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 p..Show More »aced 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.
I downloaded this one because it had some good reviews and was on sale.
This was definitely a nice surprise. The story is very good and ..Show More »the author brings things together very well.
I can't imagine anyone panning this book. Anyone giving this one a bad review must not have been paying attention and got "Lost" (heehee). At times, the story is a bit hard to follow due to the flashbacks.
The narrator does a good job; however, fails to change tone or transition between flashbacks causing the "hard to follow" moments.
HIGHLY recommended! I teetered between 4 and 5 stars and decided to round up.
Michael Robotham is not lost and nor is he a loser. I love this book almost as much as I loved his first book in the series, The Suspect. I am sure th..Show More »at if Chrispin Redman, the narrator of The Suspect, had narrated this book too, it would have been that much more perfect. I really like Redman's voice for D.I. Ruiz in the first book - and, yes, I guess it would have been hard to read that way for an entire book as Ruis in the 1st person but it would have been damn good. As it was, Ray Lonnen, the narrator of Lost did a credible job. Michael Robotham is proving himself an accomplished writer with an excellent easy relaxed style that is at once enjoyable but also transfixing. Once started, this book was hard to put down with the twists and the turns that lead the reader to an exciting and unexpected but rewarding climax. I have just purchased number 3 in the series, Shatter, and can hardly wait to start it. I will be interested to see how Sean Barrett, yet another narrator for this series fares.
This is quality stuff. If you read reviews I've submitted, you'll see I'm not very forgiving when I use my precious credits or cash and wind up cheat..Show More »ed by the all-too-frequent hackneyed writing and all-too-predictable formula-driven plot lines. On here, there's a lot of junk and the turkeys always seem to wind up with a collection of maroons giving them five stars.
But this guy can really write! The bad guy doesn't strain credulity and is remarkably scary, the characters are well conceived and you find yourself caring about them as the story unfolds, the story is wonderfullly suspenseful and the author doesn't try to substitute arcane technical minutiae for real plot, there's a little tastefully done and quite believeable erotic dimension now and then, and he even injects a sense of humor just when you really need it. The hours fly by!
If you enjoy a good suspense yarn, go for this one. And, it also helps that the narration is captivating.
Robotham and Barrett. Downloaded 'Bleed for Me' after listening to ''The Wreckage'. Apart from being great stories, well told, I am finding that..Show More » the situations used are ones I could perhaps skip away from, only to find when I bit the 'bullet' and started listening I found myself interested and engaged. Being written mostly in first person, present tense does bring an immediacy to the story. The pace is consistent to the end. A good listen. I am not surprised Michael Robotham has won The Ned Kelly twice, and is in good company with Peter Temple (also a winner of The Ned Kelly).
Good writer in every sense of the term, and wonderful narrator. Plot structure, character development, sentences: everything clicks. The only problem ..Show More »is the only one that matters for me. OMG is this a sad story. The weight of listening to it is like being covered in the emotional equivalent of the lead sheet dentists use to protect your body during X-rays. Triple that weight, and you've got it.
Two 15-year-old girls go missing. The reader knows where they are - stuck in a basement as toys to a sadist/rapist. Three years after the abduction, yes, three years, this story starts. The fallout for their families is nuclear. The story switches between the girls (one is soon dead) and the families/police, plus the hero profiler/narrator. Oh and yes, let's not forget the falsely accused dupe.
Robotham piles on and piles on. There's suspense, but it's undermined by dread. I haven't finished yet, and even though I'll hang in for the end, I'm promising myself never again for the excellent MIchael Robotham.
I have a personal policy of writing reviews only for books which I would give 5 stars to, because they are the books I tell my friends about. I read ..Show More »Michael Robotham's first 2 books, and they were quite good, but not gripping. Say Your Sorry is different. It got me in right from the start, and kept me enthralled wright to the last chapter. One of the best points about it was the passages written from the point of view of one of the victims. Often I find books that alternate between past and present to be confusing, and the technique can detract from the suspense. But with this story the excursions into the recent past only add to the drama. Although there is some graphic detail, Robotham doesn't go overboard with the sex, blood and guts. If you like a thrilling crime novel that has you cheering on the sleuths and the victims, this one's well worth your credit.