becomes the hunted when an expert consultant in a baffling murder case becomes
the prime suspect in Michael Robotham's stunning debut thriller.
At forty-two, psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin seems to have it all: a thriving
practice, a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter. But Joe's snug, happy world is
crumbling. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he's dreading the
inevitable and all too palpable deterioration of his body and mind. Then, when
the police ask for his help in solving the brutal murder of a woman they assume
is a prostitute, he's horrified to recognize the victim as a nurse he once
worked with, and with whom he had a bit of a past. As Joe begins to suspect that
one of his patients may be responsible, the police zero in on him.
Michael Robotham possesses the rare ability to create fully believable
characters, fashion terrific dialogue, and generate nonstop suspense. Suspect
is a powerhouse first novel, intricately crafted and chillingly authentic.
The Washington Post - Patrick Anderson
The plot is not a new one -- Respectable Citizen Wrongly Accused -- but Michael
Robotham handles it with unusual skill as he has us suspecting one person and
The New York Times - Marilyn Stasio
creepy story, which is plotted with precision and narrated with real
intelligence by the doctor, whose decision to keep mum on a serious medical
condition of his own makes him look suspicious -- and leaves him vulnerable when
the real murderer shows up.
Vivid characters mostly avoid
stereotype, while a fast and furious last section makes up for a wealth of
asides and anecdotes that, however effectively done, slow the narrative....Still,
Robotham shows real promise.
Library Journal - Caroline Mann
This fast-paced thriller, with twists and turns
reminiscent of The Fugitive, makes for a quick and satisfying read.
British journalist/ghostwriter Robotham's first novel is a masterful riff on I
Confess with a psychologist substituting for the embattled priest.....Readers will
forget their own jobs, meals and families while they race to find out which one
of his targets the killer actually hits before he's brought down.
Booklist - Frank Sennett
Starred Review. Already a hit in the U.K., Suspect may do for psychological
thrillers what Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent did for the legal variety.
The Telegraph (UK)
A clever plot . . . an absorbing read . . . a welcome new name in the
The Mirror (UK)
Nail-biting tension full of fine characterization, brilliantly researched
detail, and subtle humor.
Adelaide Advertiser (Australia)
A highly effective thriller . . . well-engineered plot, with gathering
horrors . . . a gripper.
Tess Gerritsen, author of Body Double
Suspect is one of those rare literary gems, a beautifully written thriller that is both moving and relentlessly suspenseful. This is a debut not to be missed!
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Ashly Amazing I found this book extremely intriguing and beautifully written. The pace of the book was great I never felt bored or unconnected, there was always something else grabbing my attention. As the book went on it just get pulling you in even more and... Read More
About the author: Michael Robotham is a former journalist and the ghostwriter of at least fourteen autobiographies of prominent figures in the military, arts, sport and science worlds, including Lulu, Ricky
Tomlinson, Geri Halliwell, Rolf Harris and Tracy Edwards (which, dependent on the subject have been published in various English speaking countries, but never in the USA). He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three
daughters. Suspect is his first novel (published in
the UK in 2004, and USA in 2005); a second novel, Lost,
was published in the UK in May 2005.
Is ghostwriting good experience for becoming a novelist? According
to Robotham the answer is absolutely yes. As he puts it,
'the point in ghostwriting, the point in which it works, is when you
capture the voice of your subject so completely that you are inside their
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