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.
The best of the five by this author I've listened to so far. The story doesn't veer off track to fill in the chapters. It's all story. Dependable Sean Barrett narrates the story to perfection.
In a league of its own. Maybe as good as 'Watching you' also by Michael Robotham
Piper Hadley. One can understand the immaturity, innocence and ignorance of a lonely teenage girl
Yes. In 'Watching You. He is an excellent narrator
I hope to find more of this standard by Audible
"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.
"Robotham triumphs again"
Very interesting plot, likeable characters. Lots of twists and excitement. I have really enjoyed listening to this. Nicely narrated too.
"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.
"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...
"and a sting in the tail"
Without doubt. The thing is, it was not predictable. At every chapter there was a twist, but it was not a twist for the sake of a twist, nor was it unlikely. I found all the plot to be plausible.
The book created an atmosphere of being watched...as intended. Even when not listening to the book, there was a legacy of suspicion, paranoia in the back of my mind. How sad is it that I deliberately created driving chores and went to bed early....in order to find out what was happening next....!!
The last two minutes.... Great characters, great character interplay and yip. the sting in the tail....
....you might NOT be that paranoid....
I must comment on the talents of the narrator, Sean Barrett.
Absolutely fabulous performance. Super super super.
"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.
"Top Notch Psychological Thriller"
Michael Robotham has come up trumps once again with this superb psychological thriller.
Psychologist Joe O'lochlin and retired detective Vincent Ruiz become embroiled in the case, when one of O'lochlin's patients, who's husband has been missing for more than a year, becomes the main suspect in a murder case.
Michael Robotham has here crafted a multi layered tale, that deals with the psychological impact of childhood trauma and in particular, the way it affects the victims as adults.
Written with great precision, the author steadily builds the tension and managed to surprise me on several occasions.
Perhaps it is best to read the Joe O'lochlin books in order, but it is still a great stand alone novel. As usual Sean Barrett is superb. Very highly recommended.
"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!!!!
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