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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,899 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Robotham Narrator: Sean Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joseph O’Loughlin Series Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781478931652
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In this fast-paced thriller, a psychologist faces off against a killer who destroys his victims from the inside out.

Joe O’Loughlin is in familiar territory—standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. “You don’t understand,” she whispers, and lets go. Joe is 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.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most suspenseful book I read all year.”

    Stephen King

  • The most suspenseful book I read all year. Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
  • Pleasantly creepy....plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Terrific….a classic ‘wrong man’ thriller that puts its hero in hot water, then raises the Fahrenheit to a fever pitch….Robotham not only builds the suspense masterfully but tops it off with a stunning twist.”

    People

  • “This is Robotham’s…best psychological thriller.”

    Daily Mirror (London)

  • Shatter is psychological suspense at its finest.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Shatter will have you turning the pages compulsively, desperate to get to the end but not daring to miss a word.”

    Times (London)

  • “Thematically complex, artfully structured, beautifully written and observed, Shatter confirms Robotham’s place in the front row of crime.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Brace yourself. Shatter is a nerve-shredding cat-and-mouse contest…The story is told in alternating first-person accounts, and Sean Barrett wisely voices healer and murderer almost identically, making the point that they have much in common except that one of them uses his skills to torture and kill. When for a moment you’re not sure who is speaking, it’s thrillingly creepy. Barrett creates a wide range of wives, children, crusty cops, and panic-stricken victims with perfect control, and his pacing is propulsive. This is one you won’t forget. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Robotham smoothly mixes Joe’s investigation and personal struggles with glimpses into the killer’s mind. Even the sharpest readers may not anticipate all of the plot’s agile switchbacks or foresee the chilling climax.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rebuffed by the police, Joe calls in his old friend, retired policeman Vincent Ruiz…and together they start a harrowing investigation. Robotham once again delivers. Recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Robotham sharpens the conventional horrors with his unerring eye for psychological detail, his mastery of pace, and his spooky villain, a manipulator as monstrous as Hannibal Lecter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent book. Disturbing subject matter in the way the perpetrator behaved. Fourth book to feature psychologist Joe O'loughlin and detective Ruiz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Tolentino | 1/30/2014

    " the BEST novel of my collection :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/30/2014

    " Kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nascarrunner71 | 1/26/2014

    " Great psychological thriller. Fast read. I'm going to go back and read more of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2014

    " An immediate hook....catches you right away like Lost did. Loving it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/21/2014

    " I won this book in an giveaway and I really enjoyed it. Why have I never heard of this write before? The characters were well-developed, the plot was fast moving and intense and the story was full of twists and turns. I plan on reading more by this author, he is truly fanstastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookblog | 1/12/2014

    " Michael is a great writer, already not wanting to put down the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/9/2014

    " Yep, still loving Michael Robotham. I already moved onto another one of his books in the series! This one was absolutely chilling. Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is called to a scene where a woman is naked in high heels and ready to jump from a bridge. He notices she's on a cell phone talking to someone, and when he tries to stop her, she says "You don't understand." And then jumps. Watching O'Loughlin get pulled into this dark tale is one thing, but then when you see things from the killer's point of view (is he a killer if he didn't touch or see her? How much can we control another person's mind?) the level of depravity and coldness just takes it to a whole new level. Robotham has a fantastic eye for detail, and he has a great character in O'Loughlin, who can't pull himself away when he sees someone in need, even at the expense of his own health, sanity, and the safety of his family. I thought the denoument went on a little long (the final acts starts 100 pages from the end, and that was too drawn out) but I enjoyed the pacing and the characters. He's really an author I'm going to have to start paying attention to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/5/2014

    " Darn it, started at the third in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Jurd | 12/25/2013

    " Great balance between Author's intellect and physical handicap (Parkinsons) in solving crime. It kept my interest till the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dougie6t7msn.com | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent psychological thriller from Michael Robotham. Brilliantly written. This is the first book by this author that I've read but certainly I plan to download his others. Gripping stuff from start to finish, each chapter leaves you begging for more. Thoroughly recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 9/14/2013

