©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
If you read my reviews, you know I am a big fan of Robotham, so you can imagine how I was looking forward to this book. Therefore, it came as quite a surprise and disappointment for me to feel so ambivalent toward it.
I listened to it through to the end, although it felt like much too long a plod for me. I felt the story line was somewhat farfetched, also. This is a very dark and gritty novel that explores the seamiest and seediest side of life imaginable. Picture a child molester, picture traveling through sewers flowing with feces, add a missing and presumed dead little girl and a very damaged and deteriorating investigator, our own Vincent Ruiz.
Ruiz has spent the greater part of his life as an honest and successful criminal investigator and yet for some reason, he has no credibility and is distrusted and held in contempt by his superiors in this story. Just how did that happen? And going along with the current trend of very damaged law enforcement "heroes", he is several times divorced and alienated with his own children. Is this really supposed to endear us to him or make him somehow more interesting? I am getting sick and tired of broken and deteriorating detectives with wretched personal lives. Enough already!
On the bright side, Robotham has a very unique writing style that should not be discounted. It is effectively and very simply descriptive. You feel almost like you have been shrunken and put in the protagonist's shirt pocket. You can smell things he smells, you see what he sees, you hear what he hears. Little details that paint a picture for you. Robotham really has a knack for this. I only wish he would come up a little way from the dark shadows and sewers once in a while.
Ray Lonnen did a fine and very credible narration which is on a par with narrations by Sean Barrett, who has performed a number of the other books by this author.
While this isn't my favorite Robotham mystery, I am not giving it a thumbs down. I'm leaving it up to you to decide whether you want to dive in.
Not so bad that I wanted to stop before it was over - but not so good that I was ever excited about listening to it. It was okay....
Some have complained about the apparent digressions. However, these are eventually all tied together in terms of the motivation of the characters and the plot
This book did not have that great of review and it was not very expensive so I did not have high expectations. However, it was excellent! I normally just listen to books when traveiing. This book traveled with me throughout the day until late into the night until I finished it. I could not put it down.
Yes I would for many reasons. The story keeps you guessing right up until the end. The characters are quirky, likable and entertaining. The narrator brought them all to life and kept the momentum flowing, from beginning to end.
I love a good detective thriller that keeps you guessing without the entanglement of a love interest.
No, I have not but certainly WILL in the future!
Yes, it was a thrill ride. No tears but lots of smiles.
Yes ... I listened to this book for 2 days AND am downloading book 3 as I write this review.*** listen to them in order***
The book (or the reader) was generally too slow. The main character, Det Vince Ruiz, has some good points but he is just way too bummed all the time: life is not good, things go bad, everybody hates me... Some of the story is really good but the reader is just so SLOW about everything.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
I liked very much the two Robotham books that i've previously read, but i take an exception on this. While is overall well written,it has old the sins that a good thriller should not have : overly complex and unconvincing plot , abundance of clichés and lack of suspense. Evidently Robotham was not at his best ...
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
A while back I read (and loved) Robotham’s debut, The Suspect, which introduced the characters Dr Joseph O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz. Lost continues to feature O'Loughlin and Ruiz. But in this installment the story is being told by Vincent Ruiz instead of Joseph O’Loughlin, and Ruiz is a much more abrasive. It took me a few chapters to adjust to the change.
In the first scene of the book Vincent Ruiz is being pulled out of the Thames. He was shot, and the bullet passed through his leg. He awakens from surgery to find that he has no memory of the incident or of the week leading up to it. He is determined to find out how he was shot and why. This is where Dr O’laughlin comes in, helping Ruiz to determine on which case he was working. They determine that he was working on an old, closed case that involved the disappearance of 8 year old Mickey Carlyle. Unfortunately Mickey is dead and the man who killed her is in prison. So why was he there to make a kidnapping payoff?
This is the entire mystery. Why was Ruiz shot? Why was he working on this old case? Why can’t he remember? Robotham sets a slower pace allowing the reader to feel Ruiz’ frustration. The two men have a strong rapport and in this installment Robotham introduced A young female officer, Alisha Barba. She is a stong character and acts as a sounding board for Ruiz. She played a prominent role in the book and i hope that means she will be back for book 3 in the series.
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