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Bleed for Me (Joseph O'Loughlin #4)

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Ray Hegarty, a highly respected former detective, lies dead in his daughter Sienna's bedroom. She is found covered in his blood. Everything points to her guilt, but psychologist Joe O'Loughlin isn't convinced.

Fourteen-year-old Sienna is the best friend of Joe's daughter, and he has watched her grow up and seen the troubled look in her eyes. Against the advice of the police
Paperback, 418 pages
Published 2010 by Sphere
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Joe O’Loughlin’s title of psychologist meant he understood the human mind – mostly. But sometimes even he couldn’t work out what made criminals tick. And with “Mr Parkinson” in residence, ruling his life 24/7, he wondered how much longer he would have control. Parkinson’s disease had taken over Joe’s life gradually – his separation from the wife he’d loved for over twenty years was much quicker. But they were still friends; Joe still had hopes of reconciliation between them. His girls, fourteen ...more
Wendy Soliman
Dec 21, 2012 Wendy Soliman rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A compelling read spoiled because the author broke the golden rule - never kill the frigging dog! Having an animal tortured and not showing much reaction is unnecessary and upsetting. I enjoy Robotham's work and, apart from the dog episode, this was was cleverly put together. I get a bit peeved with Joe lamenting after his family. He does need to man up and confront the issue instead of letting his wife make the running. I have a feeling that if he wanted her less, she'd be back with him in a ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Robotham You have managed to pull me right into another Joseph O'loughlan Novel that kept me up late last night to finish it. Was unputdownable & had enough twists to sink a ship you are a master of your craft.

Former Detective Ray Hegarty is found murdered in his daughter Sienna's bedroom she is found covered in blood everything is pointed in her direction but Psychologist Joe O'loughlan is not convinced.

14 year old Sienna is Joe's daughters best friend Joe has watched her grow up &a
Aug 12, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You've done it again Mr Robotham - managed to keep me up more half the night reading another of your unputdownable Joseph O'Loughlin thrillers. Thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish!
David Barker
Nov 09, 2012 David Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a bit of a Michael Robotham thrillerbinge at the moment: read my first one (Say You're Sorry) last week, and just finished this one yesterday. This is the stronger of the two, and I'm looking forward to reading more Robotham in the coming days.

There's nothing startlingly original about what Robotham's doing here - these are just good, meaty, crime thrillers with plenty of local and character detail. (Not quite as "literary" as Rankin at his peak, but a cut above your average crime writer.
Feb 09, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2011
Sienna, best friend of Joe’s daughter Charlie is the victim of a predatory school teacher - hitting too close to home, Joe and Ruiz set out to expose the teacher and bring him to Justice. Other threads emerge throughout the course of ‘Bleed for Me’ which eventually bleed (for lack of a better word) into one another leading to an ok ending which could have been less Hollywood and more dramatised. While at times fast paced, ‘Bleed for Me’ did have patches where the story lulled before picking up ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this incredibly difficult to put down, and very easy to pick up. I enjoy the authors turn of phrase, and while it looked like there were two separate story lines being developed, I kept trying to tie them together in my head, until they came together and then the climax exploded deliciously. The resolution was long enough to explain much of what happened, but I personally would have enjoyed a little more. I can't wait to read the next in the series.
May 26, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book in the mystery series featuring psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. This time, he's brought in to do a psychological profile on his young teenaged daughter's friend, Sienna. Did she murder her father? And if yes, then why? Alot of very dark secrets are uncovered about Sienna's life - some which were very hard for me to read. The story's very well-written and character-centric, delving into the psychology behind the crimes.

