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A slow burner, but it gets better.
on 29 August 2015
I came across Michael Robotham by picking up what I now realise to be the 3rd in the Joe O'loughlin series - which I enjoyed very much. I decided on the strength of that read, to search out this one, the first.
Although I enjoyed it, it was a bit of a slow burner, almost turgid at times, and had I not read 'Bleed for Me' already, I might have wavered halfway through, as he sometimes takes an eternity to explain or develop a passage, and you find yourself skipping paragraphs just to maintain momentum. However, I persevered, and although the characters I already know had a raw, under-developed feel to their later maturity, I was rewarded with the usual hooks and unexpected twists at the end - which seem to be a Robotham speciality.
If you are tempted to try this, it is (in my opinion) well worth the read, and the series (and characters) get better - even though you want to give Joe O'loughlin a good slap now and then, and tell him to go find a backbone!