The eighth thriller in the Joe O'Loughlin series, the inspiration for the major ITV series The Suspect.
I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing
Someone is coming
They're going to find me
A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself 'the Mindhunter', jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.
With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders and a series of brutal attacks where his victims have been choked unconscious and had the letter 'A' carved into their foreheads.
As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer . . .
Although the Joe O'Loughlin books can be read in any order, Close Your Eyes is the eighth in the series after Watching You. The next in the series is The Other Wife.
Praise for Michael Robotham's thrillers:
'I love this guy's books' Lee Child
'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' The Times
'An absolute master' Stephen King
'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James
'Heart-stopping and heart-breaking' Val McDermid
'The real deal' David Baldacci
'Superbly exciting . . . a terrific read' Guardian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’ve come to regard Joe O'Loughlin as a friend, and are thrilled to see that Michael Robotham has brought his insightful protagonist back for Close Your Eyes. A master class in suspense, the novel pulses with vivid settings and dialogue, tightly paced exposition and a villain who chills your blood. Battling Parkinson’s disease and angling for a reconciliation with his estranged wife, O’Loughlin is at first reluctant to help investigate the gruesome murders of a mother and daughter. But duty calls—and we followed along with bated breath as the seasoned psychologist tries to get inside the killer’s mind.
In Robotham's gripping 10th thriller featuring British psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and retired detective Vincent Ruiz (after 2014's Watching You), brusque Det. Chief Supt. Veronica Cray wants Joe's opinion on the murders of Elizabeth Crowe and her university-bound daughter, Harper, in their West Country home. Elizabeth's death was from a frenzied knife attack, while Harper was asphyxiated in her bed and laid out like Sleeping Beauty. Joe is dismayed to learn that another psychologist has already leapt in to offer his so-called expertise on the case. Calling himself "the Mindhunter," Milo Coleman, a former graduate student of Joe's, is more stage performer than asset, jeopardizing the investigation at every turn by revealing key details to a public salivating for answers. Joe and Vincent dig into Elizabeth's background and discover her predilection for unconventional sexual exploits, even before more bodies start turning up. Robotham's tightly plotted whodunit meshes beautifully with a truly emotional family saga involving Joe's former wife, Julianne.
I just can't stop reading these books, the twists and characters have you on the edge of your seat. A heartbreaking ending which shocked me but what an incredible book.