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Publisher's Summary

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.
© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"There are twists and turns in this plot enough to challenge most thriller readers....Gripping stuff." (Publishing News)
"Believable and authentic from the first sentence....Robotham doesn't put a foot wrong in his plotting, pace or inventiveness." (The Australian)
"A truly classy thriller, beautifully crafted....a gripping finale that even the most seasoned mystery addicts won't see coming." (Australian Women's Weekly)

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Top of the class

This is the first Michael Robotham book I have listened too, this after reading Bombproof.
This book holds you in suspense until the end. Fast paced with characters fleshed out so they become almost real. The reader Crispin Redman deserves a lot of praise for his portrayal of the various characters in the book and in no small way adds to the listening pleasure. Well worth the purchase.

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A Psychologist Becomes a Sleuth

This was a rewarding accidental discovery for me. The good news is that there are eight more books to look forward to in this series that is not driven by another flawed detective. (I'm following a few of those) Instead we have Joseph O'Loughlin who is a flawed psychologist. He makes some bad choices and they come back to haunt him tenfold in this mystery/thriller set in England.

Although imperfect, this psychologist is capable of some deep insights into human nature giving us a different perspective than the traditional hard ass cop protagonist. It is refreshing to join along with Mr O'Loughlin who has a credible background in something different than detective science as he attempts to unravel the strands of a perplexing murder. In the process, there are enough twists in this book to keep mystery fans engaged.

The narrator, Cripsin Redman does an excellent job with the voices for the various characters. I especially liked how he portrayed the Scottish friend who had designs on our hero's wife.

I am looking forward to the next book in the Michael Robotham Joseph O'Loughlin series and if you are looking for something where a professional detective or policeman isn't driving the story - we get a lot of those - give this one a try.



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One of the best thriller writers yet!

Trying to find another good mystery, suspense writer? The this author will be for you. I guarantee him as one of the very best. I always like to read series in order so I've just finished The Suspect and am very impressed with this first book in the series O'Loughlin & Luiz. The audiobook was narrated by Crispin Redman who did an exemplary job. If you've ever watched the TV show Top Gear, where they slot in order the fastest drivers and the best performing cars on to a big board, then you'll get it when I say I'm moving Michael Robothom nearly to the top where my favourite writers, Tana French, Lisa Gardener, Harlan Coben and Stephen King reside. I am now looking forward to an excellent feast of his other books and, please, please, Michael, never stop writing!

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The best thriller I've read this year

What makes this crime novel so good is the character of the protagonist. A psychologist with a terminal illness is something different. And having it written in the present tence, first person, gets you really close to him. The plot is such that, seeing him at home with his wife and delightful daughter, doesn't distract you from the main story. Crispin Redman's hard, sharp voice is just right for thrillers. I'm just off to bed now with Book 2 in the series.

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Gripping Stuff Indeed

Well well well.
The few Robotham Audio books I have listened to are consistently great listens.This is no exception. Story, narration by Crispen Redman.. I really can not fault this one. Yes it is part of series, yet each story is complete in itself. Even though you can guess our hero will make it. the ending does have a little twist.

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Very good storytelling.

Would you listen to The Suspect again? Why?

Well, I would probably,, if I had habit of reading the same book twice but I do not so.. no.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Suspect?

So many moments in the story are memorable and that is what makes this book so good.

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

Mr. Redman reads the story so very well and he make all the characters come alive, very enjoyable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not really. This book, on all its pages left me feeling so fine.

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So slow!

A great performance by the narrator, but oh my gosh, the story was so slow in developing and the author went into so much unnecessary detail, which I found so boring. I gave up! I just couldnt bear listening to half an hour of what the guy was eating for breakfast, or what his wife was wearing...

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Extremely entertaining

Would you listen to The Suspect again? Why?

Yes I thinks so as it was very well read and very insightful into human behaviour

What did you like best about this story?

The story kept you interested all the way

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

He managed to bring the characters alive

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Unsure

Any additional comments?

None

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High expectations, but a bit of a let-down

Michael Rowbotham has been extravagantly praised, so I approached this novel with eagerness. However it seemed to unravel for me as it went along, especially after a strong beginning. I found the protagonist more and more irritating, and the motives of the killer not credible. The introduction of a second 'baddie' just before the end was a cop out. The performance, apart from a few idiosyncracies, was excellent.

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Great thriller, spot on narration.