A blurb on tbe bookcover says " Michael Robotham doesn't just make m
Feb 04, 2016 PenseesbyOlivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Voilà exactement le genre de romans que j'affectionne! Du suspense jusqu'au dénouement final et des personnages attachants et atypiques. J'ai adoré!
Apr 13, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok
Fans of Australian writer Michael Robotham will always be waiting with baited breath for the next instalment from him. Be it a book that features (now) ex-cop Victor Ruiz, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, Sikh detective Alisha Barba or a combination of those characters. BLEED FOR ME is another Joe O'Loughlin book, with a hefty appearance from Ruiz as well - and these two are particular favourites of this reader anyway.

If you've never read a Robotham book before it won't take you long to get up to sp
Cali Geriba
Oct 12, 2015 Cali Geriba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 22, 2012 Ethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph O'Loughlin is facing some tough times. His fourteen year old daughter, Charlie, recently suffered a traumatic kidnapping and hasn't been the same since. He has separated from his wife of over twenty years, Julianne, and a divorce seems imminent. On top of all his family issues, Joe has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and the involuntary ticks are slowly taking over his body. A seasoned psychologist, Joe lectures at the local university, assists in court cases, and attempts to ...more
First Sentence: i should start by telling you my name, although it’s not really important.

Psychiatrist Joe O’Laughlin is trying to deal with having Parkinson’s disease, being separated from his wife and only seeing his daughter part time. When his daughter’s best friend is accused of murdering her father, a former police detective, Joe can’t ignore his daughter’s plea to help.

I’ll admit I’m always excited when a new Robotham book comes out and, once again, he delivers. From the very powerful an
Darcia Helle
Bleed for Me is the first book by Robotham I've read and the fourth in this series. I had no problem catching up with the characters and it reads perfectly as a stand-alone. This one has a fairly slow pace and a lot of insight into the characters and events. I felt the slower pace fit the writing style and the plot, and didn't find it dull at all.

The one thing that makes this a 4-star read for me, rather than a 5-star, is the overall tone of sadness. Joe, the main character, narrates the story
Susan Johnson
Apr 28, 2011 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing
It is beyond my comprehension that this book is not published in America. I love the series where the books are told from Joe or Ruiz' perspective. This one is told by Joe. He is saddened by his separation from wife, living in Bath and trying to build a hew life when his daughter's best friend, Sienna, is arrested for killing her father. She was found in a catonic state and Joe is hired by the court to evaluate her psychologically. His wife is serving as a translator at a race-hating murder ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Michael Robotham is one of my new favorite authors. He has a place right next to Baldacci, Connelly, Iles and Margolin.

This book felt a little dark. It covered some difficult topics like suicide and pedophilia and of course murder is a given, but I love how he weaves it all together. I was hooked from the beginning. It felt like he had so much to say and tried to put it all in, but he maintained control and didn't let it fly all over the place. I really do like his stories.... but I love his wr
Diane S ☔
Jan 30, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all this author's books and not a one has disappointed me. Love the character of psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his struggle with Parkinson's. These books are psychologically dark but so very interesting. Always fast paced and with wonderful handling of difficult subject matter. Definitely kept me riveted and turning the pages.
Victor Eustáquio
I haven't been fair with Michael Robotham. He doesn't deserves 4 but 5 stars. For each book. Maybe it had to do with the 'crime' label of his fiction work, a so-called subgenre of the 'real' and 'good' literature. Bullshit! Ten novels later, my heart keeps pounding whenever I start reading a new one. How amazing is to be experiencing this compulsive will of read.
Vicki Tyley
Apr 04, 2012 Vicki Tyley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First person, present tense at its finest. A complex psychological thriller that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Jan 21, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. Great read.
Vanya D.
Feb 20, 2012 Vanya D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I requested this book from Netgalley to read and review. Shortly afterward I noticed that it was part of a series. For some reason Netgalley doesn't ever mention if a book is part of a series or not, so I had no idea. So I thought, well, if this is book four, then perhaps I should just decline it, since I haven't read the previous installments. But then I re-read the summary and was left with the impression that the plot of the story wouldn't depend on previous events.
Fortunately for me, that h
Apr 11, 2012 Vox rated it it was amazing
Grab on to your bra straps and belt buckles, faithful readers, because you are about to enter the seedy, "what lies beneath" world of Bath, England, where young girls are kidnapped, vicious boys can paralyze you (literally and figuratively), and pedophiles reside.

