Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel Hardcover – July 23, 2019
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“Haunting…Robotham expertly raises the tension as the action hurtles toward the devastating climax. Readers will hope the complex Cyrus will return for an encore.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Explosive...This sensitive, suspenseful mystery firmly establishes Robotham in the top ranks of psychological-thriller writers. And it cries out for a sequel.” —Booklist, STARRED review
“Robotham’s writing is achingly beautiful in Good Girl, Bad Girl. He shows the redemptive power of love and trust on broken people who don't know how to ask for help. He also digs deeply into how well-meaning adults can hijack the aspirations of adolescents, causing irreparable damage... An unlikely pair of broken people come together to solve the murder of a junior champion ice skater in this spellbinding thriller.” —Shelf Awareness, STARRED review
“Good Girl, Bad Girl is an impeccable thriller with a plot that encompasses murder, incest, drugs, abuse, torture, sex—you name it, this book has it.” —New York Journal of Books
About the Author
- Publisher : Scribner (July 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982103604
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982103606
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #169,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cyrus is asked to help with an extremely difficult and unique case: a young woman was found alone in a cranny of a house in which another individual was tortured to death. Her own history, including her age, is a blank and she has been given a provisional name, Evie Cormac. When she is not clashing with Cyrus she is working with him to solve a local murder case involving a young figure skater. Note that we are in Nottingham, not Colorado Springs.
I am on the record for predicting MR's meteoric rise to the top of our current masters of crime fiction; GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL further cements his position there. This is a first-rate novel, with a tight plot, fascinating characters, an eternal theme (the mysteries of human experience and human behavior) and a fully-realized setting. It reads very, very quickly because of the wonderful dialogue, interior monologues and crisp description. Different chapters are narrated by different characters; sometimes we hear Cyrus' voice, sometimes Evie's. The two complement one another nicely and I look forward to seeing the two together again. Note that many mysteries that surface in this book are not resolved in this book. I have no problem signing on for the long haul.
Bottom line: a great inaugural for a new series, one not terribly different from the O'Loughlin series, and all presented with a master's touch.
This is my second book by Michael Robotham and I enjoyed this one just as much as I did The Secrets She Keeps. Looking forward to reading more of his books.
I loved the main characters in this book. Especially Evie. She just tugged on my heart strings.
Evie is the name she was given by the courts. Yup see 6 years earlier she was found in a hidden room in a house where the corpse of a man was found. No one knows her real name or even her age. Her DNA cannot be matched to any missing person. The hospital names her Angel Face but to keep her identity a secret the courts remained her Evie Cormac and she is living in a secured children’s home. She wants to be released and is asking the courts to declare that she is 18 and can be released. Evie also has a hidden talent, she can tell is someone is lying by looking at them.
Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist that has been called in to determine if Evie should be recognized as an adult and released. Cyrus is fascinated with Evie and wants to protect and help her. Cyrus is also helping the police with the murder of a popular high school girl Jodie Sheehan who is also a talented figure skater.
This book is told from the POV of both Cyrus and Evie. And I loved them both. They both have complicated and messy lives. Cyrus’ brother killed his parents and sisters when he was a teenager. And Evie, well she is super complicated since we do not know who she really is or what really happened to her as a child. I felt such compassion for her. I just wanted to protect her myself and when she did things that could put her in danger I wanted to jump into the book and help her.
And liked how on the Cyrus chapters we got his POV about Evie and also the murder investigation. But it never got complicated having the 2 going on. I never figured out who the killer was. I thought I did a couple of times but was wrong lol. And while I did like having the murder investigation going on and watching that unfold, I really liked the Evie aspect of the book best.
Everything in this book just flowed so well together.
This is listed as Cyrus Haven #1 and I really hope there will be more with both Cyrus and Evie. Both of these characters were so well written and I would love to find out more about them and see them interact together again
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Forensic Psychologist, Cyrus Haven, is investigating the death of teen champion figure skater, Jodie Sheehan. As he looks into her murder all is not what it seems, and he grows to find that this much-celebrated young woman is hiding things and her family have even more to hide!
Alongside this, a far more compelling storyline, in my opinion, Cyrus is asked to assess young Evie Cormac. She was rescued six years ago from her abductor after being found hidden in his lair long after he has been murdered, dubbed ‘Angel Face’ by those caring for her she never revealed any details of her previous life and now finds herself a ‘ward of court’ living in a secure children’s home. This brings a whole new line to the book as we begin to hear from Evie and from Cyrus.
Evie is undeniably damaged, but Cyrus can empathise a little given his own terrible past. Cyrus is a decent, generous, caring and sensitive man who truly tries his best. The same can’t always be said for Evie, but she is very clever and has some unusual skills that Cyrus can’t help but find useful.
This was a compelling read, I just couldn’t leave it alone, I finished it in an afternoon and was still wanting more! I really enjoyed the two main characters; they are very well thought out and I am excited to learn more about them in future books. The twists and turns throughout the book lead to a very exciting final few chapters.
I truly hope that we have not seen the last of Evie and Cyrus. In the meantime, this is a book you definitely want to read more than once!
The trouble is that, once you stop believing in the central premise of a book, you start questioning the credibility of other parts. And whole chapters printed in italics are very annoying.
Cyrus Haven is a psychologist and part of his job is profiling suspects for the police, when serious crimes have been committed. He also profiles young offenders; in this case Evie Cormac. Both Cyrus and Evie are strongly described characters in this first Book of a series.
Cyrus has had a tragic upbringing that led him to his chosen profession.( I just love these clever people who are able to look inside a person to see how the tick.) His brief in this case is to profile prospective suspects and close family/friends following the murder of a teenager.
Evie is incarcerated in a young offenders institution. She has a mysterious, tragic childhood. She’s been given her name and age by a court when no details could be unearthed. One of her care workers, at the institution, believes she is a truth wizard; that she can tell when a person is lying.
Cyrus and Evie become an unlikely pairing as the investigation into the murdered teenager progresses.
I recommend this book. Mainly, it is gripping and had my brain working overtime. The first part is better than the last part. There is certainly room for development of the main characters- particularly Evie whose background is still a mystery- in further instalments.
We are introduced to Forensic Psychologist Cyrus Haven who has two cases on the go.
Firstly, he is asked to assess Evie Cornac. A ward of the court being held in a secure children home who is desperate to get out, but still not willing to reveal details of her past that would make that happen.
Then he is asked to assist on a murder case with the police where a promising young ice skater has been found murdered. It looks straightforward, but with more secrets being uncovered, was the golden girl as perfect as everyone thought?
In Cyrus and Evie we have two flawed, damaged, likeable characters that you really want to find out more about. Both have troubled pasts and will hopefully find in each other the comfort and support that they need.
Really looking forward to seeing where this series goes next.