When best friends Piper and Tash disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the teenage girls are never found.
Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.
Convinced that Piper or Tash might still be alive, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin persuades police to reopen the investigation, but the closer he get to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes.
One girl is counting on them and she’s running for her life…
Disturbing on so many levels, Say You’re Sorry is a gripping and tense psychological thriller that simply delivers.
The narrative is slick and the story moves along at a rate of knots and it’s over before you know it. The subject matter is brutal, two young teenagers kidnapped, one innocent and the other the polar opposite, both held against their will, both raped. It makes for uncomfortable reading at times but Michael Robotham handles their incarceration – for want of a better description – with sensitivity and assurance.
The book is split in two parts, both arcs told alternatively through the eyes of Joe O’Loughlin and Piper Hadley. This is the first book I’ve read in the O’Loughlin series and I really enjoyed Joe’s dry sense of humour and personality. The psychologist has Parkinson’s and although we do not learn a great deal about his illness in this book what we do discover is informative and on point. Having not read his previous novels I’m not sure if this disease is something that has developed recently or if the author has used since book one and with this in mind I’m looking forward to learning more about O’Loughlin in future novels, I may even start at the beginning!
One of the endearing things about O’Loughlin is his ability to put Parkinson’s to one side, sure there are the obvious restrictions he faces on a daily basis, but it doesn’t appear to hold him back. He strikes me as being one of those characters that as soon as he stops running around and working hard, that’s when it will hit him and the disease will rapidly take him down. O’Loughlin is a likeable character and one you’d want on your side. As far as I’m concerned Robotham has developed an intriguing and complex character in the psychologist, a character worth investing time in getting to know. So much so I was disappointed when the book ends, it’s like losing a friend. He’s believable, real, trustworthy and intriguing.
Enough about our protagonist I hear you cry!
Piper’s voice is well delivered and by the time I finished the book I really had a sense of who she was and what made her tick. It was a pleasure getting to know her, the good times and the bad. Mostly bad. Piper is in a bad place and it’s her writing, and mind, that keeps her sanity and belief strong. At times her situation was cringe worthy, especially towards the end when faced with the most terrible of decisions.
A well delivered book Say You’re Sorry is no walk in the park. A taut and shocking psychological thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the final page, it is both entertaining and moving.
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (18 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751547190
- ISBN-13: 978-0751547191