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Close Your Eyes

(Joseph O'Loughlin #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,702 ratings  ·  618 reviews
When a former student bungles a murder investigation, clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin steps in to face a ruthless killer.

A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other posed like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince. Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student,
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Mulholland Books (first published August 1st 2015)
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Eileen It can be read as a stand alone but as it is a series it would be better to start from book one!a haunting exciting series!
Linda I’ve been reading these booklet quite randomly, so you can pick up the stories really well, as you noticed with this one. I really enjoy the books wit…moreI’ve been reading these booklet quite randomly, so you can pick up the stories really well, as you noticed with this one. I really enjoy the books with this particular character. Hope you continue to enjoy them.(less)

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Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With credit to Michael Robotham, Joe O'Loughlin has taken over my life. Through eight books, I've been with him every step of the way. I have loved the journey!

This book, which is the most current to date, is the best of the series. The case that Joe and Ruiz are helping with is intricate and the clues are given logically. Joe's personal life is finally showing improvement. The friendship between Joe and Ruiz is stronger than ever. Joe's older daughter, now 18, has matured and is much less snark
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
"Close your Eyes" is the 8th book in the Joseph O'Loughlin series and this is the first I have read in this series. Joe O'Loughlin is a clinical psychologist with Parkinson who is estranged from his wife and two daughters. But they are still on friendly terms.

In this book, Joe is called in to help the police with a murder case where Milo Coleman a former student of his called the "Mindhunter” has used Joe's name to worm himself into the case and jeopardized the investigation by leaking details t
Susan May
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Michael Robotham is one of the top thriller writers in Australia and he's appreciated all around the world, even by the likes of Stephen King.

I was lucky enough to interview him a few years ago when he released Say You're Sorry, a book that you just cannot put down once you read the first page. He's a lovely guy and very entertaining to listen to if you ever get a chance to hear him speak.

I don't normally go to writers' talks, but on Sept 10 2013, Michael was talking at a local library, so I g
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most dramatic endings to a book that I have read in a long time. Everything happened at once and the stress level was off the planet! Wow. Anyway settle down now and write the review.......

I do love this series altogether. Joseph O'Loughlin is an unusual hero, not young or good looking or outstanding in any way. In fact he is middle aged and has Parkinson's disease. However he has an amazing brain and extraordinary abilities as a psychologist and when he starts analysing individuals h
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another excellent thriller in the Joe O'Loughlin series by the talented Mr Robotham. I love the way he has allowed Joe to evolve through the series. It's not just the crime that is central to the the novel but Joe himself and his life and family. Joe is now retired and getting used to sharing his life with Mr Parkinson, as he calls his disease. He seems to have made peace with himself and his broken marriage and when his ex wife invites him to move back into the house to spend the summe ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph O'Laughlin is a clinical psychologist who has helped the police many times with profiling murderers. He also has Parkinson disease and takes medication to control his symptoms. When a women and her daughter are found murdered in their farmhouse, he is reluctantly drawn into the case.

Love this character, he is tough, vulnerable, flawed, intelligent and very much in love with his estranged wife, is wonderful with his two daughters. Another series I have followed from the beginning and love
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Robotham, where have you been all my life? This is the first time I have read a book by him, and I absolutely LOVED it. I can’t believe it is the 8th in a series that I knew nothing about but at least I now have the pleasure of a back catalogue to look forward to. Having said that, don’t let the fact that it is the 8th in the series put you off – this book can most certainly be read as a standalone. You do find out the history you need to know, but it doesn’t infringe on the story here.


When Chief Superintendent Veronica Cray called Professor Joseph O’Loughlin to help with the investigation into the brutal murders of a mother and daughter, he had no idea what lay ahead. But driving to the remote farmhouse to meet her, he was already wishing he’d declined the “invitation”. Joe was a clinical psychologist and was often asked to help the police – he had trouble refusing as he was drawn to helping the victims; to finding the killers.

Separated from his wife Julianne for the pas
David Staniforth
Simply brilliant, the best book I've read this year and a clear five star read.

Maybe it's because I've read this series almost back to back, but I feel I know Robotham's characters as if they are real people that I've spent actual time with. As such, I feel invested in them, care for them, and fear for them. Boy does Robotham manipulate that investment.

