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The Suspect | [Michael Robotham]

The Suspect

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.
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Publisher's Summary

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.

© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"There are twists and turns in this plot enough to challenge most thriller readers....Gripping stuff." (Publishing News)
"Believable and authentic from the first sentence....Robotham doesn't put a foot wrong in his plotting, pace or inventiveness." (The Australian)
"A truly classy thriller, beautifully crafted....a gripping finale that even the most seasoned mystery addicts won't see coming." (Australian Women's Weekly)

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    Alan T Alcock 05-06-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Top of the class"

    This is the first Michael Robotham book I have listened too, this after reading Bombproof.
    This book holds you in suspense until the end. Fast paced with characters fleshed out so they become almost real. The reader Crispin Redman deserves a lot of praise for his portrayal of the various characters in the book and in no small way adds to the listening pleasure. Well worth the purchase.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 05-20-14
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 05-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Psychologist Becomes a Sleuth"

    This was a rewarding accidental discovery for me. The good news is that there are eight more books to look forward to in this series that is not driven by another flawed detective. (I'm following a few of those) Instead we have Joseph O'Loughlin who is a flawed psychologist. He makes some bad choices and they come back to haunt him tenfold in this mystery/thriller set in England.

    Although imperfect, this psychologist is capable of some deep insights into human nature giving us a different perspective than the traditional hard ass cop protagonist. It is refreshing to join along with Mr O'Loughlin who has a credible background in something different than detective science as he attempts to unravel the strands of a perplexing murder. In the process, there are enough twists in this book to keep mystery fans engaged.

    The narrator, Cripsin Redman does an excellent job with the voices for the various characters. I especially liked how he portrayed the Scottish friend who had designs on our hero's wife.

    I am looking forward to the next book in the Michael Robotham Joseph O'Loughlin series and if you are looking for something where a professional detective or policeman isn't driving the story - we get a lot of those - give this one a try.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 07-21-13
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "One of the best thriller writers yet!"

    Trying to find another good mystery, suspense writer? The this author will be for you. I guarantee him as one of the very best. I always like to read series in order so I've just finished The Suspect and am very impressed with this first book in the series O'Loughlin & Luiz. The audiobook was narrated by Crispin Redman who did an exemplary job. If you've ever watched the TV show Top Gear, where they slot in order the fastest drivers and the best performing cars on to a big board, then you'll get it when I say I'm moving Michael Robothom nearly to the top where my favourite writers, Tana French, Lisa Gardener, Harlan Coben and Stephen King reside. I am now looking forward to an excellent feast of his other books and, please, please, Michael, never stop writing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Plympton, Australia 09-07-12
    Paul Plympton, Australia 09-07-12
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    "The best thriller I've read this year"

    What makes this crime novel so good is the character of the protagonist. A psychologist with a terminal illness is something different. And having it written in the present tence, first person, gets you really close to him. The plot is such that, seeing him at home with his wife and delightful daughter, doesn't distract you from the main story. Crispin Redman's hard, sharp voice is just right for thrillers. I'm just off to bed now with Book 2 in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz Adelaide, South Australia 08-23-12
    Liz Adelaide, South Australia 08-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "High expectations, but a bit of a let-down"

    Michael Rowbotham has been extravagantly praised, so I approached this novel with eagerness. However it seemed to unravel for me as it went along, especially after a strong beginning. I found the protagonist more and more irritating, and the motives of the killer not credible. The introduction of a second 'baddie' just before the end was a cop out. The performance, apart from a few idiosyncracies, was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 02-19-12
    Sandy 02-19-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Gripping Stuff Indeed"

    Well well well.
    The few Robotham Audio books I have listened to are consistently great listens.This is no exception. Story, narration by Crispen Redman.. I really can not fault this one. Yes it is part of series, yet each story is complete in itself. Even though you can guess our hero will make it. the ending does have a little twist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Underberg, South Africa 05-04-13
    Linda Underberg, South Africa 05-04-13
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    "So slow!"

    A great performance by the narrator, but oh my gosh, the story was so slow in developing and the author went into so much unnecessary detail, which I found so boring. I gave up! I just couldnt bear listening to half an hour of what the guy was eating for breakfast, or what his wife was wearing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Duncan Strathmore, Australia 10-10-12
    Duncan Strathmore, Australia 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Suspect again? Why?

    Yes I thinks so as it was very well read and very insightful into human behaviour


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept you interested all the way


    What does Crispin Redman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He managed to bring the characters alive


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unsure


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-28-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-28-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Great thriller, spot on narration."

