Title: Say You’re Sorry
Author: Michael Robotham
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Two people murdered brutally in a house during a horrible snowstorm. A body found in a frozen pond a few miles away. At first glance, these two crimes are unrelated, but clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin realizes that there may be more to them than meets the eye. Along with his friend, former cop Vincent Ruiz, O’Loughlin connects these murders to the unsolved kidnapping of two teenage girls three years prior.
Michael Robotham is one of my new favorite crime fiction authors. His main character, Joe O’Loughlin is smart and savvy, yet realistically flawed. He tries to be a good father, yet his work is always threatening to take over. What’s more, O’Loughlin has Parkinson’s disease, and while it’s in the early stages, this detail adds a unique facet to this intriguing character. Robotham has crafted his main character exquisitely, and in Say You’re Sorry, he finds new ways to develop O’Loughlin and add more depth to him.
The mystery in Say You’re Sorry is certainly intriguing. Robotham develops the story well, advancing the plot at a steady, brisk pace. The author takes the reader on twists and turns; some plot devices might be evident, but others are very surprising. It makes for a fast, engaging read, and despite its 400+ page length, this is a novel that readers will want to plow through in one sitting.
Robotham also takes the reader inside the mind of Piper Hadley, one of the two abducted teenagers, in Say You’re Sorry. The voices of the two narrators, Joe and Piper, are so incredibly different that it’s difficult to believe that they were written by the same person. Piper really does come across as a scared, nervous young woman who doesn’t know if she’ll ever find safety or security. It’s chilling, yet effective, to get into her head and come to know her. It invests the reader in the story that much more, as they hope she’ll find rescue.
If you’re looking for a great new series to pick up, this is definitely a good choice. But if you’d rather have a standalone novel? Say You’re Sorry works perfectly well. This is only the second novel in the series that I’ve read, and I had no trouble following plot lines, nor did I feel I was missing out on character background. No matter what you’re searching for, Say You’re Sorry is sure to fill that crime-fiction shaped hole in your reading habits.
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