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Publisher's Summary

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.
© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd

What the critics say

"There are twists and turns in this plot enough to challenge most thriller readers....Gripping stuff." ( Publishing News)
"Believable and authentic from the first sentence....Robotham doesn't put a foot wrong in his plotting, pace or inventiveness." ( The Australian)
"A truly classy thriller, beautifully crafted....a gripping finale that even the most seasoned mystery addicts won't see coming." ( Australian Women's Weekly)

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  • cj
  • 2020-11-07

Over the top.

Well performed despite being overwritten. I’d appreciate knowing about descriptions of extreme violence and abuse beforehand, much like a movie does. But otherwise engaging and immersive.

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couldn't "put it down"

I mostly listen while driving, found myself looking for excuses to be in the car. at times I did find the main characters decisions maddening but it all came together in the end. I'm looking forward to book 2

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New author, great story

This was a wonderful surprise download and listen. I will definitely read subsequent books by this author. The narration by Cristin Redman is spot on. Highly recommendable book.

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Great book

The suspect is a really good read. (okay, listen). The story is engrossing so its not a story that you can easily fall asleep to while you are listening. The protagonist of the story is a complex person and the supporting cast is easy to like or hate depending on which side they are on. The narrator changes accents to match the characters. He is easy to listen to.

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Narration excellente

Bon suspense, l'ecrivain nous envoie sur plusieurs fausses pistes avant de nous ramener sur le droit chemin. Le narrateur est un des meilleurs que j'ai entendu, il fait les voix des personnages et rend le récit vivant comme une pièce de théâtre. Très bel accent british, j'ai beaucoup aimé mon écoute.

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it was alright

I found the book dragged. And although I enjoyed the narrator, he would sometimes talk in a whisper.

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great

I really enjoyed this book, very well written and narrated. Lots of twists and turns to keep you interested. I will look for more from this author.

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Unexpectedly good

Purchased as a daily deal on a chance. I wasn’t too keen at the start of this book. Ho-hum, another psychologist. But was I ever wrong!! There are enough twists and herringbones to keep up interest, with a thrilling ending. I say no more because it would spoil it for you. The narrator was ok and not always consistent - there were some long conversations between 2 men where it was difficult to discern the speaker. Had to rewind a couple of times. There were also some audio issues - as if the narrator was further away from the microphone in some sections. Not off-putting, but noticeable.

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Top-Notch Mystery Thriller

This book was offered to me as a Daily Deal. It turned out to be an excellent purchase. It reminded me a lot of 'The Fugitive'. Robotham writes exceedingly well - shockingly descriptive, fascinating characters, superior plot twists, gritty dialogue. The one issue I have is the protagonist is smugly perfect. Robotham strives to make him human - offering a flawed character who suffers from disease - but the hero is a complete know-it-all in the mold of Sherlock Holmes. He really makes No mistakes. There are surprises for certain, but they arise out of nowhere and then everything falls as the hero anticipates. Crispin Redman is the perfect reader for the book - outstanding performance. In toto I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5

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I’m hooked!

This author might be my new favourite ! The pace was fast moving, the story was engaging and the characters were fully developed. I can’t believe I took this long to find Michael Robotham!!

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  • Alan T Alcock
  • 2009-05-06

Top of the class

This is the first Michael Robotham book I have listened too, this after reading Bombproof.
This book holds you in suspense until the end. Fast paced with characters fleshed out so they become almost real. The reader Crispin Redman deserves a lot of praise for his portrayal of the various characters in the book and in no small way adds to the listening pleasure. Well worth the purchase.

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  • Russell
  • 2014-05-20

A Psychologist Becomes a Sleuth

This was a rewarding accidental discovery for me. The good news is that there are eight more books to look forward to in this series that is not driven by another flawed detective. (I'm following a few of those) Instead we have Joseph O'Loughlin who is a flawed psychologist. He makes some bad choices and they come back to haunt him tenfold in this mystery/thriller set in England.

