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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
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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 |
Badly edited. Author ignorant about technology and psychology. Which is appalling when it's the two main themes. A psychologist (with the sloppy flaw of Parkinson's disease) investigating a crime, what a joke. CBT is Behaviour not 'Behavioural' .
Lazy, sloppy, creepy. Seems like the author is projecting his fantasies on to the men of the story. The theme of justice was lacking, it was more about the egos of men in midlife crises. Waste of 2 days reading this. ( )
  adamren | Apr 27, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the story of Joe O Loughlin a psychologist who sometimes works for the Police.
One of his daughters friends is accused of killing her father but Joe has his doubts.
He tries to help her and also uncover the truth.
Joe has problems of his own he has split from his wife and has Parkinsons.
The truth comes out in the end there are a few dodgy characters and all links together in the end.
Well worth a read. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Nov 19, 2014 |
Sienna and Charlie, Joe O'Loughlin's daughter, are best friends. An ordinary night turns out to be anything but ordinary when Sienna shows up at Charlie's house covered in blood but takes off running, scared before anyone can speak to her. When she is found she is traumatized, won't even speak and then it is confirmed that she's wearing her father's blood. One thing leads to another and she is charged with her dad's murder. Joe wants to help Sienna. What he's put through in his attempts to prove her innocence is maddening.

I've already said, "I don't know who I love more Joe O'Loughlin or Michael Robotham for creating him" but I can not overlook Ruiz in this equation - I love when Ruiz and Joe work together.

This was not a predictable outcome and I highly recommend Michael Robotham to anyone who will listen to me! ( )
  Sharn | Nov 4, 2014 |
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voor Vivien
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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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