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A secret room. A silent girl. A shocking truth.
Evie Cormac was found at a murder scene six years ago, hiding in a secret room. She has never revealed her real name, why she was in that house, or what she saw.
Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven wants to help the traumatised teenager. He thinks unravelling Evie's secrets will free her from the past.
But he has no idea what he's about to unleash . . .
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION STEEL DAGGER FOR BEST THRILLER OF 2021
'What makes Michael stand out is how he invests suspense with such a strong emotional pull. No one else comes close' Linwood Barclay
'Never lets up on the suspense . . . Definitely Robotham's best to date' Globe and Mail
'Clever, intriguing and compelling, I loved this book' Rachel Abbott
'So good that I rationed my reading as I didn't want to finish it' ***** Reader Review
'Tense, immersive and riveting' ***** Reader Review
'Keeps your attention in a vice-like grip' ***** Reader Review
A #1 FICTION BESTSELLER IN AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 2020
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM'S THRILLERS:
'An absolute master' Stephen King
'Superbly exciting' Guardian
'He writes in a voice with a haunting sense of soul' Peter James
'Robotham is the real deal' David Baldacci
'Heart-stopping and heart-breaking' Val McDermid
'Will have you turning the pages compulsively' Times
At the start of Edgar-finalist Robotham's twisty, emotionally involving sequel to 2019's Good Girl, Bad Girl, British forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, teenager Evie Cormac's therapist, seeks out Special Constable Sacha Hopewell in Cornwall. Seven years earlier, Sacha rescued Evie from a North London house where she was discovered hiding with the corpse of a small-time criminal. Evie has never spoken about this traumatic experience, and Cyrus hopes Sacha has information that can help him treat Evie. Meanwhile, the police summon Cyrus to Manchester to consult on the apparent suicide of Hamish Whitmore, a retired detective superintendent. Cyrus finds evidence of foul play, and learns that Whitmore was fixated on the closed case of pedophile Eugene Green, who was killed in prison. A note Whitmore left behind indicates that he believed there was a possible link between Green and Evie, which prompts Cyrus to investigate. Sections told from Evie's perspective deepen both the plot and the characterizations. Fans of grim psychological suspense will be rewarded.