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Product Details

  • Series: Joseph O'Loughlin
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316187429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316187428
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most suspenseful book I read all year."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

"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.

Customer Reviews

Well written with very interesting characters.
Julie A Harston
I have read two books by this author and he has become one of my favorites.
Pam Bentley
Spine-tingling, edge of your seat thriller, keep turning the pages!
Stephanie

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dodgeriffic on 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 By Jeff Sabbe on 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 By Hemingway on 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 By stevel on May 1, 2012
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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 By KatherineAnn on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roso on February 27, 2012
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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 By Jane Byrnes on 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 By GRACE on 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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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.
His website is: www.michaelrobotham.com


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