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The 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
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Time Warner (first published January 1st 2004)
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Phrynne
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...more
Jenny Hilborne
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...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
Donna
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Leah
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...more
Mike
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
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...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
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...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
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
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
My View:
Do you know that feeling you get when you pick up a book and start reading it and instantly you know the author can write? Well this book showcases the writing skills of Michael Robotham so well! The narrative is credible, intelligent (treats the reader with respect), doesn’t ask you to go along with ludicrous situations,it has great character development, and a plot that twists and turns and surprises.

I am so pleased I have been properly introduced to this series (I read the 7th book in...more
Teena in Toronto
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 ...
Paula Lyle
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.
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
Andy
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
Filipa
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
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...more
Rosie
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
J.R.
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
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...more
Jen
A couple of months ago, I read Watching You by Michael Robotham and found it suspenseful and well-written. At the time, I knew I wanted to read more, beginning with the first book in the series to get additional background on the characters.

Fortunately, NetGalley recently offered the first two books in the series: The Suspect and Lost. I snapped them both up and entered a two day read-a-thon.


The Suspect centers on Joe O'Loughlin, a successful psychologist who loves his wife and child. One of th...more
Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Cognitive dissonance...

I enjoyed this thriller despite my up front acknowledgement that I detested the character of the (anti)hero and star of this first in a series - renowned psychologist Joseph O'Laughlin who goes from "hero to zero" when he's accused of murder by Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz of the Metropolitan Police.

Joe lives with his loving wife and daughter in a heavily mortgaged house in London near the London Zoo. He is in a thriving private practice; busy and...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
Sharon
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.
Kokila Gupta
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...more
Elizabeth
From Amazon: Renowned psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin has it all--a thriving practice, a devoted, beautiful, fiercely intelligent wife, and a lovely young daughter. But when he's diagnosed with Parkinson's, O'Loughlin begins to dread the way his exceptional mind has been shackled to a failing body, and the cracks in his perfect existence start to show.

At first, O'Loughlin is delighted to be called in to a high-profile murder investigation, hoping his extraordinary abilities at perception will hel...more
WortGestalt
Psychologen als Protagonisten können sich für einen Thriller als Segen oder als Fluch erweisen. In „Adrenalin“ weiß Autor Michael Robotham die Vorzüge dieser Berufsgruppe aber gut für seine Story zu nutzen und entwickelt mit dem Londoner Psychologen Joe O'Loughlin eine wirklich interessante Serienfigur.

Der vorliegende Band ist der Auftakt zu dieser Reihe, die vom Autor eher als lose Folge angedacht war und Joe O'Loughlin auch ursprünglich nur diesen einen Auftritt zuteil werden lassen wollte. Al...more
Rosee
In the very first Joe O’Loughlin mystery, the psychologist is pulled in by police to help identify a murdered woman. Joe recognizes her as a former patient who had serious mental health issues – she also had some damaging information about Joe. Joe, a husband and father with a healthy medical practice and a new diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, had everything to lose. he quickly becomes a suspect in the eyes of the detective he had promised to help. As Joe tries to find the real killer, he riske...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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