Doctor David Galbraith is a renowned child psychologist with a well-hidden perversion – he is a voracious paedophile with a predilection for young boys. One of the leading members of a nationwide paedophile ring, he is not averse to using murder and extortion in an effort to get what he wants.
Anthony Mailer is seven years-old and struggling to adapt to the break up of his parents marriage. Worried, his mother Molly arranges an appointment with a child psychologist in an effort to return her son to his former self.
Step in Dr. David Galbraith, who already has Anthony in his depraved sights, and will stop at nothing to fulfil his sick desires.
Despite the sensitive subject matter, which some may find off-putting, this book had all the hallmarks of a decent crime novel. Unfortunately, however, for me, it did fall a little short of the mark.
The writing style leaves a lot to be desired, and definitely highlights the fact that this is a debut novel. It is amateurish, and the dialogue is stilted and cliched. DI Gravel, the main protagonist, is blunt, unnecessarily rude and disparaging, and needs a few lessons in effective people management. And Dr. Galbraith’s habit of calling people “old boy” and “my dear lady” was actually really annoying and unrealistic.
He really is a dangerous and despicable villain though which kept me reading until the end, if only to see him get his comeuppance.
I’ve given this book 3 stars on Goodreads.