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Publisher's Summary

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me.

A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the 'Mindhunter', trading on Joe's name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter 'A' is carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer....

©2015 Bookwrite Pty (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A writer of the highest class who can create terror from the commonplace and crush the breath out of you" (Daily Mail)
"I love this guy's books" (Lee Child)
"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them" (Linwood Barclay)
"He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul" (Peter James)

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Captivated

Once again, I was not able to put this book down.
brilliantly written and narrated

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Nailbiting conclusion

What did you love best about Close Your Eyes?

Evolution of the main characters

What did you like best about this story?

Michael has a genius for depth of character, plot and conclusion

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Again Sean is champion I google audio books that he narrates and select from there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very easily but I life gets in my way

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This whole series is wonderfully written and read. The characters are real, believable and I can't help but feel I reside a little
in each one. Bravo again.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 08-26-15

Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

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What can I say without revealing anything? As usual Sean Barrett narrated the story with empathy and brilliance - a remarkable performance. I usually listen while walking the dog and I was aware about half way through the book that I had stopped and was staring into space; not quite believing what I was hearing. I have read/listened to thousands of books and I am not sure that any of them affected me emotionally as much as this particular one. I have read better or cleverer literature with cunning plots or profound messages but this hit me hard. In fact it was so good that I waited until I had a quiet half hour alone in the house before listening to the end. Wow! Michael Robotham has surpassed himself with this one.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • mollyeyre
  • 08-07-15

Well worth waiting for

This was a super 'edge of the seat' book, I really enjoyed it - I do like Joe, I know he is rather melancholic, but not irritatingly so. He is so real in the way he deals with things and his logic and crime solving are realistic rather than some of the leaps of faith one reads in some novels.
The writing was excellent - red herrings galore, and a good plot well executed.

My only niggle, is that there were TWO personal narratives, one was Joe's and the other - the killer's, but I could not always tell immediately when the killer cut in. However - I soon got the hang of it and I didn't see the ending or the killer coming.

Sean Barrett is brilliant - as ever!. I read this in just over a day, just couldn't put it down.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-20-15

Pacy psychological thriller

This is the kind of crime/thriller novel I prefer. Not too much lascivious description of horrible things being done to victims: more an investigation into the why a person becomes an abuser or murderer. The main character is the likeable psychologist, Joe O’Loughlin, roped in by the police to help in a murder investigation that’s going nowhere. He’s a sympathetic character, more so because of his disability, who is aware of the limitations of psychological profiling but does offer insight into cases. His family life is woven into the story making the novel more interesting. There are twists and turns and false leads that keeps the narrative bowling along at a fast pace. The final chapters are a bit frenetic and there's a dubious scene in particular involving the psycholoigst’s daughter.

The narrator is excellent

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 08-15-15

OMG How good was that!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the latest edition in the Joe O'loughlin series... and what a Book!Having 'been' with Joe since the beginning, I found this to be, by far, the best in the series (so far, please let there be more!)

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

I love the way Sean is able to depict the tension Michael Robotham has intigrated into his words and actually manages to get you to feel as though you are there with the characters throughout

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the ending of this book is amazingly moving, having Ruiz find Joe on the floor and Emma asks, "Whats wrong with daddy?"
I couldn't stop myself laughing at the reply of "he fell out of bed"
"But thats not his bed" came Emmas reply.

There are many funny parts to this book, as always, but some seriously sad moments too.

Any additional comments?

If you are an avid reader, this book is definitely worth every penny!Its full of suspense, intrigue, laughter, tears, twists and turns. Right to the end I was trying to find the 'bad guy' and was totally enveloped ion the drama throughout.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • S G Gallagher
  • 09-14-15

Gripping story

I really enjoyed this story, it had enough suspense and intrigue to keep me going on my holiday. My only thought was it would have been helpful if the narrator distinguished between the main character's voice and the murderer. At a few points, especially at the beginning, I wasn't sure who was speaking.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon D. Lee
  • 09-28-15

Once again, amazing!

Another amazing story in this unrivalled crime series. Emotional and heartwarming, tragic and devastating. Every part, the truly psychological drama, with one of the best narrative styles I have ever read/heard. You care about every character, and can visualize every scene. Excellent! Fabulous! Can't wait for the next book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Doormouse
  • 09-23-15

Tense right to the end

Excellent story with right amount of tension. Outcome came as a surprise which is unusual as usually have guessed the culprit way before.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • A.Connor
  • 09-14-15

highly recommended!

*such* great characterisation - and narration! This was my first Rowbotham & off to hunt down more (pity I started with no.7 in the Joe O'Loughlin series, especially given the ending, but heyho..)
With this one I found myself irritated every time ordinary stuff & life got in the way & I'd to pause/stop. It's a good old-fashioned psych-thriller, hangs together beautifully & the pace is just right.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • CateA
  • 08-15-15

Very Good Listen and Brilliant Narrator

What did you like most about Close Your Eyes?

The narrator is simply brilliant and brings all the stories he reads to life. The story was laid out perfectly, never got boring, never went off track, moved along at a perfect pace.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last few chapters, a little unexpected and very moving.

Any additional comments?

Really good listen and now eager to read more from this author with the same narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew FitzGerald
  • 03-01-16

Flowery prose to the point of absurdity

Even as the story got to the climax, the prose increased its gushing: minutes of description of minor detail like foam on branches and the hero's inner wittering whilst the heroine might be dying. Annoying at first, it became hilariously bad at the end.
Recommended to no-one

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  • ken
  • 10-28-15

Pretty Good but ....

Well read. This is the second book of MR's read by Sean Barrett that I have listened to - they make a great combination. Michael knows how to write a gripping yarn with a great balance between the real story line, description and the human side of things. The one annoying part towards the end was how 'sloppy' Joe was in letting Charlie go off by herself a few times and how 'sloppy' his friend the ex cop was in watching Charlie at the nursing home.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh
  • 12-24-17

Brilliant. Eloquent writing rivetting read.

I'd forgotten how beautifully Michael Robotham writes. Great exploration of the motivations behind evil set against the complex personal relationship of the main character. A very satisfying and suspenseful read. Thank you Mr Robotham for spending that time to write it.

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  • Janie O'brien
  • 05-20-17

Michael R is one of the best writers today

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Along with all his books, it's one of the best books I've read. Boy, can he write superbly, with great emotion but certainly never flowery or overdone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Close Your Eyes?

The last few chapters, following Joe's chase and then later, the dreadful sorrow.

Any additional comments?

get it, and the others, if you love suspense, mystery, real life relationships, and excellent writing; don't delay!

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  • Tony Wood
  • 09-08-16

Another winner

Had to suspend disbelief a time or two - I couldn't see Joe letting Charlie get into the dangers she was in.
But overall a bloody good story.

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  • Valmai
  • 02-25-16

excellent

i enjoyed the story very much. the narration was good and i would recommend it .