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Two missing girls. Two brutal murders. All connected to one farm house. Who is to blame?

When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found.

Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

Convinced that Piper or Tash might still be alive, clinical psychologist Joe O' Loughlin and ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, persuade the police to re-open the investigation. But they are racing against time to save the girls from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind....

©2012 Michael Robotham (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 11-16-14

Whew--To Hell And Back!

My third Robotham novel and not the last! It was a very good story and it kept me in suspense 'til the very end, which is what I usually hope for. I find Robatham and narrator, Sean Barrett, an unbeatable combination, as I have said before. I don't think I would even listen to a book in this series that was not narrated by Barrett. He seeps into the characters and becomes a necessary element.

This story had a certain "uneasiness" quality for me, a sense of dread and worry. My fears were allayed at the end, happily for me. It seems that for me, there is a fine line between enjoyment and discomfort. While this book came close to that line, it didn't jump over the line and cause too much anxiety for me.

What really surprised me is that I shed a few tears at the very end, at an unsuspected moment of kindness. I really like books that evoke strong feelings and this book did not disappoint.

So, while I really liked the book and do recommend it as a great listen, I have a few caveats I need to make. This book is not for the faint of heart, as you can see from the very few less than stellar reviews. Also, I would recommend you not read this book first, as it is 5th in the series. Make it a bunch more enjoyable for yourself and get to know the main characters a bit, those being psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and ex-cop Victor Ruiz. A little knowledge beforehand can make a book much more enjoyable, I have found.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Robotham is the real deal!

He knows how to spin a yarn with great characters, fast pacing and terrific suspense. No I don't like everything about this series, but Robotham consistently delivers a 4 star performance.

You will like this book if you enjoy police procedurals, flawed heroes, a unique mystery and tremendous suspense. Sean Barrett is stellar with the narration.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 01-12-16

Warning: Intimate molestations of young girls

Michael Robotham's convinced that morality is not built into nature. He is a gifted writer who, through the mega-talented voice of Sean Barrett, now feeds a vicarious appetite for the detailed and prolonged sexual torture and killing of female children.

I lack that appetite.

I won’t listen to another of Robotham's books.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Rena
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • 02-27-16

Great yarn

An arduous miserable story that does not leave you feeling despondent at the end. Great writing and mellow narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Story Could Have Been Better

What did you like best about Say You're Sorry? What did you like least?

The performance was wonderful, otherwise I would have stopped listening.

What could Michael Robotham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story about a psychologist who is very good a interpreting evidence to solve crimes is intriguing -- but I would have appreciated a plot that was not centered around sexual violence and abuse against adolescents. That was very disturbing and really not necessary. Robotham is a very good writer, but choose a different subject.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Captivating performance. I will seek out more books narrated by Barrett.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, because of the sexual violence against adolescents.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Best Suspense Writer Going!

Michael Robotham is probably my favorite mystery writer of the era, and his books as a group are so well read on audio that I make a real effort to listen rather than read them. There has been a delay getting some of them in the US, and I'm just so glad they are finally available! (Note: I'm writing this review some time after listening to the book!)

MR is a master of creating an intolerable situation - in this case two girls held captive for years. His characters feel like real people, laid bare - no excuses, no whitewash, and as a reader I don't feel manipulated into rooting for an impossibly perfect character or hating someone who has nothing likeable about them.

I did find the ending slightly contrived, but that's usually the case with thriller. There weren't many real susprises if you've read a lot of mysteries written in the past 20 years or so. I won't go into details as this didn't detract from the listening experience, just be aware that the end is not the best part of this one!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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No need to say you're sorry for choosing this bk

If you could sum up Say You're Sorry in three words, what would they be?

well written, good story, talented narrator

What did you like best about this story?

multi-faceted characters

Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

They'll all so good. You know immediately which character is speaking .

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

Well, yes but mustn't give the story away

Any additional comments?

I've listened to a number of Mr. Robotham's books and have enjoyed them all. I think the narrator is very talented also. Doesn't particularly "act" the characters just lets them tell their stories.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Leilah
  • Mustang, OK, United States
  • 10-19-12

Great!

What made the experience of listening to Say You're Sorry the most enjoyable?

The story line and the charaters. The story is unreal but still beliveable and I loved trying to figure out who dunnit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie, she is such a teen and the author really shows it though she doesn't play a big part.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Tash shows her loyalty to her bestfriend to save her from harm.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud sometimes when the counciler and the ex cop bantered.

Any additional comments?

Give the reader some time to understand. He's good.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Oceans of sad - never again

Good writer in every sense of the term, and wonderful narrator. Plot structure, character development, sentences: everything clicks. The only problem 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.

16 of 24 people found this review helpful

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The Best of the Bunch

What did you love best about Say You're Sorry?

It was an excellent book with a number of solid twists. It also tied up some lose ends nicely. I would say it is the best book in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always, it was Vincent Ruiz. Smart, tough, funny, and sympathetic, I always wanted to know more about him and his life.

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He performs consistently well.

Any additional comments?

It would appear that this series is over. I hope that's not the case, but if we're not to see Joe again, I'm glad the book ended the way it did. I could also read a whole series based around Vincent Ruiz and would love it if the author was leaning in that direction.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful