'A gripping and eerie read. You won't be able to look away' Karin Slaughter, #1 international bestselling author
The girl with no past.
Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.
The boy who survived.
Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift - she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.
GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, bestselling author of THE OTHER WIFE and THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.
Two major cases preoccupy forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, the hero of this haunting psychological thriller from Edgar finalist Robotham (The Secrets She Keeps). First, the Nottingham, England, police have enlisted him in their effort to catch the killer of 15-year-old Jodie Sheehan, British junior figure skating champion. Second, Cyrus has to assess the fitness of a troubled but achingly vulnerable teenage girl for release from a high-security children's home. Six years earlier, the media dubbed her Angel Face when she was discovered abused and malnourished hiding inside a north London house, where the body of a murder victim had been found a few weeks before. She now goes by the court-given alias of Evie Cormac, since she has steadfastly refused to reveal her true identity or age. Despite Jodie and Evie's obvious differences, they are sisters under the skin in many respects. Beneath Jodie's sparkly princess persona, Cyrus learns, were a host of very adult problems. To succeed, Cyrus must tease out the secrets Jodie may have died for as well as some of those that could still get Evie killed. Robotham expertly raises the tension as the action hurtles toward the devastating climax. Readers will hope the complex Cyrus will return for an encore.
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I could not put this book down and would never have guessed the outcome. Absolutely riveting, read it till the early hours of the morning, just could not put it down.
I want to say it is Michael’s best book, however they are all brilliant, riveting and compelling and I have read them all with fascination, excitement, wonder, questioning, guessing, a racing heart and determination to stay up all night until finished.
Can’t wait for the next book,
Michael Robotham has done it again! Another book I just couldn’t put down. Suspenseful and beautifully written, I definitely recommend this book, and all his others. I hope there’s more to come, I’ve grown attached to the characters already.
Australian journo turned award winning crime novelist. One of those writers whose books I buy sight unseen as soon as they are released. 13 previous novels, 9 of them involving Joe O’Loughlin, a London forensic psychologist with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Mr Robotham has decided to give someone else a shake (sorry) with this, the first instalment of a new series featuring Cyrus Haven, a forensic child psychologist in Nottingham, although Cyrus Haven sounds suspiciously like a holistic health resort to me.
Our boy, who got into the shrink business after seeing plenty of them himself as a kid, is remarkably well adjusted, considering. He’s working with a clever but dyslexic teenager whose backstory is even worse than his own, what is known of it anyway. Then a teenage female figure skating prodigy is raped and murdered a stone’s throw from her home. Profiler required.
Parallel twin narratives as Cyrus (the virus) shuttles between one case and the other. He and Lennie, short for Lenore, the walloper in charge of the murder investigation is a candidate for Chief Constable (aka The Sheriff of Nottingham, I believe, or possibly not), go way back. She was involved with his case when she was still a newbie. Stuff happens. Narratives come together. Resolution occurs.
Crisp, clear, well paced. What’s not to like.
Excellent as I’ve come to expect from Mr Robotham. He’s setting up new series after all.
Polished performance from a polished performer.