Don't miss the series that inspired the major ITV drama starring Aidan Turner - Shatter is the third Joe O'Loughlin thriller.
Can you hear it? The sound of a mind breaking?
A naked woman in red high-heeled shoes is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge with her back pressed to the safety fence, weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.
Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.
Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?
Although the Joe O'Loughlin books can be read in any order, Shatter is the third in the series after The Drowning Man. The next in the series is Bleed for Me.
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
Winner of Australia's Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel, Robotham's compelling fourth thriller (after The Night Ferry) finds clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his family in Somerset, where he teaches part-time at the University of Bath. When Joe fails to persuade a suicidal woman not to leap from a bridge to her death, he becomes obsessed with understanding the woman's motives. The woman's grief-stricken teenage daughter tracks down Joe, but the police don't take notice until another woman ends up dead under suspicious circumstances. Joe calls on an old friend, retired London detective inspector Vincent Ruiz, and together they race to catch a killer who uses psychological techniques Joe recognizes from his own practice to destroy people. Robotham smoothly mixes Joe's investigation and personal struggles with glimpses into the killer's mind. Even the sharpest readers may not anticipate all of the plot's agile switchbacks or foresee the chilling climax.
Simply heart racing
If you are anyone that knows me, I am not know for my reading, it's almost unheard of. However I had a spell where I really wanted to read I picked this up in 2009 when the cover was an angel of some description thinking it would be some sort of fantasy. Oh was I soon to be proven wrong. I was slow getting into the book but after chapter 2 I was truly hooked!
It took me around 9 months to read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, so much to my surprise when I was half way through this book in just 2 weeks along side my school work. I resorted to taking it on holiday as my entertainment and ended up reading the final half of the book in just 3 days!
Robotham writes so well that you are pulled into the character (so much so I was being emotionally affected by the happening in the book from the lead characters point of view) I was page flipping most of the way reading every word intoxicated with a racing heart! I strongly recommend this series to anyone that like psychological thrillers!