    When an unknown woman is found brutally murdered, the police call in psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin, who has a gift for figuring people out based on non-verbal cues, in hopes he can help them discover her identity. O'Loughlin has a roster of interesting clients, one of which is particularly disturbed and disturbing. But he is also happily married, and does his best to protect his wife and child from secrets of his own. Quite suddenly, O'Loughlin goes from being a collaborator to becoming the prime suspect in the case, and DI Vincent Ruiz, convinced he's got his man, isn't about to give O'Loughlin any breaks. Someone is trying to frame the doctor and he knows exactly who it is, but he'll have to put his own life at risk and pull quite a stunt to prove the killer is at large if he has any hope of putting his life back together.

    I thought this was a great thriller and took an instant liking to the psychologist as the principal character and narrator of the story, so immediately followed up with the next book in the series. Crispin Redman's narration was just spot on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 11-25-14
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 11-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good storytelling."
    Would you listen to The Suspect again? Why?

    Well, I would probably,, if I had habit of reading the same book twice but I do not so.. no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Suspect?

    So many moments in the story are memorable and that is what makes this book so good.


    What does Crispin Redman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Redman reads the story so very well and he make all the characters come alive, very enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, not really. This book, on all its pages left me feeling so fine.


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  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    1/23/14
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    "Great intro to two wonderful characters"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I always enjoyed going back to this, though I can usually only listen for an hour at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have since read all the Joe O'Loughlin / Vincent Ruiz books and have enjoyed them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    1/10/14
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    "Good thriller with unexpected twists and turns"
    What did you like most about The Suspect?

    Definitely a 'can't put down book'. The main character Joseph Loughlin was good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Suspect?

    When Joseph's father helped him escape. Didn't see that coming.


    What about Crispin Redman’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice to listen to.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An unlikely hero!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    11/16/13
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    "Another great Robotham book"

    This is the last book I 'read' as I love Robotham books and the normal narrator is excellent, but listening to the short review I really wasn't sure about this one hence why it was the last one I listened to. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters through the series and they should be read in order so as not to have the previous plots given away - this one filled in the missing pieces!

    I nearly didn't get this book but there are some bits mentioned in the others that left a hole I needed to fill! The narrator grew on me the more I listened but this is no where as good as the others read by Sean Barrett - he really helped me visualise Ruiz and Jo and I can't believe I've now read the whole series.... More please!

    To summarise great Robotham book again with the twists and turns you expect but not sure about the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    bedford, United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "wish i found this first"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The plot is great and you can follow and understand where the characters are going.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vincent, poor long suffering policeman.


    Which character – as performed by Crispin Redman – was your favourite?

    Bobby. Made real by the narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "A good solid read"

    I really enjoyed this book the characters were well developed believable and I enjoyed following them. The story was gripping. Great suspense and really couldnt wait to find out all the gory details at the end but now its finished I miss it. Recommended narrator and would say I enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Balerno, United Kingdom
    5/20/13
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    "A great find - fabulous book"

    My introduction to Michael Robotham was a book from later in this series. I enjoyed it so much I decided to go back to the beginning - and I was not disappointed, I was delighted. I promise anyone who listens to this will get caught up in the chase and will listen at every opportunity. Great characters, great storyline and magnificent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helga
    Colyton, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love all of Michael Robothams' books to date. The plots are clever, the characters are very real and the narration is fabulous. I have become a huge fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    4/9/13
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    "Classic Robotham"

    This is a real thriller, and keeps me on the edge of my seat. I am listening now for the second time, and it is even more full of suspense, as even though I read it initially a long while ago I am partly aware of the bad things about to happen ... really edgy.



    I like the main character - Joe Loughlin and have some sympathy for his mistakes and foul ups, and I also like his family, this means that I do care what happens - all adding to the suspense. A really good book in all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Watton, United Kingdom
    2/4/12
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    "Excellant"

    A different type of murder mystery, very intriguing, a new Author for me and looking forward to reading more of his books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lakeskip
    UK
    1/15/13
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    "Terry Thomas reads a Cracker Script"

    The narrator is very capable. Sharp and consistent but not good with accents and there are lots of accents in this film script, I mean book... I am so keen on Audible, I get through one every two weeks and some have been marvellous.

    This was not of of them. Plus it was more expensive than all the others. I almost feel cheated. Shame on you Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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