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Publisher's Summary

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong.

This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.

A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international best-selling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

©2018 Michael Robotham (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Will have you turning the pages compulsively." (The Times)

"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them." (Linwood Barclay) 

"Superbly exciting...a terrific read." (Guardian)

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Well worth waiting for

I absolutely love the book from start to finish
The ending was very powerful
Love the relevant quotes throughout the book
I am feeling very close to Joe after all he's been through

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  • Joan
  • Brisbane
  • 23-06-2018

Enjoyed this book

I enjoyed the story that turned & twisted before reaching its conclusion. Good read the narrator was excellently

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Great Story

Excellent Read I found listening to a man narrator great as so many audiobooks are read by women.
Easy listening with lots of twists loved this book..

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great easy listening

on occassion the narrator got on my nerves. his voice was difficult to understand in some parts. the story itself is good. a couple of twists in there. i enjoyed this book.

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Loved it.

I really enjoyed this book. It was great to get in the car each day to hear the next chapters.

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another excellent yarn.

Up to the usual enjoyable standard expected of Michael Robotham. Joe is a sympathetic character.

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Gripping<br />

absolutely loved it from Page 1 to The End
this sory is a real page turner

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Enjoyed it mostly

Got bored towards the end didn’t finish book however was interesting enough just not for me

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Heartfelt

A complex and intricate web in a classic whodunit story. The main character is logical, kind and thoughtful, taking you on a journey with him feeling betrayal, integrity, confusion and lost love.

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 10-07-2018

Excellent Return of Joe O'Loughlin

I have read all previous Joe O'Loughlin books and I was satisfied with this return. The plot was reasonable and the writing competent. I will certainly get the next Joe O'Loughlin book if one is written.

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  • Lia
  • 28-06-2018

Fantastic Installment To The Series

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, well written. Beautiful observations of the nature of humanity.
I loved the way the story is interwoven with deep insights on humanity, grief, relationships, power, greed, jealousy and fear. Superb.
Great respect for the narrator , sensitive, intelligent and a skilled actor.
Well done the whole production team. Highly recommended, much more than a crime story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • David M
  • 15-06-2018

The formula still works

This must be about book 9 in the Joseph O'Loughlin series but the formula still works. This book is as good as any of the previous 8. Great descriptive writing from the author. He makes you feel believe you are there in London following Joe O'Loughlin's every move and every thought. I like the Vincent Ruez character as well. This time the victim of the crime is Joe's own father. I got through the book in just 2 days, eager to find out "who done it", I was hooked.

Rather morose like all the other books in the series. Much of that being down to Sean Barrett's inimitable voice.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 16-06-2018

Really excellent

This was a very good story, when I first started listening I thought - Oh will it just be about lies within a family? That wouldn't be my cup of tea, but it proved to be a very good mystery about an attempted murder. Sean Barrett is such a good narrator, and he adds to the story. The characters are so well developed and one feels one knows them personally. I did guess the guilty party just a little while before the unveiling, but this didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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  • Sheila Hunt
  • 26-06-2018

Brilliant book.

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, well written. Beautiful observations of the nature of humanity.
I loved the way the story is interwoven with deep insights on humanity, grief, relationships, power, greed, jealousy and fear. Superb.
Great respect for the narrator , sensitive, intelligent and a skilled actor.
Well done the whole production team. Highly recommended, much more than a crime story.

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  • Allison64
  • 24-06-2018

Far fetched and disappointing

I’ve loved the other Joe O’Lachlan books but didn’t enjoy this one. It was so far fetched and unbelievable!
Brilliant performance by Sean Barrett as always but not a great story.

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  • Jo
  • 21-06-2018

Good but not amazing!

Was so excited when I saw a new Joe O’Loughlin novel was out as I have all of the previous ones and really enjoyed them!
This one was also enjoyable but I didn’t feel it was quite up to the previous standard. Although I understand that life has been difficult for Joe recently this book was melancholic all the way through and became a little depressing!
I won’t give up on Joe but please cheer him up and give him a good non personal case to get his teeth into!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-2018

Another good story in the series

Another very good story in this series, these characters are like old friends, Sean Barrett is my favourite narrator with the best voice for story telling

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  • Roberta
  • 25-06-2018

Excellent Story and Narration

Another great title from Audible. The story was interesting and the narration excellent. There were poignant moments too.

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  • Alex Parr
  • 25-06-2018

Worth waiting for

Loved it and now what am I going to read? Get writing! Need another book!

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  • Vicky Younger
  • 15-07-2018

loved this book very relaxing voice too great stor

loved this book very relaxing voice too great storyline very easy reading would highly recommend

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  • Lesley
  • 13-07-2018

Loved this book

Interesting story, well told by the narrator, having read some of the books with Joseph Lachlan I enjoyed a story more directly linked to his own family.