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Michael Robotham

Autor/a de Suspect

37 obres 9,126 Membres 550 Ressenyes 18 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Michael Robotham was born in Australia in 1960. In 1979, he moved to Sydney and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper. He spent the next fourteen years working for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature writer for the United Kingdom's Mail on Sunday, mostra'n més he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra discovered in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin's Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years. He left journalism in 1993 to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and show business personalities to write their autobiographies. He also writes novels including The Suspect, The Night Ferry, Lost, and The Secrets She Keeps. He won numerous awards including the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005 for The Drowning Man, the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2008 for Shatter, the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award for best crime novel in 2015 for Life or Death, and the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards, General fiction book of the year for The Secrets She Keeps. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Sèrie

Obres de Michael Robotham

Suspect (2003) 1,375 exemplars
Shatter (2008) 910 exemplars
Lost (2005) 838 exemplars
Bleed for Me (2010) 622 exemplars
The Secrets She Keeps (2017) 610 exemplars
Good Girl, Bad Girl (2019) 596 exemplars
The Night Ferry (2007) 562 exemplars
Say You're Sorry (2012) 530 exemplars
Life or Death (2014) 492 exemplars
When She Was Good (2020) 378 exemplars
Watching You (2013) 370 exemplars
The Wreckage (2011) 368 exemplars
Bombproof (2009) 334 exemplars
The Other Wife (2018) 320 exemplars
Close Your Eyes (2015) 295 exemplars

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Coneixement comú

Data de naixement
1960-11
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
Australia
Llocs de residència
Casino, New South Wales, Australia
Professions
crime novelist
journalist
ghost writer
biographer
Premis i honors
Ned Kelly Award
Agent
Richard Pine
Biografia breu
Michael Robotham is a former journalist and the ghostwriter of at least fourteen autobiographies of prominent figures in the military, arts, sport and science (of Lulu, Ricky Tomlinson, Geri Halliwell, Rolf Harris and Tracy Edwards and others). He lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and three daughters.

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The sixth installment in the Joseph O'Loughlin series. Joe and Ruiz become involved in the investigation into the disappearance of Natasha and Piper, two 15-year-olds who went missing three years ago. The plot is very disturbing, delving into the abduction and abuse of the two girls, and the psychology of this behavior. I was shocked but could not put the book down.
 
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ravensfan | Hi ha 45 ressenyes més | Apr 29, 2024 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

The bodies of migrants are washed onto the beach where Cyrus and Evie are holidaying. Cyrus helps save one survivor and on the strength of that inserts himself into the investigation, even though there never really seems to be much call for a psychologist. Instead Cyrus and Evie keep asking awkward questions of people they think are involved in endangering or trafficking migrants today and also Evie herself when she was a child. The whole mystery of Evie's past is laid out here, presumably as recalled by Evie herself, which felt a bit anticlimactic after the gradual hints of the previous books.

I found the various players in St. Claire (who were all related to each other in one way or another) confusingly hard to keep in their proper places and the ending frustratingly abrupt. Not my favourite in this series.
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pgchuis | Mar 21, 2024 |
On the surface, Meghan has it all: a handsome, successful husband on television, two beautiful children and a third on the way. She attends prenatal yoga classes, and spends time writing a “mommy blog.”

Agatha doesn’t have it so easy. She’s divorced, seeking to keep her new man, Hayden (of the Royal Navy), in her life with an accidental pregnancy she uses as leverage with his family back home. She works in the grocery, lives in a drab home, and wants to be Meg.

The two women have spoken on occasion, and at one point become “friends,” chatting over their yet unborn children and going through baby clothes, a scene which later comes into play when the police wonder at people who might have inserted themselves into Meg’s life in the months leading up to her delivery.

Meg can’t possibly believe Agatha could have anything to do with her missing infant son.

Agatha has been convincing.

*Spoiler alert* I will try to keep to a minimum but cannot review without mentioning reasons I lowered my rating to four instead of five stars.

Overall The Secrets She Keeps is a page-turning read. I foresaw trouble between Meg and Agatha from the beginning, but that’s to be expected given the blurb. Agatha’s fake pregnancy is telegraphed, but so well-written and thorough that I really feared for Meg’s safety. There’s talk of Meg needing a cesarean birth due to prior delivery complications and I waited for Meg to be abducted and Agatha to be performing some do-it-yourself surgery, but this didn’t get that dark.

What did happen, though, reveals a heartbreaking backstory of a woman, Agatha, who feels her life is worthless without being able to have and raise children of her own. She’s suffered, and is unable or unwilling to see the pain she inflicts upon others in her quest for what she desires most.

Kudos to the author for so completely committing to this tragic character.

Meg, on the other hand, is someone with whom I’m less sympathetic. I almost agree with Agatha’s speculation that Meg isn’t grateful for what she has (then again neither is her husband). Both partners have been unfaithful, and it’s in calling into question Meg’s son’s paternity that I feel the author either went too far or not far enough.

Let me explain. Meg had a one night-stand with her husband’s best friend, a man she shares a past with (unbeknownst to her husband). When “Ben” (Meg’s infant) goes missing from the hospital, it seems a foregone conclusion that while Meg is berating her husband for his infidelity, she’ll have to admit her own. Simon (the possible father) is set up as someone demanding, a man who needs to know whether or not the boy is his, and who wants badly to be in his life if so. He seems the perfect suspect, really, but never once is any of this mentioned to the police, not even while Meg fears for her son’s life. The Simon-Meg connection seemed a lot of drama and potential tension for nothing because when it came down to it Simon was like, “Yeah, well, it’s okay. Congrats on the baby that may or may not be mine. Maybe I’ll turn in this DNA swab or maybe I’ll just try and get my girlfriend pregnant instead.”

What the what???

If something’s like this is written into a story it must have purpose other than surface tension. Simon professed love for Meg. Her husband was cheating with their realtor. How on Earth does this end up “happily ever after?”

Grr.

Also, I’m not a fan of appropriated material. In the author’s quest to write a compelling false pregnancy for Agatha he resorted to quite literally mimicking a scene from Gone Girl almost to a T. Agatha has a pregnant friend who she invites over and plies with drinks to make her pee in a broken toilet, for Agatha to then take the pee to her doctor to get a positive pregnancy test. Eh, sorry, that one’s been done before.

For that reason and for the whole thread about Simon, I’m downgrading my rating from five to four stars. Harsh, maybe, because this is certainly five-star prose, but I don’t feel the plot is perfect, and fives are rare from me. Overall, an excellent read. Riveting, and Agatha’s secrets are both shocking and heartbreaking. What drives a woman to steal another woman’s child? You’ll have to read to find out.

*Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of this novel.
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bfrisch | Hi ha 49 ressenyes més | Mar 3, 2024 |
This is the fifth installment of the Joseph O'Loughlin series. Joe is a very minor character in this story. Instead the focus is on Vincent Ruiz, the ex-cop. The story alternates back and forth between two plot lines. In Iraq, journalist Luca Terracini is investigating a string of bank robberies along with UN auditor Daniela Garner. Meanwhile in London, banker Richard North has gone missing. It was a bit confusing at first for me, before I could get my bearings on how these two stories were related. But in typical Michael Robotham fashion, the writing and storytelling kept me engaged. This was a thriller.… (més)
 
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ravensfan | Hi ha 29 ressenyes més | Dec 24, 2023 |

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Obres
37
Membres
9,126
Popularitat
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Valoració
3.8
Ressenyes
550
ISBN
590
Llengües
13
Preferit
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