She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator?
A teenage girl -- Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter -- comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent, and covered in blood.
The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing.
Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist with troubles of his own. His marriage is coming to an end and his daughter will barely speak to him. He tries to help Sienna, hoping that if he succeeds it will win back his daughter's affection. But Sienna is unreachable, unable to mourn her father's death or to explain it.
Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Loughlin senses something different is happening, something subterranean and terrifying to Sienna. It may be something in her mind. Or it may be something real. Someone real. Someone capable of the most grim and gruesome murder, and willing to kill again if anyone gets too close.
His newest thriller is further evidence that Michael Robotham is, as David Baldacci has said, "the real deal -- we only hope he will write faster."
Thinking Man's Author
I've read all of Robotham's books and for the life of me can't understand why he isn't much more popular in the states. This story does not disappoint. Robotham mixes the story at hand with the stories of the lives of those involved better than anyone else writing today. Bought this one in audio book form for a long driving trip and was thoroughly entertained. If you've not read any of his work before, start with Lost and when you're done you might just have a new favorite author.