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Acclaimed author Michael Robotham conquered international best-seller lists with this electrifying thriller.

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.

© Michael Robotham; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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subtitle: a very stupid suspect

A very good story, wonderfully narrated. But, this is one of those books where the protagonist, an intelligent, well grounded, and educated person, does some dumb things (and one really dumb thing). Mysteries often have characters you otherwise like doing dumb things. Otherwise, there might not be must of a mystery. Characters, thus, must do some dumb things to get themselves in a mess. Then, they and others can help the dig themselves out of the hole.

In this book, the actions taken by the protagonist can, I suppose, be justified by an impulse to panic that overrides the rational mind. If you can accept this proposition, then you will enjoy the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Book, Not Great

I think most people that enjoy sophisticated mysteries or thrillers will find something to like in this story, but it likely won't make it to your favorites list. That said, parts of the book were very intriguing and well-written, especially the parts utilizing the main character's psychology training. Unfortunately, the middle of the book is better than the ending.

Would I listen to another Michael Robotham book? I would say yes because he strives to write something more unique in this genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Wolfeboro Falls, NH, United States
  • 05-04-14

Good Mystery Series

I read them all and liked the Psychologist as profiler point of view. If you are looking for a series and can't find anything else, this will do just fine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Riveting, and breathtaking!

This story is so well told by Michael Robotham, that it is hard to imagine how it could be improved upon, and then Simon Prebble's narration takes it to another level! The story is rich with detail, and I love the fact that we only ever know as much as the lead character knows, and we follow along as he slowly pieces together who is behind the terrifying threats to himself and his family.

I had to listen to it in a single sitting: I could not put it down!

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  • Carol
  • Millersville, MD, United States
  • 11-10-11

Enjoyable and suspenseful

This book kept me interested throughout. The author was adept at maintaining the suspense and keeping me guessing about the identity of the killer. Although Simon Prebble sounded older to me than the 42-year-old character he was portraying, he made up for this through his skilled narration. He is definitely a master of pacing, inflection, pitch, etc. His acting ability, combined with the author's story, made this a book I will recommend to my friends.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Simon Prebble makes a good book, great

I really liked this book. Simon Prebble is one of the best narrators out there.
I would recommend this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Pita
  • Miami
  • 09-09-14

Very different thriller

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

This is a very complex crime/psychological thriller. I would never dream of trying to sum it up in three words. The writer's premise is extremely interesting. At the center, he places a very complete character who is not a detective but a psychologist. This character finds himself involved in a series of crime affecting his clients...he is almost forced to work with law enforcement to solve the crimes in order to extricate himself from blame. Unfortunately his private life is practically ruined in the process

What did you like best about this story?

Joe, the psychologist, is one of the most interesting central characters in a thriller I have met as of late. He is a multidimensional character. He brings the reader into the story. It is impossible not to care for Joe and his family. The relationship the reader develops with this characters gives the thriller an extra dimension (the book is plot driven as well as character driven).

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

Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator for this dark thriller.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Series

What did you love best about Suspect?

This is one of the best series where the author and narrator are in sync. I usually listen to books at night to put me to sleep, but not this one. They kept me wide awake

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  • RBL
  • New Sharon, ME, United States
  • 07-18-11

spoiler

The author likes to make political statements that have nothing to do with the story. It is very jarring, takes you right out of the story.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Hill
  • Brooklyn, NY USA
  • 03-25-08

entertaining but improbable

While I enjoyed the narrator of this book, I found the plot more than a little ridiculous. I wondered at one point if the author was playing a game to see how many absurd cliches he could fit into one novel, or whether he was following some kind of formula in the hope of producing a best-seller.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful