Shatter by Michael Robotham EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Michael Robotham
- Genre: Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction, Psychological Thrillers
- Publish Date: January 1, 2013
- Size: 1.7 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
University of Bath
It’s eleven o’clock in the morning, late September, and outside it’s
raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting
on their bloated bodies.
The lecture theatre is full. Tiered seats rise at a gentle angle between
the stairs on either side of the auditorium, climbing into darkness.
Mine is an audience of pale faces, young and earnest, hung over.
Fresher’s Week is in full swing and many of them have waged a
mental battle to be here, weighing up whether to attend any lectures
or go back to bed. A year ago they were watching teen movies and
spilling popcorn. Now they’re living away from home, getting drunk on
subsidised alcohol and waiting to learn something.
I walk to the centre of the stage and clamp my hands on the lectern as
if frightened of falling over.
‘My name is Professor Joseph O’Loughlin. I am a clinical psychologist
and I’ll be taking you through this introductory course in behavioural
Pausing a moment, I blink into the lights. I didn’t think I would be
nervous lecturing again but now I suddenly doubt if I have any
knowledge worth imparting. I can still hear Bruno Kaufman’s advice.
(Bruno is the head of the psychology department at the university and
is blessed with a perfect Teutonic name for the role.) He told me,
‘Nothing we teach them will be of the slightest possible use to them in
the real world, old boy. Our task is to offer them a bullshit meter.’
‘If they work hard and take a little on board, they will learn to detect
when someone is telling them complete bullshit.’
Bruno had laughed and I found myself joining him.
‘Go easy on them,’ he added. ‘They’re still clean and perky and wellfed.
A year from now they’ll be calling you by your first name and
thinking they know it all.’
How do I go easy on them, I want to ask him now. I’m new at this too.
Breathing deeply, I begin again.
‘Why does a well-spoken university graduate studying urban
preservation fly a passenger plane into a skyscraper, killing thousands
of people? Why does a boy, barely into his teens, spray a schoolyard
with bullets, or a teenage mother give birth in a toilet and leave the
baby in the wastepaper bin?’
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