Good Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven, #1)
From the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps, the writer Stephen King calls “an absolute master…with heart and soul,” a fiendishly clever suspense novel about a dangerous young woman with a special ability to know when someone is lying—and the criminal psychologist who must outwit her to survive.A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can’t be matched to an identity. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. When she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he’s ever met—fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying, and no one around her is telling the truth.Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who dies on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges—one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about. A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth? Fiendishly clever, swiftly paced, and emotionally explosive, Good Girl, Bad Girl is the perfect thrilling summer read from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.

Good Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven, #1) Details

TitleGood Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139781982103606
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary

Good Girl, Bad Girl (Cyrus Haven, #1) Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 starsMurderers, Truth Wizards, and A Girl Named Angel Face all come together in Good Girl, Bad Girl!Good Girl, Bad Girl is a complex and compelling character-driven mystery about a girl with a mysterious past and the forensic psychologist who takes her under his wing (no pun intended--if you have read this book you will understand!). When a teenage superstar figure skater turns up dead, Cyrus, a forensic psychologist who assists the police, is brought in to help with the investigation. At 4.25 starsMurderers, Truth Wizards, and A Girl Named Angel Face all come together in Good Girl, Bad Girl!Good Girl, Bad Girl is a complex and compelling character-driven mystery about a girl with a mysterious past and the forensic psychologist who takes her under his wing (no pun intended--if you have read this book you will understand!). When a teenage superstar figure skater turns up dead, Cyrus, a forensic psychologist who assists the police, is brought in to help with the investigation. At the same time, an old friend of Cyrus’s also asks for his assistance in evaluating “Angel Face” a girl with no past, no name, and no determinable age, who has been a ward of the court since she was found several years ago hiding in an abandoned house with her captor’s decomposing body. “Angel Face” has been renamed, Evie. She won’t share her real name, her past, or her age. What she will share is whether or not those around her are lying, as she possesses the unique ability to read people’s faces to determine whether they are speaking the truth or lying.There are two mysteries: One surrounds the dead figure skater, but the more intriguing mystery surrounds Cyrus’ and Evie’s murky pasts. Good Girl, Bad Girl is enthralling. The narrative is split between Cyrus and Angel Face, both of whom lured me in. I haven’t come across characters in a long time who are so intriguing! I wanted to know everything about them. They are multidimensional with fascinating backgrounds. Part of ht mystery lies in trying to unearth their secrets. This is a suspenseful and fascinating read. The tone is dark and unsettling and kept me on edge. There are some dark moments and some crazy characters. I was left with some questions about Cyrus and Evie--I hope their story isn’t over and we get to see them again soon! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    5 Brilliant Stars. A Crazy Pulse Pounding Thriller with a Ton of Heart! “Good Girl, Bad Girl” is Michael Robotham’s Best Novel to Date. “Evie Cormac” has been in a care home for quite some time. She never talks to anyone and no one knows of her real identity. Dubbed “Angel Face” she was found hiding in a home where police believed she was held captive for years. Cyrus Haven is a Forensic Psychologist who works for the police. He is also hired to assist at the care home where Evie is living to a 5 Brilliant Stars. A Crazy Pulse Pounding Thriller with a Ton of Heart! “Good Girl, Bad Girl” is Michael Robotham’s Best Novel to Date. “Evie Cormac” has been in a care home for quite some time. She never talks to anyone and no one knows of her real identity. Dubbed “Angel Face” she was found hiding in a home where police believed she was held captive for years. Cyrus Haven is a Forensic Psychologist who works for the police. He is also hired to assist at the care home where Evie is living to aid in determining if she is ready to be released. In interviewing her, he discovers is that she can read people in a way that he has never seen before. He believes it to be a gift, she, a curse. Concurrently, Cyrus must investigate a missing persons’ case - that of a missing High School Figure Skater Jodie Sheehan, whose body is found in a park. The race to discover who is behind Jodie’s death is on. The police believe they have a suspect. Everyone Cyrus interviews is hiding something. Can he figure out what it is before it’s too late? Both Cyrus and Evie are used to going it alone. Can joining forces help them save each other and the day?In my opinion, “Good Girl, Bad Girl” is Michael Robotham’s best novel to date. I have read every book he has ever written and this novel flowed like none of his others. In short, I loved it. The characters of Evie and Cyrus and their relationship and the way it evolved, suffice it to say, it completely drew me in. Evie, desperately needing someone to trust, a father figure, Cyrus, understanding Evie’s situation and knowing how to help others, he is exactly that.There is a flow to Robotham’s writing in this book, a richness to the characters that drew me in and grabbed a hold of my heart and soul and that’s saying something considering that Michael Robotham’s serial character of Joseph O’Loughlin (one of my favorite characters of all time) is not featured in this book. The Suspense in “Good Girl, Bad Girl” Ratchets up and is Crazy Compelling. There are Times that your Heart is in your Throat. Your Stomach is Knotted Up. You are Waiting with Bated Breath. Alone. Desperate. Pulse Pounding. Waiting. Hoping. Reminding Yourself to Breathe. Whether or not you’ve ever read Michael Robotham’s novels before, this my friends is a MUST-READ and is the ONE for YOU! It has heart and soul and will take you on a crazy ride to boot.Another fabulous buddy read with Ms. Kaceey! So happy we read a Robotham together!!A huge thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Scribner and Michael Robotham for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads, NetGalley and Edelweiss on 6.19.19.Will be published on Amazon on 7.23.19.
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    “He’ll be following the police investigation closely, frightened and appalled, but also fascinated, which means he could return to the scene as an onlooker, or bystander. Look for his face in the crowd. He’s somewhere close by. Watching.” 3 1/2 stars. Good Girl, Bad Girl is an entertaining mystery with complex characters and a number of thrills to keep the pacing up. I saw pretty much everything coming* (view spoiler)[though that one twist about Terry was well done (hide spoiler)], but I think “He’ll be following the police investigation closely, frightened and appalled, but also fascinated, which means he could return to the scene as an onlooker, or bystander. Look for his face in the crowd. He’s somewhere close by. Watching.” 3 1/2 stars. Good Girl, Bad Girl is an entertaining mystery with complex characters and a number of thrills to keep the pacing up. I saw pretty much everything coming* (view spoiler)[though that one twist about Terry was well done (hide spoiler)], but I think that's just me right now. I'm about to take a break from this genre because it seems I've got to a point where nothing surprises me.That aside, I especially enjoyed this book because it doesn't hang everything on the twists. It spends more time with the characters, especially Evie, making you care about them and their personal struggles. I would have liked to see slightly more character development for Cyrus and Lenny - the leading psychologist and detective solving the case. This would have taken it to the next level in a Tana French kinda way.There are really two stories here. One is the story of Jodie Sheehan, a 15-year-old figure skater found dead and possibly raped. Though Lenny and Cyrus quickly home in on a likely suspect, it seems like something bigger could be at play. Alongside this is the story of Evie, and it is the mystery surrounding her - plus her contributions to the Jodie investigation - that really drives the story.Evie is a mystery. She has no known birth certificate. No one knows her real name. She was found as a child, starved and sexually abused, several steps away from the body of a man who had been brutally tortured. Now a teenager, she seeks emancipation, but it's complicated without any record of her birth date or age. Oh, and she also has the uncanny ability to tell whether someone is lying.Cyrus attempts to get Evie to open up about what happened to her but she meets him with questions of her own; questions that force him to examine himself and his own life. The relationship that develops between them is what makes the book so interesting. It's an unusual friendship, more than doctor and patient, not quite father and daughter. I do have a genuine question, though, about the decision to allow Cyrus to foster Evie: is it considered ethical to allow a psychologist to foster one of their patients? Would a judge really grant this? I genuinely don't know the answer, but I am curious.The way this book is left strongly hints at a sequel. I must admit I would think more highly of this book if it is the start of a series, just because there are some aspects that felt unfinished. Plus I really do want to see more of Lenny and Cyrus.*Major Spoiler: (view spoiler)[As soon as they did the paternity test and said the father had to be an uncle or half-sibling, and then the police are all like "Oh my god, it's the uncle!" I was like "Okay, so who is the secret half-sibling?" 😂 Too obvious. (hide spoiler)]Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    A multi-layered plot with fascinating characters. The latest from Micheal Robotham is a crime/police-procedural story that introduces Cyrus Haven, a psychologist with a disturbing and heart-breaking past. The camaraderie between Cyrus and his patient added sentiment.The writing is compelling and the crimes are gritty. The characters are all flawed and mysterious. There are many surprises and a character with a special gift that she calls a curse . This one kept me guessing and page turning t A multi-layered plot with fascinating characters. The latest from Micheal Robotham is a crime/police-procedural story that introduces Cyrus Haven, a psychologist with a disturbing and heart-breaking past. The camaraderie between Cyrus and his patient added sentiment.The writing is compelling and the crimes are gritty. The characters are all flawed and mysterious. There are many surprises and a character with a special gift that she calls a curse . This one kept me guessing and page turning to find out the who, the why, and the how.The two cases that Cyrus is dealing with, come together in an explosive ending.Recommend to fans of crime fiction that enjoy a gritty subplot.This one is out on July 23,2019 
