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Shatter (Joseph O'Loughlin #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,796 ratings  ·  495 reviews
Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin returns in this dark and masterful psychological thriller to investigate a suicide that is beginning to look more like the work of a diabolical serial killer.

A women, wearing only high-heels, is perched on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, sobbing into a cell phone. Joe O'Loughlin stands only feet away, desperately trying to coax her back to
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2008)
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When Professor Joseph O’Loughlin was asked to assist on the Clifton Suspension Bridge with talking to a woman who was going to jump, he had no idea the trauma and life changing events that he would set in place by agreeing. Unable to stop the woman, her tears and desperation buried deep in his mind, he was shocked to find the woman’s sixteen year old daughter at his door a few days later. Darcy did her best to convince Joe that her mother wouldn’t have committed suicide – she was terrified of he ...more
Australian author Michael Robotham has concocted a chilling and unputdownable psychological thriller. The book title refers to the method in which the villian, Gideon Tyler 'shatters' the victim's minds. It also shattered my sleep patterns. Once started, I could not stop - all 460+ pages in one (very late) night.

Gideon Tyler is military trained in psychological warfare. He uses his voice as the tool of torture and manipulates his victims into killing themselves. He is sadistic, intelligent and f
Synopsis: Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory-standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers, and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman, until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother would never have committed suicide-not like that. She was terrified of heights. What could have driven her to commit such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?
Having devoted his career
Raven D.
I was in New York when I bought this book at Barnes and Nobles. (I'm from Minnesota). I really had no book in mind and just wanted to find something to read. I actually chose this over a book I've been dying to read but didn't necessarily want to buy just yet. I was searching around for a good murder mystery which is my favorite genre, and found this book after reading the backs of dozens of other books. I have to say, what made me choose this was that on the front (different cover than the one ...more
"First, he'll break your heart. Then he'll destroy your mind."

I read this book on the strength of those two sentences. This is one of the better thriller/serial killer novels out there, and I compare it to Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series. A psychologist, Joe O'Loughlin, is called to help a distraught woman down from a bridge. However, rather than working with him, she jumps to her death. That she was talking to someone on a cell phone only adds to the mystery of why she killed herself--esp
Hannah  Messler
This book is dumb as hell so far! WTF, Stephen King?? Frikken psychological-thriller-protagonists who have Cynical World Weary Outlooks expressed in dumbass witty-ass comments. HAR HAR HAR, sooo super-not-funny. But there is grossness in it! And it promises to let me swoop through it quick as shit! Which are the main two priorities right now. For me.

Oh, plus, James keeps calling it SHARTER, which, do you know what SHART means? I learned it from some movie I think I am supposed to be embarrassed
Another reviewer (on this website) was referred to this novel when she requested a recommendation for a book that was a “good, solid, well written, sharp, cutting edge” thriller. I cannot add one more adjective that would describe this suspense novel any better. I think that I enjoyed it more because the main protagonist isn’t a detective. He is a forensic psychologist with Parkinson’s disease. His name is Joe O’Laughlin and he is a flawed but most likable man with a personal story as interestin ...more
Robotham is little known here, but absolutely first rate, both as a writer and as a crime writer. All of his books are deeply satisfying.
Jun 27, 2009 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychological thriller lovers
Shatter is fast-paced, well plotted and well-written with only one small section where I thought the main character acted slightly out of character.
This is my first experience with Michael Robotham and it leaves me wanting to find more of his work and see what his next book is about.
In Shatter, two women commit suicide in unlikely ways and the police bring in psychologist, Joe O'Loughlin, to help them sort out the mystery.
While O'Loughlin makes a career of restoring shattered minds, he disco
Ellen Keim
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Karen Brooks
Once again, Michael Robotham has defined what’s meant by the often loosely applied term “page-turner.” I literally could not put this book down – I was turning the pages and burning the midnight oil because I simply had to know what happened next.
Written in stark, but laden prose, that beautifully captures a range of human emotions, conditions and relationships, Shatter is another in the Joseph O’Loughlin series and is a triumph of the genre.
Commencing with Professor Joe being unwillingly taken
Lourdes Venard
Joe O’Loughlin, who we met in Robotham’s first book, is back, this time teaching college psychology as his Parkinson’s advances. He’s asked by police to help talk down a woman who is perched on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, naked except for her Jimmy Choo shoes and with the word “slut” written across her stomach in lipstick. Even stranger, she’s talking into a cell phone. O’Loughlin is unable to save her; she jumps to her death. A few days later, her business partner is found dead, also naked, ...more
I chose this book based solely on its cover which isn't the one shown here but instead the one with the picture of the lady appearing to wanting to jump off a building. It jutst grabbed my eye at the book store. The cover said Steven king said it was the most suspenseful book he read all year. The back had a quote that said even readers like me that can guess everything before it happens won't know what is going to happen next. That sold me.

