I started several times to write my own blurb for this latest book from Michael Robotham and then decided I couldn’t really do any better than the teaser on the back cover.
Ray Hegarty, a highly respected former detective, lies dead in his daughter Sienna’s bedroom. She is found covered in his blood. Everything points to her guilt, but psychologist Joe O’Loughlin isn’t convinced.
Fourteen year old Sienna is the best friend of Joe’s daughter and he has watched her grow up and seen the troubled look in her eyes. Against the advice of the police, he launches his own investigation, embarking on a hunt that will lead him to a predatory schoolteacher, a conspiracy of silence and a race-hate trial that is captivating the nation.
Although he and his wife are living apart, his family, his two daughters Charlie and Emma, are of prime importance to Joe O’Loughlin. That’s why they are separated really – his work with the police in Bristol has a way of backlashing into their lives.
There’s a theme running through BLEED FOR ME which I feel must come straight out of Michael Robotham’s own heart. The following extract comes from the final pages.
Parenthood is a lot like being a trapeze artist, knowing when to let go and watch your child tumble away in mid-air, reaching out for the next rung, testing herself. My job is to be here when she swings back, ready to catch her and to launch her into the world again.
After SHATTER which topped the charts for me two years ago, I wondered whether Michael Robotham could ever do as well or better. These days I rarely read a book in one sitting, but BLEED FOR ME just kept me reading.
The prime POV is Professor Joe O’Loughlin, clinical psychologist, but ex-detective Vincent Ruiz who has been present from the beginning of the series, and DCI Ronnie Cray whom we first met in SHATTER both play primary roles. By the end of BLEED FOR ME they are really working as a team.
If you’ve never read any Robotham before then this one will send you looking for more. And where better to start than at the beginning:
- The Suspect (2003)
- Lost (2005) (aka The Drowning Man)
- The Night Ferry (2007)
- Shatter (2008)
- Bombproof (2008)
- Bleed For Me (2010)
I’m seriously wondering whether the Ned Kelly Awards for 2010 will have to consider joint winners again this year. For me BLEED FOR ME just pips Peter Temple’s TRUTH by a nose.
My rating: 5.0