I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me.
A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the Mindhunter, trading on Joe's name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.
With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discovers links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter A is carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems, and soon Joe's fate, and the fates of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer....
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"A writer of the highest class who can create terror from the commonplace and crush the breath out of you." (Daily Mail)
"I love this guy's books." (Lee Child)
"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them." (Linwood Barclay)
"He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul." (Peter James)
What can I say without revealing anything? As usual Sean Barrett narrated the story with empathy and brilliance - a remarkable performance. I usually listen while walking the dog and I was aware about half way through the book that I had stopped and was staring into space; not quite believing what I was hearing. I have read/listened to thousands of books and I am not sure that any of them affected me emotionally as much as this particular one. I have read better or cleverer literature with cunning plots or profound messages but this hit me hard. In fact it was so good that I waited until I had a quiet half hour alone in the house before listening to the end. Wow! Michael Robotham has surpassed himself with this one.
This was a super 'edge of the seat' book, I really enjoyed it - I do like Joe, I know he is rather melancholic, but not irritatingly so. He is so real in the way he deals with things and his logic and crime solving are realistic rather than some of the leaps of faith one reads in some novels.
The writing was excellent - red herrings galore, and a good plot well executed.
My only niggle, is that there were TWO personal narratives, one was Joe's and the other - the killer's, but I could not always tell immediately when the killer cut in. However - I soon got the hang of it and I didn't see the ending or the killer coming.
Sean Barrett is brilliant - as ever!. I read this in just over a day, just couldn't put it down.
This is the kind of crime/thriller novel I prefer. Not too much lascivious description of horrible things being done to victims: more an investigation into the why a person becomes an abuser or murderer. The main character is the likeable psychologist, Joe O’Loughlin, roped in by the police to help in a murder investigation that’s going nowhere. He’s a sympathetic character, more so because of his disability, who is aware of the limitations of psychological profiling but does offer insight into cases. His family life is woven into the story making the novel more interesting. There are twists and turns and false leads that keeps the narrative bowling along at a fast pace. The final chapters are a bit frenetic and there's a dubious scene in particular involving the psycholoigst’s daughter.
The narrator is excellent
This is the latest edition in the Joe O'loughlin series... and what a Book!Having 'been' with Joe since the beginning, I found this to be, by far, the best in the series (so far, please let there be more!)
I love the way Sean is able to depict the tension Michael Robotham has intigrated into his words and actually manages to get you to feel as though you are there with the characters throughout
I think the ending of this book is amazingly moving, having Ruiz find Joe on the floor and Emma asks, "Whats wrong with daddy?"
I couldn't stop myself laughing at the reply of "he fell out of bed"
"But thats not his bed" came Emmas reply.
There are many funny parts to this book, as always, but some seriously sad moments too.
If you are an avid reader, this book is definitely worth every penny!Its full of suspense, intrigue, laughter, tears, twists and turns. Right to the end I was trying to find the 'bad guy' and was totally enveloped ion the drama throughout.
I really enjoyed this story, it had enough suspense and intrigue to keep me going on my holiday. My only thought was it would have been helpful if the narrator distinguished between the main character's voice and the murderer. At a few points, especially at the beginning, I wasn't sure who was speaking.
I have loved this series since Shattered and this book is no exception. Just couldn't wait to keep listening in between work and sleep - if you want a twisty page turner, this book is a must!
Another amazing story in this unrivalled crime series. Emotional and heartwarming, tragic and devastating. Every part, the truly psychological drama, with one of the best narrative styles I have ever read/heard. You care about every character, and can visualize every scene. Excellent! Fabulous! Can't wait for the next book!
Excellent story with right amount of tension. Outcome came as a surprise which is unusual as usually have guessed the culprit way before.
*such* great characterisation - and narration! This was my first Rowbotham & off to hunt down more (pity I started with no.7 in the Joe O'Loughlin series, especially given the ending, but heyho..)
With this one I found myself irritated every time ordinary stuff & life got in the way & I'd to pause/stop. It's a good old-fashioned psych-thriller, hangs together beautifully & the pace is just right.
The narrator is simply brilliant and brings all the stories he reads to life. The story was laid out perfectly, never got boring, never went off track, moved along at a perfect pace.
The last few chapters, a little unexpected and very moving.
Really good listen and now eager to read more from this author with the same narrator.
Evolution of the main characters
Michael has a genius for depth of character, plot and conclusion
Again Sean is champion I google audio books that he narrates and select from there.
Very easily but I life gets in my way
This whole series is wonderfully written and read. The characters are real, believable and I can't help but feel I reside a little
in each one. Bravo again.
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