Crime writer Michael Robotham has published 11 novels, but this is the first one I’ve read. It probably won’t be the last.
Say You’re Sorry is written in the voice of Piper Hadley, a teenage girl who has been missing for three years. Along with her friend Tash, she simply disappeared one night and the two were believed to be runaways.
But when clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is called in to help police investigate a brutal double murder in the farmhouse where Tash once lived, he begins to suspect that the girls might be still alive. Then Tash’s emaciated body is found during the worst blizzard in a century, and their story begins to take on a much more sinister reality.
By this stage, with the chapters alternately told by Piper and Joe, I couldn’t put the book down. Would Piper be found? And more to the point…who was the man holding her, the man that she and Tash called “George”. And it kept me guessing right until the twist at the very end.
Say You’re Sorry is Michael Robotham‘s eighth novel, published in 2012 and shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for best crime fiction in 2013. He’s notched up a few more awards and it’s easy to see why.
Robothom is an Australian and lives in Sydney, but his novels are set in the UK, where he lived for some years. The character of Joe O’Loughlin appears in most of them.
This book was lent to me by a fellow crime fiction fan. I’m hoping he’s got a few more I can borrow!
Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham, published by Sphere, 2012.