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Shatter (Joseph O'Loughlin Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

You'll find it hard to put down.

I had never heard of Michael Robotham before I happened to come across a list of good summer reads from none other than Stephen King. Being a fan of Mr. King's work I thought I would peruse his list to see if there was anything on the list that would grab my interest. S...
I had never heard of Michael Robotham before I happened to come across a list of good summer reads from none other than Stephen King. Being a fan of Mr. King's work I thought I would peruse his list to see if there was anything on the list that would grab my interest. Shatter not only grabbed my interest, it held on to it and would not let it go until I finished the book. It is a psychological thriller that is compelling, gripping and at times terrifying. If you are a fan of this type of read then I would highly recommend you make this your next book. I finished the book in three days and will be looking for his other works right away.

posted by imdel on July 28, 2009

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

"Shatter" might keep you awake.

Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist who finishes giving a lecture to his class when the police ask his help with a woman who is naked and contemplating suicide. When he gets to the bridge where the woman is standing, she says, "you don't understand" and jumps.
Joe is a mo...
Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist who finishes giving a lecture to his class when the police ask his help with a woman who is naked and contemplating suicide. When he gets to the bridge where the woman is standing, she says, "you don't understand" and jumps.
Joe is a moral man and has trouble dealing with the fact that he couldn't save the woman. Then her sixteen year old daughter, Darcy Wheeler, comes to his home. She tells Joe that her mother, Christine, was afraid of heights and wouldn't have committed suicide in that manner. Because he was feeling bad about her death, he decides to look into it.
He speaks to Christine's business partner, Sylvia Furness but doesn't get anywhere. Then he calls his friend, Vincent Ruiz. Vincent is a retired police investigator. Together they retrace Christine's last steps and find a note asking for help. They show the note to the police and now the case turns into murder.
Soon after, Sylvia Furness's body is found. She's also naked and handcuffed to a tree. She died from exposure. The reader is able to learn her suffering before death. The killer had called Sylvia and said he had her daughter and would rape her unless Sylvia would switch places with her and do what he demands.

With her death, the police ask Joe's official help.

In other chapters the reader learns about the killer and his background. He was in Afghanistan and worked in intelligence. He was a ruthless investigator. We also learn that he is a control freak and his wife and daughter are missing. He is looking for them and taking his hatred out on his wife's friends.

This is a good story. The protagonist shows his humanness. He has flaws both physically (He's aflicted with Parkinson's) and in action (where he can't save the first woman from suicide). Even so, he performs heroically. Darcy Wheeler is also an interesting character. Since this is a series, I hope to read more about her in the future.

The novel has been nominated for a Barry award and the 2009 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and CWA Dagger Award.

posted by MikeDraper on September 24, 2009

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

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    "Shatter" might keep you awake.

    Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist who finishes giving a lecture to his class when the police ask his help with a woman who is naked and contemplating suicide. When he gets to the bridge where the woman is standing, she says, "you don't understand" and jumps.
    Joe is a moral man and has trouble dealing with the fact that he couldn't save the woman. Then her sixteen year old daughter, Darcy Wheeler, comes to his home. She tells Joe that her mother, Christine, was afraid of heights and wouldn't have committed suicide in that manner. Because he was feeling bad about her death, he decides to look into it.
    He speaks to Christine's business partner, Sylvia Furness but doesn't get anywhere. Then he calls his friend, Vincent Ruiz. Vincent is a retired police investigator. Together they retrace Christine's last steps and find a note asking for help. They show the note to the police and now the case turns into murder.
    Soon after, Sylvia Furness's body is found. She's also naked and handcuffed to a tree. She died from exposure. The reader is able to learn her suffering before death. The killer had called Sylvia and said he had her daughter and would rape her unless Sylvia would switch places with her and do what he demands.

    With her death, the police ask Joe's official help.

    In other chapters the reader learns about the killer and his background. He was in Afghanistan and worked in intelligence. He was a ruthless investigator. We also learn that he is a control freak and his wife and daughter are missing. He is looking for them and taking his hatred out on his wife's friends.

    This is a good story. The protagonist shows his humanness. He has flaws both physically (He's aflicted with Parkinson's) and in action (where he can't save the first woman from suicide). Even so, he performs heroically. Darcy Wheeler is also an interesting character. Since this is a series, I hope to read more about her in the future.

    The novel has been nominated for a Barry award and the 2009 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and CWA Dagger Award.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Enjoyable read

    This thriller kept my interest with a twisting plot, a particularly nefarious villain, and an interestingly flawed protagonist. The subplot of the narrator's relationship with his wife might have been better than the mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 9, 2011

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