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The Other Wife

(Joseph O'Loughlin #9)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  8,818 ratings  ·  720 reviews

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong.

This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the s

Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Hachette Australia (first published June 14th 2018)
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*3.75-ish stars*

Having discovered Michael Robotham’s writing last year—I obsessed over two of his standalones—and being a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to investing in a long-standing series, I decided to take a leap and start here, with book nine. The fact that I’m easily distracted by shiny new releases didn't help things either.

For devoted fans of Joseph O’Loughlin, The Other Wife is sure to satisfy. Robotham gives readers a deeply personal look at the beloved psychiatrist’s life
Diane S ☔
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very character driven series, and yes another series I have read from the beginning. Joseph is a pyschologist, one who works with those others have given up on. His life lately has been stressful, sad, as he now tackles single parenting after the death of his wife. He has had to learn to make adjustments for his Parkinsons, but he is trying to move forward. When his father, whom he has had a contentious relationship in the past, is taken to the ICU, he rushes to his side. Now in a coma, Joseph ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The awesomeness of Michael Robotham's writing is once again on display in this, the ninth Joe O’Loughlin book. If you’re a fan already, you will love this book. It offers a much closer look into Joe's personal life than ever before. This book can also be read as a stand alone because of the back story provided, but why deprive yourself by not starting with the very first?

Robotham's characters have depth. Joe and his long time friend, Vincent Ruiz, are now old friends of mine. I just want to hug
When Joe O’Loughlin received the call that his father was in a coma in hospital, his wife by his side, Joe had no idea the trip to the hospital and his father’s room would change his life, and everything he’d known and believed about his parents would be shattered. The woman beside his father wasn’t his mother – but she said she was his wife. Joe was astounded – he ordered the woman from the room.

But as Joe and his good friend, ex-policeman Vincent Ruiz started digging into William O’Loughlin’s
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this from beginning to end in one sitting. I guess that's what you call unputdownable! Definitely five stars from me.

Poor Joseph, still reeling from a very personal loss, still learning to cope with Parkinson's Disease, still dealing with raising two teenagers and now he finds the father he thought he knew is a different character entirely. He gets involved with some very unpleasant people in the course of this book and it is a good thing he has back up in the form of Ruiz, ex policeman a
Poor old Joe O'Loughlin has a tough time being one of Michael Robotham's characters. He has to live with Mr Parkinson, the name he gives the horrible disease that is trying to take over his body. During his long and successful career as a psychologist working with his detective friend Vincent Ruiz to solve many crimes, he has being beaten up, stabbed, shot at and knocked unconscious numerous times. His love life has been no party either and just as his family life was looking up in the previous ...more
Shirley Revill
Imagine you get called to hospital because your father has serious injuries and is in a coma.
You are told your mother is with him but when you get there it's a complete stranger who claims to be his second wife. What would you do if you where faced with this situation I wonder? I think I would be worried if my mother turned up and the thought would be running through my head as to how this woman managed to get into my father's room.
This however is just the start of the story that has so many sur
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I broke my cardinal rule of not starting a series unless I read them in the right order. I think you can read this as a stand alone but I would have rather read the previous books in this series first and had the chance to get to know the main characters.

Professor Joseph O Laughlin has a call from the Hospital saying his dad William has severe head injuries and is in a coma. He arrives at the hospital and finds at his father’s side a woman called Olivia holding his hand and claiming to be his ot
Judy Collins
10 Stars! Bestselling International author Michael Robotham returns following The Secrets She Keeps, Close Your Eyes, and Life or Death with THE OTHER WIFE – a riveting Tour de Force thriller – His best Yet! How well do you know your own family?

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Since the author introduced us to Professor Joe O’Loughlin, a clinical psychologist, (Suspect) readers anxiously await the next installment. Thirteen books later
Liz Barnsley
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge huge fan of this series and the engaging beautifully drawn character of Joe O’Loughlin so I was very much looking forward to entering his world once again.

This story hits very close to home when Joe discovers dark secrets lurk at the heart of his own family. Add murder into the mix and you have a tense, addictive psychological thriller that explores the deeper truths hiding behind every family facade.

Michael Robotham twists a plot so beautifully, The Other Wife is immediately engaging
Mandy White
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I did not realise that this was book 9 in the series. It read fine as a stand alone though and I really enjoyed it. Back to book one for me now !!
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel like Robotham of late has a simple formula for when he writes. The last 3 or 4 of his novels Ive read I've felt alot of similarities in the style and structure. This picks up #9 with Joe. Ive only read a couple others with this character but I had higher expectations. The first half read really well, vintage Robotham with his great plotting and detail. Theres a real warmth to Joe. The second half ties up the story but it didnt seem to be as well structured which caused issues with the pac ...more
Sherri Thacker
This is my 5th book by Michael Robotham and once again, I found I could not put it down. So many twists and turns, lies, and secrets throughout!!! Well done!!
Paul Lockman
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I think I had a different book by this author on my to read list but one of my libraries had this recent release so I grabbed it. No. 9 in the Joseph O’Loughlin series apparently so I have dived in very late but it didn’t really matter, I think it was fine as a stand-alone novel. I get why Michael Robotham is so popular. I was drawn into this story straight away, interesting plot and characters and great insights into them, well paced, and intelligent writing – what’s not to like? I wi
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number nine in the Joe O’loughlin series.