When an unknown woman is found brutally murdered, the police call in psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin, who has a gift for figuring people out based on non-verbal cues, in hopes he can help them discover her identity. O'Loughlin has a roster of interesting clients, one of which is particularly disturbed and disturbing. But he is also happily married, and does his best to protect his wife and child from secrets of his own. Quite suddenly, O'Loughlin goes from being a collaborator to becoming the prime suspect in the case, and DI Vincent Ruiz, convinced he's got his man, isn't about to give O'Loughlin any breaks. Someone is trying to frame the doctor and he knows exactly who it is, but he'll have to put his own life at risk and pull quite a stunt to prove the killer is at large if he has any hope of putting his life back together.

I thought this was a great thriller and took an instant liking to the psychologist as the principal character and narrator of the story, so immediately followed up with the next book in the series. Crispin Redman's narration was just spot on.

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  • Annie
  • 04-15-14

Excellent story, brilliantly written

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

A great listen

What three words best describe Crispin Redman’s performance?

Do More research

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

human frailties overcome

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Such a pity that Crispin Redman was not told by the publishers that Vincent Ruiz is not a Londoner, he was brought up in Cumberland so the accent is completely wrong for Ruiz. That said, he does a great job with the narration otherwise. This is a story of human frailties, overcoming the obstacles of errors made by Joe who is such believable character. Michael Robotham is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

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  • Gamester
  • 12-07-13

I only wish I'd read these in order!

A confirmed fan of this genre (Harlan Coben, Michael Connolly, Lee Child et al) I stumbled across these books on Audible. Starting with the latest. I've now purchased and downloaded them all. This appears to be the first involving Joe and Ruiz, it documents their first meeting, under extraordinary circumstances. It also gives Joe's history (which I'd gathered bits and pieces of from the other books). Would be great if the books were numbered in order, or if the descriptions could suggest order of reading. Although, having said that, they are great standalone novels.
These books are beautifully written, with style, pace, great story lines and engaging characters. Although at times you will feel like giving Joe a swift slap when he (yet again) refuses to disclose something that would make his life so much easier. But I guess that is story telling for you.
Start with this one and work your way through. You won't be disappointed.
Gruesome murders, complex mysteries and a great team in Joe and Ruiz. Unlike most fictional detectives, Ruiz doesn't have a penchant for a particular type of music, a drink problem or problems with women. But is fascinating nevertheless.

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  • Shoshi
  • 03-29-08

A gripping yarn

This is a pretty graphic tale, fairly violent in places, but un-put-downable, with an immensely likeable central character, wrestling with personal demons, very human, with a good heart, just wanting to do his best, against all the odds!

Through many twists and turns, you wonder whether our hero will ever get his life back together again. No-one should have to suffer as he does, but through it all, he matures and gains a deeper knowledge of himself, of his past, and of human nature.

Initially, I found the present-tense style of narration somewhat irritating, but this was just because it is not the usual convention for storytelling (not sure why not, as it actually given an immediacy not found in the usual style), and after a while I became accustomed to it. The book was beautifully read, and gripping to listen to. Recommended.

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  • Mrs.
  • 08-11-12

Fast paced action and great characters

This was my third Robotham book, but reading them out of order meant it was great to see Joe and Ruiz meet for the first time in this book and to see Joe cope with the news of his Parkinson's diagnosis. The first half of the book cleverly introduces all the key characters giving insight into their lives and backgrounds and then in the second half it is non-stop action as Joe lurches from one crisis to the next. You don't want to stop - you just want to find out what happens next! The narrator does a brilliant job with many voices and accents making it easy to relate to the different characters. A great read - highly recommended!!

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  • Nina Couser
  • 04-02-21

Not a winner, I'm afraid

I suspect this book might be better read than listened to, as the writing is good. However the narration is consistently serious and heavy, with no change to the tone no matter the scene. The story meanders so that what could be an interesting tale is watered down and further watered down with every description. Probably needed a couple more edits to eliminate the superfluous.

The reviews are surprisingly good so if you are game I recommend playing it on faster speed. Unbearably dull otherwise.

