When a former student bungles a murder investigation, clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin steps in to face a ruthless killer.
A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote coastal home, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other posed like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her prince. Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, trading on Joe's reputation by calling himself "the Mindhunter," jeopardizes the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.
Joe discovers a link between the farmhouse murders and a series of vicious attacks in which the victims are choked unconscious and brutally scarred. Now, Joe must stop a ruthless and brash criminal who has apparently graduated to murder. Much to his surprise, he is ably assisted by his eldest daughter, now a keen and courageous observer of her own right. Together they must track and catch a hunter who seems to anticipates every move they make.
#1 International Bestseller "Close Your Eyes: the best Michael Robotham novel yet . . . impossible to put down." -- Stephen King
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.
What a ride. I loved this book for many reasons: the Characters were real and likable, it didn't have unnecessary "fillers" of descriptive pages, it was suspenseful ..and unexpected. It made me cry a couple of times and laugh sometimes. If you read this and don't agree, look me up and I'll give you 5 bucks😉