The Other Wife
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...more
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 ...more
Robotham's characters have depth. Joe and his long time friend, Vincent Ruiz, are now old friends of mine. I just want to hug ...more
But as Joe and his good friend, ex-policeman Vincent Ruiz started digging into William O’Loughlin’s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
* 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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
For the next fourteen years he worked for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature write ...more