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Shatter (Joe O'loughlin) by [Robotham, Michael]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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Shatter is a gripping journey into the weaknesses and strengths of the human psyche...it is the inevitablility of the plot's development that builds the tension and will have you turning the pages compulsively, desperate to get to the end, but not daring to miss a word (The Times)

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Genuinely terrifying (Literary Review)

Robotham's restrained and knowledgeable method of writing means that the story develops at just the right pace (RTE Guide)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1596 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3C6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This is no standard crime fiction . . . this is a mighty novel, beautifully and masterfully written. I won't outline the story. Suffice to say that, yet again, Michael Robotham's storytelling is pure genius. Each twist and turn strikes perfectly. I defy you not to become utterly immersed in the world of Joe O'Loughlin, Vincent Ruiz et al as once again Robotham shows off his extraordinary talents. I've loved his previous novels, but in my view Shatter confirms his place in the very top flight. This is thriller writing of the very highest order, by the genre's most meteoric new star. In fact I'd go further: this deeply involving story about the connection between killer and hunter might just be the best book you'll read this year. Richard and Judy, take note.
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Christine Wheeler stands on the edge of the Clifton Suspension bridge,naked except for a pair of red high heeled shoes, talking into a mobile phone. In front of police and passers- by Chrstine jumps to her death into the fast running river below.

Professor Joseph O'Loughlin a psychologist requested by the police to talk her down is one of the witnesses to her plunge into the river. But Christine's daughter is convinced that she was murdered. Haunted by his failure to talk her down and struggling to understand why she would do something like this Jo tries to discover what happened.

But this will not be the first death by this means. As Joe strives to uncover how the killer can drive a woman to these measures, he gets too close to the killer and then the killer invades his life.

An unusual hero Joe O'Loughlin is battling his own demons, which impact on his life and those around him - is he maybe destroying his own life? unable to come to terms with his own mortality.

A frightening psychological thriller that I just couldn't put down.

Recommended.
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The book's title is the description of the sound made by a mind that has been broken, and Robotham brings the full horror of that to bear in his latest novel. What are the buttons that can be pushed to mentally destroy a person and what kind of monster is capable of doing it? If he is capable of understanding this, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin just might be able to get closer to the answer of why a killer has driven a number of women to their deaths.

The first victim is a naked woman in red heels who jumps from the Clifton Suspension Bridge despite the best efforts of the professor, who has recently moved to the area with his wife and two daughters. Unable to understand what could have motivated the woman to apparently kill herself, Joe suspects that someone may have driven her to her death - the voice on the other end of a mobile phone she was holding at the time. The police are sceptical about Joe's theory, so he calls in an old friend - former Chief Inspector Vincent Ruiz, now retired.

It's a bit of a cliché, but inevitably the question of "we're not so different" comes up between the killer who manipulates minds and the psychologist who tries to analyse and in some respects control them. To compound the cliché, Robotham is not so different either, as he once again he finds a very real fear that any reader will identify with and manipulates it to create a tense and dramatic situation, one heightened by the vulnerability of his characters through Joe's Parkinson's Disease and in his domestic situation with his wife. If in this respect, the serial killer investigation makes Shatter more of a conventional thriller than Robotham's previous books, it's nonetheless just as effective and involving and the consequences are no less serious.
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I was recommended Say I'm sorry by Michael Rowbotham and was hooked. I went on to read Shatter straight away. Couldn't put it down, so read it in two days. I am now reading his first novel with Joe McLoughlin as his main character. I enjoyed Shatter even more than Say I'm Sorry which I thought would be impossible. This author captivates you right from the first line of the story. He writes with such conviction. His characters are flesh and blood so you feel for them. Wanting retribution for the horrors commited by the 'baddy' in his intriguing well plotted tales. Best of all is the humour which makes you giggle or laugh out loud in the banter between ex cop Ruiz, Joe's buddy who is there for him when he's in a tight spot. My favourite criminal psychologist since Cracker. A definte must read novel.
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I read this, the third book in the series featuring O'Loughlin and Ruiz, immediately after reading the second book, The Drowning Man which I didn't rate that highly. It was great to see the author return to the form of his first book The Suspect which I really enjoyed. I really like Michael Robotham's writing style but as with Tess Gerritsen whom I also enjoy I wish the content was a little less gruesome at times. I thought the opening scenes were excellent and although I think some parts are improbable that can be said of many great thrillers. I was torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars but on balance I am happy to give it 5 stars.
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'Shatter ' is quite a page turner and in that respect at least the book doesn't fail. I read the first 300 pages quite quickly, engrossed as I was by the fast-paced story. And then I stopped because in a way I had had enough and was feeling nauseated just like someone who has eaten too much too fast. And I let it go and never finished it... just checked how it would end but there was no surprise there. So why? Simply because by the time I reached page 350 I couldn't stomach reading one more word of abuse from the psycho-style murderer in the story. I so longed to go back to a civilized classic murder mystery. I love murder mysteries , I love the way a good investigation really grips you but nowadays it is difficult to find any of this without a psycho in there bent on mind twisting and torture. And I am simply getting too sensitive and can't stand it anymore. The swearwords, the horror, the details, the sick minds...they are simply too much for me. So 'Shatter' is not a bad book at all , it is simply something that makes me really uncomfortable after a while. I feel contaminated reading about those degenerates and there's no pleasure in reading anymore. Give me a simple stabbing anytime with no relish for pain and torture! Give me dear Agatha Christie!
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