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Shatter (Joseph O'Loughlin) Paperback – January 26, 2012
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"Pleasantly creepy....plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence."―The New York Times Book Review
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Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.
His website is: www.michaelrobotham.com
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Joe's fortunes take a turn for the worse when he is asked to talk a jumper down from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. When he reaches the site, Joe sees an unidentified female standing in the rain, naked except for a pair of red shoes. She is conducting an intense conversation on a mobile phone. The potential suicide barely notices Joe's presence and is not interested in anything that he has to say. This disturbing encounter foreshadows future similar incidents that will challenge O'Loughlin's ability to cope, both professionally and personally.
The villain turns out to be a psychopath who knows how to bend minds. He boasts, "You've got to be smart. You've got to know people--what frightens them, how they think, what they cling to when they're in trouble." He uses his considerable intellect and patience to threaten and intimidate those he hates. When the police, led by the tough and aggressive Detective Inspector Veronica Cray, finally comprehend what is going on, they desperately try to locate and apprehend the killer. Joe and his buddy, retired DI Vincent Ruiz, lend a hand in the investigation, but they are stymied by a phantom who strikes at will and escapes with ease.Read more ›
This may well be his best to date. Reprising his top characters, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and retired detective Vincent Ruiz, he has moved O'Loughlin from London to Somerset, near Bath. Setting is one of the things that Robotham does brilliantly, whether his characters are in northern Europe or in the sewers of London. Here, the solution of the case turns on the use of cell phone transmission technology and that requires Robotham to have a professional's knowledge of both that technology and the geography/topography of the west country in general, Bath and Bristol in particular. The results are very impressive.
He must also plausibly discuss the realities of abnormal psychology and Parkinson's disease (which afflicts O'Loughlin). Needless to say, he's up to the task. The antagonist is a military interrogator who has gone over to the dark side, utilizing his skills for evil purposes in an attempt to avenge himself upon the friends of his wife who, he believes, has betrayed him. The cat and mouse game is complicated by the fact that Joe's marriage to his wife Julianne is on the rocks and his involvement in this case not only impacts on his marriage but draws his wife and eldest daughter into the antagonist's orbit. To save his marriage and his family Joe must solve the case and find the person who talks his victims into destroying themselves.
The suspense is nonstop and the writing is expert. I stand by my earlier judgment that Robotham is the next big thing in crime and suspense writing. This was one of the top books of the summer for me (since I couldn't wait for the spring of 2009). Don't miss any of his books. Each is superb.
With 'Shatter' there is some return to what initially attracted me to Robotham. The writing is still strong, and it does serve to propel the story, which moves along at a clip. However, other than the consideration of how someone can place doubts in your head that might leave you feeling helpless, it really is, in the end, a disappointing piece. We read it hoping for some invigorating revelations, as well as some intellectual sword play that leaves us satisfied and the hero victorious. I am not advocating that there be traditional endings and such, as we are all accustomed to get in the thriller/mystery genre. However, one still deserves better, when the set up (somewhat implausible, but only because it hasn't happened to you!) is so well constructed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent psycho thriller . well written and suspenseful. I really enjoyed and look forward to reading more of his workPublished 3 days ago by bobby
Good story. The character, Joe O'loughlin, annoys me for some reason but the story is good. It is also strange the a psychologist and his family become involved in case after... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adrian Geekie
Joe O'Loughlin is a crime solver, and personality assesser. Michael Robotham knows his subject...Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Mason
Shatter was an amazing book to read, I actually couldn't wait to finish it. I must however mention that I did pick up quite a few errors in the book, and would suggest that the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sheila feller
When Professor Joseph O’Loughlin was asked to assist on the Clifton Suspension Bridge with talking to a woman who was going to jump, he had no idea the trauma and life changing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brenda Telford
a good read but I like this author and his characters who are identifiable especially Joe an unlikely hero who dives hope to those with Parkinsons disease. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kath Tomlinson