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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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Sharon
Psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin and wife, Julianne are happily married and have a young daughter named Charlie. Life had been going along really well for the family until, Joe is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Joe does as much research as he can on the disease, but not wanting to tell anyone about it until he can come to terms with it himself.

The body of a young woman is found with stab wounds and at first it is thought she is a prostitute. Joe is asked to help find out who the victim is an
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David Staniforth
Some time back I read a more recent book of this series Watching You, not taking note of it being part of a serialization. The book worked perfectly well as a stand alone, and I loved it. More recently, I read, Life or Death and loved that too. Therein, I decided to go right to the beginning and read Robotham’s first book. Guess what? I loved it.

Some reviews mention that the main character's actions are implausible and that he isn’t a very likeable person, and that may be true on both counts. My
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Phrynne
Sep 03, 2014 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and it will certainly not be my last. The story was gripping from the first page to the last. In fact even when it appeared to be finished the author came up with one last totally unexpected plot twist. The book was well written and the characters were honestly portrayed with all their bad as well as good characteristics. There were no heroes, just normal people struggling with abnormal situations. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next book in ...more
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
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Brenda
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
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Donna
Feb 06, 2012 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Gary
Jul 30, 2013 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read his latest novel which I really enjoyed, I decided to read the series from the start with 'Suspect'. I did enjoy it but I didn't think that it was up to the same standard as his recent novel.
I found the plot a little bit predictable but the novel does succeed in setting the foundations for a very good series of books.
LJ
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
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Cheryl
Feb 23, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written crime novel, the first in a series featuring psychologist Joe O'Laughlin and set in England. In this book, Joe's just been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He has to deal with his changing health, along with helping the police solve the murder of a woman - someone Joe comes to recognize from his past. I liked how the author made Joe seem real and flawed, not a perfect hero. He makes mistakes, both in his personal life and in solving the crime. The book started out a little slow, ...more
Kathryn
I really enjoyed this as I read it, and suspect (no pun intended!) that I will continue to read more of this Joseph O’Loughlin series. However, it was actually fairly forgettable, since now - 6 days after finishing it - I can’t actually remember it in much detail at all!! But I do remember that it was a good read at the time and kept me turning the pages… It was a nice change, as I haven’t read very much of this genre lately.
Paula Lyle
Aug 01, 2013 Paula Lyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This book starts out with a bunch of stories about violence towards women. This has nothing to do with anything - it's just an added bonus. The protagonist is a jerk who admires and pities himself in equal measure. He lies to everyone for no discernible reason, except if he didn't he wouldn't be a suspect. Sorry.
Karen Brooks
Aug 26, 2012 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenny Hilborne
Jul 31, 2014 Jenny Hilborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is a family man who has just received some devastating news about his health. Joe is at a meeting providing counseling for a group of prostitutes and is interrupted by an aggressive Detective holding a photograph of a murder victim. DI Ruiz believes the victim might have been a prostitute and he invites Joe to assist in his investigation. Joe soon learns the dead woman is a nurse, a former patient of his, and one with whom he shares bad history.

When Joe learns
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Tony
Jan 04, 2016 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
SUSPECT. (2005). Michael Robotham. *****.
This is the first stand-alone novel by this Australian writer. It will have you turning pages as if in a hypnotized state until you reach the end. The writer tells the story of a psychologist who becomes embroiled in the death of a young woman with whom he once had a passing relationship. As he attempts to help law enforcement with additional information, he finds himself becoming more and more the focus of the investigation – a person of interest. As the
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Msjodi777
Mar 30, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I really don't know how I discovered this author, but I have to admit that Suspect by Michael Robotham absolutely blew me away. I couldn't stop listening. I don't normally care for first person stories, but this one, with all the different things going on in Joe's life, it was almost like you were going mad with him. Of course, he did do a few things, that were pretty stupid, and I'm thinking: "I can't believe that fool did that!" But as things unfold, the plot gets more and more convoluted ...more
Steve
Dec 26, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little shocked by this book. Firstly, the disease that the main character has is rather confronting all by itself, and then you get the storyline picking up with talk of murder. It builds up in a direction, and you think you understand how it is going to go, and then author pulls the rug out from under you, and you feel dazed and confused. It built up slowly, with many twists, turns and back-flips to a very delicious climax, and a mostly satisfying resolution. My only niggle would be tha ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jul 05, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise sounded good and I love mysteries ... but I found this book really really slow. I wouldn't recommend it.

