The Other Wife

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong.

This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.

A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international best-selling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

©2018 Michael Robotham (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Will have you turning the pages compulsively." (The Times)

"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them." (Linwood Barclay) 

"Superbly exciting...a terrific read." (Guardian)

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Fantastic Installment To The Series

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, well written. Beautiful observations of the nature of humanity.
I loved the way the story is interwoven with deep insights on humanity, grief, relationships, power, greed, jealousy and fear. Superb.
Great respect for the narrator , sensitive, intelligent and a skilled actor.
Well done the whole production team. Highly recommended, much more than a crime story.

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not good enough

I've listened to many Robotham's books, but this one was too dry, uninteresting, with the usual red herrings. the end was of course unpredictable but I also didn't care at that point (I skipped a few charters toward the end). those were the obligatory twists.
I didn't find the story nor the characters interesting, and as a frequent reader of the author's book, I found it annoying that the professor, at the beginning of the book, acted like a child despite his previous experiences and cases. also, his disease seems to be conveniently managed in this case while in other books it seemed much worse.
It was too much of a cookie cutter book. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Spoiler alert warning

Author turns this book into political commentary at one point. . Scorning a political figures in the middle of a mystery destroys the entire mood. If I wanted political Opinions I turn on the tv. Be forewarned!

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Narration doesn’t quite fit

Good story but not engrossing. I had trouble with the narrator - he sounds too old and stuffy for the character.

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Need good hearing for this one.

The reader of this novel has a beautiful voice and a beautiful British accent. But the voice is so low in volume, that I sometimes couldn’t hear it well enough even with the volume turned way up. Also, there is so little variAtion in tone that I sometimes couldn’t concentrate on it. The story is just not that special and by the time the culprit is revealed, I was beyond caring.

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Another Great One!!!

Once again, Michael Robothum and Sean Barrett knocked it out of the park with both their writing and performance of this book! I’m so glad that Mr. Robothum always chooses S.B. to do the narration. I really feel like I know the characters, especially Joe and Vince, through Mr. Barrett’s voice inflections and tone. The characters are complex, and the storyline keeps moving at a steady pace. As with all his books, you’ll laugh and tear up at times, and not expect the outcome. Since I don’t want to give away anything, all I will say is definitely listen to The Other Wife!!!

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Great but for one thing.....

I had difficulty hearing parts of it.
Nice twisty plot with an ending that was believable.

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Good not great

This is one of Robotham's best books if not his best (I have returned about 4 of his books). He didn't rely on shock which he has in previous books. It was not exactly a complex mystery (pretty obvious half way in), but it remains entertaining . It kept me interested till the end but it was not "The Wife Before Me" or "Girl Gone". Kate Morton actually writes better mysteries out of Australia. But if you want a book that is good while driving (half pay attention), this works. I was offended over the disrespect for the US President. Excluding the negative comment involving his psychological state, as a foreigner, it is insulting he refers to the American President as Donald Trump. I would not call the English Queen or the President of France without their titles.

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An enjoyable read

This was my first book by this author and didn't know this was the ninth in the series. It was fine as a stand alone but I think I would have been more connected to the characters if I had read a few of the previous ones. I liked this book a lot and the narrator was very good. I think I was expecting there to be more between the two wife's and their relationships from the title and the synopsis.

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Can’t get enough of this series!

I love the narrator. He’s perfect in this series. I hope this isn’t the last!!!

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  • Gollygee68
  • 03-11-19

Gripping storyline. Superbly read!

Loved it!

I loved the story!

I loved the narration! I can not fault Sean Barrett. He's a master at interpreting the text & bringing life to the characters.

If you like psychology thrillers then you'll love this author, Michael Robotham.

Enjoy!

I actually read 'The Other Wife' first, not realising there was a Joseph O'Loughlin series. Therefore I've detailed the running order below as provided by my good friend Google 😁:-

The Suspect(2004)
Lost(2005)
Shatter(2008)
Bleed for Me(2010)
The Wreckage(2011)
Say You're Sorry(2012)
Watching You(2013)
Close Your Eyes(2015)
The Other Wife(2018)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-18

Another good story in the series

Another very good story in this series, these characters are like old friends, Sean Barrett is my favourite narrator with the best voice for story telling

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  • Sheila
  • 06-26-18

Brilliant book.

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, well written. Beautiful observations of the nature of humanity.
I loved the way the story is interwoven with deep insights on humanity, grief, relationships, power, greed, jealousy and fear. Superb.
Great respect for the narrator , sensitive, intelligent and a skilled actor.
Well done the whole production team. Highly recommended, much more than a crime story.

