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Say You're Sorry Audiobook

Say You're Sorry

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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
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-04-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2015
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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
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Lagunatic345 11-16-14
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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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    L. M. Roberts Southern California 02-13-13
    L. M. Roberts Southern California 02-13-13 Member Since 2016
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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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    Paula Not from Gualala Practically Paradise, CA 11-21-12
    Paula Not from Gualala Practically Paradise, CA 11-21-12 Member Since 2017
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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
    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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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    Regina Seattle 11-03-12
    Regina Seattle 11-03-12 Member Since 2017
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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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    audio reader 06-21-15
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    "Thoughts become deeds. Enough.Push back."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the author left out the detailed child torture.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Robotham again?


    no.


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

    This is a first.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


    I just gave up on it. It was like Hitler liked music but that didn't redeem him.


    Any additional comments?


    This guy is a technically excellent writer. I really enjoyed the first book of his that I read and thought I had found a great new author who would be an anecdote for my long commutes. I love stories about people in tough situations getting strong and handling the danger. I listen to maybe 100 books a year.
    But in this book he goes into great detail about sexual abuse of children. It is of course a legitimate topic. In an academic or law enforcement or physiological point of view,or to briefly mention it as a crime in a novel.But he writes it in a way where the victim is just powerless. It made me mad.
    This is a person who makes money from writing for people to read for pleasure, or to escape boredom or to make the day pass better while doing some mindless task. He writes for so long and in such detail about these crimes that it was almost physically sicking to me, it was a while ago that I read it ,but I think one of the girl characters was killed in some gruesome way..I put him down ,didn't finish. Enough. This lowest common denominator for shock value.
    Really his words and thoughts are a product he is selling he chooses to create from his imagination; a young girl kidnapped and killed .There is no need for all the detail. How can he stay separate from his imagination ? When he lies in his bed before sleeping thinking these details up, he is smearing the foulest excrement overall over his talent and his soul.
    It was some months back when I put his book down but what made me write this review was the following headline torn from today's news. “Woman kept in wooden box by ex-boyfriend is killed after fleeing “ from June 20, 2015. Enough.
    I refuse to give this guy any credit for redeeming social value. He is really just a pornagrapher. A film could not legally be made of the images he presented and I allowed to be put into my head, except for documents for a law enforcement purpose. Again he uses his imagination to create these word pictures to make money.So I am pushing back on those images he presented me with.
    And its becoming a trend, I have had to put down other authors books at similar points.
    On of the most harmful acts, and easiest to do, abusing children. Depicting terrorized children is this guys stock in trade.It's low. He could do better. It is how he makes a living. Shame. Shame on him.
    I hope he has some kind of personal revelation that enables him to create a way out for himself. To make amends for these ideas he has sent out into the universe.

    What the Buddha said more than 2500 years ago: ‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.’

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-09-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A real page turner."

    Everything I have read by Michael Robotham has been outstanding and this was no exception. A fantastically spun story about the kidnapping of two teenage girls. There were no suspects for most of the book and then there were too many to make an educated guess. Another book I found hard to put down.

    Joe O'Loughlin is a psychiatrist that is brought in to help the police profile and interrogate suspects. In the first book in this series "Suspect" he was quite a different character than he is in this addition, (book 5). I like the full bodied character that he developed into and will be reading more in this series. Excellent narration, with a perfect pace.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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