A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.
Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights. Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?
©2008 Michael Robotham; (P)2008 W.F. Howes Ltd
This is the first I had heard of this author and I am very impressed.
The story has well rounded characters and moves along at a gripping pace. I listened to it more quickly than I've listened to other books, mainly because I was so drawn in to the story.
It certainly isn't a 'relax before you go to sleep' story!
The narration is excellent.
Of you enjoy Peter James' books I'm sure you'll like this.
I would thoroughly recommend this book and I shall be downloading more by this author..
I used to think that crime books were 'two-a-penny' and I normally stay well away from the genre to avoid the disappointment of repeated cliches and predictable plots. But here is something different...
I clicked on the preview by chance and then risked the credit and found myself drawn into one of the best audio books I've ever downloaded.
The plot and character development are flawless and Sean Barrett's narration is top-notch!
Written in the first-person, the book alternates between 'good' and 'bad' and the style is both captivating and addictive. The book subtly digs its claws in at the beginning and then simply refuses to let you go. I got to a point where I simply could not stop listening until it was finished.
A Word of Warning! - Definitely not for the faint-hearted. The book is shocking at times (our 'bad guy' is really bad!) and some of the dialogue had me gasping out loud. How can someone be so cruel?
Warnings aside, this is a well polished, superbly narrated and credible story that is well worth a listen and I for one will be downloading some more from the same author / narrator.
The first book I have read from this author and was totally absorbed by it. Brilliant reading, as ever, by Sean Barrett. I liked the central character and had great sympathy for him. Not so for his wife! Off to buy another now.
We had never come across this author before, but couldn't wait to finish it, it was gripping,exciting and well paced. Loaned it to my parents, they were listening to it just about all day until they had finished it. Didn't want it to end. will get more by this author.
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors incl Sanderson, Rothfuss, PBrett, ....tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
Un-switch-off-able! Disturbing in so many ways, yet compelling listening. My first listen from this author, and it won't be my last.
Definitely a book which will stay with me, like Emma Donoghue's, Room. It's uncomfortable, and disturbing. One of those stories that hits close to home for any parent....
Although I could guess what was going to happen, this gave it a sense of distressing inevitability, rather than boring predictability.
A good, if somewhat emotional listen. Well narrated. Will definitely need some light relief after this....
I chose Shatter after I had listened to Lost by the same author. Lost is an excellent read which I would recommend to anyone, this book maintains the very high standard.
It has a very solid and plausible plot which keeps you hooked... and guessing !
I agree that it is a gripping book which you just can't put down, I would thoroughly recommend it.
I am now off to find my next Michael Robotham book !!
I listen to a new audio book every month usually whilst taking my dogs on a 4 mile evening walk. Some books allow the dogs to have a full 4 miles, some allow them to come out of the kennel, relieve themselves and go back in and occasionally a book takes them to 6 mile doggie heaven......this is one of them.
My favourite talking (and walking) books that have driven the dogs to 6 mile distraction are....
Michelle Paver - Dark Matter. brilliant, brooding, haunting and tiring as i couldn't stop walking!!
Reginald Hill - Woodcutter. Really well read, 8 miler...
Peter Robinson - Before the Poison - different, not his usual character and really enjoyable 7 miler
Michael Robotham - Shatter. Brilliant, as good as woodcutter and before the poison but not quite as haunting as Dark Matter.
Finally, something completely different- Locked on by Tom Clancy, brilliantly read by Lou Diamond Phillips, the talking book equivalent of a Bourne movie!!!
This book had me gripped from the start. The story didn't always take the turns I wanted it to and is pretty chilling. This was the first Michael Robotham book I have read - it will certainly not be the last.
I downloaded this after enjoying Lost by the same author
it maintains the very high standard gripping and credible
My first audible title and turned out to be a great selection from the vast number of those available. It had me gripped from the first minute and kept me wanting to listen to more each time I pressed the play button.
Story was excellent as was the narration. I felt for the innocent and wanted to get my hands on the 'baddy'.
"Same same but different"
I was looking forward to this. I enjoyed his previous books but unfortunately this one, although often enjoyable was frustrating. The main character often does things that are slightly incredulous and it is a little frustratingly predictable. I would write more but don't want to ruin the story for others.
"Keep on listening"
One of the best. I just wanted to keep on going. Especially good on the long drive.
Clever plot with continual twists
All books that I have listened to by Sean Barrett have been outstanding. It took me a while to forget Harry Hole but then I was hooked.
"A great suspense"
Yes because it was a well constructed story and was very well read
Yes the plot provided many surprises and held my interest right through to the end
No particular scene was overly memorable, however there were no flat spots so I was thoroughly entertained
Another Joseph O'Loughlin thriller that should not be missed
"A very Disturbing character indeed"
Getting a view of English People living in small communities and their daily lives.
Dr. Joe, I have really enjoyed learning about his character, his strengths and weaknesses and his compassion for people in general and his family.
When the Police finally trapped the psychopath
When Charlie showed how strong she was, even as an innocent victim.
I found that I was disturbed on so many levels by the actions and personality of the villain.
I have know people with some of his traits and his ability to inflict mental cruelty upon others and now look at those people with new insightful eyes. Holy crap!
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