©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
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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 enjoyed the first book in this series where we agonized with psychologist Joe O'Loughlin as he tried to extricate himself from being arrested for a crime he did not commit. In that story he was relentlessly pursued by detective Vincent Ruiz.
This time we see things from the Detectives perspective as he tries to deal with memory loss. Fortunately he has Joe as a good friend and the psychologist occasionally enters the story to provide moral and emotional support to his former pursuer. Ruiz had unofficially reopened a child abduction case that had ended in a murder charge being laid with some solid evidence three years ago. A child molester had been convicted on some concrete DNA evidence even though a body was never recovered. Now it appears some hoaxers are trying to get a ransom from the child's rich criminal father with a claim that they have the missing girl. Ruiz who was helping the mother deliver the ransom, was involved in a shootout on a boat and was pulled from the sea with no memory of the last few days.
The police department does not want Ruiz tainting a good investigation possibly freeing a predator and puts pressure on him to stop before the killer in prison uses a reopened case as evidence that he was wrongfully convicted. It is even possible the person in prison engineered this elaborate hoax with outside help. But this detective won't stop trying to retrace his footsteps so he can get his memory back and possibly find a lost girl that he had given up on - even if it costs him his job.
There are a lot of puzzles to be worked out in this book. The glaring one is how could a kidnapper keep a child for three years and then decide to return her for a big payday. There are actually enough conundrums that I felt there was no way Michael Robotham could tie it all together at the end.
He did. And it was an excellent ride getting there.
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.
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