When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.
The 14-year-old can’t remember what happened that night but, at the same time, Sienna doesn’t mourn her father’s death. What was going on behind closed doors in the Hegarty household? Is Sienna guilty of brutal murder? And what part has her charismatic teacher, Gordon Ellis, played in this blood-soaked event?
©2010 Michael Robotham (P)2010 W. F. Howes
Perfectly paced, the story developed with believable characters and situations.
This is my first O'Loughlin book but I'll now go back to The Suspect and listen to them all.
Robotham and Barrett.
Downloaded 'Bleed for Me' after listening to ''The Wreckage'. Apart from being great stories, well told, I am finding that the situations used are ones I could perhaps skip away from, only to find when I bit the 'bullet' and started listening I found myself interested and engaged. Being written mostly in first person, present tense does bring an immediacy to the story. The pace is consistent to the end. A good listen.
I am not surprised Michael Robotham has won The Ned Kelly twice, and is in good company with Peter Temple (also a winner of The Ned Kelly).
This is an evenly paced novel that is brilliantly narrated. Robotham's first person writing style is great.
"Excellent. Another success for Michael Robotham"
My wife and I have both listened to all of Michael Robotham's books now. They are compelling stories with flawed but fascinating and sympathetic characters. I could listen to Sean Barrett all day. We can't wait for more.
never read the book. cannot compare.
the sleazy guys from the escort service...i could see and picture them very well thanks to the description and voice acting.
when he finally dispatched the bad guy.
not really, but maybe because i listened to another story by Robotham prior to this title, i was a bit 'Robotham-fatigued'. Nonetheless, a great story.
"Main plot good, subplot depressing"
I enjoyed the plot. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the performance.
I didn't enjoy the depressing life that the main character lives. Fast forwarding became a very viable option when yet another awful/sad thing happens to him.
And yet another divorcing/divorced character in a book. Please authors, can't you use something a bit more original to inject angst in your stories? Not EVERYONE divorces.
That's only my opinion of course.
Not his best book.
I have been through all of Michael Connelly detective Harry Bosch's cases, Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole and now reading Michael Robotham's Joe O'loughlin. I love Sean Barrett narrating, you really feel part of the energy of the characters when he reads. I used to read but now only listen to novels. For me the narrator is important as well as the characters and plot. These three detectives tick the boxes for me.
I love Sean Barrett narration, he falls comfortably into each of his personas top marks
Excellent read and top narration well done
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