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Shatter (Joe O'Loughlin Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Robotham
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In "the most suspenseful book I read all year" (Stephen King), a psychologist faces off against a killer who destroys his victims from the inside out.

Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory-standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers, and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide-not like that. She was terrified of heights.

What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart. With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and astonishingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night.

Editorial Reviews


"The most suspenseful book I read all year." (Entertainment Weekly Stephen King )

"Terrific....a classic 'wrong man' thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch....Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist." (People )

"Pleasantly creepy....plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence." (The New York Times Book Review )

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: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVDNA6U
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (January 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9P7E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. March 6, 2012
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This sucks you in from the get-go, you can feel the action, but never anticipate what will happen... gripping stuff. Be prepared to question what happens and how you would handle the situation. At no stage do you feel there are too many words, or that what is happening cant really happen in the real world. One of the best reads I have had in a while...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, Terrific Thriller January 6, 2013
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I have read the first four Joe O'Loughlin novels and I loved all of them. This was my favorite. As a parent it was hard to read parts of this book, but that is what made it so intense. I highly recommend you read these novels in order. Suspect, Lost, Shatter, and Bleed for Me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tedious read October 15, 2013
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After reading the positive reviews, I really had high hopes for this book. The novel had all the potential in the world to be a solid read, but I found a few unforgivable flaws that completely took me out of the story and distracted me. First and foremost, I couldn't have been more disappointed with the lackluster ending. After all the suspense and build up to a stunning climax, the epilogue nearly put me to sleep. There were also a few technical issues that drove me nuts. First, dozens of passages are written in passive voice. I could give you numerous examples, but suffice it to say, the book is littered with passive voice statements. Second, there are many situations when there are more than two people engaged in dialogue and because the author chose to minimize the dialogue attributes, identifying who's speaking, I found myself re-reading passages to try to figure out who is saying what. Third, there is way too much description in this book. The reader doesn't need to know every street, every city, every law enforcement organization, what each character is wearing, how they move, blink, and walk. Detail is the life-blood of fiction. However, overkill puts the reader to sleep. Fourth, the book is written in the first person, so we "live" in the mind of Joe, the main protagonist. Throughout the book, Joe makes statements about what other characters are thinking or why they're doing what they're doing as if he could read their minds. To be fair, not all is critical. The author is a talented writer and his use of metaphors and similes throughout the narrative are unique and refreshing. He also does a great job with characterization; particularly with the villain. Bottom line: I'd give another one of Michael Robotham's books a try, but if it takes the same route as Shatter, I'll bail out long before I read "The End".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PREDICTABLE May 1, 2012
By stevel
A good read albeit very predictable. I kept waiting for the startling turn of events or unexpected clues. Worth 3 stars but not up to the hype of the reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good. Too long and predictable. January 13, 2013
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I thought this book was too long for the plot that was there. It was predictable and it took s long time for things to get moving. I was good though but not for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic February 27, 2012
By Roso
Psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin is unable to keep a young woman from jumping to her death from a bridge, but her strange behavior convinces him this act was something more sinister than suicide has taken place. When her friend and business partner also dies in an apparent suicide, O'Loughlin decides to take a closer look at the case.

The problem is that this move will put O'Loughlin and him family in danger of losing their own lives. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down August 22, 2013
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Written intelligently with wit and sensitivity. Kept me guessing and on edge of seat. Loved the character development. dont' miss it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good... July 30, 2013
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I could not put it down. Highly recommend this suspenseful novel. This book would make a great movie. The end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read.
A nice surprise - did not know this author and found the book to be gripping in its mystery and the characters engaging and well-fleshed out. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Randee P Levitt
1.0 out of 5 stars Shatter by Robotham is Unbelievable in the bad sense of the word
Suspension of disbelief is a key part of fiction. Science fiction and fantasy must overcome that burden more obviously than other genres, but all fiction must confront and defeat... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sid1gen
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters, smart protagonist, clever plot twists
The mystery/thriller/procedurals of Robotham are well worth the read. They're smart, and move quickly, with the pace of a thriller. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Mystery
Another first rate mystery by Michael Robotham. Good plot, great characters and very good writing. Mr. Robotham never misses!
Published 2 months ago by Joey
4.0 out of 5 stars I read it all in one afternoon!
Read it all in one afternoon!
Published 2 months ago by Margery Nagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
This book is so far my favorite by this author. From the first page, it was impossible for me to put down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by debs0713
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Jan Olivas
5.0 out of 5 stars More O'Loughlin, please!
I LOVED Joe O'Loughlin and will read the other books in the "series" in between lighter reads!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Shatter is Amazing! A Must read!
I discovered Michael Robotham about two weeks ago while vacationing in Maine. I happened to stumble upon a bookstore – Mainely Murders – who specializes in crime fiction. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent thriller
Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is called in to prevent a woman jumping from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Something she says to Joe stays with him long after she jumps. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jenny Hilborne
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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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