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ISBN: 057504781X
ISBN13: 978-0575047815
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: John Farris
Language: English
Publisher: Gollancz; New Edition edition (1981)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1968 kb
FB2 size: 1590 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 877
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The author is a very good writer who has a strong scene setting skill set that enhances the reading experience. For me, the book was a page turner compelling me to read on to learn what's coming next.
I do question Joe as the hero. He has physical limitations brought on by Parkinson's disease but still tramples through the countryside. He has no obvious means of supporting himself and his family but is the stay at home dad whose marriage is now in crisis. I wonder how he will carry the series. I do like Ruiz but realize his limitations as an aging resource to Joe.
To some, the plot seems far fetched and extreme. The plot centers on vulnerable women because they are mothers. I don't think of myself as vulnerable. I like to think of myself as strong and wise with a great deal of street smart common sense. But I am a mother whose child means everything to me so perhaps I could be manipulated to the extreme by using my child as bait. But to what extent? How far would I go? The book made me think about that question --- a lot!
On the cover of this novel Stephen King is quoted as saying, “The most suspenseful book I read all year.” My first reaction to this was, really? After Robotham’s last book, The Night Ferry, I was skeptical. Now, having read Shatter, I agree with Stephen King.

Robotham mixes first person viewpoints between psychologist Joe O’Laughlin and the antagonist. This works well and keeps the plot moving at a fast pace. The mind of the villain is unnerving to say the least. This is not a book for the squeamish or faint-hearted.

While the twists and turns are fairly predictable, the ride to the end is worth the read. Robotham is able to build tension that keeps you turning the page even though you are sure of were he is heading. It has been a while since a book evoked emotion in this reader.

The basic idea of the story revolves around what you would do if you thought someone had your child. Robotham takes the idea of the phone call where someone says your child needs money to get bailed out of a situation, and pushes it over the top, the situation now life threatening and the request is for more than cash.

This is the most suspenseful book I have read all year, but then it is only February, so hopefully not the last.

This one gets four stars. Four, not five, for being predictable.
one life
Michael Robotham is IMHO the UK's best author of psychological criminal thrillers - and this is one of his best if not his most bizarre story.

Professor Joe O'Loughlin, a local University clinical psychologist is called to help Bristol police with a potential jumper from the Clifton Suspension Bridge (a suicides' magnet). What is unusual is that the jumper is a naked female, in high heels, talking intensively to someone on her mobile phone making her immune from outside contact. The person on the line is a a psychopath who knows how to bend minds by frightening them so much that he can control what they will do.

This first disastrous encounter foreshadows future similar incidents that will challenge Joes' ability to cope, both professionally and personally. Joe is also battling Parkinson's Disease which could impair his ability to cope with and prevent these challenging psychological situations.

Robotham piles on the suspense with great writing and characters. I will certainly be following more of his books, just as I am following the UK's best police procedural writer, Peter Robinson, with his DCI Banks' series.
The villain of this book prides himself on his ability to walk through walls and break people's minds. Our hero is Joseph, a psychologist, who prides himself on being able to penetrate peoples' minds to help them mend. This book is a contest of wills.
I had gotten this book after reading the last book with Joseph, "Say You're Sorry". I enjoyed it enough to want to read more. My one criticism is that the author holds tight to the sexual sadism theme with his villains; there are other types of villains with whom a psychological understanding would be useful.
Other than that, I did enjoy the book. A couple of times I thought it was heading towards formula writing, but the author avoided that. Questions that I had about believability were usually resolved. The character development is in depth, and perceptive. The plot is intriguing.
Robotham adds a dimension of meaning with this plot in addressing the role of returning soldiers. After a man is trained to deliver "stress questioning", how does he return to our world? I think the author made some telling points.
Overall I would reccomend the book. Crime novels are not my daily choice, but I do enjoy a good one with well generated characters. This book is one of those.
I discovered the Joseph O'Loughlin series when I received a daily e-mail regarding bargain Kindle books. It was for the fourth book by Michael Robotham, Shatter. I have now gone back and read the first book, Suspect; the second book, Lost, the third book (which really isn't about Joe), The Night Freight. All were good books because this author is a fantastic writer. He has a style of writing that holds your interest throughout all of his books. My only suggestion, is that folks might want to read his earlier books before this one. While the books can stand alone, I am recommending to all my friends that they read them in order (maybe skipping The Night Ferry) because once you read one of his books, I think you may just fall in love with his style of writing, like I did. To date, there are 7 books. I have not read the sixth book, The Wreckage, yet (because it isn't about Joe either), but I have read his latest "Say You're Sorry". I truly enjoyed all six books. and am looking forward to reading more of his books in this series.