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The Other Wife : Joseph O'loughlin - Michael Robotham

The Other Wife

Joseph O'loughlin

Paperback Published: 26th June 2018
ISBN: 9780733637933
Number Of Pages: 400

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A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows. The new bestseller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its shocking climax, by multi-million-copy selling author Michael Robotham.

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.

Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father's hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?

And who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps.

Staff Review
by John Purcell

When Michael Robotham won the prestigious Gold Dagger Award for his novel Life or Death the world discovered something many of us already knew, Robotham is one of the finest crime novelists on the planet. Whether writing standalone novels or novels centered on his recurring character, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin, Robotham grips the reader from the first page to the last.

Robotham’s new novel, The Other Wife stars Joe O’Loughlin and, in my opinion, is his best book yet. I just did not want to stop reading. So when life got in the way, and I had to put the novel down, my mind returned to the story and I found excuses to pick it up again.

The thing about Robotham is that he writes fast moving, page turning thrillers while somehow managing to retain the rich characterisation he’s now famous for. We know all of his characters so well, whether they are main characters or walk on roles. Joe’s daughters are wonderful creations and his struggle to look after them in trying times is very relatable.

The Other Wife is an incredibly complex story, one which cannot be easily summarized without giving too much away. So I won’t try. However, I will say that Joe’s whole family are deeply involved in this story and nothing Joe has ever known will be the same again. This is a game changer novel that is guaranteed to please longtime fans, but would also serve as a great introduction to Joe O’Loughlin for new readers.

The beauty of this series is that the novels can be read with enjoyment in any order. I certainly haven’t played by the rules when reading them. These books are so rewarding in and of themselves. The only mark against The Other Wife that I can think of is the suggestion in the Afterword that this might be the last Joe O’Loughlin novel.

Say it ain’t so, Michael, say it ain’t so!

Industry Reviews

The Other Wife is all about what it means to be a father. It's also a book about coming to terms with the past in ways that allow us to move on - The Age

Michael Robotham takes many of the tropes of the domestic thriller, but elevates them into something more substantial through his superior writing. - Canberra Weekly

Crime fiction at its most compelling. - Hobart Mercury

This absorbing novel will make you wish there was another O'Loughlin episode to come. - Weekend West

Michael Robotham has hinted that this clever psychological thriller may be the last outing for the Parkinson's-plagued shrink. If so, it's a worthy final act. - Qantas Magazine

A crime writer at the top of his game. - The Australian

Michael Robotham is the real deal. - David Baldacci

A superbly crafted thriller with [a] half-dozen credible potential suspects - Courier Mail

I would buy this book as a gift


I thoroughly enjoyed this book



Definitely recommend


Could not put it down, would highly recommend. Have never read any books by this author before, but I will now be buying some more!



Another stunner by Robotham


I own every one of Robotham's books and yet again this is another cracker novel from him following Joe o'Loughlin. With unpredictable twists, sensational writing, and beloved characters, there is layer upon layer of complexity but not in a way that's hard to follow. Deeper themes of family and how well we know people.



A first time reader of Michael Robtham


A good read. Nothing fantastic, but quite enjoyable. The concept behind the book of another wife was intriguing; I just feel that the story didn't quite deliver to my expectations of what this would mean.





I enjoyed this book. Although my most enjoyable moment is when the main character figures t all out, which is somewhat in the last 20 pages and then it all ends abruptly. It's a fairly worn out plot seen again and again in movies etc, but I'd recommend.



He's one of the best


He's just one of the best writers in the genre...and these characters are still well served by the on-going series. The plot gets a bit "silly" at the end, but that's often the way with whodunnits in an effort to resolve the mystery. But so well written, it zooms along with some engaging twists along the way. I enjoyed it.



Robotham's best yet!


Definitely Robotham's best work yet. Captivating from start to finish, I couldn't put the book down & read it the same day!!!



Bought as a gift


Bought this book as a gift for my sister after reading great reviews it had. She read it in 2 days, so it must've been that good!



Unexpected twists


I purchased after hearing great reviews and was not disappointed. Enjoyed the characters and twists and turns that kept me turning the pages with anticipation.

Jervis Bay


Wonderful !!


Could not put it down, but did not want it to finish. A fabulous read.



The Other Wife

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ISBN: 9780733637933
ISBN-10: 0733637930
Series: Joseph O'loughlin
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th June 2018
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

Michael Robotham

About the Author

Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he wrote for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK's Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin's Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years until a cleaner stumbled upon a cardboard box that had been misplaced and misfiled.

In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

His first novel The Suspect, a psychological thriller, was chosen by the world's largest consortium of book clubs as only the fifth International Book of the Month, making it the top recommendation to 28 million book club members in fifteen countries. It has been translated into twenty-two languages, including some he's barely heard of.

His second novel Lost won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Barry Award for the BEST BRITISH NOVEL published in the US in 2005.

Michael's subsequent novels The Night Ferry and Shatter were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008. Shatter was also shortlisted in the inaugural ITV3 Thriller Awards in the UK and for South Africa's Boeke Prize. In August 2008 Shatter won the Ned Kelly award for Australia's best crime novel. Bleed for Me, Michael's sixth novel, Bleed for Me was shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Award.

Michael can most often be found working in his 'pit of despair' (basement office) on Sydney's northern beaches where he funds the extravagant lifestyles of a wife and three daughters.

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