• Portraits of the Dead

  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-18-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Nicholl
  • 4.5 (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Emma didn't know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn't know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerized, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn't know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.
Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local 19-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed five young women.
How far would you go to save your life?
©2016 John Nicholl (P)2016 John Nicholl
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By Simone K on 11-01-16

Totally. Awesome.

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This was one of the best serial killer books I've listened to in a while, and I freaking love these books! A fantastic mystery, good characters, some sudden twists and a satisfying ending. I liked every minute of it. Jake Urry is endlessly fantastic at audio book narration.

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

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By ALY on 11-08-16

Portraits of the Dead

This was a very creepy but great book! I was glad I got a chance to listen to it. I loved it. It was scary and I was pulling for Emma the whole book. I was hoping she made it. I think the characters were believable in this book and the plot was scary. "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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By Vicki Goodwin on 10-31-16

Delectably chilling

I have come to expect severe psychological depravity when I read John Nicholl's books. This book did not disappoint in that aspect. The evil kidnapper has taken and killed at least five other women before he took Emma. Emma is held in a darkened area without knowing day from night, hours from days and days from weeks. He insisted on servitude from her while he tortured her and taunted her. It was chilling and sickeningly fascinating. John Nicholl has a history of working as a social worker and uses the terror he faced in that career in his own stories.

While Detective Inspector Gravel searched for Emma not knowing if she was alive or dead. Reaching out to the serial Killer while looking for few clues. With trusting people listening to vague and erroneous clues, the police struggle to find this serial killer.

This book is intense. It is just so cold and creepy. It is the perfect book for me to listen to on Halloween. Only now, how am I supposed to be able to go outside moving door to door in the dark with the kids trick or treating when there are psychos out there.
It is chilling listening to Jake Urry in his concise and gravelly voice. It takes the story to a new level when Mr. Urry narrates a thriller such as this. He does an amazing job with the voices of women, older adults, young women. His range is amazing. I am really impressed with the narration.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

By TerryHeth on 11-02-16

Great book

Very eerie and a creepy killer!
Really enjoyed listening to this & following the horrible ways the murdered behaved. Atmospheric narrator too.

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By Tracey on 02-06-18


this is a fantastic book. quite sick really but thoroughly enjoyed the story and performance. i absolutely didnt see the ending coming. but fantastic. definite good read.

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