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Publisher's Summary

In "the most suspenseful book I read all year" (Stephen King), a psychologist faces off against a killer who destroys his victims from the inside out.

Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory--standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother never would have committed suicide--not like that. She was terrified of heights.

What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil? Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart.

With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and astonishingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night.

©2012 Michael Robotham (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pleasantly creepy...plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The most suspenseful book I read all year." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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This is a must read!

Here is another example of me giving a book I had returned a second chance. I listen several hours a day on average, often while I am doing other things. Sometimes I forget to set the app’s timer at night and cannot find my place. Fortunately I gave Robotham’s Shatter another chance.

Shatter contains possibly the most uniquely diabolical criminal acts in mysteries today. If it’s not unique, it is certainly the most believable and realistic version of sadistic manipulation. Regardless, like others I found the criminal‘s methods ingenious and horrifying. The police work, including political inner workings, was as good as any procedural I have read.

Most of all there is the character of Joe O’Glaughlin. A 45 year old psychologist who has contracted Parkinson’s, his brilliant mind is more handicapped by his insecurities about his health than the disease itself. It effects his marriage, exacerbates his paranoia and limits his objectivity. Yet it’s his brilliant mind and intuitive nature that wins me over here.

Please forgive my grammar, I am still posting on my iPhone!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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How Far Would You Go?

This third installment was the best yet. I was immediately hooked from the first few words. Joseph O'Loughlin has become one of my favorite characters whom I like to revisit as I listen to this series.
I found myself confronted with the question of how far I would go to save someone I love. And then, would my actions save them anyway?
If you like psychological thrillers, this is a must listen. The narrator is excellent and I can't wait to listen to him again.
Another winner! Thanks Audible!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rena
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • 03-07-16

Robotham fan but too violent for me

Too creepy too violent too morbid for me. And I am a Robotham fan. Narrator is great though.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • lyl
  • nashville, tn, United States
  • 05-06-15

ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS

This author's books give you everything. original characters, fantastic plots and excellent writing. My mind never drifts. I fall deep into the story. One request: keep them coming and use the main characters again and again. I love them

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The dynamic duo does it again.

If you could sum up Shatter in three words, what would they be?

The title fits!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Every sentence propels you to the next. The momentum consistently grows.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the character to life. He is an extremely talented narrator.

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

Yes - but it took 2 days.

Any additional comments?

I love this series. He ranks very hight on my list of favorites. The stories are abstract, emotional and edgy. The characters are intriguing; both bad and good. I'm currently downloading his last book offered on Audible. Please ... we need more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Scary

Kept me on the edge of my seat. Fast paced and surreal. Hard hitting commentary on use of torture on innocent civilians. Not for the faint of heart.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 08-11-15

A Shark Too Far

Michael Robotham almost writes well enough (and he reeeeely writes well) to make this improbable plot with more holes than a Spanish lace... work. Unfortunately craft didn't do it. I'll be more careful in pre-reading reviews of the next Robotham before I buy it. Maybe Sean Barrett could take a lesson or two in doing female voices? His cast sounded not only strongly male, but in a number of cases, it was difficult to differentiate between the speakers even when they were supposed to be differently gendered.

I'd say pass on this one.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Intense

I enjoyed the book however, it did seem to be more graphic. It may seem more shocking where it's audible instead of my reading the words. Great story and I look forward to the next in the series.

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Great story telling but...

I enjoyed this book The premise is unique remote control murder
but it is very dark
It is also somewhat predictable
Once I understood how the villain was operating I knew it was a matter of time before Joes kids were grabbed and used against him
Also his wife irritates me
She is so judgmental and what’s that thing about glass houses?

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  • Steph
  • New York, NY
  • 11-28-17

O'Loughlin Shines

I think Robotham's best are the O'Loughlin. I've tried others in this series and loved them all. Barrett is an excellent narrator.