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Shatter Audiobook

Shatter

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A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.

Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

©2008 Michael Robotham; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Hayley J.
    8/26/08
    Overall
    "Never has evil been written of so well..."

    Shatter is the first book by Michael Robothan that I've come across and now I intend to read everything else he's ever written. Never has evil been described so well in a fictional suspense thriller. Carefully thought out, maticulously planned, every detail perfect in its chilling terribleness Robothan takes us deep in to a psychi that perhaps the author himself can't even begin to understand. The killer can unpick locks and unpick minds, he walks through walls, whispers in ears and makes those he comes in to contact with question everything they ever thought true. Brilliant, fear provoking and gripping from start to finish, this book will have you on the edge of your seat provoking feelings of fear, horror, frustration, anger, sadness and relief as the police and psychologist Joe McLochlan are drawn further and further in to the killers reign of terror, with unimaginable consequences.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • juanita dellaway
    9/23/08
    Overall
    "Gripping listen, well worth a foray."

    Excellent book,gripping from the start, well researched and luckily set in my home town so all the more familiar, however i can imagine that for someone not from bristol the amount of refs to local places etc, might be irritating. There were a few places belief had to be bent, but overall a really gripping, clever listen

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia Baker
    10/18/08
    Overall
    "Fab listen!!"

    Excellent tense and exciting tale unfolds with real depth. The reader also adds to the whole storyline taking on each character with feeling and at time menace which was quite creepy when listening in bed in the dark!! Kept me glued to my IPOD whenever I could!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Kirby Cross, United Kingdom
    9/17/08
    Overall
    "It's good, but slightly let down."

    I enjoyed this book but was slightly let down by the fact that it's based in England, it's read by a Brit and sold by a .co.uk site but is an American version. Terms like 'fender', 'parking lot' and 'back yard' are a little off putting. I appreciate this is only minor but it did distract slightly.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet
    Compton Martin, Bristol, United Kingdom
    12/10/08
    Overall
    "Gripping"

    One of those books you NEED to know the outcome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    10/27/08
    Overall
    "Wow!"

    The first book I've read by Michael Rowbotham and definitely not my last! An absolutely amazing book, full of thought, emotion and suspense - I live in the area that he writes about and with amazing accuracy he describes even the smallest of details, he really has done his homework, an Australian writer who knows the ins and outs of the area I grew up in, was a real pleasure to listen to.

    The story was like nothing I've ever listened to before, I'm a big fan of Simon Kernick, who also writes suspense novels, but this goes so much further than Simon ever has (for me!).

    A must listen for anyone who loves a good suspense, excellently thought out which will drag you in, and leaves you wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    10/24/08
    Overall
    "Satisfying, tense, psychological thriller"

    Overtones of Silence of the Lambs in a UK setting with contemporary themes of rendition, torture and torn loyalties. A hero with human frailties, pitted against a credible, evil opponent. Tense, dramatic scenes with moral questions and choices. Several twists and turns in the plot. A couple of interwoven back-stories with characters you get to care about. Brilliant narration. This was one of those must-listens that had me plugging in my earbuds at every opportunity. I'm now off to look up more Robothams!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    10/9/08
    Overall
    "Disturbing, sadistic listening.....!"

    Maybe I'm a bit of a sensitive flower, but I found this book really unpleasant listening in large parts. I'm sure this is the point of such books, but reading and listening are different experiences, since listening can be more 'invasive' if the reader is good. Sean Barrat's reading is very good, and the writing is above average for the genre. It was the subject matter that I found hard to take. The story is well crafted and the characters of the two main protagonists well drawn and there is only the usual level of plot silliness for such books. I know Bath/Bristol quite well, so this added to the interest for me. HOWEVER, this book is a nasty peice of work, and I can't work out if I'm just a bit soft or if it really is more horrible than necessary. The scenes written from the evil character's point of view are totally disgusting; I felt the writer had enjoyed writing this stuff a bit too much. I hated the over long discriptions of misogenisctic, paedophilic torture (it was just too much for me!). I was very glad that no-one was in the room with me when this was playing; certainly this is not fit for any children's overhearing. I have just finished this listen and can't quite work out why I finished it, other than a sort of shocked incredulity, and the fact that it is well read. The writer has clearly done his homework, but be prepared for a very nasty listen unless you can hear long, chilling discriptions of child rape and torture without flinching, I couldn't!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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