Year 7, Book 72

72. Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham

I got a free galley of this book from NetGalley. I’ve never read anything else by this author and probably never will, but I based on the book I gather this is probably part of a larger series of book featuring the main protagonist who is a psychologist who winds up doing criminal profiling and seemingly gets drawn into actual detective work. It definitely was not my thing as most books that belong to this type of thriller genre are not. I’m guessing people who enjoy books by authors such as James Patterson and other similar authors might like this. I however did not. I obviously found the book to be entirely forgettable as I couldn’t remember at all what the book was about when I went to write this review to the point that I was wondering if I actually had read it despite it’s presence on my Goodreads list. Reading the summary in Goodreads did nothing to spark my memory. I actually had to go back and read the first page or two of the book to remember what the heck it was.

The story revolves around a fire in a house containing a husband and wife that were brutally murdered. The odd thing is that this house is also the location where two teenage girls went missing three years prior. Is there a connection? Will this new murder provide new clues about what happened to the missing teens? No worries, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin will apparently solve the crimes that the police either can’t or don’t want to. That really annoyed me if you can’t tell based on the previous sentence. If I could forget that he wasn’t actually a detective I could enjoy the book more, but every time I was reminded he was a psychologist I found the whole thing ridiculous. The fact that I could tell there are many other books in which he does the same thing the more annoyed I got. There are many people who love books like these and probably wouldn’t care and who would just enjoy the story. I couldn’t get past it and was able to figure out who the bad guy was way before the big reveal, so I wasn’t really that into this book. Other people who like these types of books more than me might enjoy it more. I give it a 4 out of 10.

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