I read all 500 pages in a days time with a toddler and
Dein Wille Geschehe war das erste Buch, welches ich von Michael Robotham entdeckte. Ich sah das Cover, und dachte schon "sieht spannend aus", ich las den Klappentext, und dachte nur "das musst du lesen". Ich hab es direkt an dem Tag mitgenommen und angefangen zu lesen.
Man wird erst einmal eingeführt und erfährt ein wenig über den Psychologen Joe O'Loughlin, schon während des Falls taucht dann auch der Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz auf, es wird erklärt wie sich die beiden kennen gelernt haben
Manda Scott
I'm in that glorious period when the next book is a Platonic ideal, built up in my imagination, but I haven't actually started the work of writing it yet. I'm plotting, and finding character names, and staring at geography and, in this particular instance, watching boxed sets of 'Spiral', the fantastic French police thriller series that's like Lewis on steroids, laced with a strong Burgundy and a lot more sex. Yes, I am in love with Laure. And yes, my beloved knows this...
In amongst all of this
Sep 24, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans, English mystery fans
Recommended to Michael by: author nominated for awards
Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist, suffering with Parkinson's disease. The police ask for his help with attempting to disuade a woman from committing suicide. She's on a bridge and threatening to jump. Shortly after he arrives and tries to talk her out of her attempt, she says, "You don't understand" and she jumps.

Joe is a good man, he cares for others and is troubled that he couldn't save the woman. A bit later a sixteen year old comes to his home, Darcy Wheeler, tells him that it was her mother
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This is the 3rd book in this series. I've read a few of these, however, not in proper order. I liked this one, as I have the others. It had great depth in the plot. I always appreciate it when it is layered. It adds interest. I also liked the emphasis on the character development. It helped me to understand some of the relationship dynamics that were continuing to unfold in some of the later books that I've already read.

I was torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. But bottom line, I didn't enjo
Daniel Rudge
Another winner in the sometimes tragic Joe O'Loughlin series. In this installment, O'Loughlin is called to a suspension bridge where a naked woman stands on the edge, ready to commit suicide by leaping into the river below. Joe tries to stop her but, with cell phone in hand, she turns and says, "You don't understand," and throws herself into the river. At first Joe is dismayed by the senseless act. But when the daughter of the suicide victim shows up at Joe's door and says her mom would never do ...more
4.0 out of 5 stars - Are you a mother? Would you take your child's place if he or she had been abducted by a man who offered you that choice? What would any parent do to keep their child safe?

A woman jumps from a bridge wearing only her red Jimmy Choos. At first everyone thinks it was a suicide. Then another is found, dead from exposure, handcuffed to a tree. The next is lured to a bandstand in Victoria Park. What do these women have in common -- aside from being friends and childhood schoolmate
Vicki Tyley
"It’s eleven o’clock in the morning, late September, and outside it’s raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting on their bloated bodies."

Shatter hooked me from the first sentence (above) and didn't let go. A fast-paced, suspense-filled thriller. Highly recommended.
3.75, really.

To my book club peeps - this is the story that kept getting referred to in "Say You're Sorry".

It was an interesting book, twisted premise, exciting read, but the same problems that keep popping up in Robotham's books. I'm not sure that, other than Joe and *maybe* Charlie, he's perfectly sure who he wants his characters to be. I still can't get a good grasp on Ruiz, even though he's supposed to be a co-main character in the series. Personally I found DI Cray much more interesting and
Larry Hoffer
Fantastic book! In a recent column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King listed this book among his summer must-reads, and although I already was a big Robotham fan, I jumped on it fairly quickly. Stephen King was right.

Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, suffering from Parkinson's disease, has just begun a teaching career and moved to the English suburbs when he is randomly asked to help the police talk a naked woman down from jumping off a bridge. She is wearing only high heels and is talking on a ce
880 large print. Joe O'Loughlin is back in another suspenseful case. We saw him last in Suspect. He and his family have moved out to the country and he has started a part time teaching job. it is after a class as he and his Dept. Head are walking to that the police appear and request the Head to come with them. They have a jumper on a nearby bridge. The Head declines and pushes Joe to go instead. Arriving at the bridge Joe finds a woman poised on the edge of the bridge talking on a cell phone. S ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Shatter, by Michael Robotham, A-plus. Narrated by Sean Barrett, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

This is the fourth in the series involving Joe O’Laughlin, the psychologist. In this one we see Inspector ruiz, who is now retired but enters into the case Joe is pulled into. O’Laughlin is at the university and has just finished teaching a course. He is called out by the police to a bridge where a woman is waiting to jump. He is unsuccessful in talking her down off the bridge
Gloria Feit
This psychological thriller pits clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin against a deranged man, Gideon Tyler, a major in British Intelligence. It is a test of knowledge, skills, fortitude and purpose. It begins when Joe is asked to attempt to prevent the suicide of a naked woman perched on a bridge. Unfortunately she jumps, the victim of Tyler’s cunning. Another death soon follows in a similarly bizarre way and the contest between the two men escalates.

What follows is an unpredictable plot, which
Lizzie Hayes
‘Shatter’ by Michael Robotham
Published by Sphere 7 February 2008

Christine Wheeler stands on the edge of the Clifton Suspension bridge, naked except for a pair of red high heeled shoes, talking into a mobile phone. In front of police and passers by Christine jumps to her death into the fast running river below.

Professor Joseph O'Loughlin a psychologist requested by the police to talk her down is one of the witnesses to her plunge into the river. But Christine's daughter is convinced that she was
Recently, I found myself cruising NetGalley needing something different – something lighter, yet darker all at the same time. When I stumbled upon Shatter by Michael Robotham, I noticed that Stephen King had endorsed the story, citing it as his most suspenseful read of the year. Trusting Mr. King, I clicked request.

Joe O’Loughlin’s first day of teaching psychology at a local university ends on a bridge trying to talk down a woman who’s perched to jump. With a cell phone clutched to her ear, she
This is the third Joe O'Loughlin mystery I've read by Robotham. They are all finely layered, combining plot twists with character development, and making for an interesting read.

Professor O'Loughlin is once again embroiled in a mysterious death. His Parkinson's disease is also progressing, making his professional and personal lives more complicated. The author describes the effects of the Parkinson's on O'Loughlin's marriage, and the portrayal is accurate. When a spouse has such a serious diseas
Jan 04, 2009 BoekenTrol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all crime lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
This book is one that grabbed me from the first lines I read. Too bad there were other things to (like eating, sleeping, working, holidays to celebrate) that kept me from reading.

I loved the book. There are several reasons for that. I do not want to give it all away, so my descriptions could be a bit cryptic to the ones who have not read the book yet.
The first is, that the situation described is a thing that is so realistic, something that could occur tomorrow. The second is, that I can imagine
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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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Other Books in the Series

Joseph O'Loughlin (8 books)
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  • Lost (Joseph O'Loughlin #2)
  • Bleed for Me (Joseph O'Loughlin #4)
  • The Wreckage (Joseph O'Loughlin, #5)
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“There is a moment when all hope disappears, all pride is gone, all expectation, all faith, all desire. I own that moment. It belongs to me. That's when I hear the sound, the sound of a mind breaking. It's not a loud crack like when bones shatter or a spine fractures or a skull collapses. And it's not something soft and wet like a heart breaking. It's a sound that makes you wonder how much pain a person can endure; a sound that shatters memories and lets the past leak into the present; a sound so high that only the hounds of hell can hear it. Can you hear it? Someone is curled up in a tiny ball crying softly into an endless night.” 6 likes
“Sometimes I wake at night and worry that I might have disappeared in my sleep. That's what happens when nobody cares about you. Bit by bit you begin to disappear until people look right through your chest and head like you're made of glass. It's not about love; it's about being forgotten. We only exist if others think about us. It is like that tree that falls in the forest with nobody around to hear it. Who the fuck cares except the birds?” 3 likes
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