After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.
© Michael Robotham; (P)2007 Recorded Books
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
I read a handful of reviews and found them to be of little help because they were so up and down. But the book was on sale and the publisher's description was intriguing so I took the risk. I am glad that I did because I liked the story very much.
Is the plot far-fetched as other reviewers have claimed? Of course, but it wasn't hard to take the leap. If you watch the nightly news you will see that people are actually crazy and the most preposterous stories are not fiction. I found the tale believable enough. And, to be honest, when I read mystery novels I want to go for a ride. I want to question the story a bit. I don't want it to be jarring so as to take me out of the story, but I do want it to be a story I have imagined myself.
Is the lead character imperfect? Yes. And I love that. I don't enjoy characters who are too glamorous, too pure, too smart, too talented, too accomplished. I want the characters to be likable and detestable at the same time. I want to cheer for the characters and yet hate some of their actions. I want to have pity at times and respect at other moments. I want characters who feel real.
I will read more books by Mr Robotham very soon -- I am buying the second book in the series as soon as I finish this review. And I hope very much that Simon Prebble is the narrator. He was fantastic!
The author likes to make political statements that have nothing to do with the story. It is very jarring, takes you right out of the story.
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I really liked this book. Simon Prebble is one of the best narrators out there.
I would recommend this book.
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While I enjoyed the narrator of this book, I found the plot more than a little ridiculous. I wondered at one point if the author was playing a game to see how many absurd cliches he could fit into one novel, or whether he was following some kind of formula in the hope of producing a best-seller.
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Is this a great mystery novel? NO. Is it a decent way to spend your listening time? Maybe. It wasnt that original but it did keep my interest. I would have liked a more twisted ending.I enjoyed the performance by Simon Prebble. Wouldnt be my first choice if I had only a few precious credits to spend but if nothing else appeals to you its not a bad choice.
The brilliant pairing of Simon Prebble and Michael Robotham, made this a listening pleasure.
So happy to have discovered Michael Robotham and immediately downloaded his other books narrated by Simon and Sean Barrett. I'm in 'mystery' Nivana...thanks, Audible!
BRILLIANT....He makes a book come alive...I could never get tired of his narrations.
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I was able to enjoy the story while performing a multitude of tasks. Occasionally, I nodded off listening to Simon's calm and relaxing voice.
Absolutely. He writes a very good mystery with interesting characters and a quick pace.
I have not, but I love the sound of his voice.
That would have been wonderful, if I had the time.
Don't make the same mistake I did! Read the books in proper succession!
This book kept me interested throughout. The author was adept at maintaining the suspense and keeping me guessing about the identity of the killer. Although Simon Prebble sounded older to me than the 42-year-old character he was portraying, he made up for this through his skilled narration. He is definitely a master of pacing, inflection, pitch, etc. His acting ability, combined with the author's story, made this a book I will recommend to my friends.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I certainly kept listening but boy, oh, boy...did I wish there were some likeable characters. There weren't. Overall, worth listening to and I'll read/listen to more of Robotham's books. Going to look for some right now.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I think most people that enjoy sophisticated mysteries or thrillers will find something to like in this story, but it likely won't make it to your favorites list. That said, parts of the book were very intriguing and well-written, especially the parts utilizing the main character's psychology training. Unfortunately, the middle of the book is better than the ending.
Would I listen to another Michael Robotham book? I would say yes because he strives to write something more unique in this genre.
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