by Michael Robotham

Joe O'Loughlin is on familiar territorystanding 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.

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 suicidenot like that.

Compelled to investigate, Joe is soon obsessed with discovering who was on the other end of the phone.

  • Series: Joseph O'Loughlin
  • Language: English
  • Category: Thriller
  • Rating: 4.10
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: February 7th 2008 by Sphere
  • Isbn10: 1847441777
  • Isbn13: 9781847441775

What People Think about "Shatter"

As Joe calmly tries to convince her theres a better way out, to everyones horror she lets go, falling to her death. She tells Joe theres absolutely no chance this was a suicide. Michael Robotham writes an absolutely terrifying and addicting psychological thriller that will scare you to the bone!

His characters are fully developed. Joe O'Laughlin and Vincent Ruiz have developed a wonderful friendship, and their humor and sarcasm offsets the tension when it's needed. Even secondary characters like DI Cray and Monk are well developed.

The friendship between Joe and Ruiz is brilliant, love their banter. Brilliant writing, fantastic series.

This has to be the most frightening audiobook I have ever listened to and I'm still left thinking about what has just happened in the story.

Darcy did her best to convince Joe that her mother wouldnt have committed suicide she was terrified of heights for one thing; plus Darcy knew she wouldnt leave her alone As Joe tried to find the reason for Christines death, the police were sceptical a clear case of suicide was their opinion. Psychology was what Joe was good at reading people; understanding what made them tick. Shatter by Aussie author Michael Robotham is an unbelievably tense and gut wrenching psychological thriller!

******** *Audiobook Review* Shatter by Michael Robotham is book three in the Joseph O'Laughin series and it's the best one yet! One of the first things that struck me about this series is the hilarious sense of humor Joe has. It may seem like a strange combination, intense psychological suspencemixed with high humor but it works beautifully. There are many other characters that make this series addictive including Joe's children and recently retired Detective Vincent Ruiz. Michael Robotham's writing is scary enough but the audiobook edition ramps everything up another level, all the way up to absolute, scared stiff terror!

It also shattered my sleep patterns. The characters were beguiling and Robotham's writing style flowed easily from the page.

Then there is the upgrading of Mr. Parkinsons status.

Review of the audiobook narrated by Seán Barrett. Shatter has flashes of brilliance, but the story is filled with plot holes and none of the characters are very likable so this one ended up as a "meh" for me. I skipped the first two books and jumped into the middle of this series for two reasons, the first is because my library didn't have the first two on audiobook and the second is because I wanted something from this narrator specifically (more on that below).

His second novel 'THE DROWNING MAN' (first published as 'LOST') won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Barry Award for the BEST BRITISH NOVEL published in the US in 2005. 'SHATTER' went on to win the 2008 Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel and was also shortlisted in the inaugural ITV3 Thriller Awards and for South Africa's Boeke Prize.