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I totally enjoyed this book and have to admit that although I love all of Michael Rowbotham's writing, I much prefer reading the Joe O'Loughlin series over anything else he has done. Once again it was an intriguing story with a lot of twists and turns and kept me enthralled right to the end.
I am not generally a fan of this type of suspense thriller, retired detective, psychoanalyst type of tale but after reading Shattered I became a big Michael Robothom fan. This writer knows how to create a suspense filled yarn, full of great characters and enough suspense to keep those pages turning. Despite knowing how things are probably going to work out by about half way through this particular book the surprises kept coming. I love a turn of phrase that makes me laugh and this has quite a few clever twists, turns and phrases. The only issue for me is that I thought the ending went just a tiny bit too far - or maybe not. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, character filled adventure with twists, turns and surprises. It does contain the usual Robotham grossness in parts. This writer is the best I have come across in this genre.
This is a really great read. It is suspenseful, intriguing and keeps you wanting more. The insight that Joe has into ones character borders on scary. I certainly wouldn't want him near me. LOL I have read the first three books of the Joe O'Loughlin series and will continue to devour every last book.
I will say that Australia is getting ripped off with the price of each book. If I was able to buy directly from the USA the entire series would cost me the price of one book here. Not fair trading.
Not gruesome, but a clever and entertaining piece of crime fiction, with natty twists and turns, right to the end. Characters are likeable and the plot doesn't stretch too far from possibility. A good, light page-turner.