New York : Mulholland Books, 2012
419 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9780316126380 (hardback), 0316126381 (hardback), Language:
"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"--
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Michael Robotham is back with his sixth installment in his international bestselling mystery series. Readers not familiar yet with Robotham are missing out. Each of his books is told in the first-person narrative of one of his recurring characters.
This time around, Professor Joe O'Loughlin is still battling the beginning stages of Parkinson's Disease and the 2-yr. separation from his wife, Julianne, and his two daughters. Sienna, the best friend of his eldest, Charlie, is found covered in blood not belonging to her. Sienna's domineering dad, a retired Detective Investigator, is found bludgeoned to death in her bedroom. All evidence points to her guilt. Joe is asked by the court to conduct her pre-trial psychological profile.
What Joe discovers while conducting his investigation is disturbing to a man, a husband, and most of all a father. Joe is reminded of the pure evil that exists in the world. Evil that even touches his precious family core.
The evil that has rocked Sienna's world is now determined to make Joe dance to its bastardly beat.
As mentioned earlier, by switching narrators in each of his books, the reader gets a refreshingly new perspective on each of the main characters. One man's said strengths thus can, and sometimes are, viewed as his weaknesses.
This book is such a page-turner that readers should be aware of the probability of a plenitude of paper cuts.
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