Post Script: Life or Death – Michael Robotham

Outstanding, seductive and intriguing!

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751552898

Description:

The chilling new psychological thriller from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

 

 

My View:

Michael Robotham hits another home run! This narrative is so brilliant it shines like a beacon calling you to read, except… I couldn’t; I was seduced by the story and the character of Audie Plamer and I could not bear to read that yet another disaster had knocked him down to his knees. Instead of reading in one night as I would normally do for such an intriguing narrative, I had to force myself to keep reading, I was so entrenched in Audie’s world and the belief in his innocence and seduced by this character’s serene voice that each time corruption and conspiracy of the highest levels attacked him and I could not see a way out, I feared for Audie and I had to stop reading. I couldn’t see a positive conclusion, just more hurt. It took me days to read…I didn’t want it to end.

 

This is a brilliant narrative, with meaningful dialogue, characterisations and settings that are authentic and a plot that twists and turns with conspiracies a plenty (and did I mention a beautiful love story?) Robotham writes masterfully and seductively. His passion for his craft is obvious in the execution of his work – intriguing, enchanting and fast paced and action packed, his words never tired or dreary or forced. Another brilliant standalone from the master of the psychological thriller.

 

7 thoughts on “Post Script: Life or Death – Michael Robotham

  1. So…let me guess, Carol. You liked the novel? 😉 – In all seriousness, I really like Robotham’s work, so I’m not surprised that you felt he nailed it here. Interesting premise, too!

    • No didn’t like it all – LOVED IT 🙂 I don’t know how he comes up with such variations on the genre, storyline, protagonists…Watching You was brilliant too! And the two in his series that I have read…all so different, all great.

  2. Not read a bad review of this – read in Literary View that he believes it was the novel “he was born to write”. The premise seemed utterly off the wall to me – sounded more like a James Lee Burke standalone. Glad everyone’s enjoying it – I’ll get my list…;-))

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