Suspect (Joseph O'Loughlin, #1)
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Suspect (Joseph O'Loughlin #1)

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London psychiatrist Joseph O'Loughlin seems to have the perfect life. He has a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter, and a thriving practice to which he brings great skill and compassion. But he's also facing a future dimmed by Parkinson's disease. And when he's called in on a gruesome murder investigation, he discovers that the victim is someone he once knew. Unable to tel...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It's very hard to like a book when you hate the main character. Joseph O’Loughlin is a shining example of everything I despise. He is self-centered, whiny, deceitful, unprofessional and weak. In short, he’s a lying, cheating bastard.

Postmodern fiction is full of antiheroes, but most of them have one redeeming quality you can hold on to. Joe has none. Robotham stripped him of anything a reader could like. The only thing left is the fact that he has Parkinson’s desease. I’m ashamed to admit there...more
Karen Brooks
Having read Michael Robotham’s Joe ‘O’Loughlin books our of order (I literally read Say You’re Sorry, the latest, first – and loved it – see earlier review), I found I didn’t enjoy this first in the series as much as I feel I probably should.
Don’t get me wrong – this is a tautly written, gripping thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride as we’re introduced to the recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, psychologist, Joe O’Loughlin. Dealing with this advancing neurological disease and the fa...more
Mar 30, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone
For some reason I didn’t immediately read this novel by Michael Robotham after putting it on my ever-growing “to-read” shelf. Perhaps I thought it was more of a “literary fiction” novel. Or may be I was not paying attention.

This is a pretty good “whodunit”. The protagonist is a Psychologist who deals with patients that others don’t want to. He joined a private practice to pay for his house and family, but he still deals with the economically challenged, including an organization that helps prost...more

Finally, after reading about four other Robotham novels, I finally got my hands on the kick-off novel: "Suspect."

Now I understand why the series is called the Joe O'Loughlin series -- the books are written in first-person, and this -- the first one -- is written from the point of view of O'Loughlin, who's a psychologist.

What a perfect tipoff - the series launches with O'Loughlin and London police inspector Vincent Ruiz equipoised as adversar...more
SUSPECT (Psy. Suspense-Joe O’Loughlin-England-Cont) – VG
Robotham, Michael – Standalone
Doubleday, 2005, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1582881294

First Sentence: From the pitched slate roof of the Royal Marsden Hospital, if you look between the chimney pots and TV aerials, you see more chimney pots and TV aerials.

The police have asked psychologist Joe O’Loughlin for help solving the murder they suspect to be a prostitute. Joe not only recognizes the woman, they had a brief relationship. Joe suspects one of...more
This is the second book I have now read by this author in this series. I liked the first one I read, Say You're Sorry better overall. The main character was more developed and the book was a page-turner right away. This one started out a bit slower, but was exciting and hard to put down by the end. Lots of twists and turns in both books. I think this book was a bit slower due to the introduction of the characters and some background set-up. I haven't gotten attached to the characters as much as...more
Patrick Gibson
Nov 15, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all who dare
I want to thank the Goodreads friend who recommended this author. (You know who you are—identify yourself NOW!) Your suggestion was I might like ‘Lost’ but also hinted might want to read the first first.

Wow. For a person who only started reading murder mysteries a couple years ago, I have developed respect for the genre. I gotta tell you Michael Robotham is ‘this close’ to being brilliant. I got sucked into his world so fast there was a momentary vacuum in my brain. His mastery of the descriptiv...more
I'm glad for Goodreads because they put the number of book in a series and where each book falls in place. Otherwise I would have read the 4th Joe O'Loughlin book and not have known that Robotham is actually on the 6th book in the series. Suspect is the first look we get at Joe, and explains quite a lot about his character and his situation in life. Things are not good for him in Suspect, but he decides to take dectectiving into his own hands and make the best of a crappy situation. The 4 star i...more
3,5 stars

