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Say You're Sorry (Joe O'Loughlin Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Robotham
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)

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Book Description


When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found.

Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

Convinced that Piper or Tash might still be alive, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, persuade the police to re-open the investigation. But they are racing against time to save the girls from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind...

Editorial Reviews


"Never-lets-up suspense and beautiful writing." (Stephen King (Best Books of 2012 pick))

"Piper Hadley tells her story with the urgency of a modern-day uncanny approximation....Robotham is a writer of many voices, sounding exactly like a spoiled teenaged girl one minute and, in the next breath, exactly like a frustrated parent." (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

"Suspenseful and intriguing." (People)

"Chilling." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Subtle, smart, compelling and blessed with both an intelligent storyline and top-notch writing, this book will grab readers from page one and not let go until the final sentence." (Kirkus Reviews (a Fall Fiction Top Ten Pick))

Praise for Michael Robotham:

"Remarkable....crime fiction of the highest order." (Booklist, starred review)

"Michael Robotham is the real deal and we can only hope that will write faster." (David Baldacci, on The Wreckage)

"The most suspenseful book I read all year." (Stephen King, on Shatter)

About the Author

Michael Robotham has been an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. One of world's most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FY2RWA0
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HGPO8S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another rollicking good read from Robotham... September 16, 2012
By Raven
Format:Kindle Edition
After the disappointment of my last crime read it was heartening to seek sanctuary in the criminal bosom of Michael Robotham. Robotham is a firm favourite of mine and once again provides a fine lesson in the craft of crime fiction with an utterly absorbing read. Drawing closely on real-life incidences of child abduction Robotham weaves a compelling tale focusing on the case of two missing teenage girls and the changing public perceptions of the both the case and the two as individuals under the glare of media scrutiny and the heightened sense of purpose the police investigation gains when one of the girls turns up dead. Once again clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is called to assist in this troubling case and with the help of retired policeman Vincent Ruiz, seeks to determine the whereabouts of the remaining missing girl. The plot is taut and throws up many a quandary for our loveable duo as the investigation unfolds in different directions but what this book highlights more than most is Robotham's consistently great characterisation.

This was particularly noticeable in Robotham's portrayal of Piper Hadley a sporty and slightly ungainly teenager but who during her enforced incarceration is revealed as a very perceptive and thoughtful girl grappling mentally and physically with the challenges of the danger she finds herself in. The sections of the book where she narrates her day-to-day suffering at the hands of her abductor are truly moving and incredibly well-realised. I liked the way that her experiences are offset by the traumas caused by Joe's own teenage daughter Charlie as she navigates her way through these difficult years, at times to the chagrin of her father, as she herself has been held captive in a previous criminal investigation involving Joe.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!! August 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly WOW!

This was my first Michael Robotham book i've read and I must say, he is now my favourite author. This story is nothing less than fantastic. He had me hooked from the first paragrah, and I was unable to put this book down. Lets just say I had the novel finished the same day I purchased it.

I have seen a lot of people comment that it is too expensive and that's what I thought at first too, but I'm happy I spent the money on it because it was worth every cent!

The characters were not only realistic but I found myself swept up in their problems and I was concerned for them and genuinely interested in their lives.

I must say, as soon as I finished this story, I went in search of this author's other novels. Will definately be reading more from him, but I'm glad I started with this story. This novel is great for anyone who likes to be kept on their toes.

