

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  • karen 2000
  • 09-14-17

A pleasurable experience

I cannot find fault with this. As dark, bloody and satisfying as every other book. It just ticks every box for me. The torture scenes are gruesome. I couldnt help but laugh at her endless dilema of what to do with the bodies. I was SO thrilled with this book that I dont know what on earth to listen to next. Not for the faint hearted. But what a fabulous heroine. Also, does Jake Urry do personal narrations? He could narrate my shopping list and Id be spellbound. What a great, dark combo of voice and story. Thank you both.

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  • Steven
  • 09-14-17

brilliant, disturbing and terrifying!

What other book might you compare A Mind to Kill to, and why?

the other John Nicholl book I've read, White is the coldest colour

Any additional comments?

This is the second John Nicholl book I’ve read and, if anything, I found it even more gripping than the first.

The story centres around a young woman, Rebecca who, after her childhood abuser evaded justice sets out to revenge herself on any man who preys on children.

As the above suggests, this book tackles some difficult subjects and at times, I found it hard to listen to, although it has to be said the author handles his subject matter with sensitivity and, having read his previous book I knew what to expect.


I absolutely loved this book, the characterisation is strong—I particularly enjoyed the character of ‘Grav’ the old-school police officer who brings some light relief to the story. You find yourself feeling so sorry and angry for Rebecca, the abuse she suffered as a child and the lack of justice so clearly shaped her later actions and the author draws her character so vividly you feel like you are in the room with her and her ‘victims’.

Jake Urry’s narration was utterly mesmerising, and lifted this book which was already a great one on to a whole new level. It’s the first of his readings I’ve listened to but won’t be the last!

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  • Ulla
  • 09-23-17

Another Gripping Thriller from John Nicholl

Every time I hear that this author is releasing another book I am delighted, particularly when I know it is going to be narrated by Jake Urry. This latest book certainly does not disappoint. It is a gripping listen; so much so that you won't be able to stop until the end. Although the story is dark and gruesome at times with lots of detail it was a very gripping read. Jake Urry brought the characters to life with his usual expertise. Another superb offering from John Nicholl.

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  • anne
  • 09-11-17

Another great read form John Nicoll

This was a fascinating storyline. The killer was a little mad to begin with, but it was fascinating watching her become more unhinged as the story went along. All of the characters developed well. My favourite was the Detective Sargent who took time to just listen and empathise with ordinary people in the street and this was how she got the first breakthrough of the case. The grumpy Detective Inspector was a big teddy bear when it mattered and a good working relationship could develop between them. The Narrator was, as . usual, excellent with his mesmerising voice and range of accents. There were some gory scenes, so beware if you like cozy! This isn't cozy, it's dark, but so enjoyable! Another cracker Mr Nicoll.

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  • Timi
  • 09-10-17

"Will you walk into my parlour?"

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.”

This poem - also quoted in the book - brilliantly sums up A mind to Kill. It's a fast paced, gruesome, disturbing and thought provoking novel about revenge and regret. If you liked John Nicholl's previous books, you won't be disappointed!
The narration by Jake Urry is once again spot on. It's definitely an audiobook worth listening to!

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  • Caribbean Book Club.
  • 09-07-17

A high tension winner packed with suspense.

What made the experience of listening to A Mind to Kill the most enjoyable?

Brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated. Don't miss this one. An absolute cracker!

Who was your favorite character and why?

DS Laura Kesey. She's a great contrast to the brash DI Gareth Gravel.

Have you listened to any of Jake Urry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've loved all of the audiobooks written by John Nicholl and narrated by Jake Urry. I think this one may be the best yet. Great stuff!

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

The hunters become the hunted...

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best dark psychological thrillers I've ever read or listened to.

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  • niamh bonner
  • 09-17-17

A mind of many torments

Really really enjoyed this well written story. the storyline introduced a new serial killer and made revenge a great motive. love Mr Urrys dulcet tones too.

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  • Ellie S
  • 09-26-17

Brilliant. As good on audible as the book is.

Loved it. Not for the faint hearted. Another great book by John narrated by Jake.

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  • Lesley
  • 10-09-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this

Cleverly written! Certainly put you in the same room with the killer!
Really enjoyed the narration too and looking forward to more book by this author and narrator
Would definitely recommend

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  • Julia
  • 11-14-17

Another Gripping Thriller

I have read a few of John Nicholl's books and he never fails to disappoint, this is a story of a woman taking revenge on cyber predators and she sure does a good very job of it, Jake Urry brings life to Mr Nicholl's books in the most creepy way.

A wonderful combination that never fails to dissapoint,

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  • Esther Roadnight
  • 11-04-17

New author to me

This is the first book I've listened to/ read by this author. A great listen with a good story line that had you wondering how the murder was going to finally be caught and how the story would end.