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Summary

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong.

This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.

A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international best-selling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

©2018 Michael Robotham (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Will have you turning the pages compulsively." (The Times)

"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them." (Linwood Barclay) 

"Superbly exciting...a terrific read." (Guardian)

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Really excellent

This was a very good story, when I first started listening I thought - Oh will it just be about lies within a family? That wouldn't be my cup of tea, but it proved to be a very good mystery about an attempted murder. Sean Barrett is such a good narrator, and he adds to the story. The characters are so well developed and one feels one knows them personally. I did guess the guilty party just a little while before the unveiling, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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The formula still works

This must be about book 9 in the Joseph O'Loughlin series but the formula still works. This book is as good as any of the previous 8. Great descriptive writing from the author. He makes you feel believe you are there in London following Joe O'Loughlin's every move and every thought. I like the Vincent Ruez character as well. This time the victim of the crime is Joe's own father. I got through the book in just 2 days, eager to find out "who done it", I was hooked.

Rather morose like all the other books in the series. Much of that being down to Sean Barrett's inimitable voice.

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  • leicester, United Kingdom
  • 21-06-18

Good but not amazing!

Was so excited when I saw a new Joe O’Loughlin novel was out as I have all of the previous ones and really enjoyed them!
This one was also enjoyable but I didn’t feel it was quite up to the previous standard. Although I understand that life has been difficult for Joe recently this book was melancholic all the way through and became a little depressing!
I won’t give up on Joe but please cheer him up and give him a good non personal case to get his teeth into!!!

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another winner

Robotham and Barrett AKA the dream team. Another great story with the usual fabulous narration from Sean Barrett. keep them coming

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Great Story- very well read and written

I was in search of someone to fill the void between writers.
What a fantastic writer!! so well read.

I would definitely recommend this.

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Captivating story!

One of those books where you sit in the car on your drive cos you don’t want to stop listening!

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Great book

Fab book with great narration. I love this series and think Michael Robotham is a hugely talented author. I listened to it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. I do wish I have read these in order however. Sean Barrett is a perfect narrator. A great listen and recommended.