Shatter

Shatter

by Michael Robotham
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Overview

Shatter by Michael Robotham

In "the most suspenseful book I read all year" (Stephen King), a psychologist faces off against a killer who destroys his victims from the inside out.

Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory-standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers, and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide-not like that. She was terrified of heights.

What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart. With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and astonishingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385517911
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Joseph O'Loughlin Series , #3
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 9.52(w) x 6.34(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Before writing full-time, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist in Britain, Australia and the US. He is the pseudonymous author of 10 best-selling non-fiction titles, involving prominent figures in the military, the arts, sport and science. He lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Shatter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
imdel More than 1 year ago
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.
Henele More than 1 year ago
This is a thriller that was difficult to put down. Definitely a great read. When shopping for a book to read, I compare other books to this one hoping they will be just as good, but I haven't found one like it yet. I have read all his other books and cannot wait for his next one. Great job Mr. Robotham!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like early James Patterson, this is suspenseful and engrossing. The identity of the psychopath is revealed surprisingly early and the last 100 pages feel dragged out, but this kept me fully entertained for the better part of a weekend. Certainly recommended!
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Spine-tingling, edge of your seat thriller, keep turning the pages! How can someone have such an evil mind?! Who could do such a thing?! Every situation makes you want to help Joe solve these heinous crimes and bring justice to the families. Even at the possible cost of his own marriage, Joe cannot turn away and let others try to apprehend a mastermind who seems to be able to control women’s minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could NOT put this down!! If you're looking for a thriller that will grab you from beginning to end,read Shatter.
Goodreadercarol More than 1 year ago
Good read, great characters. Interesting plot, suspenseful. After reading this, I got Bleed for Me by the same author--I think it was even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written well. I devoured it in 2 days. Hoping to find another just as thrilling!
debra33lynn More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book. it was a good summer read. first time ive read this series. i will probably read the rest of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book, but once again the story does not have a proper ending, the author has left it up to the imagination of the reader. The strong characterizations blend well with the storyline, a thriller and definately a page turner. Smooth and well flowing words and sentences make this an enjoyable read. I'm giving it four stars only because the ending left me with a question mark. It seems that the author simply wanted an end.
starr1017 More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. Even though you begin to put the pieces together before the book ends, you have to keep reading to see exactly how they fall together. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you never have heard or read michael robotham's book, Shatter, this is a must read.. if you salivate for mystery and suspense you will not regret spending your time with the read.. ill continue reading his books forever.
Alison_Pink More than 1 year ago
Let me just begin by saying this was a FANTASTIC read! This book started off intriguing and did not disappoint. It took off from about the 2nd chapter & did not let up until the very end. It tells the story of Dr. O'Loughlin who is a psychiatrist. After completing a lecture at Bath University he gets "volunteered" by his department chair to take him place with a police matter. He is taken to a suspension bridge in the middle of a rainstorm (it is England after all) to try to prevent what appears to be a suicide. The woman is on the edge of the bridge naked, with slut written across her stomach in red lipstick, & a cell phone pressed to her ear. She looks at the doc, says, "You wouldn't understand," & jumps to her death. It is written off as a typical suicide...& then strange things begin to happen. I don't want to say much more, but I will leave it off by saying that in the end the good doctor is left wishing he would've walked away from the hulking police officer that rainy afternoon. I look forward to the next book in the series & a long relationship with the books of Michael Robotham. What a writer!!!
knittingnancy More than 1 year ago
Part of my pleasure when reading mysteries is when I am able to connect to the lives of the recurring characters, and this author is very talented in the ways used to achieve this. The book centers around the life and family of psychiatrist Joe O'Laughlin, but the mystery to be solved is gripping, believable and beautifully written.  It was hard to put aside, and had enough red herrings and plot twists to keep you turning the pages eagerly.  At the end, I care about Joe's relationship with his children, his marital problems, and even have a bit of empathy with the killer.  Robotham's books will definitely go on my list of books to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Griping thriller with interesting characters and storyline. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down! great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never heard of this author but decided to give this a try. Very glad i did! I can see this being made into a movie. Very captivating and fast paced! Now have a new author to look for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story.
alliyG More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was fantastic. I'm not completely up to date on all the psychology details in the world but this book had such an interesting look into the minds of different people. Robotham was wonderful in creating different characters and really getting down to their essence of who they are and the voice of that character. Its because of these characteristics that really drew me into the book. I love mysteries and this book was a good read to temper that thirst. If you love the minds of killers and the minds of those affected, pick up and read this book. Great book, enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could have done without the poor language but otherwise a great story. Liked the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never heard of the author before this read. Good book with good character development. Suspense ridden plot. Always looked forward to what was going to happen next. I'll be reading another of his novels based on how much I liked this one. Will be recommending it to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read mystery type novels, but this one was great. Full of suspense and nail biting this story pulls you in and has you double checking your locks at night. I read the next two, bleed for me and say you're sorry. Great read, you won't be disapointed!
madmaxine1 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story. Very thought provoking. The characters just came to life. I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never heard of this author and stumbled upon this book. I am very glad I did. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. I found myself making free time in order to get to read. I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.