Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air....
Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one....
Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes....
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet....
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness....
A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home....
Among Washington, DC, power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden....
Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her....
Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine....
In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager....
What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession, and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two....
Claudia Bishop's perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her....
Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed....
As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life at risk....
When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens....
Police detective Ali Barba receives an urgent letter from her estranged friend Cate....
How far would you go for the perfect love? A young man’s dark obsession with an enigmatic, gorgeous writer leads to murderous consequences in this erotic psychological thriller....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
After a woman is brutally slain, investigators bring psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin in for expert consultation. Joe is shocked to discover the dead woman is a former patient of his who cried rape when he rebuffed her sexual advances. Citing doctor/patient confidentiality, Joe hides this information. But the truth emerges, and suddenly he is the prime suspect.
I read a handful of reviews and found them to be of little help because they were so up and down. But the book was on sale and the publisher's description was intriguing so I took the risk. I am glad that I did because I liked the story very much.
Is the plot far-fetched as other reviewers have claimed? Of course, but it wasn't hard to take the leap. If you watch the nightly news you will see that people are actually crazy and the most preposterous stories are not fiction. I found the tale believable enough. And, to be honest, when I read mystery novels I want to go for a ride. I want to question the story a bit. I don't want it to be jarring so as to take me out of the story, but I do want it to be a story I have imagined myself.
Is the lead character imperfect? Yes. And I love that. I don't enjoy characters who are too glamorous, too pure, too smart, too talented, too accomplished. I want the characters to be likable and detestable at the same time. I want to cheer for the characters and yet hate some of their actions. I want to have pity at times and respect at other moments. I want characters who feel real.
I will read more books by Mr Robotham very soon -- I am buying the second book in the series as soon as I finish this review. And I hope very much that Simon Prebble is the narrator. He was fantastic!
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
...and then it got its grips in me. If you are a fan of Robert Goddard (many of whose books have mysteriously gone missing from the Audible web site), Charles Todd, Jeffrey Archer, or any of the other, mainly British, writers who feature somewhat flawed and frequently clueless-at-times protagonists; suspension-of-disbelieve-requiring coincidences; and great descriptive writing, give Suspect a chance. A good mystery has you looking over your shoulder.... a great one has you looking over your life.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
Writer and Reader and brilliant.
Short, simple and to the point. Want some great moments listening to the writing of one artist, spoken by another?
Can't beat this.
32 of 34 people found this review helpful
This is my second try with this book. I do not recall why I returned it unfinished the first time. However, it occured to me since I loved so many of Robotham's novels I probably did not give Suspect a fair shake. My instincts were right, this a fantastic book.
The main character if Joe O'Laughlin, a psychologist and family man who has just been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. As you may expect from one in his profession, he is deeply introspective. Robotham does an incredible job building remarkably believable characters. With engaging characters, often the story becomes secondary. That is not the case here.
You can read the description, but you should know it is truly a great mystery. It is fast paced and intoxicating.
Last but not least it narrated as well as it is written.
Do yourself a favor and purchase this book!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Suspect had an interesting premise and it buzzed along nicely for a while, but fizzled for me in the mucky third act.
Robotham's prose is effective and keeps the action moving nicely at first - all the players are introduced, the central problem is addressed, and I was thoroughly engrossed in the story.
The second act got a little uneven, but kept me engaged with some zippy plot twists and compelling questions. After some major revelations at the end of act two, the story gets lost in a quagmire. Act 3 staggers to its conclusion but I had more or less stopped caring - even the final revelation, which ought to have been VERY exciting, accompanied as it was by explosions and whatnot, barely held my attention. I stopped listening midway through the epilogue, no longer caring what happened to anyone in the story.
This is my first Robotham novel, and while it didn’t really work for me, there was enough to like here that I’ll probably try him again at some point. It wasn't perfect, but it was promising.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
I love novels that I don't figure out 'who dun it' long before the middle of the book..it's a challenge for me to conquer the author at his/her mystery writing.
Suspect is my first Michael Robotham novel as well as the first narration by Simon Prebbles that I've listened to..and it was a spectacularly written and narrated listen-one of those books where the Audible version must be better than the print--after all, who can read with a UK accent unless you are from the UK. This includes Liverpudian accents, Welsh accents as well as Londonese.
As other reviewers have suggested, listen to these in order..Suspense being the first and important in setting up the primary characters.
Buy it and ENJOY!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I managed to read Lost before I read Suspect but luckily that did not detract anything from this book, Michael Robothams main characters are so real, no Hollywood veneer used. I think the richness of detail in the flaws and mannerisms of his characters combined with his plots which like a long carpet that keeps unrolling reveal more detail and story intrigue with every passing page/minute and that makes both Suspect and Lost books that are hard to put down. I want to read more...
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
It's been awhile since I've been moved to write a review. Several listens lately have been rather dull. A couple I just couldn't finish. Perhaps I'll give them another shot later. This book, however, keep my attention. The writing was crisp and entertaining. The narrator, a bit overzealous at times, but very easy to listen to. Some would probably say the story was predictable, but it was still a good story.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
So many plot twists with an underlying urgency to find the killer. I do not usually care for first person stories but I enjoyed this book very much.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I like the main character, Joe. He was fighting several personal battles at one time but he forged ahead trusting his instincts. Hold onto your seat, there are many twists and turns.
What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I liked the reader's voice but there was an intermittent clicking in the recording that I put down to reader sucking on a lifesaver or machine clicking. It was a bit distracting but by then I was hooked and hanging on to see where the story went.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Who can you trust?
Any additional comments?
I will be downloading Michael Robotham's next novel, Lost.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This novel is very well done. The characters and conflict slowly unfold, reach a crisis point where I thought that the poor man couldn’t take any more stress, and then the situation is resolved at the criminal level. Joseph O’Loughlin is left with the job of putting his personal life back in order.
I plan to move on to the next book: Lost.
Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful