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.