Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is summoned by the police to help them prevent a woman's suicide. Despite his best efforts, the woman jumps to her death. O'Loughlin is devastated, plagued by doubt. What would cause a young mother with a seemingly happy and successful life to kill herself?
The search for an answer to that question leads the doctor down a dangerous road. Obsessed with understanding what really happened, O'Loughlin not only puts his own life in danger, he touches off a chilling series of events that threatens to destroy his family as well.
Robotham unspools his plot in agonizingly intense fashion, with the brilliant psychologist facing off against one of the coldest killers to emerge in recent thriller fiction. Structuring his story as a fascinating game of cat and mouse, Robotham tightens the screws until the reader is ready to beg for mercy. Shatter is psychological suspense at its finest.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, March 29, 2009