©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 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.
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 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.
The male voice is slimy, the female voice is utterly without nuance. I imagine her reading the story for the first time and trying to fake tones of concern, love, fear, etc., without ever having experienced those emotions. Where did they dig these narrators up? The story suffers immeasurably from the poor reading, but isn't that good to begin with, and the ending is just too pat. Save your money.
I really enjoy english police literature such as Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks stories. I had no past experience with this author or the reader. The story is well crafted and unlike some other listeners I felt it moved along quite nicely. It is very English in style, not nearly so fast paced as an American police novel perhaps but with wonderful characters and the English risk that all may not come out well in the end.
This is the fourth book I've listened to from this author and have enjoyed all of them. I keep coming back for more and plan to eventually listen to them all. (So little time, so many books!) I'm not an "easy" rater, and take the time to rate only those books I really like, or occasionally, dislike. But these are comfortable, well-paced, well written, and include flawed but credible characters. Violence is not terribly graphic in this one.
Usual protagonist, Joseph O'Loughlin Ph.D., is an important, but supporting character in this outing. O'Loughlin has Parkinson's disease so has to use his skills as a psychologist rather than fists. In this outing, he is helping police inspector Ruiz recover memory of a traumatic encounter which included being shot. Ruiz has been haunted by a child abduction three years earlier, for which someone has already been convicted, without a body being recovered. Now a ransom is demanded, alleging child is still alive, throwing into question the whole history of the case. Ruiz is not popular with his peers and he must deal with those issues as well as finding a solution to the abduction and probable killing.
I usually listen at 1.25 speed, but this narrator holds up well at even 1.5 speed.
Bleed for Me.
No. The story just dragged on and on.
I wanted to shoot my foot off. Three days of listening and it was the longest three day of my life !
No matter where you go, there you are.
Michael Robotham can just plain write. His character vibrate with plausibility as the work their way into credibility and resonance with the reader. Flawed but tenacious as a terrier, DI Lewis will not cease his journey for justice no matter how formidable the resistance or nagging his occasional self-doubt. The tension in this plot was particularly meaningful to me as I once suffered Temporary Global Amnesia and could relate to this scary predicament. Dauntless, though fired, publicly shamed and admonished, he, with his pal Joe, unravel this tightly woven suspense filled story with the grace of a Maestro.
I rarely give 5 stars and felt I had run out of quality writers in this genre. Robotham is a winner!
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!
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