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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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David Barker
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.
Wendy Soliman
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 he ...more
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
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 a ...more
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
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 kee ...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
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
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
I seem lately to be reading a lot of books by authors I haven't read before and without realising it starting halfway through a series. Not that that is hard to do anymore - it seems that almost everyone who writes crime/thrillers has a series or two going on.
I have 3 of Michael Robotham's books sitting on my bookshelves and so figured it was time to see if they were worth keeping. Bleed For Me turned out to be a pretty good read, and I was really enjoying it and could see a 4 star rating comin
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
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
Michael Sova
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
Stephen Clynes
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 ok ...more
Jesse Dixon
"Bleed for Me" begins when a man is found murdered, his daughter discovers him and she becomes a suspect. The book features the psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who is also featured in Michael Robotham's earlier books "The Suspect" and "Lost". Joe becomes involved because the daughter who finds her father murdered is his daughter's best friend, and she turns up at his family's house traumatised with the blood of her father on her.

Professor Joeseph O'Loughlin is a likeable character who has to live w
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
Vanya D.
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
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
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.

Simone Sinna
This is vintage Robotham. Child Abuse, race murders, and Joe O’Loughlin even though he’s meant to be lecturing and looking after his Parkinson’s is doing neither and embroils his family yet again in danger.
Like much of the current crime thrillers there is a strong back story about the protagonist, psychologist O’Loughlin, including the separation, difficult teenager (who stared in an earlier book and led to the marital breakdown) and his illness. He’s likeable but not always sensible, irritatin
A quick read, this book, it never lets go, so to speak.

Not that it is super exciting, but still. To be quite honest, I found the book a bit predictable. Not everything was according to the detective book, but very much in my opinion.
There was nothing surprising in, let me just put it that way. The psychologist who stands up for his daughter's best friend, against all better judgement, his quest for the truth in the story makes illogical jumps occasionally (as if he has received information tha
Jenny Hilborne
This is a beautifully written, harrowing story of corruption, perversion, abuse of power, and murder. The book opens powerfully and is immediately engaging. A teenage girl, Sienna Hegarty, runs away from the home of her best friend, and is found by the river, covered in blood. Joe O'Loughlin is the psychologist who finds her, and when he tries to get her to talk, she is mute.

As the story unfolds, O'Loughlin probes deep into Sienna's world, uncovers terrible secrets and learns his own daughter ma
David Burton
An interesting thriller with a focus on the characters and how crime affects them more than the gruesome nature of the evil surrounding them. I cared for the characters, especially the teenagers, but the main character was well drawn. He's part of an ongoing series of books, and I will now trackback to that first one and begin his family's story, despite already being aware of some key moments, simply because they did pull me in. Like a lot of good books, this probably would have been a 4.5 rati ...more
Chris Stanley
This is another excellent Joe O'Loughlin story. I love this flawed character, but it's a wonder he's still alive after all the trouble he gets into. Great pace, fabulous characterisation and completely compelling.

There is one element of these books however that really bothers me; the way the police treat Joe. There are a couple of times when he is prevented from taking his medicine for his Parkinsons and another, when he is detained without access to his phone, potentially endangering his daught
I absolutely loved this book. It's part of a series apparently- but the back story is explained well as part of the current book.
Ray Hegarty , a former detective is found dead in his teenage daughters bedroom. She's found covered in blood when she calls on her best friend. Her best friends father is a psychologist who is called in to make an assesment of Sienna. He believes she is innocent. His wife (although they have been seperated for 2 years)works as an interpreter at the courts- and the ca
Susan Johnson
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 tria ...more
Michael Smith
A great read.

I enjoyed BLEED FOR ME. I found it easy to read, dark and suspenseful. The characters held my attention throughout the 470 pages.

What made Professor Joseph O’Loughlin interesting character was the way Michael Robotham portrayed him. O’Loughlin lived with Parkinson’s, separated from his wife whom he still loved and shared parental responsibilities with. He didn’t come across as some overzealous detective/investigator but an ordinary and determined parent with flaws and pathological
Jul 30, 2011 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
Michael Robotham doesn't disappoint with his latest thriller, featuring psychiatrist, Joe O'Loughlin and his estranged family. Joe gets involved in a murder case, when the friend of his daughter is accused of murdering her controlling father, an ex-policeman. Signs of abuse cloud the apparently straightforward case, and once again, Joe and his family find themselves in danger. I really like Michael Robotham's thrillers, with their mix of suspense, and interesting character development, where Joe ...more
This one's been on the shelf for a while. I only pulled it down because I wanted a "B" title book for my A-Z challenge. Tense is right, I can't remember when I last turned pages so quickly. It's a cracking multilayered plot with an interesting cast, not just one "lead" but two or three - a retired cop, a psychiatrist and his daughter - who enter into each other's stories through this series. It's very twisty and it's one of probably only a handful of books that have truly surprised me.

The openi
Craig Sisterson
Robotham writes assuredly, pulling together multiple sub-plots into an engrossing and cohesive read. There is some freshness to the characters and situations he’s created, particularly O’Loughlin, who makes plenty of missteps despite his best intentions. Some of the violence and subject matter might be too much for some readers, but it’s woven organically into a compelling tale that raises questions and touches on diverse issues ranging from family life to crime and justice. Top quality.
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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
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Joseph O'Loughlin (8 books)
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  • Lost (Joseph O'Loughlin #2)
  • Shatter (Joseph O'Loughlin #3)
  • The Wreckage (Joseph O'Loughlin, #5)
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  • Watching You (Joseph O'Loughlin, #7)
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