    " Another page turner with a delightful "hero".....I will continue with this series. Love the periphial character of Ruiz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/12/2013

    " Great read. Keeps you on edge until the final pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 9/2/2013

    " Haven't read a good suspense in a long time - really enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Scullard | 7/24/2013

    " I thought this book started out really slow. But as the story progressed it was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/13/2013

    " Great thriller! Definitely a page turner! I will be reading more of this author's work. I would recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/27/2013

    " This is a fantastic book. It's the first Michael Robotham I have read, but I intend to read all his books now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/30/2012

    " I love reading, but I'm not a good reader. I lose concentration and lose pages as I read them and therefore lose the plot often. This book gripped me from the start. A little unbelievable in a few areas, but still a top read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Walsh | 10/27/2012

    " This book should come with a voucher for a free session of post-traumatic stress counselling. The author forces you to care deeply about the main characters and the phrase "I couldn't put it down" was never more true. Highly recommended but be prepared to have your emotions put through the wringer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/14/2012

    " Good crime thriller with a very interesting villain (he doesn't see or make contact with his victims). It's always a bit disconcerting to come in mid-way through a series, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tt | 12/3/2011

    " Psychologically intense, timely villian, melancholy protagonist. Great summer read, but I wanted to read it in a well lit, populated area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay Gerschwitz | 10/27/2011

    " This is by far, the best thriller I've read. There's more to using your mobile than what you may have thought!!!! A real page turner "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 9/14/2011

    " Take an interesting idea of psychological control and intertwine it with kidnapped women, children, death and a handicap lead and you get 0 of 10 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann Dailey | 7/17/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great psychological thriller. It's a good story with well drawn characters and best of all, excellent writing. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/9/2011

    " I like this author! He definitely makes you want to keep reading to see what happens! I have enjoyed the other two books from this author better than this one, but I would still recommend this one. I loved the character of DI Ruiz and his sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre | 3/16/2011

    " I become more and more fond of this author. The primary character in this book (Vincent Ruiz) was a secondary character in Robotham's first book (Suspect). This new perspective gives a completely different flavor (much more sympathetic) to his character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 3/15/2011

    " Another interesting book by Robotham in this series of British mystery psychodramas. I liked this one more than his first novel, Suspect, and plan to continue with the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 105th: LOST by Michael Robotham
    Trivia Winner - Nancy

    ~COVE OPINION: C+, Above Average story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanrand | 4/11/2010

    " Not loving this genre, I was amazed how 'lost' I became in this story. Skilful writer who provides a very satisfying finale you don't suspect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/3/2010

    " I enjoy books by this author, but this one was a little predictable for my taste. The characters are very intriguing though. I'll read more of his books just because of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 10/29/2009

    " Best mystery I've "read" in a long time. The main character is a bit along the lines of Dave Robicheaus and Walt Longmeyer, only English, of course. Just a terrific story and very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trspears42 | 10/12/2009

    " This is a pretty good detective novel with a little different approach: The narrator is a long-time detective searching for a kidnapped child thought to be dead, and a psychologist who is usually the protagonistin his novels is a bit player in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 10/4/2009

    " This was an excellent story - full of twists and turns. I really liked the characters.

    I also enjoyed hearing about the places in London, and the local slang! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham is one of the world’s most acclaimed writers of thriller fiction. He began his career as an investigative journalist in Australia and Britain and later became a ghostwriter, collaborating on more than a dozen bestselling autobiographies for pop stars, actors, decorated soldiers, and politicians. His first psychological thriller, Suspect, sold more than a million copies around the world. Lost, his second novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s best crime novel in 2005—an award he won again in 2008 with Shatter. He has been short-listed twice for the CWA Steel Dagger.

About the Narrator

Sean Barrett has won over twenty Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for his audiobook narrations. He started acting professionally at the age of twelve and has since appeared on television and in film in Minder, Brush Strokes, War and Peace, Sons and Lovers, and Return to Oz. His stage credits include performing in the West End with Noël Coward in his Suite in Three Keys. He has worked extensively on BBC Radio and has also narrated several television series, including People’s Century and Crash.