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

Michael Robotham
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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...

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  • 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: 1067 KB
    • Print Length: 435 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184744525X
    • Publisher: Mulholland Books (October 2, 2012)
    • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007HGPO8S
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    34 of 34 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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    Published 29 days ago by Kevin T. Burke
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
    This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. Loved the way that it ended. My kind of story.
    Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Lochridge
    5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting
    This book will keep the reader breathless, unable to stop. I didn't care for curse words but the story has good flow. Will reread later.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quality as usual.
    High quality from Robotham as usual. Perhaps a bit too long though.
    Published 1 month ago by Out The Box
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best in series so far...
    I've read the first six in 10 days. I can't stop. Ill launch into 7 as soon as I complete these comments. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Walton Jones
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    good book
    Published 2 months ago by Gayle V Ohanian
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book,!
    One of his best that I have read so far. On to the next in the Joe O'Loughlin series! Hope it is as good as this one.
    Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
    5.0 out of 5 stars His Best One - at least for me
    I've read most of his novels and this one was the best one. It didn't have a convoluted story and was easy to follow.
    Published 2 months ago by Joann R. Greene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 4 months ago by sprattbc
    5.0 out of 5 stars must read
    Could not put it down, it was interesting to see who kidnapped the girls. I thought it was this person or that one, never figured out who it was.
    Published 4 months ago by Arlene F. Johnson
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    More About the Author

    Michael Robotham is the author of ten psychological thrillers, which have been translated into 24 languages. He has twice been shortlisted for the CWA UK Steel Dagger in 2007 ('THE NIGHT FERRY') and 2008 ('SHATTER') and once for the CWA Gold Dagger in 2013 (SAY YOU'RE SORRY). He has twice won Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel for LOST in 2005 and SHATTER in 2008.

    Coming in March 2015 - a stunning new standalone, LIFE OR DEATH, which Stephen King described as "a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master."

    Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.
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