Review: Life or Death by Michael Robotham


Title: Life or Death

Author: Michael Robotham

Published: Mulholland Books March 2015

Status: Read on March 20, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Life or Death is Michael Robotham’s tenth novel, a rare stand alone from one of Australia’s favourite crime fiction author’s, best known for his O’Loughlin/Ruiz series.

Inspired by a real life news report, Robotham has built his story around the character of Audie Palmer who, after serving ten years in prison, escapes the day before his scheduled release. No one understands why Audie would run when he risks an extended sentence if caught, but it’s assumed that it has something to do with the unrecovered $7 million dollars stolen during the robbery he was convicted of committing.

It soon becomes obvious however that Audie isn’t motivated by money, hunted by the authorities and criminals alike, he is on a mission to save a life. Despite what Audie stands accused of, he quickly becomes such a likeable character, a victim of bad luck and worse luck, he demonstrates an enviable strength of character to rise above it all. He is the ultimate underdog, battling to do the right thing in the face of overwhelming odds.

Flashbacks provide the details of Audie’s back story, explaining his present predicament. The twists and turns of the plot are well executed, even if a touch predictable. I read Life or Death in a matter of hours, Robotham’s fluid writing, and tight pacing ensures this is a page turner.

An entertaining read with a great premise, appealing characters and a strong and satisfying ending, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Life or Death.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kay
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 22:26:07

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. I love Robotham’s series books. Good to know that this one is worthwhile as well.



  2. mysm2000
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 01:19:57

    This sounds like an interesting read, a rather unusual plot. I’m adding it to my ‘to read’ list.



  3. bernadetteinoz
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 14:04:50

    I liked this one a lot too – Audie is a terrific character and the story unfolds in a very suspenseful way



  4. Deborah
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 16:15:23

    Absolutely. I really enjoyed this. I’m a fan of Robotham but am not enjoying the Joe O’Loughlin (sp?) series as much as I once did… so this standalone book was just what I needed!



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