She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator?
A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing.
Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist with troubles of his own. His marriage is coming to an end and his daughter will barely speak to him. He tries to help Sienna, hoping that if he succeeds it will win back his daughter's affection. But Sienna is unreachable, unable to mourn her father's death or to explain it.
Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Loughlin senses something different is happening, something subterranean and terrifying to Sienna. It may be something in her mind. Or it may be something real. Someone real. Someone capable of the most grim and gruesome murder, and willing to kill again if anyone gets too close.
His newest thriller is further evidence that Michael Robotham is, as David Baldacci has said, "the real deal - we only hope he will write faster."
©2012 Michael Robotham (P)2012 Hachette Audio
"This remarkable novel offers everything those 'literary' detective novelsought to but usually don't. This is crime fiction of the highest order." (Booklist)
"A taut thriller....O'Loughlin continues to be an appealingly flawed hero." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the best novels to come out of the chaos of Iraq; a penetrating peek through the fog of war." (Nelson DeMille)
This was a great psychological thriller. Michael Robotham has the touch on this one. I recommend it highly.
Suspenseful, brilliantly written, wonderful characterizations of truly tortured souls including the protagonist. I loved the previous books in this series - as a neurologist, the psychologist with Parkinson's disease fascinates me, particularly since the depiction is excellent and very accurate. However, this book was really depressing. Everything just keeps going downhill for our hero, no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing. I almost stopped listening during the scene with the animal torture - I really couldn't stomach that at all. I don't think I'll be listening to any more books in this series, not without a hefty dose of Prozac in any case. Narration was outstanding.
That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.
I was slowly drawn into the life of this family, disfunctional, sad and trying to find its way amidst the turmoil called LIFE!!!
I liked Joe O'Loughlin and Ruiz alot great strong male characters who you grow to like.
I think listening to this book gave me time to image the scenery, the village where Joe lived. His home, his daughters while listening to Sean's reading
The moving moment would be when you realise that this predator has been preying on young women for a long long time
well worth the credits I used to buy this book, and a well written story. It is more English in writing styles than what I am used to listening too i.e American authors write in a more common style. If that even makes sense???
I heard a good book today!
I enjoy listening to this book it was good listen - I liked it very much
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
I was really enjoying the performance and story, eager to hear more each day when I reached "the end of a part but not the end of the audio book." When Part 2 unfolded, however, I thought I had skipped to a completely different story and had to double check I was still listening to "Bleed For Me." Not wanting to give anything away, I'll just say the characters seemed to take a U-turn and behave as if they were different people. Things got confusing and, for me, the novel no longer had the verisimilitude to keep me listening.
I think I got this one because I'd read Robotham before. His character's struggle with Parkinson's adds a twist to his books in the series. In this case, the trouble knocked on his door....
The story, characters and narration. I didn't know it was part of series until after I listened to it - very well written.
Yes - there was never a dull moment. As the story developed I was more and more hooked. And as I neared the end I still didn't know "who did it". Its always a good book for me if the author can keep me guessing.
No but I can't wait to start the series from the beginning - the narration went along with the story very well.
What a terrific storyteller Michael Robotham is - suspense novels don't get any better than this. Sean Barrett is one of the best readers around, giving voice to a wide array of characters with distinction, clarity and just enough restraint to give the listener a seamless, cinematic experience. This series reads like a great set of movies. I agree with the critic who expressed the hope that Robotham will write quickly. On to the last in the series for me, and then I'll have to wait for another-
I guess I didn't realize this was book 4 in a series - I never read (or listened to) the first 3 books, but I didn't feel I missed anything either. The story was excellent and Sean Barrett did a superb job with the narration. I will look for other books by both this author and reader.
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