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    Can I please hand out 6 shiny stars? Because Michael Robotham has done it again!Lately, thrillers have been hit or miss for me. Maybe more miss. Well thriller fans, let me inform you, this was that perfect thriller that I’ve been searching for all year! Straight to my favorite shelf!Evie Cormac is a young girl who’s been a ward of the court for years. With a hidden past, she has no proof of her real name, birthday, parents or even where she’s from. When she petitions the system to release her as Can I please hand out 6 shiny stars? Because Michael Robotham has done it again!Lately, thrillers have been hit or miss for me. Maybe more miss. Well thriller fans, let me inform you, this was that perfect thriller that I’ve been searching for all year! Straight to my favorite shelf!Evie Cormac is a young girl who’s been a ward of the court for years. With a hidden past, she has no proof of her real name, birthday, parents or even where she’s from. When she petitions the system to release her as an adult claiming to be eighteen, the court has other ideas. Psychologist Cyrus Haven agrees to assume responsibility for her as her foster parent. Maybe this will buy her him time to unlock some of Evie's secrets.Michael Robotham has a gift for writing the most ingenious, captivating thrillers, guaranteed to hold your undivided attention as you binge read right to the end. I cannot believe how quickly I flew through this book. Loving every minute of it. The ending.... well all I can say is I was left with chills running down my arms! Wow!I highly recommend this latest stand-alone from Michael Robotham to all thriller fans!A buddy read with Susanne that left us both speechless at the end!Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster - Scribner and Michael Robotham for an ARC to read and review.
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  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars for Michael Robotham's Good Girl, Bad Girl - a complex, character-driven mystery with heart! One dead teenage girl, another with no past and one psychologist trying to uncover the truth. Cyrus Haven is a psychologist with a troubled past. His demons are definitely simmering beneath the surface and made him a fascinating character. Cyrus is called in to offer his expertise on two different cases. A fellow doctor reaches out for help with a particularly troublesome patient - Evie/Angel F 4 Stars for Michael Robotham's Good Girl, Bad Girl - a complex, character-driven mystery with heart! One dead teenage girl, another with no past and one psychologist trying to uncover the truth. Cyrus Haven is a psychologist with a troubled past. His demons are definitely simmering beneath the surface and made him a fascinating character. Cyrus is called in to offer his expertise on two different cases. A fellow doctor reaches out for help with a particularly troublesome patient - Evie/Angel Face. Evie was found hiding in an abandoned house with her captor's decomposing dead body. Even years later, she refuses to open up and give any details about herself or her past. Her real name, age, etc are all unknown. Can Cyrus reach her and get her to finally open up? Case #2 involves Cyrus consulting with the police on the suspicious death of a teenage figure skater. How did this Golden Girl and Olympic hopeful end up dead and hastily buried under branches and leaves in a trail? Fellow readers, this is definitely one to add to your "Must Read/Do Not Miss" category! Both cases are filled with secrets, twists & turns and lots of emotion. I loved Evie and Cyrus' rapport and watching it develop. There is definitely more to be explored here and I have my fingers crossed that this is the start of a series. I'd certainly look forward to more of Evie and Cyrus! Thank you to Michael Robotham, Scribner and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this thriller!
