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Shatter (2008)

by Michael Robotham

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Robotham’s latest thriller brings back his original protagonist from ‘Suspect’, psychologist Joe O’Laughlin. In this book Joe is battling a psychopath, a grief-stricken teenage girl, Parkinson’s disease, and doubts about his wife’s fidelity. He’s now a part-time professor at the University, spending the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad to his two young daughters. Joe is asked by the police to talk with a woman threatening to jump from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. When he arrives he finds Christine Wheeler naked, with SLUT written on her stomach and a cell phone to her ear. When he tries talking to her, she whispers, “You don’t understand…” and jumps to her death. It seems to be a clear case of suicide, until Christine’s teenage daughter Darcy shows up on Joe’s doorstep and insists that her mother was afraid of heights and would never have committed suicide in that manner. At the request of the grieving girl, Joe starts investigating and gets help from his friend Vincent Ruiz, now retired from the police force. When a friend of Christine’s is also found dead of an apparent suicide, the police are forced to open an investigation and consider Joe’s conviction that the women were being manipulated. Joe is a compassionate character who is easy to like, because he always tries to do the right thing. He genuinely cares about others and wants to help them. But he also has to answer to his wife’s fears that his involvement with the case will bring danger to their own family. This book was absolutely riveting, the type that grabs hold of your attention and doesn’t let it go until the last page is turned. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Meh. Literature trying to be crime thriller. Gave up after 20 pages. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
Clever set up but rather too gleefully creepy and misogynistic, and the villain is not as intriguing as he should be. The Parkinson's-afflicted main character and his sidekicks are great characters, though. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
Normalerweise lese ich Bücher, welche in einer Sprache sind die ich verstehe, in deren original Sprache. Aber nachdem mir das erste Buch der Reihe auf deutsch in die Hand gedrückt wurde, habe ich das so weiter gemacht. Auch hier.
Die Übersetzung ist gut gelungen.

Michael Rotham hat wieder ein kleines Meisterwerk geschrieben. Die Charakteren wie gehabt gut gezeichnet und sie waren in meinen Augen alle wieder glaubhaft.

Noch hinzufügen möchte ich, dass ich wieder bisschen was dazu gelernt habe.
Sowas finde ich in diesem Genre umso schöner wenn ich das Buch weg legen kann und das behaupten kann. Beziehe mich jetzt beispielsweise darauf, wie hier die Thematik von Sendemasten, Telefonsignale,.. angefasst wurde.

Teils spannend, teils bisschen vorhersehbar, so empfand ich dieses Buch. Würde es aber Genre Liebhabern weiter empfehlen. ( )
  jmo_joy | Mar 3, 2016 |
Shatter. Michael Robotham. 2008. Where has this author been?! I cannot remember where I read about this book but I am so very glad I did! Joe O’Loughlin is a psychologist whose career has been side-lined somewhat because he has Parkinson’s. He has moved his family away from London and is teaching freshman psychology class when he is asked to help talk a suicidal woman from a bridge. He realizes that she is talking to someone on a phone but he cannot get her attention before she jumps; he accepts the police verdict of suicide until the woman’s daughter comes to him and tells him her mother was afraid of heights and would never jump to her death. He fails to convince the police to re-open the case until another woman, a friend of the victim, is found dead in a bizarre posture. Suspense builds as Joe tries to get a handle on the murderer, look after his children and Darcy, the daughter of the first murdered woman; manage his suspensions about his beautiful wife; deal with his physical limitations, and protect his family. I loved his interaction with his children and wife. Thank goodness he appears in more books! Robotham is a new addition to my “must read authors! ( )
  judithrs | Aug 17, 2015 |
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'The sleep of reason produces monsters.' - Goya (The Caprichos)
'The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in him heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.' - Psalm 55:21
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This is for Mark Lucas, a friend first.
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It's eleven o'clock in the morning, late september, and outside it's raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting on their bloated bodies.
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"You don't understand," she whispers to me, lowering the phone. For the briefest of moments it dangles at the end of her fingers, as if trying to cling to her, and then tumbles away into the void.
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Christine Wheeler commits suicide by jumping off the Clifton Bridge.
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Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin must track down a deranged adversary who drives people to suicide by destroying their sanity.

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