My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.
When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind....
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It is tightly written and the pace never slackens. I couldn't put it down. The narration is first class.
This is my first Michael Robotham book.... I'll be downloading the rest!
"Not for the squeamish"
I haven't read the print version
I would compare it to Robotham's other books, although I would say that this one is probably the most unsettling in parts, with graphic depictions of sexual violence towards adolescents.
Barrett is very good as always.
The depictions of sexual violence against young girls made me a little uneasy, but otherwise this is a well written thriller with plenty of suspense and a relatable protagonist.
"A real page-turner"
One of the best Whodunnits I have read for some time.
I like the central character, Joe O'Loughlin. He is brave, kind, clever but flawed.
The plot is believable, insightful and evokes great empathy with all of the characters.
Sen Barrett is one of the best readers, if not the best reader, on Audible.
"Gripping, full of suspense, highly recommended"
The best I've read so far of this series. I enjoy listening to Sean Barrett as a narrator and I'm looking forward to the next.......
Another excellent book from Michael Robotham with his main characters Joe O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz. A gripping story from start to finish.
When Tash's body is found - so descriptive and so sad and bleak
Listened to a few Michael Robotham's books narrated by Sean Barrett - he is such a good narrator, very fluid and it his narration that gets you engaged with all the characters.
The relationship between the girls and how they supported each other through such an ordeal.
Such a well written book. The story has you gripped from the beginning, Joe O'Loughlin is a great character, a flawed man with a great relationship with Vincent.
"Say you're sorry - love this book"
The storyline & narration, Robotham keeps you guessing until the end
Love joe & Vincent, but like all the other main characters
He's best when reading Robotham
Joe's determination about victim
Just love Michael Robotham storytelling
Love listening to Michael Robotham stories, they draw you in right from the start and this one is no exception, I would say probably one of his best for me to date.
Brilliant narration by Sean Barrett all adds to the mix, he makes it sound so realistic and creepy, his voice is just perfect for these books.
The opening starts with a couple of threads which come together to tell the story of two kidnapped girls. It is a little harrowing in parts, due to the subject matter, but that said it is not graphic and I didn't find myself having to fast forward through any of it!
Couldn't stop listening, a worthy credit.
I have listened to several in this series. For each book I have listened to, I have had at least one night full of quite nasty dreams about the storyline due to the combination of graphic description and suspense. There seem to be a few 'as ifs' - for example the lack of family liaison officers. But I can get over that and find the stories very riveting. although more than uncomfortable in places. You know with Michael Robothom that any ending is likely. Probably my favourite in the series. I liked the way that the narration of Joe and that of Piper gradually caught up with each other as the story unfolds, and the equal desire of wanting to know what is going to happen, and to find otu what did happen.
"Good pact read"
Narrator excellent & interesting characters
Easy to both want to keep listening to & easy to pick up
"Not a bedtime story !"
I have read these Robotham books in order so it has been a real delight to follow the personal lives of the main characters along with each thrilling case. I made the mistake of using this book as a bedtime story -WRONG !! Despite the beautiful mellifluous reading by Sean Barrett my eyelids were pinned open as each horrific chapter unfolded. Brilliant
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