A stunning psychological thriller - a truly gripping read from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.
A naked woman in red high-heeled shoes is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge with her back pressed to the safety fence, weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps.
Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.
Joe wants to believe her, but what would drive a woman to such a desperate act? Whose voice? What evil?
Brilliant - Company
Shatter is a gripping journey into the weaknesses and strengths of the human psyche...it is the inevitablility of the plot's development that builds the tension and will have you turning the pages compulsively, desperate to get to the end, but not daring to miss a word - The Times
This is a marvellously exciting novel from a writer who deserves to be at the top of his genre, and beyond - Herald Sun
Michael Robotham writes beautifully crafted thrillers, so a new one by him is always a treat. - Australian Womens Weekly
Nail-biting suspense of the highest order. - Sunday Telegraph
Robotham's restrained and knowledgeable method of writing means that the story develops at just the right pace - RTE Guide
Genuinely terrifying - Literary Review
it s tense, fast-paced and, for the most part, an intelligent, thought-provoking read. What more could you want from a psychological thriller? - AB&P
Thematically complex, artfully structured, beautifully written and observed, Shatter confirms Robotham's place in the front row of crime. - SMH
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.
Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.
He lives in Sydney.