The very first book in the bestselling Joe O'Loughlin series, from the multi-million-copy bestselling Australian author
Liar, liar . . .
Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life - a beautiful wife, a loving daughter and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only a loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient and the biggest lie of his life.
Caught in a complex web of deceit and haunted by images of the slain girl, he embarks upon a search that will take him from London to Liverpool and into the darkest recesses of the human mind. Ultimately, he will risk everything to unmask the killer and save his family.
The Suspect is the nerve-shredding psychological thriller that marked the debut of one of fiction's most compelling heroes, Joe O'Loughlin.
'Believable and authentic from the first sentence . . . Robotham doesn't put a foot wrong in his plotting, pace or inventiveness' The Australian
'A truly classy thriller, beautifully crafted . . . a gripping finale that even the most seasoned mystery addicts won't see coming' The Australian Women's Weekly
'A gripping first novel . . . taut and fast-moving' Washington Post
A white-knuckle ride and a powerful love story that kept me up half the night - ANDY McNAB
The best of the best... truly accomplished - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Robotham is an absolute master - STEPHEN KING
THE SUSPECT is slick and classy, with a plot that sweeps the rug out from under your feet every time you think you're standing on firm ground - THE AGE
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was a former feature writer and investigative reporter working in Britain, Australia and America, and with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. His debut thriller, The Suspect, introduced clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and sold more than a million copies around the world. The first of a nine-book series, The Suspect is being adapted for the screen by World Productions (makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard), starring Aidan Turner. Michael's standalone thriller The Secrets She Keeps was adapted for TV by Network 10 and the BBC. The second series is out now.
Michael is the only Australian to twice win the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel, for Life or Death and Good Girl, Bad Girl as well as the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for When She Was Good. His latest Book, Lying Beside You, is the third book in his bestselling Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac series.
Michael lives in Sydney.