Uma rapariga é encontrada morta perto de um cemitério de Londres. O seu corpo encontra-se cheio de cortes feitos por uma navalha que parecem um indício de auto-mutilação. Contudo, tudo o resto aponta para que esta mulher tenha sido vítima de um crime horrendo. Foi deixada ao esquecimento numa vala até que a polícia a encontra e começa assim uma roda viva de confusões, mentiras e ilusões que parece não ter fim.
Joseph O'Loughlin é um psicólogo clínico que acabou de descobrir que sofre de...more
This book has got me so wound up that I was up until 3:00AM finishing it because not having a few questions answered was making me crazy. Even now I'm still a little trembly think about it, but then again I am having my crazy week, so in retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have this book around this time of the month.
A few other reviews have mentioned that there are some incredible plot turns. I can think of only one, and although it's the plot point I'm currently obsessing over it, I don't know that...more
A lie, once told, can not be recalled and is bound to grow in scope. Such is the case with Joseph O’Loughlin, a London psychiatrist, who voices one small falsehood and sees it grow and threaten to consume all he holds dear.

O’Loughlin has an ideal life—a perfect wife, a child who adores him, a thriving practice—except for the recently discovered fact that Parkinson’s disease causes dismay about his future. Unable to confront his wife with his fears, he turns to a friend who is his only alibi for...more
William Smith
First time user/poster. I've liked all of Michael Robotham's novels. I have found that there are mystery/thriller writers who are imaginative and articulate. These writers generally avoid all of the standard roles that populate so many books of this genre. On the "Literate" side of this genre I have liked most of the works of the following: James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Linda LaPlante, Robert Harris, David Ellis, Michael Robotham, Dennis Lehane, the late Elmore Leonard and more that my febr...more
David Chittenden
For the first few chapters, I found it very hard to get into this book. As a professional counsellor, I tend to be extremely critical of how counsellors and psychologists are portrayed in fiction. Once it became apparent that the psychologist had all the flaws and foibles of a real person, and the knowledge of a psychologist, I was completely drawn into the story.Even the psychologist's reactions to his Parkensen's disease onset was completely realistic, as was his panicked reaction when he foun...more
Daniel Rudge
Suspect is one of those books that you have to invest yourself in to get any payback. The book is broken into three smaller books, each with a specific objective. In book one, Robotham gives us the background on his protagonist Joe O'Loughlin, a psychologist that has many character flaws. His wit is adorable, his determination to help his patients laudable, but his inability to talk with his wife (which is her biggest need), his inability to say what needs to be said because he overanalyzes his...more
Well, I ruined some of the suspense in this book because I read Shatter first not realizing it was a series so, I was going to give it 4.5 stars but then realized it was unfair bc I was the one who read them out of order. This book - wow - what can I say about? I loved it. More twists than a crazy straw. And I just adore Joe. Basically, it was a who done it but with so much intensity I couldn't put it down.

I will recommend Michael Robotham over and over and over again.
Simon Seah
Sometimes, it is better to read a book that is not the first in the series. Joseph O'Loughlin series is one example. I first read Bleed for Me which is the 4th in the series and it is one of my favorite book and I started to read the rest of the books in the series. If I haven't read Bleed for Me, I probably won't read this one as the first one third of the book was kind of slow-pace. But since I read Bleed for Me, I continues on to the end and my mind was blowed. How can things change so much i...more
Another new series I'm going to follow. This novel is a page-turner and is relentless in its suspense.
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Carol Scotman
Excellent read, hard to put down. Loved it...
My feelings for this book can best be captured through the discerning words of C. Montgomery Burns: “I know what I hate, and I don’t hate that.” Suspect is a twisty yet lifeless entry into the The Fugitive wing of whodunits.

The biggest issue I had with Suspect was the characters: while believable, they were void of depth and complexity. A well-rounded character would die of loneliness within these pages—its inhabitants would disappear completely if you turn them sideways. Robotham has the protag...more
"Chemotherapy is a cruel hairdresser" (1).
“In other words, does a person have time to think something is frightening, or does the reaction precede the thought” (7).
"'You conceal information from me again and I'll put my boot so far up your ass your breath will smell of shoe polish'" (33). *Wow. I wonder if I will ever have the opportunity to utter such a threat. Probably not.
"Fenwick, for all his obvious success as a doctor, is one of those people who tries desperately hard to be somebody else....more
Michael Robotham quit journalism to become a ghost-writer, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and show-business personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

Eventually he quit ghost-writing, to make time to write psychological thrillers, which have now been translated into twenty-two languages and published in more than 50 countries.

