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."
When 14-year-old Sienna Hegarty appears at the back door of psychologist Joe O'Loughlin's estranged wife, dazed and dripping blood, O'Loughlin knows he must help in this taut thriller from Robotham, the fifth in this U.K. series but the sixth to be published in the U.S. (after 2011's The Wreckage). Everyone assumes Sienna murdered her father, ex-cop Ray Hegarty, found in the family home outside Bath with his throat slit, because he may have molested Sienna. Volunteering to provide the psychological assessment for the trial, O'Loughlin calls on a London friend, retired police inspector Vincent Ruiz, to investigate on the sly. Together they discover that Sienna's problems extend beyond her troubled home life, with clues pointing to the school she and O'Loughlin's teenage daughter, Charlie, attend as well as a high-profile trial involving British National Party members. O'Loughlin, who suffers from Parkinson's, continues to be an appealingly flawed hero.
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Just finished Bleed for Me and I enjoyed the whole thing. Unpredictable, suspenseful, well written. Good to know that there are still authors who actually write, instead of phoning it in like favorite authors of times gone by have disappointingly done. You will enjoy this book, the sample is not misleading. (See sentence 3above) :)
I too could not put this book down, lots of excitement yet easy to follow along. Now I'm looking for more books by Robotham :)
Bleed for Me
This is a great book. So many twists and turns, keeps you guessing to the very end. Love how the author brought in real world issues and intertwined them with the plot. Really well written. I couldn't put this book down!