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A very suspenseful read. Don't pick this one up to read before bed - it will keep you up all night. Joe O'Louglin is brought in to profile the murder of a married couple but ends up being side-tracked by a young drowning victim found nearby. Why didn't she have shoes on in the middle of a blizzard? Where did she come from? Pieces start coming together and obviously the two cases are connected. This novel does contain sexual violence - don't read if that's a trigger. Gut-wrenching and frightening - Robotham's eye for the darker side of human nature sometimes makes me sad.
omg, what an emotional roller coaster! Another enjoyable book by Michael Robotham -- one of those books where you read faster and faster, eating crackers out of the box for lunch, neglecting preparations for the dinner party you're hosting in a couple of hours.... One quibble, though, Mr. Robotham. Speaking of Victoria Naparstek, you say: "Maybe she grew tired of being objectified, which would make her unusual among woman." Say what? You think women generally like to be "Degrade(d) to the status of a mere object"? (Lexico, powered by Oxford)?
Not a typical Robotham novel in many ways: his use of a two narrative threads (diary and investigation); atypical downplaying of the dark and sinister (not completely, of course); and the minimal role of Ruiz, who is always a wonderful presence in these novels. Minor points, however, when discussing a writer whose body of work is undeniably head-and-shoulders above the norm as a writer of exceptional literary thrillers.
It's only recently that I became aware of this author. Each of his novels are totally spell-binding. This book, in particular was amazing! Never a lull in the plot. Initially, I wasn't sure if I would like the back and forth; however, I quickly fell into the intrigues and twists of the story, reading until late into the night. I always thought Baldacci and Coben were IT. They now have Robotham up there (in my book).
I don't usually have time to read books, but this one was so catching that i finished it within a few days! i love how it progressed and showed detail about the situations in the novel
Great book, good story, wonderful writing, and I believe this was my second of his books. Well worth the read--I cannot imagine Robotham writing something sub par; Enjoy, those of you who have yet to discover him!
I didn't like this book at all and found it quite disturbing in parts. I have liked the other books in the series but not this one.
This is a good book. Bit of a surprise ending, at least for me. I recommend to those who like suspense.
Although in the book there are a large number of cliches, belonging to this genre of literature, is offset by the intelligent and interesting narrative, the proper amount of crime scenes, psychoanalysis, very insightful comments and is really thrilling.
The psychologist in this book suffers from Parkinson. I am tired that too often writers are using main characters: detective, policemen, psychiatrist etc., who eventually at the end of the book will find a guilty, inevitably he/she suffers from Parkinson, or other incurable disease.
I grabbed this book on my way out of the library from a display of books recommended by library staff. What caught my eye was a one-line review on the cover by David Baldacci and I had just listened to an audiobook by him and loved it. Have to say that my expectations were high because of this and was a bit disappointed. The book had a very good story line, but I was disturbed by the sexual violence towards the two teenage girls in the story, who had been kidnapped. I have to say the end of the book was very good and surprising to learn who the kidnapper / killer really was. Just an OK read for me--5 out of 10.
*** 1/2 stars. Michael Robotham writes a page turner!! The story alternates narration between Piper, one of two teen-age girls kidnapped and held hostage for more than 3 years, and Joseph O'Loughlin, a clinical psychologist who struggles with Parkinson's disease and the fact that his own daughter was also kidnapped in the past. He is called in as a consultant when two people are murdered in the former home of one of the girls. The main suspect is a psychologically wounded young man who hears voices and says he saw a young girl fleeing through a snowstorm being chased by a snowman. One of O'Loughlan's first tasks is to convince the local police to re-open the case of the missing girls and that there might still be someone to save. At times the book is difficult because the girls are subjected to sexual violence, but with that warning, I have to recommend the book highly. By the last 50 pages you are frantic to know who the real kidnapper is and whether Piper will survive. This is the 5th book in this British series. I have read them all plus a couple of stand - alone novels. As always I suggest starting with the first book in the series, "The Suspect" as Robotham's characters are complex and develop from book to book.
Michael Robotham and his Joe O'Loughlin character are now part of my" favourite mystery series" list. I like all the books featuring Joe, a brainy clinical psychologist suffering from Parkinson's disease and I like his side kick Vincent Ruiz. I just don't care for the books that feature Ruiz wihout Joe. The books are very suspenseful and Joe doesn't always get it right which can add to the twists and turns. Robotham is an Australian writer but these books are set in England.
I skipped the previous two books because the subject seemed a little off-putting. Now I may go back and read them. This was a great mystery--the plotting, character development, forensic details were A-one. Howerever, the end was not 100% satisfing; the perpetrator, although introduced as a character early on, seemed pulled out of a hat in the final scenes.
What an amazing book. It's a story of two teenagers who get abducted and are held captive. I thought it was well written and I found it hard to put down. It was a hard but wonderful read
First book by Robotham I've read. I thought it was good, smart and well written. My reservations concerned the way the author used the girl's diary to generate suspense... I won't enter a spoiler here but I thought this crossed some kind of line.
I absolutely loved this novel! There is never a dull moment - it keeps you hooked from the start to the end!
Robotham’s seventh psychological thriller featuring Parkinson’s disease afflicted psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and retired cop Vincent Ruiz will grab readers from the first page. The Oxford police approach Joe for help in profiling a suspect accused of killing a married couple at their farmhouse during a blizzard. Interwoven with Joe’s investigation are diary entries by 18 year old Piper Hadley who was kidnapped three years earlier – along with her best friend Tash McBain – and is still being held. When no clues turned up following their disappearance, it was assumed they ran away. When links arise between the farmhouse murders and the unsolved kidnapping, Joe and Vincent work to reopen the young girls’ case and find them before it’s too late. Great storytelling and a compelling thriller. Those who enjoy the books of Stephen White’s Dr. Alan Gregory series and Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series would probably enjoy this book.
I literally could not put this book down and finished it in one read. The story was realistic and engrossing. I have already requested the first two of his books on hold, and will read every one he has written. The only problem will be, once I am finished, are there any authors left who can capture my attention and admiration? I am running out of options...
Another gripping read by Robotham. The storyline is engaging with enough twists along the way to keep you guessing. Dr Joe continues to be a great companion through the novel with his intelligent observations and disarming honesty.