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A Mind to Kill Audiobook

A Mind to Kill: A gripping psychological thriller packed with suspense

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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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    Karen M. 10-18-17
    Karen M. 10-18-17
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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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    MELODY 10-11-17
    MELODY 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    I didn't expect the Rebecca to be as sadistic as she was and I found myself liking the unlikable Detective Gravel.
    I was provided this title free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story"

    Just like the title said GRIPPING. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jean doe 10-07-17
    jean doe 10-07-17
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    "A Vigilante or.. Not."


    This book centers around the main lead, Rebecca, how she deals with her abuser and the "system".

    She loses faith in the justice system and decides to take matters into of her own hands.

    This book was engaging until the very end which included several twists.

    Jake Urry did really well with the narration.

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    "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."



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    TinkerMel 10-05-17
    TinkerMel 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!"

    I really like John Nichills books. He has this great way of just bringing you into the story. He has a very twisted mind, and I always love reading his books.
    This book was a dark Thriller. John has this way of making me love/hate some of his main leads.
    I could totally understand her twisted mind, and why she does what she does, but she was a tad bit nuts! This is not a HEA story, and very well worth the read.

    Jake Urry, did a great job telling me this story. I love his accent. he has a perfect voice for audio books.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Sabrena 10-04-17
    Sabrena 10-04-17
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    "Very British and very intense"

    Detective Inspector Gravel (from Portraits of the Dead) is back in this intensely suspenseful psychological thriller. He isn't a particularly likable character -- too many vices -- and the villains in this story are much too stereotypical. More exploration of the characters might have helped the story to seem more realistic.
    As with Nicholl's other novels , this is very British and very graphic.

    Jake Urry's performance is excellent. Not being British myself, I cannot comment on his dialects, but for the most part, I had no trouble following dialog. His British accent helps with authenticity and atmosphere.

    I think this is one of Nicholl's better stories.

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

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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 10-03-17
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 10-03-17
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    "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."


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Kansas 10-01-17
    April H. Kansas 10-01-17 Member Since 2010
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    willee 09-30-17
    willee 09-30-17
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christy D 09-28-17
    Christy D 09-28-17
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    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
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    9/12/17
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • karen 2000
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    9/14/17
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
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    9/14/17
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    "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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    9/11/17
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Timi
    9/10/17
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    ""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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ulla
    9/23/17
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Caribbean Book Club.
    9/7/17
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • niamh bonner
    9/17/17
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie S
    9/26/17
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    "Brilliant. As good on audible as the book is."

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    10/9/17
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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