Michael Robotham

Close Your Eyes

"...extremely well-written book with plenty of twists..."


A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince to kiss her awake. Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself 'the Mindhunter', jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

With no shortage of suspects and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discover links between these murders and a series of brutal attacks where his victims have been choked unconscious and had the letter 'A' carved into their foreheads.

As the case becomes ever more complex, nothing is quite what it seems and soon Joe's fate, and that of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer.

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Joe O'Loughlin is Robotham's long standing protagonist. Joe has his own problems: the estrangement from his wife and his battle with Parkinsons, Joe now has more on his plate with this case and issues at home. Robotham manages to introduce an array of suspects, all with opportunity, leaving the reader guessing until the very end. Throughout the book Robotham builds up the motive and reasoning behind the killers' actions so that once all is revealed there are no questions left unanswered. There is a good balance of plot and personal lives of the main characters which brings them to life and gives them an extra dimension. 'Close Your Eyes' is an extremely well-written book with plenty of twists, but don't expect a happy ever after! One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.

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