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A TRULY OUTSTANDING THRILLER
17 March 2014
I find it simultaneously mystifying but equally reassuring whenever I read an author’s debut novel to find a sense of calmness, confidence and assuredness in the story telling. So it is with Michael Robotham's first novel, SHATTER, published way back in 2009. After we are introduced to the presumed hero of the story, Professor Joseph O'Loughlin, teaching clinical psychology at the university of Bath. The man is living with parkinson's disease and after we meet his family early in the story, the reader witnesses a young lady committing suicide by jumping off a bridge – completely nude – in the city of Bristol. Once we have been introduced to the remaining players of the tale, the story flies along at breakneck speed and the reading never slows you down. There is a level of sophistication in each of the character’s thought processes and conversations that will impress you the most; even the so-called ‘minor’ characters have a level of depth that is most realistic and unusual. Early on, some of the good guys (local constabulary) are appearing to be nothing but belligerent bullies – but that may change as we progress through the book. I certainly hope so.
A scattering of clues are given to the reader by Mr Robotham and chapter four provides the first grisly look at the book's bad guy. He sounds like a seriously deranged, damaged and very dangerous psychopath. Just the thing for our Professor to know how to deal with.
The book really comes alive in the reader's bands in chapter eleven, however, when we meet old friend and former police detective Mr Vincent Ruiz. Together with other characters that have been introduced up to now, the plot is now suddenly extremely well balanced with a good range and balance of supporting cast for the star of the show. Ruiz alone adds a final layer of credence to the whole concept of the investigation and to the readability of the story and makes it therefore that much more believable.
So i think i have said enough of the plot. This book is outstanding. It is a world class whodunit come thriller which has the potential to blow the reader out of the water as we join the hunt for the killer. Given the capabilities of the author of this fine work, it pays to leave your own imagination at the door when you sit down to read SHATTER, unless you want to give yourself a nervous breakdown, when you begin to worry about what might happen to the characters that populate this mini universe. It is a fine addition to anyone's crime library as it is a highly recommended and outstanding purchase.
A highly deserved four stars from me.