Michael Robothams first literary successes were not in the thriller field. The autobiographies of such celebs as Ricky Tomlinson and Geri Halliwell would be rendered in considerably less impressive English if Robotham had not been the ghost-writing conduit for these non-writers. He spent time with these personalities, absorbing their stories and converted them into books that showcased sometimes very slender talents in the best possible light.
As one of publishing worlds most acclaimed ghost writers, Michael Robotham could have continued to make a comfortable living, but (fortunately for we crime fans) he turned to the field of the psychological thriller, and with some sharply written and assured novels, he has moulded a career as a crime novelist of real accomplishment all the while doing this under his own name. The Night Ferry is possibly Robothams most striking novel yet, recapturing the adrenalin rush of his first novel, The Suspect. Here, DCI Alisha Barber agrees to attend a school reunion, even though she knows such occasions are often grisly ones. Alisha has received a letter from someone she hasnt heard from in quite a while, Cate Beaumont, asking for help. Cate is pregnant and in danger and before the two women can talk, she is hit by a speeding car (which also kills her husband). Alisha is there as she dies and learns the pregnancy is a fake. But why the deception and the death? With the help of an ex-associate, DI Vincent Ruiz, Alisha soon finds herself investigating a dark world of slavery and sexual trafficking.
Its possible that Michael Robotham might be tempted back into ghost-writing, but aficionados of strong and acerbic thrillers will hope that he isnt. --Barry Forshaw
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With its tight pace and such contemporary social themes as prostitution, infertility and trafficking, as well as an adrenaline-oacked narrative, Ribotham has crafted an enduring and unusual thriller. (Sunday Express
Alisha is a complex, absorbing character. The pace is fast, the plot is high octane, labyrinthine and utterly credible. It's also a detailed and superbly researched piece of work. (Irish Examiner
Big build-up, big ending, big book. You'll love it. (Daily Sport
This gripping thriller is complex, entertaining and at times deeply moving - a fantastic read. (RTE Guide