This book was fraught with complex characters, clever plot twists, and a brilliant narrator. I hope this author keeps writing and this reader keeps reading!!
Who needs the mall?
The narrator’s delightful accent.
All of the books in this Michael Robotham series are near equally terrific.
The final exchange between Joe and his wife before the book ends.
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
I can't answer that I didn't read the print version . Was there a printed version? I don't have time to read that's why I listen to books on my Ipad. I can paint and my hands are free.
The end. Wow really !
His voices for each gender. He is a brilliant narrator.
Scary . That was my reaction. Couldn't stop listening. I went as fare as listening for 3 hours and then took it to bed !,
In the first two books of this series, it was easy to love Joe's wife. She was strong willed, smart, sweet, and beautiful. In this book, she is a horrible person - she basically falls out of love with her husband because he has Parkinsons, cheats on him, then throws him out of the house.
The rest of the book is well written, but when I read a crime novel, hating the wife of the main character ruins it for me.
I have to write this review as someone who was abused as a child. The main 'baddie' is someone who goes into detail about his fantasies about abusing children - and as such, it was really extremely upsetting (impossible actually) to listen to.
It disturbs me that the author even has the words and 'imagination' to create this character.
That to be able to have the sort of mind that can re-create the sickness and words and mind of a pedophile - seems very horrible.
Perhaps I am 'oversenstive' on this particular subject - and others that have not been affected may take it as no more then a good thriller.
If theft or murder had ever affected my life, I may feel the same about murder mysteries - but, unless they are extremely grisly - I don't.
So - this is written just as a warning to other victims of child abuse - I would not advise downloading it.
The performance seems good enough - from the part that I listened to.
Robotham not only writes great suspense; he creates interesting, 3-dimensional characters and scenes that take his books beyond the usual in this genre. Some of the passages were so well written that I had to rewind and listen to them again. Shatter is the third book of his that I've read, and it's no exception. It does, however, fall prey to a common problem in series of this sort. The villains have to get more evil and the crimes more twisted. If I'd been reading I would likely have skipped a couple of the passages where the villain, a master of psychological terror, was speaking to his victims. However, while Robotham certain exposes the reader to the darkest part of men's souls, he doesn't leave you there to wallow for too long. The majority of the book focuses instead on the plot, the underlying mystery and the drama surrounding the choices the protagonists must make. Overall, a strong and well-written novel of suspense. The narrator is excellent - I'll definitely look for more by him.
As a psychologist, I enjoyed the psychological approach to this novel, the characters and the plot. Enjoy.
Like everyone who likes to read, I am always looking for 'new to me' authors; Michael Robotham is such author and what a gem! The characters in Shatter evolve with a delicious subtlety,making the interplay of their lives raw, real and all memorable. You won't be disappointed, the story line is unexpected and a thriller from start to finish
Avid reader, loves suspense, classics, and any books that are well written no matter the genre.
The story sounded interesting but you had to go through multiple chapters of repetitive nonsense about the attraction between the 2 main characters. You could have taken the actual events in the book and condensed it to a short story. I only guessed at the ending as I finally couldnt take wading through another chapter of how "she thought his broad shoulders were so sexy" and he "was finally going to give in to his attraction for her". I suppose if you like drawn out love scenes, etc this would be the book for you. NOT FOR ME.
Interesting listening to the downhill slide of the protagonist. His sniveling at times became annoying (sign of excellent writing or narrating?) yet one hangs in to the conclusion -which was less than satisfying. Somewhat below Robothom's previous efforts. Sean Barrett's narration was quite enjoyable. Would listen to other Barrett's works.