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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 Joe's daughter's best friend ? Joe has watched her grow up and seen the troubled look in her eyes. Against the advice of the police, he la ...more
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Published February 27th 2012 by Mulholland Books (first published June 10th 2010)
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Phrynne
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that was good. That was very, very good! I am developing quite a taste for Joe O'Loughlin despite his Parkinson's Disease and the fact that he can't seem to move on from his soon to be ex wife. Try harder Joe! She's not really worth it.
I found it very hard to put this book down and when I did it cried for me to pick it up again! There was so much going on and so many wonderful characters. I spent the whole book hoping that Ruiz would survive to the end. He is hilarious. I am not going to quo
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Brenda
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Robotham book that kept me spellbound! I stayed up reading into the wee hours last night, even though I knew there was too much book left to finish it. I got up this morning, fed the cats, picked the book up and didn't put it down until I was done.

While the effects of Parkinson's are getting worse for Joe's body, his mind is also in turmoil. His personal life is in shambles, and he's basically living in limbo because he still loves his wife, Julianne. As personal and professional stresse
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Jess☺️
Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham is book 4 in the Joe O'Loughlin series and it's definitely a series which seems to get better with every book, also it doesn't let up with the dark and twisted themes throughout.
It's a fast thriller with plenty of ' OH NO ' moments 😱 but it also has many exciting hang on to your pants moments too.
School teachers,teenage girls and ' because he loves me ' yep you can only imagine where this is going 🙄
This is a great series so far and definitely worth reading 📖
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Lisa
Mar 24, 2016 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 & sees
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Brenda
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 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 he ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
What a great series! I do want to give 1 WARNING though.. There is an act of animal cruelty in this & it really bothered me. It’s terrible but for some reason I can handle “it all” in regards to people but I have NO interest in reading about any of it being done to animals. & this particular situation was pretty horrible. It’s in Chapter 26- now that you know it’d be easy to skip & you’ll still get the obvious message being sent.

Other than that though, this book had me on the edge of my seat!
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Emma
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
You’ve got to love Joe, but boy does he get himself into every trouble going! This book is dark and sadly quite a product of our times. I like that we get to suffer along with him through the angst of being a parent, of being a newly separated husband. Ronnie Cray and Ruiz are also strong characters. They make quite a team. Recommended series but start at the beginning.
Deanna
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this series is complex, as are my feelings about the books.

First, a trigger warning about the torture of an animal. Yes, there’s plenty to be dismayed about with the happenings to humans in the book, but it’s not out of line with the genre of relatively darker crime fiction. You get what you choose to read about. But I found the extended scene depicting an animal who is suffering intensely from having been attacked and tortured by a human difficult to listen to. It could h
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Perry
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many ingredients, but no eggs; thus, this cake fell flat

This was my second book to read involving O'Loughlin (a police psychologist). It didn't click for me as did the 1st book I read, Shatter (the 3rd in the series). The story was not nearly as suspenseful, though it did keep me interested for about 3/4 of the novel. The author appeared to mix in too many ingredients, with an eye toward a story told on a grander scale that would require at least another 100 pages.

It seemed that, after the
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Rob
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get enough of Michael Robotham's character Joseph O'Loughlin. This is my forth book in a row and, so far, there has been no disappointments. At its most basic, this story is about a teacher of high standing in the community who just happens to be lecherous, grooming paedophile. When Joe's daughter Charlie's best friend get involved with this low life, things get pretty sordid very quickly. Of course Joe gets involved and with the help of his one time protagonist now friend Ex D.I. R ...more
David
Dec 04, 2014 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! ...more
Nigel
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Robotham is rapidly becoming a favourite author of mine. I really like the Joe books and simply find myself completely caught up in the story and unable to put them down - this is no exception to that. Joe as a character is excellent to me and the other main characters are rich and and well written generally. This is a tense and exciting read. It does have little regards for police procedures to me but it was nonetheless very enjoyable. 4.5/5
Joe
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth/fifth (?) entry in the author’s very good series chronicling retired British Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin. These books are a very engaging blend of mystery, police procedural and psychological thriller – well written with an excellent cast of real and interesting characters. The one fault I have with the series is that the story-lines have a tendency to go one twist, one coincidence or one connection too far, which does tend to strain cre ...more
LenaRibka


I enjoyed Joseph O'Loughlin Series, some books in it more, some less. This one doesn't belong to my favorite in the series.
Michael Robotham is a skilled story teller and even if I didn't like this one as much as I enjoyed the previous books, it managed to keep my attention up to the end, what is actually a good sign - I am not that patient nowadays.
There are some points that did bother me mostly here: I still dislike Julianne: his ex is a very egoistic and self-serving person who looks only for
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Infada Spain
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4.5 stars
Calzean
Fourth in the series and one that focuses very much on O'Loughlin's life as his daughter's best friend is charged with the murder of her father. It's a gritty tale with paedophilia front and centre, and a race hate crime with truly viscous thugs. There's not a lot of suspense with the focus on O'Loughlin trying to get the police to see the light although there are a couple of twists at the end.
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Lee
After enjoying Shatter so much, I picked up the next Joe O’Loughlin series book, Bleed For Me, immediately. I’m happy to report that Robotham has continued with the fenetic pace he set in Shatter and Bleed For Me is another winner.

Although, on reflection, I will admit that pace nearly shattered me in Shatter, so perhaps I might have appreciated a breather. Another one who wanted a breather is Julieanne, Joe's wife. The sore point in their marriage is that Joe becomes too involved in his cases,
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Karen
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
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Maureen DeLuca
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a SOLID 4 star read- but being that I stared with book number 1 Suspect (which was amazing!) I am bumping this read to a 5 star. If you have not stared this series- you are missing out for sure! Great characters, great story lines and all around great writing..... ...more
David Barker
Nov 09, 2012 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.
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Josh
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, 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 a ...more
Erin
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve
Dec 26, 2015 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. ...more
Diane S ☔
Jan 27, 2012 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. ...more
Judy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe O'Loughlin, a psychologist, continues to become involved in the lives of those he is trying to counsel. I enjoy the series, but this particular book is very dark. It’s not only the usual terror and sometimes horrible things that you expect to happen in a a mystery thriller. But O’Louglin’s life is sad, with his separation from his children, his marriage ending and the Parkinson’s becoming worse. But the writing is superb and draws me into the plot. I’m glad I have more of this engaging serie ...more
John
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Once again a very intriguing story with engaging characters. The author’s use of certain cliches & also cliched dialogue (English expressions I don’t think anybody actually uses, Guv) is getting more grating & harder to ignore but I’ll probably continue to read his books because I do really enjoy the storylines.
Cheryl
May 23, 2015 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
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Adam
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction2016
Badly edited. Author ignorant about technology and psychology. Which is appalling when it's the two main themes. A psychologist (with the sloppy flaw of Parkinson's disease) investigating a crime, what a joke. CBT is Behaviour not 'Behavioural' .
Lazy, sloppy, creepy. Seems like the author is projecting his fantasies on to the men of the story. The theme of justice was lacking, it was more about the egos of men in midlife crises. Waste of 2 days reading this.
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Vicki Tyley
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First person, present tense at its finest. A complex psychological thriller that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. ...more
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Two-times Gold Dagger winner and twice Edgar finalist, 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 featu
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