Synopses & Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Michael Robotham brings us face-to-face with a manipulative psychopath who has destroyed countless lives and is about to claim one final victim.
Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: a warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head.
She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.
O'Loughlin is concerned by Marnie's reluctance to talk about the past and anxious to uncover what Marnie is withholding that could help with her treatment. The breakthrough in Marnie's therapy and Daniel's disappearance arrives when Marnie shares with O'Loughlin her discovery of the Big Red Book, a collage of pictures, interviews, and anecdotes from Marnie's friends and relatives that Daniel had been compiling as part of a surprise birthday gift.
Daniel's explorations into Marnie's past led him to a shocking revelation on the eve of his disappearance: Anyone who has ever gotten close to Marnie has paid an exacting price. A cold-blooded killer is eliminating the people in Marnie's life, and now that O'Laughlin is a part of it, he is next in line.
"In Robotham's disturbing eighth thriller featuring London-based psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and retired detective Vincent Ruiz (after 2012's Say You're Sorry), O'Loughlin has a troubled new patient, Marnie Logan. Marnie has a slew of problems her husband has gone missing, which has forced her to work as an escort to support her children; she's plagued by 'mind slips'; and it appears someone is following her. The good-hearted O'Loughlin maintains Marnie's innocence after she becomes a suspect in a murder case, but when his office is broken into and only Marnie's file is stolen, he turns to Ruiz for help. As Ruiz and O'Loughlin hunt for answers, they discover Marnie has a dark past, full of erratic, vindictive behavior, as well as a history of mental illness. Might Marnie be the real culprit? This is a steady and commanding book with an ending that's sure to give even the most jaded reader a shock. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Michael Robotham is author of the New York Times bestseller Say You're Sorry, as well as Bleed for Me, and Shatter, and other novels of suspense. A former investigative journalist who has worked in Britain, Australia and the US, Robotham is one of the world's most acclaimed authors of thriller fiction. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.