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Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham

Bleed for Me (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Michael Robotham

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Title:Bleed for Me
Authors:Michael Robotham
Info:Sphere (2010), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:ebooks, Your library
Tags:fiction, london, crime, murder, thriller, australian author, wgs, &ebook

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Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham (2010)



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Another outstanding entry in the series. In this one psychologist Joe O'Loughlin defends his daughter's best friend who is thought to have murdered her father. The plot itself becomes pretty complicated and involved so many characters I actually lost track of who was who by the end. I really enjoyed reading this book but I did have a few problems with it.

I don't know if it's just me, but the author seemed to be punishing Joe in this novel. Why does the author expect the reader to understand and sympathize with Joe's actions but have every other character in the novel get angry with him over these same actions? I really didn't understand his wife and his daughter's resentment toward Joe. And to be honest I'm really tired of reading about passive-aggressive women in crime novels.

I would caution those of a sensitive nature that this book includes issues of incest,underage sex, and a very disturbing attack on a pet. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Wieder ein guter Teil welcher auch für sich allein stehen kann und somit auch für 'Neueinsteiger' geeignet ist.
Spannend geschrieben; an sich sind mir keine Ungereimtheiten aufgefallen und wieder die eine oder andere Sache dazu gelernt.

Auch die Übersetzung ist-, wenn auch von jemand anderem als der vorherige Teil geschrieben-, wieder gut gelungen. ( )
  jmo_joy | Jan 11, 2017 |
Robotham is an assured writer; good characters, strong hooks and unique twists. I do see the critiques of him being somewhat misogynistic, though. Pity. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
Review: Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham.

This novel is a compelling mystery with a fascinating plot and appealing characters. It also entails interesting information about Parkinson’s Disease. There were a couple of times when the intervention of the story slowed down but not enough to stop the pages from turning. I enjoyed the book because it was captivating, interesting and intensifying. I did feel some of Robotham’s writing was in slow motion like he was holding back and hesitating to long to unfold the experience for the reader to feel the whole emotion as an explosion. (If that makes any sense) I found the novel a densely plotted story, a thriller and a great read.

Written in the first person from Joe O’Loughlin’s perspective who is a psychologist, and just happens to be the complex and engaging protagonist throughout a couple of sub-plots. To start with, there are the comings and goings of two dysfunctional families. There is Joe struggling to maintain his relationship with his two daughters, his estranged wife and his battle with Mr. Parkinson. The issue of Joe’s clinging for hope of reconciliation with his family goes on throughout the book as the author finds a unique way to relate to the readers that Joe finds understanding and a new perspective on his life and makes positive changes regarding his future.

Then there’s the story of his daughter’s best friend, Sienna, whose domineering father has been murdered and Joe is assigned to investigate and analyze Sienna’s involvement in different issues she sadly falls into.

However, more important to the novel is Sienna’s relationship to a school drama teacher, a boy named Danny, a Supreme Judge, and eventually being arrested for her father’s murder. Joe’s emotional involvement complicates his inability to maintain his objectivity adds an interesting dynamic to the plot and puts him at odds with long time friends and fellow investigators. Joe has a long journey to save her, if possible, and to uncover other issues that have gone wrong in this young girl’s life.

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator? When Sienna Hegarty, a troubled friend of his daughter, comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door terrorized, incoherent, and covered in blood, he vows to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna's house: her father, a retired cop, murdered. Tests confirm that it's Mr. Herharty's blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing. Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Loughlin senses something different is happening, something subterranean and terrifying to Sienna. It may be something in her mind. Or it may be something real. Someone real. Someone capable of the most grim and gruesome murder, and willing to kill again if anyone gets too close.

My Thoughts:

From the very powerful and disturbing prologue to the nail-biting ending, I was completely absorbed. For those that feel they can't bring themselves to read a series out of order will probably want to run for the first 3 books before reading this one ...but all the others that a bit more daring will be happy to learn that although this is the fourth book in the series, Robotham doesn't assume you've read any of the previous books. Within a very short time the author does an excellent job of providing a comprehensive back story on the characters without ever slowing down the storyline....and you never feel as though you've missed something. It's the balance of introspection and suspense. The plot is complex, twisty and fast-paced. I liked that all the clues were there to identify the killer...yet I didn't...and that justice prevailed. It's always good when the good guys win one. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Een citaat uit Lolita van Nabokov en een spreuk van Mark Twain.
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Met het klimmen der jaren valt het me zwaarder mijn vriendschappen te onderhouden. Waarom dat zo is weet ik niet. Misschien hebben mensen tegen de tijd dat ze van middelbare leeftijd zijn wel genoeg vrienden. Misschien zit er een maximum aan en moeten we zodra dat is bereikt wachten tot er iemand sterft of zich terugtrekt, om pas dan weer nieuwe toe te kunnen laten.
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Jij denkt dat je me kent.Jij denkt dat je me begrijpt.Dat doe je niet. Ik bloed voor jou.
Psycholoog Joe O'Loughlin wordt op een nacht opgeroepen als zijn dochters beste vriendin Sienna Hegarty is verdwenen. Joe vindt het meisje, besmeurd met bloed en niet in staat te praten. Het lichaam van Sienna's vader wordt gevonden in haar slaapkamer, zijn keel is doorgesneden, zijn schedel ingeslagen. Ondanks het overtuigende bewijs blijft Joe O'Loughlin geloven in Sienna's onschuld en hij verdiept zich in de zaak. Zijn onderzoek leidt hem naar een wereld van seksueel misbruik, chantage en politieke intriges. Samen met een oude vriend, de voormalige politie-inspecteur Vincent Ruiz, gaat Joe op zoek naar de dader. Dan begint de wanhopige zoektocht naar een man die jarenlang ongestraft de vreselijkste misdaden wist te plegen.
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"Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is being pushed away. His marriage is ending. Charlie, his eldest daughter, will barely speak to him. And Charlie's rebellious best friend Sienna is getting into more and more trouble, and taking Charlie along for the ride. Sienna has been almost like family to O'Loughlin-a troubled child who for years spent more time in the O'Loughlin residence than her own home. O'Loughlin's worst fears are confirmed when Sienna turns up at his front door, traumatized and covered in blood. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna's house: her father Ray Hegarty, a celebrated former police officer, murdered. The blood covering Sienna was her father's. She can't remember what happened, but, at the same time, doesn't mourn her father's death. O'Loughlin vows to unearth the dark secrets of Sienna's mind, hoping his efforts will win back the confidence of a daughter he may be in danger of losing forever. But as the accusations fly, the line between victim and accused begins to blur. When the detective in charge of the case seems all too eager to lay the blame at Sienna's feet rather than malign the honor of a respected former colleague, O'Loughlin begins to make his own inquiries. But each step he takes toward the truth also brings him closer to the path of a manipulative killer unlike anything he has ever encountered"--… (more)

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