A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself the Mindhunter, trading on Joe's name, has jeopardised the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.
With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discovers links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the men and women are choked unconscious and the letter A is carved into their foreheads. As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems, and soon Joe's fate, and the fates of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer....
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By Cabaspre on 26-08-15
Devastating, brilliant and thrilling
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What can I say without revealing anything? As usual Sean Barrett narrated the story with empathy and brilliance - a remarkable performance. I usually listen while walking the dog and I was aware about half way through the book that I had stopped and was staring into space; not quite believing what I was hearing. I have read/listened to thousands of books and I am not sure that any of them affected me emotionally as much as this particular one. I have read better or cleverer literature with cunning plots or profound messages but this hit me hard. In fact it was so good that I waited until I had a quiet half hour alone in the house before listening to the end. Wow! Michael Robotham has surpassed himself with this one.
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By mollyeyre on 07-08-15
Well worth waiting for
This was a super 'edge of the seat' book, I really enjoyed it - I do like Joe, I know he is rather melancholic, but not irritatingly so. He is so real in the way he deals with things and his logic and crime solving are realistic rather than some of the leaps of faith one reads in some novels.
The writing was excellent - red herrings galore, and a good plot well executed.
My only niggle, is that there were TWO personal narratives, one was Joe's and the other - the killer's, but I could not always tell immediately when the killer cut in. However - I soon got the hang of it and I didn't see the ending or the killer coming.
Sean Barrett is brilliant - as ever!. I read this in just over a day, just couldn't put it down.
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By Lia on 01-06-18
Fantastic Addition To The Series
I am a huge fan of Michael Robotham in general and an equally huge fan of his Joe O’Loughlin series. He understands that we want both a good mystery story and a ‘novel’, i.e. a prose narrative about relationships. We have followed Joe’s bouts with Parkinson’s disease and his breakup with his wife Julianne. Joe has bad luck in that his investigation of crimes has a way of impinging upon his family life. His kids might be dragged into the action and this, as night follows day, can affect his primary relationship, with Julianne.
In Close Your Eyes his relationship with his family is at the heart of the narrative. Julianne seems open to the possibility of a reconciliation (they were never divorced), something that Joe would very much like to see happen. Unfortunately, Julianne has to go to hospital and Joe must look after his daughters Charlie and Emma while visiting his hospitalised wife as often as possible.
In the meantime there is a murder to solve. A young mother and her daughter have been murdered in a local farm house. (We are at the O’Loughlins’ cottage in Somerset for this novel.) The daughter was dispatched efficiently, the mother slaughtered brutally. As the case develops Joe learns that there have been other related cases, some of whose victims have had A’s carved into their foreheads.
The perp is introduced (but not identified) early in the narrative and we hear his take on things. His life has been very troubled and his family situation continues to haunt him.
On a side note, the novel is set near Weston-super-Mare, about 18 miles from Bristol. As luck would have it, we have friends there and I have seen that area and can attest to the accuracy of the atmospherics which Robotham (an Australian from Sydney) creates.
Bottom line: this is a first-rate Robotham novel and –given some important plot developments which I will not spoil—no readers of the O’Loughlin series should miss it.
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By Tarryn Drabble on 28-12-16
Once again, I was not able to put this book down.
brilliantly written and narrated