Close Your Eyes

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Michael Robotham
Crime Fiction, Thriller
06 August, 2015

Close Your Eyes

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Why We Love It:

As if we didn’t already love Michael Robotham’s signature brand of clever, unputdownable thrillers, he has done it all over again with a thriller that ticks all the boxes but is also tender, moving and insightful.

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin has given up investigating gritty crimes. He’s focusing on his family, wooing back his ex-wife and nurturing his young daughters – ten-year-old Emma and Charlie, who is about to go off to university. He’s living with Parkinson’s disease and his beloved ex has her own health fears to face. But then comes a call from DCS Kray who desperately needs help with a brutal and mysterious double murder of a mother and daughter.

 O’Loughlin knows he should say no, but Kray reels him when she tells him another bogus psychologist is using his name and stuffing up the case. He brings in his old partner, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, but still the case won’t crack. In the meantime, a series of brutal attacks occurs, with each of the victims having ‘A’ for adulterer carved into the foreheads. The attacks may or may not be connected to the farmhouse murders.

The novel is a continuation of the O’Loughlin/Ruiz novels that Robotham fans know and love, but for newcomers Close Your Eyes can be read standalone. As usual, the pace is fast and it’s really hard to get to sleep at night with a Robotham thriller unread by your bed. This one keeps you guessing until the very end with a line-up of suspects that all seem plausible.

But from the start O’Loughlin’s intimate first person narrative is interspersed with narration directly from the killer  – even though we don’t know who he is. This builds tension and means we get closer to the killer and know more about what’s going than O’Loughlin does.

For anyone who is not already a Robotham fan, he is an Australian writer whose work has won multiple awards here and in the UK where many of his novels, including this one, are set.

As well as having all the elements of a great thiller, Robotham touches on fatherhood, relationships, grieving and mortality. The main action is woven with O’Loughlin’s personal life and this makes for a dramatic and nail-biting close to the novel. Be warned that once you start this novel, you may not be able to put it down.


Michael Robotham
About the author

Michael Robotham

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain, and 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 nine novels featuring beloved Joe O'Loughlin. Good Girl, Bad Girl and When She Was Good are the first two books in a new series featuring forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven. Michael is the only Australian to win the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award twice - for Good Girl, Bad Girl and Life or Death. Good Girl, Bad Girl was also shortlisted for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2020, The Secrets She Keeps was adapted for television. He lives in Sydney.

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    1. Penny Corbin says:

      Have been waiting for the next novel by this wonderful author. Are any being made into films?