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Bleed for Me | [Michael Robotham]

Bleed for Me

A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....
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Publisher's Summary

She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator?

A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing.

Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist with troubles of his own. His marriage is coming to an end and his daughter will barely speak to him. He tries to help Sienna, hoping that if he succeeds it will win back his daughter's affection. But Sienna is unreachable, unable to mourn her father's death or to explain it.

Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Loughlin senses something different is happening, something subterranean and terrifying to Sienna. It may be something in her mind. Or it may be something real. Someone real. Someone capable of the most grim and gruesome murder, and willing to kill again if anyone gets too close.

His newest thriller is further evidence that Michael Robotham is, as David Baldacci has said, "the real deal - we only hope he will write faster."

©2012 Michael Robotham (P)2012 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"This remarkable novel offers everything those 'literary' detective novelsought to but usually don't. This is crime fiction of the highest order." (Booklist)

"A taut thriller....O'Loughlin continues to be an appealingly flawed hero." (Publishers Weekly)

"One of the best novels to come out of the chaos of Iraq; a penetrating peek through the fog of war." (Nelson DeMille)

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    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 03-11-12
    Beverly Hermosa Beach, CA, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2008

    bella jackson

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    "Outstanding Thriller"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great psychological thriller. Michael Robotham has the touch on this one. I recommend it highly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 07-18-12
    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Brilliant, but very melancholy"

    Suspenseful, brilliantly written, wonderful characterizations of truly tortured souls including the protagonist. I loved the previous books in this series - as a neurologist, the psychologist with Parkinson's disease fascinates me, particularly since the depiction is excellent and very accurate. However, this book was really depressing. Everything just keeps going downhill for our hero, no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing. I almost stopped listening during the scene with the animal torture - I really couldn't stomach that at all. I don't think I'll be listening to any more books in this series, not without a hefty dose of Prozac in any case. Narration was outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AAnderson Ballajura, Australia 06-12-12
    AAnderson Ballajura, Australia 06-12-12 Member Since 2010

    That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.

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    "Joe O'Loughlin lovable father, physiologist"
    What made the experience of listening to Bleed for Me the most enjoyable?

    I was slowly drawn into the life of this family, disfunctional, sad and trying to find its way amidst the turmoil called LIFE!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Joe O'Loughlin and Ruiz alot great strong male characters who you grow to like.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think listening to this book gave me time to image the scenery, the village where Joe lived. His home, his daughters while listening to Sean's reading


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moving moment would be when you realise that this predator has been preying on young women for a long long time


    Any additional comments?

    well worth the credits I used to buy this book, and a well written story. It is more English in writing styles than what I am used to listening too i.e American authors write in a more common style. If that even makes sense???

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-10-14
    Susan 06-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best mystery writers I've read!"

    I've listened to the first four books in the series in quick succession - I just can't get enough! As an avid print reader and now voracious Audible listener (I haven't counted, but I'm sure I've listened to more than 100 books), this series is one of my favorites. Robothom is in my top 5 of mystery novelists (right in there with Camille Lackberg, Jussi Adler-Olsen and Louise Penny - although Tana French remains at the top of my list...). His richly (but subtly) developed characters are the foundation for Robotham's credible yet intricate plots. He has an uncanny ability to deliver just right amount of tension, suspense and levity - the interspersing of quintessentially dry British humor is perfection!

    Often, I find that many mystery novelists excel at either character development or plot, but rarely both. Robotham is an exception. The characters reveal more of themselves each book, and none are stagnant - all seem to grow and develop over time. The complexity of the plot hinges on the complexity of the characters, and not on far-fetched story lines or withheld information common to lesser novelists. And even once you figure out "who done it," the tension/conflict/danger with the characters takes over and commands your rapt attention right through the end of the epilogue.

    The narration is fabulous - even though there have been different performers, I have enjoyed them all and the interpretation of the characters has remained consistent. Sean Barrett, like the others, ably captures the spirit of each character and hits the pace just right.

    Can't wait to listen to Book 5!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rsinghal+046 London, NJ, United States 06-12-12
    rsinghal+046 London, NJ, United States 06-12-12 Listener Since 2010

    I heard a good book today!

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    "Good Listen"

    I enjoy listening to this book it was good listen - I liked it very much

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 04-10-12
    mindusq san francisco 04-10-12 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Wait, WHAT??"

    I was really enjoying the performance and story, eager to hear more each day when I reached "the end of a part but not the end of the audio book." When Part 2 unfolded, however, I thought I had skipped to a completely different story and had to double check I was still listening to "Bleed For Me." Not wanting to give anything away, I'll just say the characters seemed to take a U-turn and behave as if they were different people. Things got confusing and, for me, the novel no longer had the verisimilitude to keep me listening.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J East Haddam, CT, United States 07-04-14
    J East Haddam, CT, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.

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    "Mezmerizing"
    Where does Bleed for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper 3rd


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but close :)


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Joe O'Loughlin the psychologist/ investigator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not what you expect-better.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Sean Barrett's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruan Woodland, WA, United States 05-23-14
    Ruan Woodland, WA, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Robotham continues to entice!"
    Where does Bleed for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #4 of the 4 I have read so far. Only because I have to rate it. I continue to be glued to this series and don't want it to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleed for Me?

    The beginning is always memorable because Robotham lays out hideous details of the story and subsequent solving of the mystery.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I feel he captured each and every accent quite well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy your first read just know you've got a great list of books to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 03-18-13
    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 03-18-13
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    "Sometimes raw, but good"

    I think I got this one because I'd read Robotham before. His character's struggle with Parkinson's adds a twist to his books in the series. In this case, the trouble knocked on his door....

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    Paul United States 12-26-12
    Paul United States 12-26-12
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    "Kept me interested."

    The story held few surprises, but it kept me interested nonetheless. It was an easy quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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