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  • Allison64
  • 06-24-18

Far fetched and disappointing

I’ve loved the other Joe O’Lachlan books but didn’t enjoy this one. It was so far fetched and unbelievable!
Brilliant performance by Sean Barrett as always but not a great story.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 06-16-18

Really excellent

This was a very good story, when I first started listening I thought - Oh will it just be about lies within a family? That wouldn't be my cup of tea, but it proved to be a very good mystery about an attempted murder. Sean Barrett is such a good narrator, and he adds to the story. The characters are so well developed and one feels one knows them personally. I did guess the guilty party just a little while before the unveiling, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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  • David M
  • 06-15-18

The formula still works

This must be about book 9 in the Joseph O'Loughlin series but the formula still works. This book is as good as any of the previous 8. Great descriptive writing from the author. He makes you feel believe you are there in London following Joe O'Loughlin's every move and every thought. I like the Vincent Ruez character as well. This time the victim of the crime is Joe's own father. I got through the book in just 2 days, eager to find out "who done it", I was hooked.

Rather morose like all the other books in the series. Much of that being down to Sean Barrett's inimitable voice.

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-09-18

Excellent listen

I've listened to many of the author's books featuring forensic psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin working with former cop Vincent Ruiz. This book is a bit different, for although some detective work is involved, it mainly delves into O'Loughlin's relationships with his parents and the discoveries about his father's hidden life. I found the narrative gripping and romped through the recording in a day and half of intermittent listening. There are no gruesome murders or torture the story being largely about peoples' behaviour and character. O'Loughlin is an engaging character who is disabled by Parkinson's Disease. As with previous books, though disabled, O'Loughlin is depicted in some scenes more like Superman bounding up flights of stairs or hurling himself through a plate glass window: not plausible but it seems a tenent of this genre that it is necessary to have a swashbuckling crescendo to round off the story.
Sean Barrett dramatizes the text with his usual skill.

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  • Jo
  • 06-21-18

Good but not amazing!

Was so excited when I saw a new Joe O’Loughlin novel was out as I have all of the previous ones and really enjoyed them!
This one was also enjoyable but I didn’t feel it was quite up to the previous standard. Although I understand that life has been difficult for Joe recently this book was melancholic all the way through and became a little depressing!
I won’t give up on Joe but please cheer him up and give him a good non personal case to get his teeth into!!!

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  • Sigrin
  • 01-31-19

Skeletons in the O’Loughlin cupboard


I have enjoyed this series but do not feel it is hs best, still an enjoyable listen.

Sean Barrats voice is superb throughout these books he bedrooms feeds darkness and foreboding so well.

Try The secrets she keeps byMichael Robotham, not part of the series but equally an enjoyable read.

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  • Roberta
  • 06-25-18

Excellent Story and Narration

Another great title from Audible. The story was interesting and the narration excellent. There were poignant moments too.

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  • alison carrington
  • 06-17-18

Well worth waiting for

I absolutely love the book from start to finish
The ending was very powerful
Love the relevant quotes throughout the book
I am feeling very close to Joe after all he's been through

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  • Joan
  • 06-23-18

Enjoyed this book

I enjoyed the story that turned & twisted before reaching its conclusion. Good read the narrator was excellently

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 06-28-18

Great Story

Excellent Read I found listening to a man narrator great as so many audiobooks are read by women.
Easy listening with lots of twists loved this book..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-18

A Great Read

This the 2nd time I have listened to The Other Wife. When I first listened to it, I didnt realise it was part of a 9-book series. Initially I found the narrator's monotone voice annoying but eventually realised it was an important part of the character & started to appreciate it. I enjoyed the story first time round & when I realised it was part of a series, I began at the beginning & worked my way through them all. Listening to The Other Wife again in conjunction with the other books put everything into place. I particularly enjoyed the friendship & interaction that developed between O'Louglin & Ruiz. A great read, a great series & a great writer.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-30-18

great easy listening

on occassion the narrator got on my nerves. his voice was difficult to understand in some parts. the story itself is good. a couple of twists in there. i enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

A captivating storyline

The only downside of this story is that the narrator sounded far too old for the main character.

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  • Stephen B King
  • 06-12-20

Another absolute brilliant listen

I am devastated the series is over. Each Joe O'Loughlin book has been a masterclass in suspense and human emotion. A true roller coaster ride and one I am delighted to have read. Please Michael, let us have more of Joe

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  • Lisa
  • 03-10-20

Normally a fan

Normally I’m a huge fan but this particular story did not captivate me in any sense

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  • Charmian Webster
  • 03-08-20

Much ado about nothing

I was looking forward to a bit of a thriller as this was listed as such. More of a whodunnit and a tame one to boot. Unfortunately found my thoughts wandering which means the story was not holding me.
Enjoyed the performance of the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-20

enjoyable

not as good as the others in the series but still worth listening too.