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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2008.

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.

Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights. Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

©2008 Michael Robotham (P)2008 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Such a dark unpleasant read.

I try to avoid novels like this one, it’s a dark and ugly read. The detailed violence and threats of violence, especially directed at children, is not my idea of an entertaining read.
I did not enjoy any part of this novel.

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Good Story

The story was good but a little bit predictable. The narrator did a great job.

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Extremely Dark and Disturbing

Let me be clear: This is an excellent Psychological Thriller. Michael Robotham offers a well-written, exquisitely-paced, vividly-described story about a sadistic serial killer who psychologically tortures & manipulates mothers he convinces can save their abducted children by co-operating with his sick humiliating scenarios. The characters (including the partially disabled psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin and the sardonically jaded ex-London D.I. Vincent Ruiz) are realistically flawed, the imagery/dialogue is gut-punch affecting, and the plot is sinuous and gripping. This book is a genuine page-turner.
Unfortunately, the subject matter is extreme (this book would have an 'X' rating if it were a film or Television show). Readers who are feint of heart may not be able to get past the graphic themes. Additionally, Robotham shifts from First-Person perspective for the protagonist to First-Person perspective for the killer periodically. In the audiobook format, it takes a minute to realize the shift in narrator that the reader of a text copy would pick up instantly.

Ray Lonnen is an excellent reader, but contributes to the confusion with a fairly limited voice-acting repertoire (many characters sound the same - except for his growly 'Ruiz' - which is excellent).
Lonnen's diction timbre, cadence, tone, and reading rate are exemplary - but his inability to portray a varied cast is conspicuous. W.F. Howes Ltd. could have cast the project better.

Audible also could have improved the recording by labelling the individual chapters better in the menu. For example: "Chapter One: O'Loughlin", "Chapter Two: Killer", etc.
As it stands, I still rate 'Shatter' 9 stars out of 10. If you can handle the more unsettling scenes, it's well worth a Credit.

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  • Lia
  • 2018-02-11

Not As Good As The Other Books

I love Michael Rowbotham's books but for me this was not his best. I kept wondering why Joe was being so dense and not considering he would have been a target of the killer, not taking any precautions with his wife or children - it was quite frustrating. There also too much pycho babble and too much unnecessary detail making the listen a bit tedious. I think I prefer the books where Ruiz has a bigger presence.


Sean Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Jeanette
  • 2014-10-14

Same same but different

I was looking forward to this. I enjoyed his previous books but unfortunately this one, although often enjoyable was frustrating. The main character often does things that are slightly incredulous and it is a little frustratingly predictable. I would write more but don't want to ruin the story for others.

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  • Peter
  • 2014-05-30

Keep on listening

Where does Shatter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I just wanted to keep on going. Especially good on the long drive.

What did you like best about this story?

Clever plot with continual twists

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

All books that I have listened to by Sean Barrett have been outstanding. It took me a while to forget Harry Hole but then I was hooked.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Duncan
  • 2013-01-17

A great suspense

Would you listen to Shatter again? Why?

Yes because it was a well constructed story and was very well read

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes the plot provided many surprises and held my interest right through to the end

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene was overly memorable, however there were no flat spots so I was thoroughly entertained

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Another Joseph O'Loughlin thriller that should not be missed

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  • krawle
  • 2013-08-31

A very Disturbing character indeed

What made the experience of listening to Shatter the most enjoyable?

Getting a view of English People living in small communities and their daily lives.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dr. Joe, I have really enjoyed learning about his character, his strengths and weaknesses and his compassion for people in general and his family.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Police finally trapped the psychopath

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Charlie showed how strong she was, even as an innocent victim.

Any additional comments?

I found that I was disturbed on so many levels by the actions and personality of the villain.
I have know people with some of his traits and his ability to inflict mental cruelty upon others and now look at those people with new insightful eyes. Holy crap!

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 2020-03-31

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This story seems weird at times, with the reaction of the victims not quite believable, but then I know nothing about interrogation techniques and torture. If this is how one can manipulate people, then it's certainly frightening, taking people to extremes they would not have imagined possible. To me it still sounds a little over the top, but it's a good thriller.
I would have preferred the two characters to be read by two different voices. Sean Barrett reads the story very well, but to distinguish between the two, another voice would have been a good idea.