Shatter

Shatter

A Joseph O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz Mystery

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.

In Michael Robotham’s latest thriller, psychologist Joe O’Loughlin—the appealing hero of Suspect—tries to prevent a suicide and finds himself locked in a deadly duel with a very clever killer.

Joe O'Loughlin is on familiar territory—standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. She is naked, wearing only high-heel shoes, sobbing into a cell phone. Suddenly, she turns to him and whispers, “You don’t understand,” and lets go. Joe is shattered by the suicide and haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide—not like that. She was terrified of heights. Compelled to investigate, Joe is soon obsessed with discovering who was on the other end of the phone. What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?

Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart: a man who searches for the cracks in a person’s psyche and claws his fingers inside, destroying what makes them whole.

With pitch-perfect dialogue, believable characters, and intriguingly unpredictable plot twists, Shatter is guaranteed to keep even the most avid thriller readers riveted long into the night.



Baker & Taylor
When Joe O'Loughlin fails to save a naked and distraught woman sobbing on a cell phone from jumping off a bridge into a flooded gorge below, he is shattered by the suicide, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that she never would have committed such a desperate act and that the answer to the mystery may lie with the voice on the other end of the phone.

Blackwell North Amer
Joe O'Loughlin is on familiar territory - standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. She is naked, wearing only high-heel shoes, sobbing into a cell phone. Suddenly, she turns to him and whispers, "You don't understand," and lets go. Joe is shattered by the suicide and haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide - not like that. She was terrified of heights. Compelled to investigate, Joe is soon obsessed with discovering who was on the other end of the phone. What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?
Having devoted his career to repairing damaged minds, Joe must now confront an adversary who tears them apart: a man who searches for the cracks in a person's psyche and claws his fingers inside, destroying what makes them whole.

Baker
& Taylor

When Joe O'Loughlin fails to save a naked and distraught woman sobbing on a cell phone from jumping off a bridge into a flooded gorge below, he is shattered by the suicide, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that she never would have committed such a desperate act.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780385517911
0385517912
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ROBOT...M
Characteristics: 433 pages ; 25 cm
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Sphere, 2008

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StarGladiator
Sep 24, 2017

Outstanding author, extremely well-written mystery psychological fiction!

Highly, highly recommended!

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veronica_di_salvo
Jan 08, 2016

Excellent book. Kind of scary for all those people who have kids.

madison382 Apr 24, 2013

This is what suspense is all about. Excellent writer.

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ClaireM_W
Jul 11, 2012

The hero is a psychologist w Parkinson's Disease and great empathy for the victims - women and children. I've got to love this guy. Not at all gory. Well written, no shortage of witty singers to keep one well entertained.

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B_Mammen
Feb 03, 2011

Shatter : This book raises the bar on thrills and evil.

An extremely well written psychological thriller that delves into the darkest corners of the human mind.

Scary !!

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Chrisinab
Jul 14, 2010

Excellent novel, first time I have read Michael Robotham - definite page turner. Have since searched out other titles from Robotham and have not been disappointed!

Greatly appreciated that the references the author made to earlier interactions between the characters (from previous novels) were general enough that the reader was aware of earlier history between the characters without having to have read the other novels. For me there is nothing worse than trying out an author or novel just to find out that it is a continuation of an earlier plot or ongoing character development where as a reader I feel lost not having read the earlier novels.

Robotham does a wonderful job of linking the characters through all his novels without the reader having to follow the character and relationship development by reading the novels in order.

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matcat44
May 26, 2010

Well written, fast moving, page turning book. No long descriptions that detracted from the suspense.

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Siobhan1
Dec 22, 2009

Lovely writer - protagonist is a psychologist with Parkinson's disease - suspense building - satisfying read.

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