‘The Suspect’ is his first...more
Psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin feels like his perfect life is unravelling faster than the clock is ticking. His friend Jock, a doctor, has just diagnosed him as having Parkinson’s Disease, and Joe is shattered. He closes in on himself, not talking to his wife, Julianne, making her unsure about him, and what is happening. His beautiful daughter, 8 year old Charlie, senses something is wrong…

When a young woman is found with multiple stab wounds that appear to be self-inflicted, Joe is horrified to...more
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes flawed, but sympathetic male main characters, like the ones in Gone Girl, Defending Jacob, Derailed, In the Woods, or No Time for Goodbye . You'll also like it if you enjoyed British thriller Into the Darkest Corner. This is quite a page-turner and may keep you up reading late into the night, especially at the end.

One small thing... I must not read very many books written in the present tense, because my brain found it slightly jarring in the beginning and...more
A terrific (British) mystery, and what pushes it from a 4 star to a 5 star is the quality of this unabridged recording, meaning that Simon Prebble once again nails a perfect reading. I'd listen to him read his grocery list and be entranced. The mystery runs the lines of the innocent man wrongly accused and being framed by a devious killer. I'm not giving much if anything away here b/c you pretty much get this from the book jacket. It's still a surprising and gripping "read," reminiscent in suspe...more
di questo autore avevo già letto e recensito un libro, il genere "giallo" non è il mio preferito ma il primo libro letto mi era piaciuto abbastanza e ho deciso di riprovarci, anche questa volta non mi ha delusa, fra l'altro questa volta mi sono portata a casa il primo volume scritto da questo autore, chissà mai che decida di leggere tutti i suoi libri, che non sono comunque molti: siamo molto lontani dall'autore che sforna un libro ogni 2 mesi, robotham scrive un libro ogni 2 anni, non penso mi...more
Moi Escalante
This was purchased from Book Sale many, many years ago at Php 50 (about one US dollar) and I took it out of the shelf because the prologue was interesting. This is perhaps the very first suspense-thriller novel I’ve read, if I remember correctly. And it’s among the best.

Written in first person, we are introduced to Professor Joseph O’Loughin, a forty-year-old psychologist, with a pretty wife, a charming daughter and an incurable disease. He was living a pretty decent life (well, somewhat) until...more
Ik heb het boek gekocht (Paar maanden geleden in de aanbieding bij Libris Boekhandels €5) met twee vooroordelen: 1. Bij thrillers draait het altijd om hetzelfde, er is een moord en een mysterie dat in de loop van het boek wordt opgelost en altijd goed afloopt. En 2. Michael Robotham is een zeer goede thrillerschrijver.

Ik was benieuwd wat Robotham aan mijn vooroordelen kon gaan veranderen. Hij heeft een vlot geschreven boek gepubliceerd. Het is duidelijk een literaire thriller, het taalgebruik is...more
This is the second Michael Robotham book I've read (or, in this case, listened to) - the first one was an advance copy of The Wreckage, where the character of Joseph O'Loughlin played a minor part. It took me getting nearly halfway into Suspect to realize that the main character in The Wreckage played a major role in this book (Detective Ruiz). It felt strange to see him in a semi-antagonist position here.

Something did stand out that I didn't appreciate. It was a one-sentence thought expressed b...more
As I was reading this book, I got an inkling that I had read it before... maybe not the exact story, but a variation on a theme.

A very popular psychologist is framed for the murder of a girl who once falsely accused him of sexual misconduct... If that doesn't look bad enough, the last call she made the night of her death was to him. What follows is the total destruction of the pscyhologist's life: his career, his family, his friends are all gone in a matter of days. As I reached the middle of t...more
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Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he worked for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first p...more
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