Yet another terrific read from the pen of Michael Robotham.

Joe gets a call telling him that his father is in hospital after suffering a severe head trauma, he is unconscious and his mother is at the bed side. Joe heads straight to hospital to find not his mother but a woman he has never seen before sitting at his father’s bedside. Joe enquires as to who she is only to be told the impossible “I’m his wife”. From this point on everything that Joe believed t
4.5 stars actually. Another wonderful, unputdownable, very well plotted book; featuring Clinical Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. Joes' famous but aloof father near his death, is discovered by Joe to have 2 families. The first family of nearly 60 years, the second wife of 20 years duration. Another excellent, well crafted book by Michael Robotham.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
The Other Wife is the most disappointing Joseph O'Loughlin book so far.

* Minor spoilers ahead *

It's a convoluted, messy domestic drama that enfolds when Joe's dad is found in a coma after a brutal home invasion.

When Joe shows up to the hospital, he discovers his father's mistress of nearly 20 years sitting by the old man's bedside.

There begins a stereotypical, tepid drama about how Joe's dad was a macho, manly man and surgeon who swaggered through life with his brains, charisma and charm.

Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I enjoy this author and this particular series. I enjoy his books so much so, that I didn't mind parting with an audible credit in order to have this one. This was so close to 5 stars. Part of me just wants to round up.

The hook at the beginning was highly effective. I love when that happens. This author does so many things well: character development and their traits, relationships, descriptive strokes, plot, tension and mystery. I'm sure this list is longer.

I liked the look into the MC's fami
David Staniforth
Robotham never fails to captivate and entertain me. Another gripping addition to a fantastic series.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I can’t believe this is the first book by Michael Robotham that I’ve read! This book is apparently the 9th in a series with Joe O’Loughlin and now I want to go back and read them all. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. I loved the characters and want to see more of them! Loved it!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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I love the Joe O’Loughlin series – I am invested in the main characters, their stories and the crimes they solve. This episode centres on Joe and his family as suspects, victims and villains, what a read! And despite this book being number nine in the series it can just as easily be read as a standalone for those who are catching up with this series and author.

My enjoyment of this read was enhanced when I recently saw Michael Robotham at our local Readers and Writers Festival – what a g
Frank Phillips
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sad read. Not as much of a thriller as I hoped it would be, but very deep and thought provoking! I give this 3.6 Stars.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased, cops, mystery
TIL that this book is number 9 in a series, not figuring that out until after you are finished means the book stands alone very well

TIL that the book has gotten even less expensive since I bought it. (grrr)

The book opens with Joseph O'Loughlin receiving a call from a London hospital that his father is in the ICU; when he arrives he learns a secret of his father's that he isn't prepared for, despite being closer to 60 than 16 Joseph and his father haven't achieved an adult relationship. And despi
Lisa-Books Smiles
I just could not get into this book, so it's time to move on.
John Purcell
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Michael Robotham is in a league of his own when it comes to thrillers.
This is only the second Michael Robotham novel that I read.

The Other Wife is the ninth novel in the series. Even though I haven't read any other O'Loughlin novels, my enjoyment wasn't at all diminished, as there was plenty of background information about the characters.

Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist. The past eighteen months have been hell, as his wife and mother of his two girls died due to post-surgical complications. On top of that, the poor Joe has Parkinson's disease.

When his elderly fat
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was overjoyed that The Other Wife saw the return of one of my favourite characters in crime fiction, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin. After the tragic sudden death of his wife Julianne, Joe is trying hard to raise his two daughters on his own. But tragedy is not done with Joe yet – he receives a phone call from the hospital that his father William has suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a brutal attack by an unknown assailant in his own home. When Joe rushes to his father's bedside, a stra ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid entry in the Joe O'Laughlin series revolving around a vicious attack on Joe's father and his encounter with a woman who claims to be the dad's wife...but who isn't Joe's mom. Very character driven with plenty of focus on how Joe and his kids are handling the unexpected death of his estranged wife Julianne. The mystery surrounding the assault unwinds in a satisfactory manner with twists and turns aplenty. One quibble is with the atrocious editing of the e-book. No excuse for that. Overall a ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Robotham is one of my favourite authors. I couldn't wait to read his latest book, The Other Wife - especially when I found out it was a Joseph O'Loughlin book. (9th in the series)

Joe is a clinical psychologist, a widower, a father to two girls, a man living with Parkinson's disease - and a son who thought he knew his parents well. But when Joe receives a call that his father has been admitted to hospital in a coma, his world is turned upside down. He arrives at his father's bedside to fi
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Sentence: From the top of Primrose Hill, silhouetted against the arriving day, the spires and domes of London look like the painted backdrop of a Pinewood sound stage waiting for actors to take their places and an unseen director to yell 'Action'.

Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin is coping with Parkinson's, being recently widowed, and raising his two daughters. Receiving a call that his father has been attacked and is In a coma introduces yet another challenge. Who is the woman, covered in his
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Edgar finalist and 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 write

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