Friday, September 7, 2012

Review: Michael Robotham's 'Say You're Sorry'

Robotham's unique approach separates it from other long standing crime series. The perception of events as told by varying series protagonists maintains a level of continuity whilst separating each book from one another to form complete works of independence. Essentially any one of Michael Robotham’s books serve as a ‘jumping on point’.

The most recent books include 'Bleed for Me' which features Joe O'Loughlin, 'The Wreckage' features retired cop Vincent Ruiz, and the recently released 'Say You're Sorry' sees Joe back as the central character.

The latest book by Michael Robotham, ‘Say You’re Sorry’ is a stark contrast in style and substance being more subdued and criminally contained than its predecessor, the grandiose action thriller ‘The Wreckage’. Clinical Psychologist, Joe O'Loughlin returns (last prominent role in 'Bleed for Me') to aid the police in profiling the person responsible for murdering two people during a blizzard. The investigation isn't what it seams and soon Joe is looking into a past incident involving two missing teenagers to solve a present day crime, little did he know that the two would overlap and rekindle a long doused fire in the pit of the towns stomach.

This is a race against the clock crime where the victims life hang in the balance, relying upon Joe and the police to place the clues before it's too late. Reading the novel you can't escape the urgency and dire circumstances missing duo Natasha McBain and Piper Hadley find themselves in. Switching the POV from the investigation to the journal like sequences portrayed through Piper exemplified the ever building urgency and didn't relent all the way through to the confronting conclusion.

'Say You're Sorry' is one of Robotham's strongest and emotionally gripping novels to date. Partially due to the nature of the crime and in part due to Joe's debilitating Parkinson's disease and off centre domestic life. Retired cop Vincent Ruiz makes a cameo but its Joe and the missing girls who steal the show. I also liked the return of Victoria Naparstek as a semi love interest with a secret whose relationship with Joe tiptoes on the side of professional.

Overall, this was a very easy book to read coupled with a crime that's both unpredictable and unsettling. Highly recommend for fans and those new to the author.

Reviews for the two latest books in the series can be found below on Goodreads:

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