Although imperfect, this psychologist is capable of some deep insights into human nature giving us a different perspective than the traditional hard ass cop protagonist. It is refreshing to join along with Mr O'Loughlin who has a credible background in something different than detective science as he attempts to unravel the strands of a perplexing murder. In the process, there are enough twists in this book to keep mystery fans engaged.

The narrator, Cripsin Redman does an excellent job with the voices for the various characters. I especially liked how he portrayed the Scottish friend who had designs on our hero's wife.

I am looking forward to the next book in the Michael Robotham Joseph O'Loughlin series and if you are looking for something where a professional detective or policeman isn't driving the story - we get a lot of those - give this one a try.



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  • Janie
  • 2013-07-21

One of the best thriller writers yet!

Trying to find another good mystery, suspense writer? The this author will be for you. I guarantee him as one of the very best. I always like to read series in order so I've just finished The Suspect and am very impressed with this first book in the series O'Loughlin & Luiz. The audiobook was narrated by Crispin Redman who did an exemplary job. If you've ever watched the TV show Top Gear, where they slot in order the fastest drivers and the best performing cars on to a big board, then you'll get it when I say I'm moving Michael Robothom nearly to the top where my favourite writers, Tana French, Lisa Gardener, Harlan Coben and Stephen King reside. I am now looking forward to an excellent feast of his other books and, please, please, Michael, never stop writing!

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  • Paul
  • 2012-09-07

The best thriller I've read this year

What makes this crime novel so good is the character of the protagonist. A psychologist with a terminal illness is something different. And having it written in the present tence, first person, gets you really close to him. The plot is such that, seeing him at home with his wife and delightful daughter, doesn't distract you from the main story. Crispin Redman's hard, sharp voice is just right for thrillers. I'm just off to bed now with Book 2 in the series.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 2012-02-19

Gripping Stuff Indeed

Well well well.
The few Robotham Audio books I have listened to are consistently great listens.This is no exception. Story, narration by Crispen Redman.. I really can not fault this one. Yes it is part of series, yet each story is complete in itself. Even though you can guess our hero will make it. the ending does have a little twist.

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  • Linda
  • 2013-05-04

So slow!

A great performance by the narrator, but oh my gosh, the story was so slow in developing and the author went into so much unnecessary detail, which I found so boring. I gave up! I just couldnt bear listening to half an hour of what the guy was eating for breakfast, or what his wife was wearing...

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  • Duncan
  • 2012-10-10

Extremely entertaining

Would you listen to The Suspect again? Why?

Yes I thinks so as it was very well read and very insightful into human behaviour

What did you like best about this story?

The story kept you interested all the way

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

He managed to bring the characters alive

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

Unsure

Any additional comments?

None

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  • Liz
  • 2012-08-23

High expectations, but a bit of a let-down

Michael Rowbotham has been extravagantly praised, so I approached this novel with eagerness. However it seemed to unravel for me as it went along, especially after a strong beginning. I found the protagonist more and more irritating, and the motives of the killer not credible. The introduction of a second 'baddie' just before the end was a cop out. The performance, apart from a few idiosyncracies, was excellent.

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  • Ilana
  • 2012-07-28

Great thriller, spot on narration.

When an unknown woman is found brutally murdered, the police call in psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin, who has a gift for figuring people out based on non-verbal cues, in hopes he can help them discover her identity. O'Loughlin has a roster of interesting clients, one of which is particularly disturbed and disturbing. But he is also happily married, and does his best to protect his wife and child from secrets of his own. Quite suddenly, O'Loughlin goes from being a collaborator to becoming the prime suspect in the case, and DI Vincent Ruiz, convinced he's got his man, isn't about to give O'Loughlin any breaks. Someone is trying to frame the doctor and he knows exactly who it is, but he'll have to put his own life at risk and pull quite a stunt to prove the killer is at large if he has any hope of putting his life back together.

I thought this was a great thriller and took an instant liking to the psychologist as the principal character and narrator of the story, so immediately followed up with the next book in the series. Crispin Redman's narration was just spot on.

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  • sallyg
  • 2020-06-13

difficult audible for me

Stories like this with a tight plot are no good for on Audible as I nod off and miss important info