Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched. Nothing she can quite put her finger on - a whisper of breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye - and now her life is frozen. Her husband Daniel has been missing for more than a year.
Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joe is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past, but then she discovers a book packed with pictures, interviews with friends, former teachers, old flames and workmates Daniel was preparing for her birthday. It was supposed to be a celebration of her life. But it's not the story anyone was expecting...
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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.
It's not very often that an author this good comes along. Michael Robotham is an excellent writer, crafting his writing elegantly and without unnecessary flourish. He dialogue is clever and shines when a good narrator such as Sean Barrett performs it. The only other narrator to better Barrett performing Robotham was Crispin Redman performing The Suspect. His voices were just wonderful - especially for the policeman Ruiz. Books of this quality are hard to put down; you want them to go on forever. The plot was intelligent and original, and the ending extremely satisfying and it left me with a smile. If you're reading this, you must love a good mystery/thriller but don't like wasting your time or a credit on a mediocre book.
I can assure you this book is definitely not mediocre. It will tick all your boxes and more. Please buy it and enjoy!
For me, the entire book shines, without any particular moment being the most memorable. Having said that, the appearance of Malcolm was very memorable, as was each appearance in the book of Owen. I won't say why, as the reader will discover for themselves, on listening to this wonderful book.
I like the way Sean Barrett, for me, speaks with virtually no accent. OK, it's mildly British, but understated. He performs the book well changing from narrative stretches into the various dialogues in a masterful way and always engaging the listener by injecting interest, activity and mood into his performance.
Yes, I felt like laughing and crying but most of all I felt that tingle of expectation and suspense that prevented me from turning the book off to go to sleep. There were many occasions where I empathised with the various characters and they all played believable parts in the story. Finally, the book made me sorry, sorry that it was over......
Please Michael Robotham, write another excellent novel in this series soon, and meanwhile keep safe and well.
"First class thriller"
This is one of those books that I couldn't stop listening to as the narrative powers one with twists and turns, red herrings and surprises. There aren't too many characters so the main ones are vivid and memorable. I didn't guess the final truth that is only revealed as the book races to the final denouement.
The narrator is excellent and the writing is crisp and to the point without too many superfluous details nor digressions into the author's musical tastes voiced through one of the characters: a fault of some other crime/thriller writers!
Another gripping listen from Michael Robotham that had me listening compulsively over a couple of days. The plot moves along at a good pace with some fantastic twists and turns. Sean Barrett's narration is as mesmerising as ever, his dark menacing tone suits this novel perfectly.
"Joe is back in top form"
Another brilliant Joe O'Loughlin novel with perfect narration from Sean Barrett. I wish it had gone on longer and I should have rationed it out in smaller sections. Anyway it gave me 3 great days of listening pleasure. This is a superb series of books.
"Another gripping story"
I would recommend this, but with the proviso that they won't get anything done until the end.
Extremely deep and believable.
He is one of the best narrators I have found, his voice draws you right into the story.
Superb. I think whole of Michael Robotham books would be worthy of film recognition
Thank you Michael Robotham for another brilliant novel.... Now I am waiting for the next.
"Please stop the awful child's voices!"
I am only just over halfway through this and enjoying it mostly but feel compelled to leave this review as a warning to other listeners. Sean Barrett (the narrator) does a really bad line in kid's (and to a lesser extent women's) voices.
There is a lot of kid's dialogue in this one!!!!
"Robotham triumphs again"
Very interesting plot, likeable characters. Lots of twists and excitement. I have really enjoyed listening to this. Nicely narrated too.
"Terrifying but compulsive listening"
Chilling; puzzling; enthralling
The part where Marnie discovers Elijah's secret in the cupboard; the scene with Joe and Malcolm in the bathroom towards the end of the book.
No one does a creepy pervert voice like Sean Barrett! He plays the sociopath admirably
It made me afraid, and got me twisted in knots trying to work out the ending. Completely hooked on listening, but probably wouldn't listen to alone.
Michael Robotham is an awesome writer, though there is a strand of sameness that runs through his some of his books. I worry that he's really a sadistic outsider who used to be in the British Army...
"EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT IN A THRILLER"
I have to admit, I am a huge fan of Michael Robotham and Sean Barrett, so anything written by Robotham and read by Barrett is an audio book of the highest quality.
The writing is as good as any you will find in the genre, fast-moving, daring, erudite, with well fleshed characters and a plot that is all too believable; all this is punctuated by fascinating psychological facts. If you are a lover good storytelling this one is for you. But be warned, the story is so compelling you may find it hard to find the off switch! This is a great audio book.
"A Great Listen"
This was one of those books that you really don't want to turn off! It started off as a rather mundane story about a woman and her children trying to survive after her husband went missing. After that the best way to enjoy this story is to carry on listening............
The end chapters are really dramatic and lead to a conclusion that is unexpected.
I don't think that this film would transpose into a film
A really enjoyable thriller. I will listen to the book again despite knowing the outcome. Well written. Thank you
Suspense, addictive, thrilling
I can't think of any as I don't usually listen to crime thrillers.
He was really good at doing all the different voices for the characters. I especially liked Malcolm's as it was chilling!
I don't remember there being any parts that moved me as I don't feel it's that type of story. I did really feel sympathy for the main character Marnie though.
This was my first Robotham book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn't stop listening to it. There were a few twists and lots of suspense! It hard to comment without giving anything away.
I enjoyed it so much I have downloaded another book by Robotham. Looking forward to listening to it.
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