In many ways this book is more than a psychological thriller; it sends your emotions all over the place; not saying to much there, as I wouldn't
Liz Barnsley
I've been a fan of the Joe O'Loughlin books from the start so this one could not come soon enough for me - and as usual it was blinking fantastic.

I've got a huge book crush on Joe, clinical psychologist and sometime consultant to the police, who fights Parkinson's disease and family issues, he is a terrific series protagonist alongside his occasional sidekick Ruiz (who has plenty of stories of his own)

In this instalment a double murder at a farmhouse has Veronica (Ronnie) Cray determined to util
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint. It took me on such an emotional journey!
Joe is asked to go over a case involving a mother and daughter being murdered. He calls on Ruiz, a retired detective, to assist him. Other attacks on both women and men are also occurring at the same time, and these may or may not be connected to the murders. While this is happening, Joe is invited back into the family home to stay with Julianne (ex-wife) and his daughters. This novel deal
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I borrowed this, I had no idea it was #8 in a series I knew nothing about. I liked the cover and this author. But I think Robotham did a great job getting me up to speed on the characters and their pasts. And they have all been very busy by the sounds of it; much in books 1-7 might entice me to read them... someday.

But I really enjoyed this one a lot. The family dynamics and occupation of Joseph O'Loughlin as a clinical psychologist who helps solve crimes all make him a very interesting guy
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Close Your Eyes is book 8 in the Joe O'Laughlin series, this series has everything you need to enjoy it book after book you've got the loveable rough round the edges characters, the gory pacy thrilling storyline's, a bit of dark humour and some heartbreak too 👍
This one I found to have the same setting as book 7 ( farm house, dead bodies) which is why it's a 4 🌟 but it definitely doesn't lack in anything.
It's full of OH MY GOD moments, heart pounding situations with also some unbelievable twists
Kathryn in FL
This story has some terrific elements in it. Set in a remote area of England, a psychologist assists detectives in profiling a killer, who some citizens believe may be a serial killer. The psychologist isn't sure what to believe. While his former protege, tries to capitalize on one particular crime by sensationalizing a murder of a mother and her 18 year old daughter, his officious attempts puts him and others in harms way. Soon, the psychologist has his own family to worry about as well as pote ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Number 8 in the Joe O’Loughlin series.

What a ripper of a tale.

I’ve just finished and I’m exhausted. Hardly do you ever read and ending to a book that leaves you completely gob smacked, this will.

Prof Joe O’Loughlin is one sorry individual. He’s got Parkinson’s disease, his wife kicked him out a few years back but he still carries that torch with so much hope of reconciliation. Out of the blue Joe is invited to spend a summer vacation with his wife and his two daughters. Joe’s world is suddenly f
Judy D Collins
My favorite Australian author, Michael Robotham returns following his sensational (2015) standalone, Life or Death, landing on my Top 10 Books of 2015, with CLOSE YOUR EYES (Joseph O'Loughlin #8).

Top 50 Books of 2016!

A complex case, a former student, his sidekick detective, brutal murders, a sinister ruthless killer threatening and stalking his own family, a possibility of rekindled love, plus more tragedy in store for our favorite clinical psychologist, Joe and (Mr. Parkinson). His most
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Michael Robotham. I love this series. The writing style is such that I feel like I am a part of the characters lives. I care about them and want to spend time with them. I love the character of Joseph O’Loughlin and his friend Vincent Ruiz and the bond they share. Joe is very sharp and quick-witted and I find myself looking forward to and cheering him on at the times when he brings people down a notch with his intelligence and his words. This story is a fast paced, hear ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close Your Eyes is the 8th book in the Joseph O'Loughlin series by Michael Robotham. Having read and enjoyed all the previous books in the series I was eagerly looking forward to this novel and I was not let down.

Psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is asked by his friend Chief Superintendent Ronnie Cray to help the Police with the investigation into the brutal murder of mother and daughter. Although Joseph is reluctant to get involved he finds it difficult not to and is it is not long before he is up
Bill Lynas
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read all of Michael Robotham's previous novels I always have high expectations of his latest work.....and he always delivers. With Close Your Eyes, his series of stories featuring psychologist Joe O'Loughin continues to mix cracking dialogue, tense situations & incredibly believable characters. He consistantly proves that he is one of the best crime writers in the world. ...more
Susan Z
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Michael Robotham, my new favorite author. This might be the best in the Joe O'Loughlin series. I have read them all (I started on book 9, not realizing it was a part of a series) and I end here on book 8. I also said book 7 was the best so I guess they get better and better at the end of the series.

It was a great crime thriller/mystery, but also covered a lot of Joe's marriage, his relationship with his daughters, and his history with his estranged wife. I always love the
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do love the "Joe" books and it's a while since I read one. I found that Shatter was one that has stayed with me for a long time now and I would still call it the best in this series that I've read so far. However... This is without question the next best. Shatter has a strong psychological dimension to it. This one is simply human and is very very good indeed. Hopefully I'll get to another of these soon! ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A solid 4 star read and I added a star for a great series. If you haven't picked up this series yet, I suggest that you start with book 1 and then keep on going. If you like police procedure type books, then this is a series for you - ! ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Michael Robotham's 2014 stand-alone thriller, Life or Death. I admitted at the time I had been struggling with his series featuring psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, so the change gave me the respite I was looking for.

However Robotham's latest (and the eighth in the Joe O'Loughlin series), Close Your Eyes sees a return to the Joe I thought I once knew.

Joe's engagement with his family felt familiar and real—and he seemed less self-absorbed and selfish than I'd decided he was becoming.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding psychological thriller - the 8th in the Joe O'Loughlin series of books. As usual, an outstanding plot with the perpertrator only becoming apparent in the last few pages. And, as if an outstanding level of intrigue, suspense, a brilliant plot and compelling characters isn't enough, Michael Robotham completely blows the lid off with an unforseen personal blindside to Joe O'Loughlin in the last couple of pages. Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster. I certainly didn't see that co ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding novel from Michael Robotham. This author has never let me down yet. Close your Eyes is part of a series featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, a Parkinson sufferer who has his own demons to deal with. When a mother and daughter have been found murdered Joe is drawn into the investigation. With personal issues of his own and the investigation seemingly going nowhere, Joe enlists the help of his friend a retired detective, Vincent Ruiz. Lots of false trails and red her ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
Michael Robotham never fails to deliver. His books just keep getting better and better and 'Close Your Eyes' is no exception. An enthralling read. Review to follow... ...more

It was the best decision ever - after a series of mediocre and DNF books I began honestly to consider to find another hobby. Well, we were all through a similar phase in our reading passion, weren't we?

I am glad that I had yet 2 instalments in the Joseph O'Loughlin Series to go (now it is only one), and to that - 2 Audiobooks! I am glad that brilliant Seán Barrett narrated the whole series, and how! He is AMAZING! The author Michael Robotham didn't make it always easy for him: this series has ma
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is only the second Robotham i've read and boy, have I been missing out. This is number 8 (8, can you believe it?!) in the series about clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, and while i'm pleased it gives me another seven to catch up on, starting at number 8 had no impact on my ability to read and enjoy the story. The relationships between the characters, especially the O'Loughlin family, are so excellently drawn that the impact of their choices and their hardships are keenly felt by the rea ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I, like so many others, have become a fan of the crime fiction genre that seems to have cropped up in the past few decades. Gillian Flynn, James Lee Burke, and Dennis Lehane have written some of my favorites in the field. But Close Your Eyes doesn'tt have any of the excellent characterization and plot twists that I expect from a great crime story—this one sticks to a formula, throws a bunch of red herrings out there for us (to tell you the truth, when the killer is revealed I couldn't even remem ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis from the police - "On 6 June, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., a mother and daughter were killed in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Clevedon - one stabbed, the other suffocated. There are six suspects: an ex-husband, his business partner, a stepson, the daughter's boyfriend, a neighbour and one of the men who Elizabeth met through a dating agency."

Joseph, a clinical psychologist, is pulled back into the investigation by a desperate inspector who's grasping at straws from the clues they have.
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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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