I suppose after all those new book reviews that I should read the Chima books. However, I also have a lot of catching up to do on my reread pile. And those babies are massive. I had to make the decision: To Read New or To Reread. My choice to reread has overpowered my care to read new as it is right now.
That means I will be going to the smaller books on my TBR pile that are shorter, and the ones I got from my friend. Thus, this. Without further rambling, let’s go!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Suspect by Michael Robotham
Synopsis From The Book
At forty-two, psychiatrist Joe O’Loughlin seems to have it all: a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, an adoring daughter. But Joe’s snug, happy world is crumbling. Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he’s dreading the inevitable and all too palpable deterioration of his body and mind. Then, when the police ask for his help in solving the brutal murder of a woman they assume is a prostitute, he’s horrified to recognize the victim as a nurse he once worked with, and with whom he had a bit of a past. As Joe begins to suspect that one of his patients may be responsible, the police zero in on him.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Not even going to lie, I had no clue that this was a series until I got the synopsis as a copy and paste on Goodreads. (If you thought I typed that stuff out, you are right. I do most of the time. However I get lazy at times…) It was interesting to find multiple versions of this book. Many had a “the” in front of Suspect. However my edition is the 2005 hardcover so I’m keeping the “the” out.
This is perhaps the first mystery/crime novel that I have read in a long while. This is saying something, because it’s what I used to read all the time before I got into Sci-fi and Fantasy. My mother’s library is filled with them. Unlike fantasy and sci-fi novels, mystery and crime novels are nice. You can read a book in a series and while there are continued themes, they are stand alone novels on their own.
As such I doubt this will drain me in the same way all those others did.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I haven’t read a Crime or Mystery novel in a while. I was thoroughly entertained by this novel. This novel was far more a crime novel than it was a mystery. There were twists but in a story telling way rather than a “who is the murderer” sort of way. I knew who it was the moment that our main character did (which was good). And then the rest of the story was told in the mindset of a thriller.
Joseph O’Laughlin is a psychologist. The book opens with him talking down a potential jumper and then later speaking to a conference of professional sex workers (providing them tips and suggestions on how to stay safe). At the conference detectives show up searching for information on a Jane Doe who they believe to be a sex worker. This Jane Doe is actually named Catherine and was once one of Joseph’s patients. Joseph has Parkinson’s Disease. Joe gets an odd letter from a mysterious Florence who was Catherine.
This book is split into three parts. At the end of Part 1 Joe gets arrested for suspicion of murder. All hell breaks lose with him and his family.
And then in order not to spoil the mystery, we go on from there.
What I Liked:
Joe; As a psychologist I would be interested to see how his future stories go. I liked how his analysis changed everything. As a character he entertained me.
Joe’s Friends and Family; Added their own humanness and twists to the plot which were interesting. I liked their characters in general.
Overall plot was nice; I was a bit of a long winded man hunt but it was nice to read through and watch how things developed.
Pacing was nice.
Formatting; Splitting this novel into three sections each focusing on a very different part of the story was refreshing as a bit of, now we move on to the next act.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More information on the antagonist’s family in more direct ways than statements by unreliable characters.
More information on the killer’s life in general rather than an addendum. (Which I guess is important to note that the killer and the antagonist are different in this).
For the police to not be such idiots; However, I suppose in most cases of a death the prime suspect is the husband or boyfriend. Still, sucks that no one would listen to Joe. Also, he probably shouldn’t have lied that screwed up his alibi.
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