I wasn't sympathic to Joe at all. He finds out he has Parkinson's ... so gets drunk and sleeps with a former hooker. Hello ... he has a wife!!

The ending is definitely convoluted! Whatever ...
David
Oct 19, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding psychological thriller by Michael Robotham and the debut of his brilliantly flawed psychologist Joseph O'Loughin. I am so thrilled to have come across another amazingly talented Australian author to work through. In fact, I am seeking out number 2 in the series as we speak.
Mary Beth
Jan 07, 2017 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to rate this 4.5 stars, only because it was a little slow in the beginning. I was at about 30% then the action started and it was a rollercoaster ride. This is the first book in the Joseph O'Loughlin Series. I will surely be reading more of his books. This book was so hard to put down. I am serious. I recommend this to all thriller lovers.

London psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is a family man who has just received some devastating news about his health. Joe is at a meeting providing couns
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Leah
Jul 18, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2014, thriller
High quality thriller...

When the body of a young woman is found following an anonymous tip-off, coincidentally psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is close to the scene. But when it turns out that he also knew the victim and even had what could be seen as a motive, Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz’s belief in coincidence is stretched past breaking point. As he becomes the chief suspect, Joe finds he must investigate the crime himself to find out why everything about it seems to lead back to him. And sud
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Daniel Rudge
Apr 11, 2014 Daniel Rudge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike
Mar 30, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  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
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William Smith
Aug 21, 2013 William Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kokila Gupta
Sep 10, 2014 Kokila Gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
The book is not a Crime Classic but is pleasingly different from its contemporaries. While sharing many common threads with other contemporary crime fictions (murders can't be done much differently eh!) it offers an interesting scenario with a finely etched cast of characters and nuanced narration of their behaviour. Remember,it was translated in 22 languages.

Mercifully, the people in the book act and speak responsibly according to their parts and do not provide unbelievably out-of-character sor
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J
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I DON'T HIDE OR PROMOTE MY REVIEWS.

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
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Sherri F.
Audio (CDs): 3.5 to 4 stars - This is #1 in Joe O'Loughlin (mystery/thriller) series and a new series & author for me. The first 2/3 was good but very slow-paced for my taste BUT the last 1/3 moved much faster and was such a very good ending that I'll probably check out the rest of the series sooner than later (which through most of the book prob wasn't going to be the case). Narrator does a good job w/the varying English dialects esp. between London and Liverpool. Definitely worth a read or ...more
Shelli
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
Marley
DNF - Because I can't stand main characters who are smart and KNOW they should do something, even say they should do it, but talk themselves out of the doing the smart thing over and over. I got sick of rolling my eyes at the main characters self-inflicted dilemmas. He constantly made excuses about others' behavior and his own.

It is unfortunate because there were a lot of interesting things in this book that I wish I could have had more patience but when he kept dragging his feet when it came to
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Randi Reisfeld
Dec 26, 2014 Randi Reisfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm happily invested in Robotham's Joe O'Laughlin/Victor Ruiz series of physiological thrillers. I've read most of them, except the first few and it's kinda cool to see how things began--since I know the evolution of their difficult personal lives. Joe is a professor of psychology at a London university, routinely pulled into murder cases; Ruiz is a sardonic, seen-it-all cop. This first book in the excellent series chronicles their first meeting while working a few juicy cases. I'd recommend it ...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
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Gold Dagger winning author, Michael Robotham was born in Australia in November 1960 and 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
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