©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
Who needs the mall?
The narrators delightful accent.
Yes. It was a good book with a solid plot and a plausible twist.
Yes. He performs consistently well.
I'd like to read all of Michael Robotham's books in one sitting!
Excited to see another book has been added to the series. I look forward to reading it.
This is a good book, but the lead character isn't as endearing as 'Joe' in the first book in the series. Having said that it is well written, an interesting story line and a great performance.
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The main character in this book is Vincent Ruiz instead of Joe O'Loughlin. It starts as Ruiz is fished out of the Thames injured and with no memory of what has happened. Joe is present throughout, helping Ruiz to recover his memory and solve the mystery he was pursuing. Unfortunately, that case was closed with a conviction several years ago. The police want him off the case, threaten him with criminal proceedings, and finally suspend/fire him. In addition, someone is trying to kill him. He won't let go and eventually sees it through to its resolution.
Once again, Robothom has created a mystery thriller that piles stress after stress on the main character. How he maintains his sanity, stays alive, and manages to solve the mystery make for an involved and entertaining listen.
I believe that this book can stand alone; it is not necessary to read the first one to pick up the story line or the characters. I plan to move on to book three.
The narration is appropriate for the material. The story creates enough stress without having the narrator adding more.
I enjoyed listening to this story...believable characters, complex story line and a touch of humor to lighten the seriousness of the plot. I would listen to another of this author's books and would rate LOST as a 4.5.
A well done detective novel. Certain tried and true "rogue cop" aspects are present, but over all fresh. Interesting characters and well narrated. It is better than anything I have recently listened to or read by James Patterson. I would reccomend it.
If books like "The Da Vinci Code" and the like have you groaning because of over-the-top coincidences, near-misses, and impossible get-a-ways, then try listening to this realistic, but exciting, mystery of a missing child, lost memories, diamond ransoms, sewer explorations, and snipers. The narration was very well done, believable and sympathetic.
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!
I couldn't say as I have not read the print version. I enjoyed the audio very much though.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book at all. I enjoyed it and I was hoping all the way through for a certain outcome so I was involved as I read. It kept me guessing.
Great characters and it was fun to listen to this second book because the author turns things around and we get the perspective of another character rather than his main character in the series. It was fun to see things through his eyes. A nice twist.
Good story - I was kept guessing as to the ultimate conclusion. The twists and turns did not seem contrived and there was no violence that was over-the-top. But the best part of the book was the reader. This is the first novel I've read by Michael Robotham and I was very disappointed to see that Ray Lonnen doesn't read any of the others. He is top notch!
The Parkinson's angle isn't as pronounced in Lost because Joe isn't the central figure. Instead he's now Ruiz's friend and becomes his sounding-board. Ruiz counts on Joe's near prescient insight into human behavior, habitat and habits. Like in Suspect, Ruiz isn't guilty of what people suspect him. He truly can't remember why he was on the boat, what happened to everyone on it and where the missing diamonds are. After his one ally is taken out in the line of duty, he has no one and the equivalent of Internal Affairs is gunning for him. Through breaks in his memory and deduction he knits up the unraveled past and finds the real truth to the 3-year-old murder and the events on the boat.
I particularly liked how well Robotham conveyed Ruiz's frustration to the reader. I wanted to know what happened as badly as Ruiz did, but like him, I couldn't find out. Not right away. And the way sections of his memory returned and how they helped him connect up the facts was well done, too. It kept things off-balance yet moving forward at the same time. Little things would come to him after a big chunk of the missing time returned and he'd be able to get a little further. In hindsight, the solution to the kidnapping and the murder should have been less of a surprise to me. I had a bit of a "doh" moment there at the end. What I wish we had a bit more of was what happened with Ruiz at the end. Did he get back on the force or not? Maybe in the next book we'll find out.
This is an example of the perfect match between narrator and spoken word. The tension and intrigue is there from the minute the book gets underway and I look forward to hearing more from both the author and narrator.
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