- Audio CD
- Publisher: Audiogo; Unabridged edition (Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611131421
- ISBN-13: 978-1611131420
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.1 x 18.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,997,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bleed for Me (Joseph O Loughlin) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2012
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'This is Robotham's sixth thriller and proves he's a British writer of the highest class who can create terror from the commonplace and crush the breath out of you (Daily Mail)
A nail-biting thriller (Bella)
Fast-paced and multi-layered (Prima)
Robotham has once again created a chillingly clever storyline for the most compelling fictional shrink since Cracker. TV Chiefs, are you paying attention? (Daily Record)
Brilliant and powerful (Crime Spree magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although there are a few cliches in the story - the fact that the main character, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is damaged is just one example of this - if you can get beyond these chliches, BLEED FOR ME is rather enjoyable. For me, the pace was good. Robotham's writing style had me turning the pages at a steady speed, eager to read just a little bit more. Coming from a background in working with women who have experienced sexual abuse, I found Robotham's handling of this subject very well studied. The details about grooming, and how this 'works' was very well put together. Likewise, the response of a victim and the personality of a perpetrator. And, even though Joe was the token damaged psychologist, there was enough which felt real about him too. Some of his ponderings about life and love were really insightful, for example how he states that "Love is either equal or a tragedy" has somehthing very true behind the sentiment.
BLEED FOR ME is a crime thriller which is not too heavy on the crime element, if that makes sense. It is not ver gory, and the death of one character is really the driving force behind the novel - it doesn't have to turn into a blood bath to make this novel readable. Having now read this and enjoyed it, I am considering looking for his other novel, SHATTER.
Psychiatrist Joe O'Laughlin is trying to deal with having Parkinson's disease, being separated from his wife and only seeing his daughter part time. When his daughter's best friend is accused of murdering her father, a former police detective, Joe can't ignore his daughter's plea to help.
I'll admit I'm always excited when a new Robotham book comes out and, once again, he delivers. From the very powerful and disturbing prologue to the nail-biting ending, I was completely absorbed.
One thing I really appreciate is that, although this is the fourth book in the series, he doesn't assume you've read any of the previous books. Without burdening the plot or slowing down the story, within a very short period the author does an excellent job of providing a comprehensive back story on the characters. You never feel as though you've missed something. The portrayal of a couple who are amicably yet needfully separated is effective without being maudlin.
I don't know how accurate the psychiatry aspects are; it does seem Joe is, at time, a bit too insightful for belief, but it works and provides some interesting observations. Having recently served on a criminal-case jury; albeit not a murder, I found his comments on juries fascinating as well as the demonstration that, with motivation, anyone can be pushed to violence.
It's the balance of introspection and suspense that brings me back to Robotham every time. The plot is complex, twisty and fast-paced. I liked that all the clues were there to identify the killer--yet I didn't--and that justice prevailed. If you've not yet discovered him, Robotham is an author I definitely recommend trying.
BLEED FOR ME (Unl Inv/Psy-Joe O'Laughlin-England-Cont) - G+
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, very well written. I was with the characters all the way. I do not hesitate to recommend this author.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great read.Why did I only discover Michael Robotham recently? He has got to be one of the very best crime/thriller writers ever.Published 13 months ago by cuthbert
Excellent with good intelligent writing. Like Robotham books immensely.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read it in 2 days on holiday, enjoyed it but not as good as some of the others from Michael Robotham that I have read.Published 14 months ago by Mrs B.
Up to the high standard of the other Michael Robotham books I have read, they are all high pace detective stories.Published 17 months ago by Picky