©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I have been an Audible subscriber for several years and I stumbled on this title after navigating around authors who I enjoy like James Lee Burke, Robert Ludlum (Paris Option; Hades Factor; Janson Directive; Sigma Protocol), Ian Fleming (From Russia With Love), Scott Turow (Ordinary Heros), and this ranks at the top. The plot is intriguing, characters are colorful, and narration is fantastic. This is a very stylish departure from the standard modern detective / mystery, and a fine specimen of raw storytelling.
Michael Robotham keeps the story going fuelling the plot with new details from the first chapter right through to the last. So often does the conclusion fall short, but not in this case. The case or plot is not far fetched and the characters are well developed. For me the narrator Ray Lonnen made the book all the better he does a superb job you can almost see and feel Vincent Ruiz as he works through his predicament. On the strength of this book I am very keen to read more Michael Robotham.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
This is 2nd in a series, but I followed this volume fine as a stand-alone. I liked the protagonist, Detective Ruiz, whose background adds depth to the story. The book has an intriguing array of characters and a gripping mystery -- a fun ride as Ruiz unravels his memory loss and crime simultaneously.
Wanted to download the first in the series (Suspect), but none of Robotham's books are available currently. I hope this a temporary situation!
Narrator does a good job with the varying accents and characters.
I enjoyed this book; perhaps in part because it was a bit "slow" in spots -- the violence was not over done. I found it an intriguing story, liked the characters, and loved the narrator. I looked at it as sort of a hard boiled version of Adam Dalgliesh; there are lots of descriptive passages, which to some are dull, but to me, bring the scene alive. The narrator, Ray Lonnen, has a voice and a tone for each character, which really was masterfully done. I couldn't put it down.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
I was looking forward to following psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin again as he cracks another case, this time involving none other that DI Vincent Ruiz, his sworn enemy in the first book, who has been fished out of the Thames with a grave leg shot wound and a missing finger, but no memory whatsoever of the events that got him in that situation. But I was sorely disappointed that the narration this time had been handed over to Ruiz telling the events from his perspective, with O'Loughlin only playing a secondary role. The story that emerges is a good one and held my attention all along: a little girl has gone missing without a trace while making her way from the fifth floor of her apartment building to the ground floor where a friend was waiting to meet her.
There are mean gangsters and a huge cache of diamonds thrown in the mix which also held my interest, but I could have done without the pedophile who is suspected of having killed the girl—a story element I thoroughly dislike in any book, no matter how well put together. I still may continue with this series, if only to see where Robotham takes it next, now that he's gotten the pedophile out of his system.
Accolades to Mr. Robotham for this crime novel that deserved to be the Ned Kelly Award (Australia). Unlike his first book "suspect", which was narrated in first person by the clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, this time it is DI Vincent Ruiz'z turn to narrate. There is appropriateness in the choice of the title "Lost" since the book not only delve into the story of the lost chld but into the complex and intertwined lives of the main characters. Again, Mr. Robothan's knowlege of the underground sewer system of London added "suspensful flavor" to an already complicated plot. I somehow got lost midway in my listening (although much amused by the British accent of the narrated) that I have to backtrack a few times.
This is a must read to those who love detective/crime stories with some historical/geographical background like the way Caled Carr does and I highly recommend this book.
Until I listend to Lost "Lincoln Lawyer" was my listen of the year. But Lost has moved into the number one spot. Yes, the story was a little far fetched but it was fast paced, amusing, intense and different. The reader was perfect and in general this was a great book.
I downloaded this one because it had some good reviews and was on sale.
This was definitely a nice surprise. The story is very good and the author brings things together very well.
I can't imagine anyone panning this book. Anyone giving this one a bad review must not have been paying attention and got "Lost" (heehee). At times, the story is a bit hard to follow due to the flashbacks.
The narrator does a good job; however, fails to change tone or transition between flashbacks causing the "hard to follow" moments.
HIGHLY recommended! I teetered between 4 and 5 stars and decided to round up.
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!
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