© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
Michael Robotham is not lost and nor is he a loser. I love this book almost as much as I loved his first book in the series, The Suspect. I am sure that if Chrispin Redman, the narrator of The Suspect, had narrated this book too, it would have been that much more perfect. I really like Redman's voice for D.I. Ruiz in the first book - and, yes, I guess it would have been hard to read that way for an entire book as Ruis in the 1st person but it would have been damn good. As it was, Ray Lonnen, the narrator of Lost did a credible job. Michael Robotham is proving himself an accomplished writer with an excellent easy relaxed style that is at once enjoyable but also transfixing. Once started, this book was hard to put down with the twists and the turns that lead the reader to an exciting and unexpected but rewarding climax. I have just purchased number 3 in the series, Shatter, and can hardly wait to start it. I will be interested to see how Sean Barrett, yet another narrator for this series fares.
Having recently enjoyed listened to the first book, The Suspect, I tried this second book and was pleased to find how well the different point of view worked.
I find the plot device of amnesia a bit of a cheap shot, but it was handled pretty well here. The narrator has an unusual cadence, which really gives personallity to the main character. Will definitely be looking at more in this series.
After SHATTER I downloaded two more of this authors books, sadly both were rather dissapointing to listen to. This one even more than The Suspect.
My mind just kept wondering off... and I couldn't even get to the end of the book, a very bad sign. And very very upsetting since I couldn't stop to listen to Shatter! He obviously has grown as a writer since Lost and The Suspect.
Wouldn't recommend this, just go and download Shatter.... and be haunted for days, weeks, months.....
"Interesting, complex characters and plot"
Very much like a British Harlan Coben - which was exactly what I was searching for.
Ageing cop bucks the system to search for missing girl and has to confront the demons from his past.
A multi-tiered plot and timelines, which keeps the listener's attention focused to keep up with the twists and turns, not to mention the chases under the streets of London through the sewers. Interesting supporting characters and gripping plot.
"An amazing story, story teller and author...."
I've listened to all but one of Robotham's books, but in the wrong order, which hasn't made any difference to how much I've loved each one!
This one is read by Ray Lonnen, his range of accents is top notch, he slips nicely from character to character in a believable way, even women!!
An amazing story about Ruiz, now I finally know why he is the way he is in Shatter!!
Listen to it - you won't be disappointed!
"Good storyline but too much fantasy"
Enjoyed the storyline with its twists and turns. However although I appreciate it's fiction found it a bit too far fetched on times. Having worked on murder investgations thought the reseach into reality could have been more thorough, although I suppose the inaccuracies were intentional for entertainment. All said it kept my attention to the end a good listen.
"The value of a good narrator"
Excellent narration by Ray Lonnen. He acted the book, rather than simply reading it. His changes of voices and accents never grated (as can sometimes happen) and made the listening more pleasurable. A good listen for three days' driving.
"Still a Robotham fan"
This is the fourth Michael Robotham book I have read but this one is "out of order" in that it's further back on the time line than the more recent books I have read. Sometimes that can be distrubing but the stories are so well told that it isn't at all. This book is also written in the voice of Ruiz and not O'Loughlin (though he is in it too) so a very different character comes through; a well rendered, believable character. I love Robotham's attention to detail; just enough but not too much and the different angle he has on the typical detective book.
"Also known as The Drowning Man"
Good story, but rather long winded. Note this book is also published as The Drowning Man, so make sure if you are Michael Robotham fan that you dont end up buying both versions - like I did!
"a different perspective"
I've only recently discovered Michael Robotham and I'm thrilled that I did. I've listened to them out of sequence but that hasn't spoilt the individual books at all. The others are written from the viewpoint of the psychologist but this one is from Vincent Ruiz's standpoint which was a lovely and interesting change. Like all his other books, this storyline is convoluted yet believable. Each time I thought I had it, things twisted and changed. And I did enjoy the irony of the punishment meted out to the main protagonist at the end. Its also the first time I've listened to Ray Lonnen and I will be quite happy to listen to him again - an excellent narrator who switches very easily from one character to another without any confusion about who's speaking.
"The Narrator isn't Sean Barrett"
I'm sure the story will be great, and there's nothing that wrong with the narrator per se but he isn't Sean Barret. All the Robotham books I've listend to so far have been read by Sean and the characters have his voice - listening to Ray Lonnen makes it a different set of characters and very unsatisfactory. Disappointed - will have to get another Robotham book.
"Lost - Ticks my boxes"
I have only recently discovered Michael Robotham and what a great find. All of his books have left me gripped to the end. This one in particular is centred around the loveable cop Vincent Ruiz with walk on parts from characters in the previous book.
I have now worked my way through all but 1 of Robotham's books and will certainly keep an eye out for anything new from this author in the future.
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