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Say You're Sorry (Joe O'loughlin 5) [Paperback]

Michael Robotham
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18 July 2013 Joe O'loughlin 5

My name is Piper Hadley and I went missing on the last Saturday of the summer holidays three years ago.

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper.

Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls. But they are racing against time to save Piper from someone with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751547190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751547191
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Robotham began his career an investigative journalist in Australia and Britain. He later became a ghostwriter, collaborating on more than a dozen bestselling autobiographies for pop stars, actors, decorated soldiers and politicians.

Michael's first psychological thriller 'THE SUSPECT' sold more than a million copies around the world. His second novel 'LOST' (THE DROWNING MAN) won the Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel in 2005 - an award he won again in 2008 with 'SHATTER'. He has twice been short-listed for the UK Steel dagger in 2007 ('THE NIGHT FERRY') and 2008 ('SHATTER'). His 2012 novel SAY YOU'RE SORRY was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for best fiction. His latest release is WATCHING YOU and coming soon is: LIFE OR DEATH (out in August 2014).

Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

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Unbearably tense and nail-biting (Irish Independent)

I read it in two sittings, which felt like one too many (Val McDermid)

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The chilling new psychological thriller -- a truly gripping read from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another rollicking good read from Robotham... 16 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After the disappointment of my last crime read it was heartening to seek sanctuary in the criminal bosom of Michael Robotham. Robotham is a firm favourite of mine and once again provides a fine lesson in the craft of crime fiction with an utterly absorbing read. Drawing closely on real-life incidences of child abduction Robotham weaves a compelling tale focusing on the case of two missing teenage girls and the changing public perceptions of the both the case and the two as individuals under the glare of media scrutiny and the heightened sense of purpose the police investigation gains when one of the girls turns up dead. Once again clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is called to assist in this troubling case and with the help of retired policeman Vincent Ruiz, seeks to determine the whereabouts of the remaining missing girl. The plot is taut and throws up many a quandary for our loveable duo as the investigation unfolds in different directions but what this book highlights more than most is Robotham's consistently great characterisation.

This was particularly noticeable in Robotham's portrayal of Piper Hadley a sporty and slightly ungainly teenager but who during her enforced incarceration is revealed as a very perceptive and thoughtful girl grappling mentally and physically with the challenges of the danger she finds herself in. The sections of the book where she narrates her day-to-day suffering at the hands of her abductor are truly moving and incredibly well-realised. I liked the way that her experiences are offset by the traumas caused by Joe's own teenage daughter Charlie as she navigates her way through these difficult years, at times to the chagrin of her father, as she herself has been held captive in a previous criminal investigation involving Joe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A class apart 12 Oct 2012
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Say You're Sorry is one of the most gripping thrillers I have read in years. Dealing with the story of abduction and the way young women are seen in our society the book not only delivers toe-curling thrills but also takes a long hard look at sexuality and societal expectations. Throughout the book we not only see it from Joe O'Loughlin's POV but also have sight of the diary of Piper one of the young women who was abducted. Reading her story I was reminded of 'The Collector' and although the books are very different I think Robotham surpasses Fowles in delivering a wholly realistic narration of a young girl struggling in the most extreme circumstances. Cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from a favourite author 9 April 2013
Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is back helping the police deal with the case of two girls who disappeared three years earlier. Vincent Ruiz, his ex-policeman buddy, plays a cameo role in providing support. The story is told here in two first person accounts, one being Joe's.

I have to admire Robotham's consistently high levels of skill as a narrator. The plot is well-constructed and throws up a number of viable contenders as possible kidnappers. He also writes with great insights and throws in occasional gems of wit. Joe is flawed, and medically burdened by Parkinson's, but remains such a likable character. His interactions with his friend Vincent also round things off for his followers, like me.

Some reviewers have criticised Robotham for writing a book about abuse. Although the core theme is disturbing, there is nothing graphic in the writing.

Robotham is a very impressive author and this book is up there with his best novels. 9/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb thriller 17 Feb 2013
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The author is a well accomplished writer within the thriller genre. Say you are sorry proves the point clearly.The psychological aspect is insightful and well researched. It is a complex subject, as it gives you an insight into the human mind and what triggers their behaviour. The tonne is straight away set from the opening pages. It is all ready, set and go from the first page, as if you are in a race circuit. The plot is gripping, thrilling and enthralling. It concerns the disappearance of two teenagers in a small town. What prompted their sudden disappearances? Clinical psychologist works in conjunction with the police force to assist in the investigation. His approach is different from the police. There are few suspects in the picture. It is a guessing game, as you never know what to expect. The trail becomes warm. The pace increases, as you flip every page.The author knows how to keep readers interested with a cracking plot. It is filled with a dark atmosphere and high levels of suspense. Michael Robotham's forte is writing quality thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Nov 2013
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I love Michael Rowbotham, the pages turn so fast and I enjoyed it so much I started reading it again straight away. Having the story coming from both the captive and the investigating team was great, got this on my kindle then brought the book to share round my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, difficult, wonderful 30 July 2013
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It takes some guts and not a small amount of skill to write about the disappearance of two young girls, especially when the author is so keen to mention real-life, recent, tragic cases and names. I did wonder where this was going - it could have been so voyeuristic and tasteless - but luckily, this is an author who can handle huge issues with some aplomb. It's never crass or graphic, and really opens the reader's eyes to the manipulation of the public by the media during these cases. Our perception of a missing girl relies solely on what the media are feeding us, and sometimes what the police are feeding the media. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
It's a bittersweet novel all round, sometimes as ice-cold as the Oxfordshire fields in winter, other times raising a wry smile as Joe O'Loughlin battles with his troublesome daughter and rusty love life.
Robotham generally does pretty well with the narrative voice of Piper - it can't be easy for a middle-aged bloke to get into the head of a teenage girl - and only really slips up on some time-line issues. Would Piper, born in around 1993 by my reckoning, really recall all the teddies and candles at Diana's funeral? Would her peers really be called Gerard or Monica? And surely her mother couldn't have been a 'debutante' - the last one was presented in 1958? Sometimes Piper seems much, much older than fifteen and it jars a bit. I can hear the man with a lot more life behind him coming out in her voice!
A minor issue though, and a really cracking read. I will now go and read all his other books pronto.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner
If you have been reading Michael's series then you will love this one. Great but upsetting story and you easily become immersed in the plot. Easy to read and a real page turner.
Published 11 days ago by JAA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author.
Loved the narration. Loved the twists and turns. Loved the sharp witted psychologist. A gripping read. Unputdownable.
Published 15 days ago by Pastispast
3.0 out of 5 stars say you're sorry
A psychological thriller, slow at getting to the point, my mind wondered as I read, overall a good read by Micheal Robotham,
Published 24 days ago by Mr Phillip Mather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all the books by Michael robotham
Published 29 days ago by Stephen/Janet Stockwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Big fan of Michael Robotham. Book arrived very quickly, efficient service, thanks
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Another great read from Michael Robotham.
Published 1 month ago by Hentilegit
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked to the very end
Insofar as I read it in virtually one sitting, unmoving, totally absorbed, not once jolted from belief, hooked to the very end, this has be be said to be amazing.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Very excellent read
Very good plot, characters rounded. Twists and turns , many red herrings. Kept me intrigued until the end. Can't wait for more.
Published 1 month ago by Irene Corkingdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb thriller from MR Only disappointment was the ending
Another superb thriller from MR
Only disappointment was the ending. A bit corny
Published 1 month ago by Long haul traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read by Michael Robotham.
Published 2 months ago by Ms Wilma Mc Caig.
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