Reviews

  • "Perhaps the most cleverly constructed and incendiary thriller I've ever read. The great books in this genre take you on an emotional roller-coaster, but the best, like this one, also have you trampling through a moral minefield."

    Irvine Welsh
  • "Niven is a deft writer who pumps unease like gas into the space between what Donnie was and what he has become…[a] gripping piece of work."

    Guardian
  • "[Niven has] a depth and empathy for his characters that few modern thrillers can match…The pace, dialogue and narrative voice are all pitch-perfect, and the flashback scenes of Donnie’s childhood are frighteningly realistic. Niven proves himself expert at creating a sense of foreboding, and when all Donnie’s worst fears come to pass, the author clearly uses his own experience as an occasional screenwriter to ramp up the tension to almost unbearable levels. A thriller that delivers on every level, Cold Hands is a fantastic change of style and pace for Niven."

    Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
  • "A heart-racing page-turner of redemption and retribution... The book's twists and turns come to a cinematic, savage climax and it seems destined to join John's other books and be bought up for the big screen."

    Sunday Mail, Scotland
  • "Cold Hands is certainly one of the year’s smartest thrillers, as well as its most blood-soaked."

    The List