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  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    January 1, 1970
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***4 stars for this stellar thriller. This is by far one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read all year. It has a complicated, twisty plot that will keep you guessing up until the very last pages. There are a multitude of characters that all have secrets. The characters are well developed and unique, yet, for the most part, still believable. There are many mysteries to solve and characters to unveil. I’ve never read this author before but this book was highly rec ***NOW AVAILABLE***4 ½ stars for this stellar thriller. This is by far one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read all year. It has a complicated, twisty plot that will keep you guessing up until the very last pages. There are a multitude of characters that all have secrets. The characters are well developed and unique, yet, for the most part, still believable. There are many mysteries to solve and characters to unveil. I’ve never read this author before but this book was highly recommended by my Goodreads friends. Cyrus Haven is a forensic pathologist, who had an incredibly troubled past as a child. He has found his niche in helping with extremely damaged, disturbed individuals. He drives a run down car and lives in a large, once beautiful, home which he has inherited. He has neither the time nor the money to do the repairs necessary to bring it back to its glory days but he seems happy here. In this novel he is working on two cases concurrently. One involves the murder of a high school student, Jodie, who is a well known, world class ice skating champion. She is her family’s golden girl whom they feel will surely compete at the Olympic level. She was popular, pretty and well liked by her classmates. The other case involves his evaluation of an extremely troubled young woman, called Evie, although her real name, age and family are unknown. She was held prisoner for many years, sexually abused, malnourished and finally found hidden in a secret room in a home that had been cleared previously by the police. She had spent her last weeks, maybe months, watching her captor tortured, dying and then decomposing before her eyes. The police eventually found Evie but never solved the case of who she is. Evie has been in and out of foster homes and is now residing in a care home that is highly supervised and secure. She claims to be 18 years old and is asking the court for permission to be released from the care of the state and allowed to live on her own. Evie’s lawyer is a friend of Cyrus and has asked his help in evaluating her.The novel is told from two points of view, Cyrus and Evie, sometimes called Angel Face. The book flows very well and there is no problem following both narratives, each one being equally enthralling. There is some great descriptive writing whether describing Cyrus’s tattoos or the intensity of a burning house.I’m not going to give away any more of this thrilling plot, you will just have to read it to experience it. Who is the good girl, who is the bad girl ????I should note that the book is deeply disturbing in some parts and also very graphic. It covers kidnapping, murder, incest and deeply twisted psyches. I had to wait a day to let this settle before writing the review. It will lure you in from the beginning and not let you turn away. I will tell you that I came away absolutely loving the characters of Cyrus and Evie, cheering for them both and hoping that their paths will continue to align into perhaps a series of books.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist tasked with determining whether a young woman can safely be released from care. Evie Cormac was the victim of years of being held captive and sexually abused. Once discovered, the authorities could find no trace of her past. And she’s never said. Meanwhile, he’s also helping an investigation into the death of a young girl, a Junior Ice Skating Champion. The book is extremely well written. It’s not often I highlight phrases in a mystery, but I found myself d Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist tasked with determining whether a young woman can safely be released from care. Evie Cormac was the victim of years of being held captive and sexually abused. Once discovered, the authorities could find no trace of her past. And she’s never said. Meanwhile, he’s also helping an investigation into the death of a young girl, a Junior Ice Skating Champion. The book is extremely well written. It’s not often I highlight phrases in a mystery, but I found myself doing it here. I loved Cyrus’ take on evil, the difference between chance and luck. I love his explanation for why he went into psychology. We hear from both Cyrus’ and Evie’s POV. When the two are together, the volleys fly back and forth, each trying to suss the other out. Evie has the gift of being able to tell when someone is lying. As would be expected, she has major trust issues and lies regularly. But I loved that she kept two Alsatians alive for weeks after the death of their owner, her capturer. I was drawn into this book and it kept me enthralled. Before I knew it, I had read the entire book in just over a day. There were lots of twists and turns and a strong ending. I’m actually hoping that Robotham develops this into a series with Evie and Cyrus. My thanks to netgalley and Scribner for an advance copy of this book.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Good Girl, Bad Girl brings together two people whose lives are filled with secrets and betrayal. Evie Cormac was found hidden behind a false wall where she had lived for years, with her supposed kidnapper having been tortured and murdered, in a nearby room. Evie wouldn't talk about who she was, where she was from, or what had happened to her and has spent the last years in a secure home for children because any attempts to foster her with a family resulted in her causing trouble and/or running a Good Girl, Bad Girl brings together two people whose lives are filled with secrets and betrayal. Evie Cormac was found hidden behind a false wall where she had lived for years, with her supposed kidnapper having been tortured and murdered, in a nearby room. Evie wouldn't talk about who she was, where she was from, or what had happened to her and has spent the last years in a secure home for children because any attempts to foster her with a family resulted in her causing trouble and/or running away. Cyrus Haven is a psychologist who has his own dark and horrid past and is asked to help with the investigation of the murder of a fifteen year old star figure skater. At the same time, a former college classmate has asked him interview Evie to see if he can break through her silence and determine if she is ready to be released from the home, to live in the world. Evie has the uncanny ability to know when anyone is telling the truth or not, an ability that is a subject close to the heart of Cyrus. When Cyrus decides to foster Evie, they both bond and clash as they each search for answers for both Evie and Cyrus and an elusive sense of safety for Evie. For all we learn about these two people, there is so much more that we don't know and I'm hoping there is another book in the works so we can learn more about their pasts and what is going to happen to them, in the future. Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for this ARC.
