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
"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)
This was a great psychological thriller. Michael Robotham has the touch on this one. I recommend it highly.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is my first book of this series, and I know I'm at a bit of a disadvantage. The main character is enormously likeable ... but I really thought I might be able to understand more if I'd listened to the first books in the series. That said, it is a good listen for the most part. The plot moves along but some of the details are depressing.
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.
I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.
No, but close :)
Joe O'Loughlin the psychologist/ investigator
Not what you expect-better.
Love Sean Barrett's work.
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!
A psychologist suffering from Parkinson's doesn't believe his teenaged daughter's friend killed her father. He works to clear her name. I loved the characters and plot development. And Sean Barratt's narration is terrific.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
If a person is reading the series then naturally, this book would be something you'd want to read but if I were to recommend this one to a friend I would do so with a word of warning about the animal scene in this one. I found it very upsetting.
I plan to continue with this series. I like the characters and the author and I have enjoyed the performance in each book. There was just one element of this book that put me off. Unless it becomes a continuing theme then I plan to read his others.
It wasn't as much so as his prior books. This one seemed less realistic to me in some ways and a bit of a retread of some things that happened in a previous book. How many times can this lead character put someone in danger by sleeping with them?
If you are an animal lover, be warned that there is a portion of this book involving a dog that is very heart-breaking. Also, as the book progresses, the lead character's reaction to the event isn't at all what I expected. He fails to properly report it and in spite of the fact that the dog is depicted as being loved by the character's children, there is no mention of its loss by the children. The lead character doesn't ever explain its death to his family during the book. No, this is not the full plot of the story, but I found it unrealistic in light of his original reaction to the event and the torture element involve.
Also, he is asked to help, nearly forced to do so, by one of the detectives and later she discards his opinions and pushes him aside. She does this after putting him into this situation in the first place. She, in my opinion does not react realistically.
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.
I was slowly drawn into the life of this family, disfunctional, sad and trying to find its way amidst the turmoil called LIFE!!!
I liked Joe O'Loughlin and Ruiz alot great strong male characters who you grow to like.
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
The moving moment would be when you realise that this predator has been preying on young women for a long long time
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???
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
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.
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