#BookReview – Before I Met Him by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @bloodhoundbook  #BeforeIMetHim #NetGalley @zooloo2008

#BookReview – Before I Met Him by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @bloodhoundbook #BeforeIMetHim #NetGalley @zooloo2008

26th July 2018 14 By zooloobookblog

#BookReview - Before I Met Him by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @bloodhoundbook  #BeforeIMetHim #NetGalley @zooloo2008

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
#BookReview – Before I Met Him by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @bloodhoundbook  #BeforeIMetHim #NetGalley @zooloo2008Before I Met Him by John Nicholl
Series: DI Gravel, #2
Published by Bloodhound Books on 24th July 2018
Genres: Thriller, Crime, Suspense
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Looking for a serial killer thriller you won't be able to put down? Then discover Before I Met Him, by #1 best-selling author John Nicholl, today.
*** This book was previously published as a Mind to Kill ***Every once in a while the hunters become the hunted...
When Rebecca's childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge and soon she is handing out retribution on any man who preys on the innocent.
The twenty-three-year-old poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory sex offender after another to their deaths.
When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, DI Gravel and his team are called in to investigate.
In what might be his toughest case yet, DI Gravel finds himself asking if vigilante justice is ever justified…
Read this chilling new psychological thriller and decide for yourself.

*Thank you so much to Sarah at Bloodhound books, and the author John Nicholl for ARC of this book*


I need to have a shower and scrub my skin clean after reading this book, it is so dark, intense (!!), gritty, raw and rather unnerving especially when the chapters are from Rebecca’s POV!

Rebecca, when she was six was abused and the abuser got off, none of the family ever recovered from this, especially not Rebecca. She seeks justice against other sexual deviants. It was hard to read her chapters, as she plotted against these men and acting as judge jury and executioner. In a way, she reminded me of Dexter, with her preparation skills and her acting abilities!!

DS Gravel, aka Grav, the officer on Rebecca’s case fifteen years ago, has been told to go away due to his suffering of potential PTSD with everything he’s been through from the first book. (A quick pause, I didn’t get the chance to read the first book before I read this, you can get away with this. However, I am going back to read it because I want to end of.) He is a likeable character, not your normal hot slim fit type of man, but a man who has been on the job a long time with a  drinking problem and insane stress levels. He has his demons and who wouldn’t, but he is one of the best detectives. Receiving a call from his superiors to cut his holiday short,  he is back on the case when body parts start turning up with a new partner in tow.

This story is dark and definitely not one for the faint hearted at all, and it is hard to ‘gush’ about the book due to the subject matter but it is a page-turner nonetheless and I loved it! (I am not some weirdo or anything that loved the content but the writing and the story…ok I will shut up now!) I haven’t read any of John Nicholl books before, and the covers are so dark but I was drawn to them and now I see why! I will be going back to read Portrait of death and revisiting the characters, and to be honest I cannot bloody wait. I have it on great authority that I may have found a new favourite author…..


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About John Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA.

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