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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

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A captivating storyline

The only downside of this story is that the narrator sounded far too old for the main character.

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God book bad ending

Was great until the end where I still didn't know what happened to his father.

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Excellent listen

I loved this story. It kept me guessing the whole way. I enjoyed that something was continuously happening throughout the story.
The reader does a great job.
Definitely worth a listen!

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Invest in more voices

The voiceover was way to old for the main character and extremely off putting when playing young women and other characters. Was amusing for 5 mins then just annoying. Sad as it is a wonderful, complex and riveting story. Invest in more actors to do the tale justice.

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Beautiful reading by Sean Barrett

Michael Robotham's writing never fails to impress me. The unlikely premise for this book became quite plausible under his great penmanship and with the assistance of Barrett's voice. A great story for those mystery thriller readers who enjoy going a bit deaper into the human psyche. Thoroughly recommended.

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family tale

Brilliant tale of human frailties and compassion. Up to his usual standard.
I highly recommend it if.

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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • andrew
  • 04-09-2018

not good enough

I've listened to many Robotham's books, but this one was too dry, uninteresting, with the usual red herrings. the end was of course unpredictable but I also didn't care at that point (I skipped a few charters toward the end). those were the obligatory twists.
I didn't find the story nor the characters interesting, and as a frequent reader of the author's book, I found it annoying that the professor, at the beginning of the book, acted like a child despite his previous experiences and cases. also, his disease seems to be conveniently managed in this case while in other books it seemed much worse.
It was too much of a cookie cutter book. I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Jody B Baldwin
  • 13-09-2018

Bittersweet

I love these characters so much. I'm really going to miss them as the author has said this is the last in series. Hoping he'll reconsider!

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  • RBL
  • 09-09-2018

Spoiler alert warning

Author turns this book into political commentary at one point. . Scorning a political figures in the middle of a mystery destroys the entire mood. If I wanted political Opinions I turn on the tv. Be forewarned!

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  • abby11
  • 09-09-2018

Good Sunday afternoon listen

Besides wondering if such a story could possibly really happen, found the psychology lessons an additional bonus. Joe O’loughlin quite insightful!

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  • Margaret
  • 08-09-2018

Robotham is a treasure!

Robotham is a beautiful writer and I hate the wait in between his books. This was a really good entry in the O'Loughlin series, although I can always stand more Ruiz. And Sean Barrett is a perfect example of a narrator making a great book even better.

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  • Mark
  • 27-08-2018

An interesting tale

Michael Robotham has produced another well written, multi-layered story and seasoned narator Sean Barrett is easy to listen to.

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  • Augusto Sarti
  • 22-08-2018

Great story, compelling, personal, loved it!

One more great read in my favorite series. A page turner with great depth. I love the characters and I’m looking forward to the next one! And I hope it will be read again by Sean Barrett. He’s a phenomenal reader.

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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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  • 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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Arthurs
  • 24-09-2018

Why this narrator?

I didn't like this narrator, horrible voice! and found Joe irritating, arrogant and quite unlikeable.

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  • Paul D
  • 23-09-2018

As good as crime drama gets

I had forgotten just how far ahead of the competition Robothan is. Been some time since i have listened to one of his offerings. This is good. No spectacular slaughter, no psychotic serial killer - just a careful writing of an interesting plot with a cast or well crafted three dimentional characters. It should perhaps be viewed as a novel, with a crime running through it., rather than a crime drame. The auther is back to the top of my list.