Title: White is the Coldest Colour
Author: John Nicholl
Page Count/Review Word Count: 396
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
Okay, let’s get the most obvious thing out of the way first – this book is in serious need of some professional editing, because the number of spelling and grammar mistakes in this book is unbelievable. We’re talking about maybe a couple of hundred errors, at least.
But usually, that would put me off a book to the extent that I wouldn’t be able to read past the first dozen pages. Not so, in this case – the plot here is actually pretty good, and I read the whole book with a sense of foreboding, because I wasn’t quite sure what might happen next.
One thing that did annoy me – I flicked through to see how many pages I had remaining and I saw a spoiler in the author’s postscript, which I wish I hadn’t seen. To be fair, it is my own fault for skipping ahead, but I still don’t see why you’d include something about that in the first place.
Let me cover the plot, quickly – basically, paedophilia everywhere and the Welsh police force have to try and sort it out, despite being inept. Stuff happens, the plot drives along, and you even get to see what’s going through the primary paedophile’s head as he carries out a breaking and entering.
It’s pretty disturbing stuff, but despite that, one you get past the spelling and grammar errors, the subject matter isn’t too bad. Really, I’d recommend that the author submits his work to a publisher like Booktrope, the publisher which distributes my work – their model ensures that you’re paired up with a decent editor and proofreader, which this book is in desperate need of.
Because in all honesty, despite the fact that there probably averaged an error every couple of pages, the story itself was so gripping that I couldn’t put the damn thing down. Even if you look at the dialogue, it’s actually surprisingly well-written, and I don’t think there’s too much to worry about if you remove the mistakes.
At this stage, though, I’d suggest you simply keep an eye on the book and the author, and that you look into purchasing a copy if an edited re-release ever comes out. How about that for a fair review?