Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.
© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"In addition to delivering top-notch pacing, plot, and characters...Robotham also understands that some quests are worth any sacrifice no matter how long the odds of success may be." (Booklist)
"Ray Lonnen's delivery is full of a snap that reflects both Ruiz's regrets as husband, father, and police officer, and his contempt for his superiors' anger when he raises doubts over a case they would prefer remain closed. Those who relish earthy accents from London's most hardscrabble sections will find plenty of entertainment in Lonnen's performance." (AudioFile)
After SHATTER I downloaded two more of this authors books, sadly both were rather dissapointing to listen to. This one even more than The Suspect.
My mind just kept wondering off... and I couldn't even get to the end of the book, a very bad sign. And very very upsetting since I couldn't stop to listen to Shatter! He obviously has grown as a writer since Lost and The Suspect.
Wouldn't recommend this, just go and download Shatter.... and be haunted for days, weeks, months.....
Very much like a British Harlan Coben - which was exactly what I was searching for.
Ageing cop bucks the system to search for missing girl and has to confront the demons from his past.
A multi-tiered plot and timelines, which keeps the listener's attention focused to keep up with the twists and turns, not to mention the chases under the streets of London through the sewers. Interesting supporting characters and gripping plot.
I've listened to all but one of Robotham's books, but in the wrong order, which hasn't made any difference to how much I've loved each one!
This one is read by Ray Lonnen, his range of accents is top notch, he slips nicely from character to character in a believable way, even women!!
An amazing story about Ruiz, now I finally know why he is the way he is in Shatter!!
Listen to it - you won't be disappointed!
Enjoyed the storyline with its twists and turns. However although I appreciate it's fiction found it a bit too far fetched on times. Having worked on murder investgations thought the reseach into reality could have been more thorough, although I suppose the inaccuracies were intentional for entertainment. All said it kept my attention to the end a good listen.
Good story, but rather long winded. Note this book is also published as The Drowning Man, so make sure if you are Michael Robotham fan that you dont end up buying both versions - like I did!
Excellent narration by Ray Lonnen. He acted the book, rather than simply reading it. His changes of voices and accents never grated (as can sometimes happen) and made the listening more pleasurable. A good listen for three days' driving.
This is the fourth Michael Robotham book I have read but this one is "out of order" in that it's further back on the time line than the more recent books I have read. Sometimes that can be distrubing but the stories are so well told that it isn't at all. This book is also written in the voice of Ruiz and not O'Loughlin (though he is in it too) so a very different character comes through; a well rendered, believable character. I love Robotham's attention to detail; just enough but not too much and the different angle he has on the typical detective book.
I have only recently discovered Michael Robotham and what a great find. All of his books have left me gripped to the end. This one in particular is centred around the loveable cop Vincent Ruiz with walk on parts from characters in the previous book.
I have now worked my way through all but 1 of Robotham's books and will certainly keep an eye out for anything new from this author in the future.
This is my 3rd audiobook from Michael Robotham. I've started with 'The Suspect' which was good, followed by the 'Shatter' which was great and I had high hopes that this one would be somewhere between good and great. Unfortunately, this is my first audiobook that I've purchased on Audible that is disappointing and I wish I could exchange it for another one.
The narrator is good but the story itself is not gripping me at all, I even fell asleep the other day and haven't listened to it since then. It might be that the story picks up in the second part of the download but I'm not sure I can make it this far...
I'm sure the story will be great, and there's nothing that wrong with the narrator per se but he isn't Sean Barret. All the Robotham books I've listend to so far have been read by Sean and the characters have his voice - listening to Ray Lonnen makes it a different set of characters and very unsatisfactory. Disappointed - will have to get another Robotham book.
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