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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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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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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!<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Fantastic!!!!

Wow! This was a really fantastic short story. I listened to this one in the car with my husband and both of us were glued to this story. Well written and fantastic narration. Loved this!


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
  • 11-09-17

More from This Author Please!

John Nicholl has surpassed my expectations once again. He knows how to write thought provoking thrillers and this one will not disappoint. This story focuses on domestic violence and how things are not always what they seem. People can appear so normal to their friends and co-workers but show their true selves behind closed doors.

I have listened to all of John Nicholls books and his stories often center around the nastiest of humankind. That rare breed of psychopath that makes for a perfect thriller. One where you hope for restitution of some kind. Bully Boy Blue is a very satisfying story.

This story will grab your attention from the beginning and hold it until the end. I love that John continues to have Jake Urry as the narrator for all his books too. He is by far one of the best narrators out there.

To John Nicholl, more books please. You are quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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

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  • DK
  • 11-06-17

Fan FREAKING tastic!💕


While I cannot add much to the publisher summary without spoiling, I will share that this is one of the most intriguing, rip your heart out, fantastic and brilliant books that I have ever read! As a book reviewer for nearly a decade, this has to be the best psychological, suspense novel I have ever read.

The performance by Jake Uryy was very good.

Bully Boy Blue contains descriptions of violence, both physical and mental abuse. It also contains strong language. It is a psychological thriller that will push the boundaries of many listeners, myself included.

*I received this book in exchange for my review. Usually I stop at that statement, however, John Nicholl's novella Bully Boy Blue is INCREDIBLE, WILD &amp; BRILLIANT! I am going to add anything that I can find written by him to my wish list immediately after I post this review, literally.

If you found my review helpful, please take a moment and select 'Helpful' below. I invite you to follow me on Audible as well. Thank you.

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Tense and Desperate

This author created an alarmingly realistic and threatening sadist. Smooth and manipulative, the husband is truly menacing. &quot;Pity&quot; feels like the wrong word to use for a character as strong as his wife, but I think it applies here. You're rooting for poor Kathy's success from beginning to end. With anything this disturbing, violent, and evil though, even a best-case scenario doesn't feel like justice.

I'm glad the story wasn't longer because I don't know if my heart could take much more. I didn't feel triggered as such, but I could understand if others would be. Great job creating such a gripping story.

Wonderful narration also. His voice and tone kept me just as engaged as the story itself.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Amazing!

First, I am already a huge fan of John Nicholl. He is an outstanding author of psychological thrillers!

I'm not really fond of novellas nor short stories, but I found Bully Boy Blue to be the perfect length and pace. I listened to the whole thing in one day and I was not disappointed. The novella revolves around Kathy and her abusive husband, and the abuse is misogynistic and terrible. If you cannot bare that kind of subject matter then perhaps this book isn't for you, and on top of that, Jake Urry's performance just makes everything come to life, especially the abusive husband. However, I thought this book ended really well. No spoilers, but the ending is satisfying.

I highly recommend books written by John Nicholl, and Jake Urry is an incredibly talented up and coming narrator!

John Nicholl really needs to write more books.

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Kept me glued and drawn in....

Would you consider the audio edition of Bully Boy Blue to be better than the print version?

Jake's impeccable narration combined with the suspense of the story made the audible version a million times better in my opinion. The level of alacrity and conviction the narrator delivers is quite commendable for such a pulsating, thrill ride of a story.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Everything from beginning to finish. Another great, captivating performance.

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This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."<br/>

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please don't buy if you are sensitive to abuse

I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
John Nicholl delivers a fantastic written book and plays with the mind and heart. Bully boy blue got exactly what he deserved for being a bully as well as a cop. A beautiful outcome to a mind/heart wrenching story. 
Jake Urry made the words in this book flow so naturally.
If you love James Patterson books, this one is up your alley.  please don't buy if you are sensitive to abuse

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He Had It Coming!

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Bully Boy Blue really packed a wallop in such a short amount of time. Kathy finally reaches the breaking point when she discovers that she is pregnant again by her abusive cop husband. How she exacts revenge will knock your socks off!<br/><br/>The narration of Jake Urry was superb and really enhanced my listening pleasure of this chilling and compelling tale. Bully Boy Blue was a great psychological thriller and I would recommend it.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Joy Mutter
  • 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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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-03-17

"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.<br/>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 ...<br/><br/>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 ...<br/><br/>A dark tale not to be missed by fans of psychological thrillers.

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  • Julia
  • 04-27-17

Great Short Story

From the 1st chapter you always know what John Nicholl's books are about, he doesn't hold back on the punches or try to lead you gently to a subject thats best not discussed,
He is hard hitting and fast paced, you get to know the characters so well you feel like you are living their story, which makes the terror they are experiencing even harder to read.
Bully Boy Blue is about an abusive husband and a wife who falls pregnant and knows for the sake of her child she has to leave him.
My only criticism is I wish this book was longer I could listen to Jake Urry narrate John Nicoll's books till the cows come home, always such a great partnership.

I throughly recommend this book it was a good story.

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  • Timi
  • 04-21-17

Brilliant short story

A thought provoking dark novella about an abusive relationship between husband and wife. Kathy must be smart and try to find a way out of her awful situation without tipping her husband off about her plans. You must read/listen to it to find out whether she succeeds or not.
This is a fast paced, well written short story narrated brilliantly by Jake Urry. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 04-21-17

FANTASTICALLY TERRIFYING!!

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WOW!! This short book packs a HUGE punch. The author manages to take you through a gamut of emotions. I've listened to it twice already. The words, the story, the narration, If you only listen to one audio book - make it this one!

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  • Caribbean Book Club.
  • 04-19-17

A high tension winner packed with suspense.

What did you like most about Bully Boy Blue?

It's extremely well written and brilliantly narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bully Boy Blue?

I loved the ending. Inspired.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

Very professional and just right for the plot.

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

Yes, it's an extremely emotional listen addressing a difficult and emotive subject.

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Don't miss this one.

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  • Iain Hart
  • 07-15-17

What a story

Short but grabs you by your nerve endings and won't let go, horrific but great story and great narration

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  • Bridget McKeown
  • 07-28-17

5 shiny stars

Another great book by John Nicholl. They just keep getting better. Definitely have a li

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  • Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews)
  • 10-14-17

Short story with unusual twist

This 2 hour story was well constructed within the parameters of a short story. The time gaps were well explained and the Welsh accent of Jake Urry was well matched to the tale despite the fact that the main character was a woman. I hope you enjoy the conclusion as much as I did; it was novel.

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  • Emily
  • 05-04-17

Short and Intensive

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I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.<br/><br/>This was an amazing book!! It deals with an abusive marriage between a police officer and his wife. It is dealt with so well by John Nicholl and he makes it a lot easier to read this, as it is a short and intensive read. <br/>The narrator is spectacular, giving distinct voices to both Kathy and Michael.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful