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Lost

Narrated by: Ray Lonnen
Series: Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Also titled The Drowning Man.

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.

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Critic Reviews

"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." ( Publishers Weekly)
"In addition to delivering top-notch pacing, plot, and characters...Robotham also understands that some quests are worth any sacrifice no matter how long the odds of success may be." ( Booklist)
"Ray Lonnen's delivery is full of a snap that reflects both Ruiz's regrets as husband, father, and police officer, and his contempt for his superiors' anger when he raises doubts over a case they would prefer remain closed. Those who relish earthy accents from London's most hardscrabble sections will find plenty of entertainment in Lonnen's performance." ( AudioFile)

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A different kind of mystery

Our main character takes a back seat as the fog clears and it all comes together in this different kind of mystery. A very interesting series, where next I wonder ?

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This is same book as The Drowning Man

This is the same story as the Drowning Man. It should have been tagged as "already purchased" Good story nonetheless

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Clearly not his best

What did you like best about Lost? What did you like least?

I really enjoy Michael Robothom's books but this one was definitely not his best and the narrator did not do a good job of telling the story - it was stilted and boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Robotham again?

I have listened to all his books and loved them!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was not Sean Barrett and that was a great shame because the narrator failed to bring the characters to life.

Do you think Lost needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No follow up needed - it was drawn out and quite predictable unlike his other books

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Superb

Lost is every bit as good as book 1 in this series. Michael Robotham is an amazing story teller and this book is beautifully narrated by Ray Lonnen. Looking forward to book 3.

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A little dissappointing

This is the 2nd in series that I have started. Loved the first book, but found this one a bit hard to get into. Will keep on with the rest though.

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As good as the first in the series

I adored Suspect, the first book in the Joe O’Loughlin series by Michael Robotham. Joe was a great character but equally as great was DI Vincent Ruiz who was the police detective doggedly pursuing Joe in that book. Ruiz was crusty and I immediately loved him and his Gene Hunt-like personality. Little did I know that not only was he going to turn up in the second book of the series, Lost (which has an alternative title of The Drowning Man), he was going to take the lead.

Yes, it’s a gutsy move to relegate the character you're planning to make the star of a series to a supporting role in such an early book, but I also thought it was a master stroke. Robotham is such a brilliant writer he could probably pull anything off, of course.

Written in Ruiz’s first person point of view, the action bursts out of the blocks when Vincent wakes with amnesia. He’d been pulled out of the Thames with two gunshot wounds beside a boat covered in blood which is not all his. Then, back at his house, he finds several bags of diamonds. To solve the mystery of who shot him and where the diamonds came from, Vincent has to piece together the clues with his limited memory to figure out what crime he was investigating in the first place. Helping him is Joe, who has become a good friend, and young fellow detective, Ali, who seems to be the only police officer who doesn't believe he's corrupt or incompetent or both.

The action moves along with Robotham’s usual breakneck speed. And as in the other books of his I’ve read, he once again made me gasp out loud a couple of times with shock at the many plot twists and unexpected scenes which occur.

Obviously we get more of Ruiz’s background in this book and it’s a treat. I loved the prickly relationship Ruiz has with his mother. She’s a magnificent but depressing inclusion. I got tears in my eyes quite often.

Actually, Robotham’s characterisation overall is once again flawless. From homeless sewer rats to high court judges, everyone is written to perfection. I especially adored Ali and her family, and I was excited to learn after finishing Lost that she has her own book (The Night Ferry). I can’t wait to read it.

As in Suspect, Robotham also uses the place setting, chiefly London in this case, as almost another character. (Who would have thought I’d happily read about the sewer system beneath London’s streets?)

If there was one flaw in Lost, it would be the fanciful ending. Not the who-dun-it part, but without spoiling, I'll just say it's the trip Ruiz makes out of the country which seemed over the top. It was like something out of a James Patterson novel and didn’t suit the gritty reality of the rest of the book.

Still, it wasn’t enough to put me off. I’m running out of superlatives to use when reviewing Robotham’s books so I’ll just say this is a strong 5 out of 5

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Quite slow and hard to believe

I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, so thought I'd give the second one a go. Unfortunately the plot was difficult to believe (dramatic in a B-grade Hollywood kind of way) and I found it quite slow and arduous in some places. I also didn't think the narrator's voice/accent suited the main character. I kept getting distracted because it didn't hold my attention.

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Excellent!

great listen, with a wonderful narrator. Looking forward to the next installment. very enjoyable indeed.

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Very Enjoyable

This was my second Michael Robotham and I enjoyed it very much. Kept my interest all the way through and very easy to listen to and good narration.

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Lost

no issue with the storyline but the voice was wrong, Sean Barrett's voice was better

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  • Janie
  • 26-07-2013

Lost, but far from a loser...

Michael Robotham is not lost and nor is he a loser. I love this book almost as much as I loved his first book in the series, The Suspect. I am sure that if Chrispin Redman, the narrator of The Suspect, had narrated this book too, it would have been that much more perfect. I really like Redman's voice for D.I. Ruiz in the first book - and, yes, I guess it would have been hard to read that way for an entire book as Ruis in the 1st person but it would have been damn good. As it was, Ray Lonnen, the narrator of Lost did a credible job. Michael Robotham is proving himself an accomplished writer with an excellent easy relaxed style that is at once enjoyable but also transfixing. Once started, this book was hard to put down with the twists and the turns that lead the reader to an exciting and unexpected but rewarding climax. I have just purchased number 3 in the series, Shatter, and can hardly wait to start it. I will be interested to see how Sean Barrett, yet another narrator for this series fares.

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  • Hugh
  • 23-10-2013

Mixes it up well

Having recently enjoyed listened to the first book, The Suspect, I tried this second book and was pleased to find how well the different point of view worked.
I find the plot device of amnesia a bit of a cheap shot, but it was handled pretty well here. The narrator has an unusual cadence, which really gives personallity to the main character. Will definitely be looking at more in this series.

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  • shelley spriggs
  • 12-04-2019

requires perseverence

struggled. wondered if this was actually a robotham book. Bring back sean barrett. this narrator seemed confused about his character depiction and hens all shallow.

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  • Michael
  • 21-04-2013

Lost - Ticks my boxes

I have only recently discovered Michael Robotham and what a great find. All of his books have left me gripped to the end. This one in particular is centred around the loveable cop Vincent Ruiz with walk on parts from characters in the previous book.

I have now worked my way through all but 1 of Robotham's books and will certainly keep an eye out for anything new from this author in the future.

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  • Charmaine
  • 04-11-2013

a different perspective

I've only recently discovered Michael Robotham and I'm thrilled that I did. I've listened to them out of sequence but that hasn't spoilt the individual books at all. The others are written from the viewpoint of the psychologist but this one is from Vincent Ruiz's standpoint which was a lovely and interesting change. Like all his other books, this storyline is convoluted yet believable. Each time I thought I had it, things twisted and changed. And I did enjoy the irony of the punishment meted out to the main protagonist at the end. Its also the first time I've listened to Ray Lonnen and I will be quite happy to listen to him again - an excellent narrator who switches very easily from one character to another without any confusion about who's speaking.

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  • Chrissy
  • 08-05-2012

Disappointing

This is my 3rd audiobook from Michael Robotham. I've started with 'The Suspect' which was good, followed by the 'Shatter' which was great and I had high hopes that this one would be somewhere between good and great. Unfortunately, this is my first audiobook that I've purchased on Audible that is disappointing and I wish I could exchange it for another one.

The narrator is good but the story itself is not gripping me at all, I even fell asleep the other day and haven't listened to it since then. It might be that the story picks up in the second part of the download but I'm not sure I can make it this far...

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  • chris
  • 09-07-2007

Interesting, complex characters and plot

Very much like a British Harlan Coben - which was exactly what I was searching for.
Ageing cop bucks the system to search for missing girl and has to confront the demons from his past.
A multi-tiered plot and timelines, which keeps the listener's attention focused to keep up with the twists and turns, not to mention the chases under the streets of London through the sewers. Interesting supporting characters and gripping plot.

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  • Ruth
  • 30-06-2012

Also known as The Drowning Man

Good story, but rather long winded. Note this book is also published as The Drowning Man, so make sure if you are Michael Robotham fan that you dont end up buying both versions - like I did!

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  • Julie
  • 10-06-2012

The value of a good narrator

Excellent narration by Ray Lonnen. He acted the book, rather than simply reading it. His changes of voices and accents never grated (as can sometimes happen) and made the listening more pleasurable. A good listen for three days' driving.

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  • David
  • 26-09-2007

Good storyline but too much fantasy

Enjoyed the storyline with its twists and turns. However although I appreciate it's fiction found it a bit too far fetched on times. Having worked on murder investgations thought the reseach into reality could have been more thorough, although I suppose the inaccuracies were intentional for entertainment. All said it kept my attention to the end a good listen.

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  • mollymoon1
  • 23-07-2013

Not bad

I thought I would start from the beginning with the Michael Robothom books after reading the brilliant book Shatter. This is a good book, but that is all it is - good - he has improved as a writer and this book has a good story. You can tell a good writer waiting to expand his works and Mr Robothom has done this with Shatter. It hasn't put me off reading anything else of his, but you wouldn't be missing much if you gave it a miss.

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  • PinkMilk
  • 03-11-2008

Dissapointing

After SHATTER I downloaded two more of this authors books, sadly both were rather dissapointing to listen to. This one even more than The Suspect.
My mind just kept wondering off... and I couldn't even get to the end of the book, a very bad sign. And very very upsetting since I couldn't stop to listen to Shatter! He obviously has grown as a writer since Lost and The Suspect.
Wouldn't recommend this, just go and download Shatter.... and be haunted for days, weeks, months.....

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  • Nicola
  • 07-02-2009

An amazing story, story teller and author....

I've listened to all but one of Robotham's books, but in the wrong order, which hasn't made any difference to how much I've loved each one!

This one is read by Ray Lonnen, his range of accents is top notch, he slips nicely from character to character in a believable way, even women!!

An amazing story about Ruiz, now I finally know why he is the way he is in Shatter!!

Listen to it - you won't be disappointed!

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