GREAT WORK MICHAEL ROBOTHAM!!! (My new favourite Author!!!)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet! October 11, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've long been a Michael Robotham fan and eagerly await each new book. Say You're Sorry is absolutely his best yet. I've always enjoyed the character development in Robotham's novels and this doesn't disappoint, giving us more than a peek into the soul of Joe O'Loughlin, the teenager Piper and her friend Tash, and even that of the grieving parents. The story begins with two apparently separate crimes--a dead woman found frozen in a pond/river and the murder of a couple in a remote farmhouse. How does a cold case disappearance link to a current murder? Little by little the pieces are fitted together to link the crimes, all while the protagonist deals with personal issues ( marital estrangement, a rebellious teenage daughter, his worsening Parkinson's disease). I would have liked to have more involvement of O'Loughlin's sidekick Victor Ruiz and a bit of an epilogue about Emily and her controlling father, but these are minor quibbles. I love intelligent mysteries that keep me guessing to the end and this fit the bill. Although I had narrowed my suspicions down to two (and turned out to be right) it was the journey, the getting to that conclusion that held me spellbound. If you are a fan of the intellectual mystery ala Elizabeth George or the Laura Lippman stand alones, you will enjoy the entire O'Loughlin series, but possibly this one most of all
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best September 21, 2012
By Tank
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Say You're Sorry begins well, swells well in the middle and then becomes a tad too predictable. And the increasingly creaky lead character becomes more and more capable of incredible heroics the worse he gets. Robotham peaked with Shatter and has not managed to top that as a tale, despite maintaining the relationship with the characters. The hero is smart as we know - but this time around seemed a bit too big for his boots. No one is that smart. Any police force worth their salt would have punted him from these investigations. He doesn't appear to warrant a part in them at all. He used to be believable and vulnerable. I felt here he was almost super human. A nice read, don't get me wrong, but not as strong as previous outings.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly absorbing October 8, 2012
By Maarten
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"Say you're sorry" is a gripping story in more ways than one. It's a very exciting thriller that keeps you on edge right until the end. Robotham's style has definitely evolved and you can see he has honed his already considerable skills to a point where he leaves you with a utterly absorbing and believable story.
On another level "Say you're sorry" is a story about children's hopes and dreams confronted with (mis)trust, prejudice and selfishness. Robotham does a very clever job at making the (abducted) girls' minds as genuine as the adults'. I couldn't help wondering if his experience with growing up children gave him some insights.
Being the next in the series featuring Joe O'Loughlin, it's good to see him back on track, rubbing shoulders with Vincent Ruiz once again and wondering where his family life is heading. Don't worry, you'll know more when you've finished the book.
So, a must-read for those already familiar with the series, but if you are not, you're still in for a hell of a ride.

Finally, I would like to make a remark about some of the "reviews" that are posted here. Apparently some people are dissatisfied with the Kindle concept and the price of the e-books. Fine, send a mail to Amazon. But what the point is of giving a single book a 1 star "review" if you haven't even read it, just to gripe about Kindle, is really beyond me. It lowers the average rating in a big way, for no reason whatsoever. A bit of moderating would do wonders.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at it's best.
Plenty of twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. Lots of richly developed characters. I will definitely read more of his books.
Published 1 day ago by jodi robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rivetingly suspenseful
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Terrific plot, suspenseful. Great depth of characters. I'm quickly becoming a fan of his work. Can't wait to read more!
Published 2 days ago by John C. Bellomy
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book but knew who the perpetrator very soon ...
I have just found the Joe O Loughlin books and this is the 3rd book that I have read in this series. I enjoyed the book but knew who the perpetrator very soon into the book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ariell Mohammed
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Robotham
A fast paced novel with a strong main character! It was hard to read some of it, but it's a good read! A real page turner!
Published 5 days ago by Momimse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual by Robotham, a well written and suspenseful resd
Published 6 days ago by Patto
5.0 out of 5 stars a very unputdownable thriller .. I bought this on my kindle which...
A very unputdownable thriller .. I ended up reading it on my iPhone because my kindle broke down mid way through the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by sylvia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This story was a page turner. I will now be looking for more books by this author
Published 19 days ago by Zanna B
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great story, well written, enjoyed it from start to finish. Excellent characters, all very believable, just the right amount of emotion and action
Published 20 days ago by Nightreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story kept me reading
Published 26 days ago by Jedda Maree Gibson
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More About the Author

Michael Robotham began his career an investigative journalist in Australia and Britain. He later became a ghostwriter, collaborating on more than a dozen bestselling autobiographies for pop stars, actors, decorated soldiers and politicians.
His first psychological thriller 'SUSPECT' sold more than a million copies around the world. His second novel 'LOST' won the Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel in 2005 - an award he won again in 2008 with 'SHATTER', which Stephen King chose named in his top ten books of the year. In 2012 Stephen King followed this up by naming SAY YOU'RE SORRY was one of his 'three top reads', praising its 'edge-of-your-seat suspense and beautiful writing.'

Michael has twice been short-listed for the UK Steel Dagger in 2007 ('THE NIGHT FERRY') and 2008 ('SHATTER') and once for the CWA Gold Dagger in 2013 (SAY YOU'RE SORRY). In 2014 Michael released WATCHING YOU, which the New York Times said had a 'plot that is so twisted and psychology so perverse, even the most alert reader might misread the clues.'

Coming in March 2015 - a stunning new standalone, LIFE OR DEATH.

Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.
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