I'm a couple of hours in but I have had to give up. I'm sorry to say it's pretty boring. I usually listen to Jo Nesbo and Michael Connelly which I recommend instead. A pity, but you can't win 'em all

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  • Christine
  • 01-30-21

Good story, not sure about the narrator

I enjoyed Redman's normal speaking voice, however, he overdoes it with the accents. Police officer Ruiz is read as an overly-exaggerated version of actor Ray Winstone, Owen as a rumbustious Robbie Coltrane and almost every Liverpudlian is comedian John Bishop. There's often a menace in O'Loughin's voice as if we are supposed to be wondering if he really is the killer although we know he can't be because there are many more books in the series. Then I listened to the sample of book two narrated by Ray Lonnen where the voices are completely different and read (in an other review) that Ruiz hails from Cumbria.

Some plotting weaknesses. O'Loughlin comes by information about suspect Bobby Moran rather too easily (data protection is rarely an issue), and taunts him in therapy sessions and elsewhere in a manner which is unprofessional. These niggles aside it's a decent thriller (albeit with a theme that has been covered many times before) which lays down the family and health background to O'Loughlin's character and career.

I see from other reviews that Robotham's stories improve as the series progresses so I shall probably listen to more.

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  • S. Christie
  • 05-21-18

A good, but not great, read.

Enjoyed this book but felt it was a bit slow. Took ages for it to get going and I fast forwarded through chunks of the first half. The second half was better but the story was predictable and, although well written, didn’t feel me feeling blown away. It was adequate but that’s about all. The narration was good , although it had one of the worst Scottish accents I have ever had to endure. I also felt that at times narration for Joe became garbled as it was spoken much too quickly, but all in all, an ok read.

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  • Odilon
  • 04-13-13

Another great read from Michael Robotham

I have now read several of Robotham's books and I have to say, he doesn't disappoint. From initially finding

Joe slightly irritating, as the first book progressed, I found that he was an intensely human character with all the flaws and good points that entails. I read the books in the wrong order timeline wise but thoroughly enjoyed this earlier (I think it may be the first) book where he finds himself in the unusual situation of being prime suspect.

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  • Wayne
  • 03-15-09

The Suspect (Unabridged)

A thoroughly enjoyable book - excellently written and narrated. The storyline will keep you entertained to the end. Highly recommended.

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  • Polly
  • 02-29-12

Enjoyable

I read Shatter first and downloaded this one as I had enjoyed that one so much.
I have to say I did not enjoy this book as much as the other one. It was still good but nowhere near as good as Shatter.
I have two others of his to read.

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  • Geneva Batten
  • 06-21-19

Don't waste your time.

If you removed the gross hyper sexualisation of ALL female characters in this story, you'd have about 3 sentences left. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

Thrilling

An exciting psychological thriller with many unexpected twists and turns. The narration was excellent. This book held my attention from beginning to end.

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  • Brie
  • 06-27-18

Loved this!

So glad I stumbled across this author and series. Addicted now and need to read the rest in the series! Highly recommend!

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  • Karlene in Nz
  • 07-11-19

Bear with it, it's worth it.

initially I was bored with the scene setting, but by a quarter of the way through the book, I was hooked. I still wanted to slap Joe upside the head, but he does get smarter.

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  • Tina
  • 10-01-18

Good twists and turns

really enjoyed as had lots of twists and turnd. not a predictable read very enjoyable

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  • Imee-B
  • 09-16-18

****The Suspect****

This story is gripping, mind boggling and pulse pounding, the twist and turns made my head spins, I felt like I've been sucked in a vacuum and spun and spat out. Michael Robotham is a master story teller with a wicked genius mind. Crispin Redman is magnificent in his narratives. It's a fascinating glimpsed into the psyche of a psychopath.

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  • Carol
  • 08-01-18

Gripping who dunnit

The plot moved along at a steady pace. I found myself absolutely hating some of the characters; one was a cad, and the main characters wife was beyond belief. The story was interesting and the listener had plenty of opportunities to connect dots, or not. I keep looking forward to the next chapter and the next.

I would definitely choose to listen to other titles by this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-17

brilliant

loved every second of this book , I'm hooked on Michael Robotham will be devouring everything I can get my hands on !

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  • Millvistalady
  • 03-18-17

Worth persisting through slower beginning ..

This book takes you in the more in depth you get. Very clever writing and brilliant characterisation

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  • Dina Papadopoulos
  • 09-10-18

Great read.. last chapters were full of suspense

First book by this author, definitely will read more.
The second half of the book creates ambiguity, intrigue and submission as all the characters get rattled and tumbled. Well narrated with enthusiasm.

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