New York Times best-selling author Michael Robotham brings us face-to-face with a manipulative psychopath who has destroyed countless lives and is about to claim one final victim.
Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head.
She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.
O'Loughlin is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past and anxious to uncover what Marnie is withholding that could help with her treatment. The breakthrough in Marnie's therapy and Daniel's disappearance arrives when Marnie shares with O'Loughlin her discovery of the Big Red Book, a collage of pictures, interviews, and anecdotes from Marnie's friends and relatives that Daniel had been compiling as part of a surprise birthday gift.
Daniel's explorations into Marnie's past led him to a shocking revelation on the eve of his disappearance: Anyone who has ever gotten close to Marnie has paid an exacting price. A cold-blooded killer is eliminating the people in Marnie's life, and now that O'Laughlin is a part of it, he is next in line.
©2013 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio
This is the first book I've read by this author - just finished a few minutes ago and I am downloading another of his books as I type this. Had me in suspense until the very end and I don't think there was any "advance guessing" that you could do and be correct. Really liked the narration, he is a good story teller but not one that puts you to sleep. Great Book!
Say something about yourself!
When trying out a new author, there is always a risk of wasting time and credits, and getting very annoyed. Not with this one!
It was an enjoyable listen from the beginning--the narrator has a great voice and really brings on the creepiness when needed. About 3/4 of the way through, I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out who the killer was, and how it all tied together. I put the iPod down and left if for a few hours thinking "well I've solved this one"
NOT EVEN CLOSE!
If you are looking for a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end-this is it. I now will try other books by this author, and hope they are just as well written as this one.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
Robotham blew me away with Bombproof, a novel I will never forget, so I was determined to keep trying to find one similar. This one delivered on many accounts. It's well written, wonderfully performed, and features a superb mystery that kept me guessing all the way.
I admit I'm a sap for characters I can either identify with or admire. This features a great heroine, a crusty retired detective and of course Joe O'Laughlin. There's great synergy between the characters and the mystery itself.
I flew threw this one....
This is my second Robotham novel, having just finished Bombproof. Like that novel, "Watching You" is very well written and tightly plotted. Characters are three-dimensional, natural and interesting. Very little was predictable and the usual cliches avoided. Both books kept me turning the pages right to the end.
So, intelligent thrillers for readers who appreciate having their own intelligence respected. What's not to like?
For me, it's characters who don't control their own destiny and are instead buffeted around by circumstances or victims of a relentless string of poor choices. This was particularly true of Bombproof, but also largely the case with the chief protagonist in this novel, and while all this behavior is well supported by the plot, I find it frustrating. "Weak but interesting" just isn't enough for me.
I'm probably going to give Robotham another go because he's such a good writer and storyteller and those are all too thin on the ground. But if, again, I get repeatedly knocked around by circumstances as I follow the protagonist through the book, I'm done.
But that's me. Maybe you won't mind.
Although I didn't read the printed version, the audio kept me engaged from the beginning to the end. I love the narrator's voice and it was a very good story line.
Joe O'Laughlin. I enjoy his analysis of things and his interesting battle with "Mr Parkinson".
I love his voice and how he brings life to each of the characters. Although I am not crazy about his female voice impression.....I really like Joe and Ruiz.
I could have but it was much better listening a little each day on my way to and from work as it gave me a sense of anticipation to look forward to each day. There were a few days I actually sat in my garage listenting because I didn't want to turn it off at that point.
I have listened to almost all of Robotham's Joe O'Laughlin books and this is my favorite. I truly liked all of them though. He has become one of my favorite authors.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
After listening to too many so -so books that were not even worth reviewing, finally I've come across a book that I loved. This book held my interest throughout. The mystery was engaging and kept me thinking and the characters were well rounded. Yes this is a goodie, a real good mystery that will surprise you right to the end; and I didn't want it to end.
European history professor specializing in English history 1870-1939.
Don't get complaisant.
The very, very end.
Excellent narrator, though he really can't sound like a four-year-old boy and shouldn't try.
The final lines gave me chills.
I'm going right back for another book by this author!
Crazy about legal thrillers!
Yes, I did not like the low monotone voice of the narrator. It was difficult to listen to. Marnie's character did not draw you in enough to empathize with her. The overall feel was that she was extremely weak and just pulled along by circumstances and you were never allowed to really get into her head. I like to get an understanding of the protagonist early so I get drawn into the story through her eyes.No buildup of the police and doctor characters either - or at least not enough to feel you knew them enough to get close. The plot developed too slowly for my taste as well.
The plot was fairly interesting but dragged in places. The story was actually too long without enough emotional depth.
It would depend on the author but I would rather not.
It was not boring but did not hold my attention well. I wanted it to get to the end and reveal the culprit so I could move on.
From reading other reviews I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read earlier ones that developed some of the characters a little better that carried over into this book. I believe I would have also enjoyed it more with a livelier and more emotional narrator.
MR's Joe O'Loughlin series continues to entertain and give the brain a good workout trying to figure out who the villain is. I've thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.
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