Sunday, September 27, 2015

Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham Book Review

Close Your Eyes (Joseph O’Loughlin, #8)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michael Robotham is one of the top thriller writers in Australia and he's appreciated all around the world, even by the likes of Stephen King.

I was lucky enough to interview him a few years ago when he released Say You're Sorry, a book that you just cannot put down once you read the first page. He's a lovely guy and very entertaining to listen to if you ever get a chance to hear him speak.

I don't normally go to writers' talks, but on Sept 10 2013, Michael was talking at a local library, so I grabbed the book crazy neighbor and off we went. Michael was brilliant. And guess what? He walks in & recognizes me from my reviews & the interview from the year before, walks straight up to me & gives me a kiss & a hug. He gets 5/5 for being a great guy.

In the interview we did a few years ago, Michael mentioned his wife wouldn't allow him to finish writing about his criminal psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin until he had resolved O'Loughlin's relationship with his estranged wife. In this, his eighth novel with his unusual protagonist, he finally does bring their relationship to a surprising resolution. You'll have to read to the very end, though, to discover what it is.

In between you will read a very strong thriller  in Close Your Eyes, with a mystery that I doubt you'll solve until the author wants you to know. If you enjoy thrillers that keep you guessing right until the end, but with strong characters who feel like real people, then Close Your Eyes is the book for you. Even if you haven't read Michael's previous O'Loughlin novels, you will still enjoy this. However, why don't you treat yourself and start at the beginning. You'll lose a lot of sleep and your fingers will be burning as you turn pages, but that will be a good thing.

Here's a link to the interview: I've moved it over to my current website from its previous home, which I don't update anymore.

The book was given to me by Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.

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