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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author of the critically acclaimed Suspect, Michael Robotham pens a dark mystery that uncovers the shadowy world of human exploitation.

Police detective Ali Barba receives an urgent letter from her estranged friend Cate. Startled by the letter's alarming tone and eager to atone for egregious past actions, Ali meets Cate at their high-school class reunion. The obviously pregnant Cate begs Ali to stop those who are trying to take her baby. But the plot takes a bizarre twist when a careening car kills Cate - and Ali discovers the truth about Cate's pregnancy.

©2007 Michael Robotham (P)2007 Recorded Books

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Well written but not a Joe O'Loughlin book...

I read The Suspect first, and chose this too hastily, hoping for another O'Loughlin book. It is taking place some time after Suspect, with Ruis from The Suspect, now retired and friendly ex-colleagues with Alicia, the feisty protagonist.

Once into it, I came to enjoy Robotham's writing again. The story tells a grim truth about human trafficking, baby selling, and attendant ugly human realities, and a woman sikh D.C.'s effort to wind her way through the knots of a complex set of agendas.

The protagonist is both good and annoying (to me) as Robotham portrays her. She's bright, incisive, aggressive and well trained as a DC. But he wrote her into many scenes requiring too much willing suspension of disbelief for me. He has her behaving like a naively brazen provocateur of bad guys who'd likely kill her instantly. She too often assumes she will be believed and taken seriously by males in the police world, thinking they'll do the right thing, when in fact, the usual self-interest reigns supreme. This naiveté didn't work for me, but there was enough of a good story to keep me engaged.

The narrator was good in Alicia's voice, but not very skilled with male voices.

I'll keep reading Robotham, hoping for more stories with the psychologist.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Unique Story

I really have enjoyed Michael Robotham's books. This one was particularly interesting because the main character is a young woman and the author effectively and believably writes from her perspective. Parts of the story were quite exciting and I had to make sure I was focusing on the road enough while listening. I am really looking forward to Michael Robotham's next book, SHATTER, when it is available in the US.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An ok read

The first half of the book nearly put me to sleep but thankfully the second half picked up. The story did not provide an in depth analysis of any particular subject, but glanced over lifestyle, heritage, adoption, and human trafficking. Although it became an ok read, I think that subjects that are way too serious were not given any real attention, but were merely "situations" that were involved during an investigation that arose when a woman that had claimed to be pregnant was killed and it was then found that she had only been pretending. I think the story had a typical, decent beginning, but then it kind of ran all over the map pulling in all different issues that for me had no bearing on what the story was actually about, how it unfolded, or how it ended.

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Great Book!

I repay enjoyed this book and I love Clare Corbett! She does such an amazing job narrating!!!

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  • Simon
  • Windsor, United Kingdom
  • 01-08-09

Yep its just ok.

Im glad to hear this picks up after the 1st half. I only got half way through so will revisit! (Great review majulatr by the way .. sums up the book nicely)

Very disappointing compared with Lost which I would highly recommend. Great story, great pacing, great narration.

Skip this one, but pick up his other two.

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Terrible, terrible narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

With this narrator, possibly pre-kindergarteners

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Robotham before, how does this one compare?

I have always liked Michael Robotham. I have read many of his books. I think the plot was pretty good but the narrator was so bad, I couldn't follow it.

What didn’t you like about Clare Corbett’s performance?

I liked NOTHING about her performance.

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

Interesting storyline. I actually considered returning the audio version and getting it on kindle so I could not hear this reader. If you look through my library, you will see that I am a Robotham fan.

Any additional comments?

Where are you Simon Prebble???

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this author has a skill

he is able to construct interesting and socially aware stories, keep them interesting while no preachy. he books appear long, but they remain interesting throughout. I will always give his books a chance.

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  • Monica
  • Silver Cliff, CO, United States
  • 10-05-17

OK

nothing special. does not really grsb you AMD suck you in. just s good time passer

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Not Robotham's best

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I really like Michael Robotham's novels and this one is good, but not up to his best. The last 1/3 of the book loses dramatic tension - could have used an editor. The narrator is good, but why must every chapter number be announced? It was very, very distracting and unlike most audible books.

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A good mystery, with a surprising twist and many turns. I loved the spunky police protagonist and her persistence. l also learned some British terminology and a bit about the criminal justice system. The narrator is great, I loved her British accent and her ability to to imitate the male voices as well as the female's.
At the intro there was thought to be a baby kidnapping then there was a murder, and the story heated up from there. Great book, I'll listen to more by this author.