Bleed for Me, by Michael Robotham, is SO GOOD. I mean SO SO SO SOOOOOOOO GOOD.

It's part mystery, part marital drama, part buddy story, and part parenting analysis. The mystery will make you bite, while the characters keep you eating.

Michael Sova
Jul 15, 2014 Michael Sova rated it it was amazing
I always feel silly when I discover a new author, new to me anyway, only to find that he or she has been around and writing great books for years. I was recently perusing one of the bimonthly catalogs from the Talking Book Library, a division of the Library of Congress. These catalogs are produced in print, audio and perhaps Braille versions. Not sure about that one. Anyway, to save time and space, there seems to be a concerted effort to make book descriptions as short as possible. You get the ...more
Bonnie Brody
May 11, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it
Professor Joseph O'Loughlin is a psychologist who often does forensic evaluations for the police department. He also teaches part-time at a local university. Recently, he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease which he refers to as 'Mr. Parkinson'. It is truly poignant to watch Joe try to deal with his life now. Besides the Parkinson's, he has been separated from his wife, Julianne, for two years and he still loves her desperately. His daughter Charlie is entering adolescence and the ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Magda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Spoiler alert-a few only) Look I finally read a Robotham after much badgering from friends and customers. How did I read it? Once I got the hang of his writing style I skipped pretty lightly over quite a few parts. I did want to keep reading and find out what happened to the teacher, but in all the plot turns I forgot the guy who was murdered in the beginning. I didn't really know much or care about him to start with so perhaps that was it. In my opinion Mr Robotham is just short of being a ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars -- "The problem with secrets and lies is that you can never tell which is which until you dig them up and sniff. Some things are buried for safe-keeping; some are buried to hide the stench; and some are buried because they're toxic and take a long time to disappear."

This 4th book in the Joe O'Loughlin series is another exhilarating thriller where multiple story lines converge into a complex and absorbing search for truth involving a young girl who happens to be the best friend
Kathleen Hagen
Bleed for Me, by Michael Robotham, a-minus, Narrated by Sean Barrett, Produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from

The latest in the Joe O’Loughlin series, this book pits Joe against his friend, the cop Veronica Craig, and causes him to ask his friend, the retired cop, to help him find the killer. Joe’s marriage is about over, but he and Julianne live fairly close to each other yet for the sake of Charley and Emma. Charley’s best friend, Sienna, shows up at their door one night covere
In this contemporary and far reaching novel, we see a world of impressionable teenage girls and the manner in which many of them are manipulated by men who prey on the innocent.

Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin suffers from Parkinson's Disease. His wife, Julianne, has left him and his elder daughter, Charlie, age fourteen, shows her rebellious spirit.

Charlie's close friend, Sienna, shows up at Julianne's house covered with blood and then runs away.

Julianne calls Joe who is able to find Sienna by the
Apr 06, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The main character, a psychologist, baits the patient to determine whether he can elicit an angry response. He uses the same technique when questioning others. Why we hear about this patient at the beginning is unclear except to tie him to a particular family.

Close attention to the trial which is occurring simultaneously with the plot and which Joseph's wife attends as an interpreter, is important. Along with that is attention being paid to the characters who are introduced throughout, most of w
Stephen Clynes
Aug 27, 2011 Stephen Clynes rated it really liked it
This novel is set in Bristol and Bath, which is rather nice as I lived around Bristol for 20 years. It is easy reading and has a steady pace. Bleed For Me is a crime thriller and is written in a similar style to novels from Peter James . This story is written in the 1st person, which is the right format because Joe O'Loughlin is the central character and the key to this mystery. Joe solves the murder not through investigative Police skills but by understanding how people think. The ending was ...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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