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  • j e w e l s
    January 1, 1970
    THREE STARSCyrus Haven is a psychologist with a past. He consults with the local police department as they are investigating the murder of a teenage figure skater. Around this same time, he is brought in to study a young woman, called Evie, who is currently in a juvie hall. Evie has an extremely troubled history and has the unique ability to tell if people are lying or being truthful.I found the story line initially interesting. I love a good procedural involving a psychologist with a past! Yes! THREE STARSCyrus Haven is a psychologist with a past. He consults with the local police department as they are investigating the murder of a teenage figure skater. Around this same time, he is brought in to study a young woman, called Evie, who is currently in a juvie hall. Evie has an extremely troubled history and has the unique ability to tell if people are lying or being truthful.I found the story line initially interesting. I love a good procedural involving a psychologist with a past! Yes! A girl that is a human lie detector! Yes.Unfortunately, the plot moves at a glacial pace. And is so REPETITIVE. I found myself not wanting to pick it up and finish it. Not a good thing with a suspense thriller. I was not a fan of the ending. WHAT IS IT WITH THE ICK FACTOR IN THRILLERS THIS YEAR? (And the name Evie?)I seem to be the outlier on this newest from Michael Robotham. Whatever, check it out for yourself and tell me you were spellbound and entertained. I dare ya.Thanks so much to Edelweiss for the advanced galley. All opinions are mine!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book last Friday before leaving on vacation and never wrote my review and I will now have to string words together with far fewer brain cells. My apologies in advance, Mr. Robotham. Psychologist Cyrus Haven is given a new case, that of the volatile Evie Cormac, a young lady who was discovered hiding in a house a few years previous with a dead and mutilated body by her side. She refuses to say who she is, how old she is, or where she came from before being discovered. She is now a I finished this book last Friday before leaving on vacation and never wrote my review and I will now have to string words together with far fewer brain cells. My apologies in advance, Mr. Robotham. Psychologist Cyrus Haven is given a new case, that of the volatile Evie Cormac, a young lady who was discovered hiding in a house a few years previous with a dead and mutilated body by her side. She refuses to say who she is, how old she is, or where she came from before being discovered. She is now approaching 18 (supposedly) and is demanding to be released. It will be up to Cyrus to determine whether she is fit enough to do so. Meanwhile Cyrus is also assisting in the murder investigation of an up-and-coming figure skater, Jodie Sheehan. She was popular, beautiful, and from a caring and supportive family, just the opposite of Evie Cormac, but are these two girls really much different from one another after all? I enjoyed this book over-all. Michael Robotham is an excellent writer and I was hooked from early on but I did have a few issues with this one. Issue #1, the part about Evie being able to tell when someone is lying was a little far fetched to me but I was able to suspend disbelief enough to continue reading and that is due to the character of Evie, I liked her quite a bit. Issue #2, and without being spoiler-y, I don't think in "real life" Cyrus would have been able to take Evie under his wing such as he did. *zips lips* And lastly, what did happen to Evie? Who is she? Apparently Mr. Robotham is going to bring these characters back because these questions remain unanswered. When I request a book I prefer to know that it is to be part of a series ahead of time. Thankfully my Goodreads friends warned me before I started this one so it wasn't a complete surprise when I turned the final page saying WHAT??? 3.5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist who consults for the police. He has been asked to determine whether a young woman, a human lie detector named "Evie Cormac", can handle being released from institutionalized care into society. Evie has a harrowing past and was instantly made famous after being rescued from horrific circumstances six years earlier. Having no idea who she is, authorities gave her a new identity, hid her from the public and placed her in care. Cyrus is also consulting on a dis Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist who consults for the police. He has been asked to determine whether a young woman, a human lie detector named "Evie Cormac", can handle being released from institutionalized care into society. Evie has a harrowing past and was instantly made famous after being rescued from horrific circumstances six years earlier. Having no idea who she is, authorities gave her a new identity, hid her from the public and placed her in care. Cyrus is also consulting on a disturbing murder case; a 15 year old promising figure skater is found dead and the pool of suspects is huge. The intersection of these two stories provides some interesting tension.There is no question that Michael Robotham is a brilliant writer but it took me awhile, around the 25% mark to invest in the book. It just didn't move quickly enough. I ended up being mostly satisfied by the ending. I was left with a few lingering questions and it seems clear that we have not heard the last of Cyrus and Evie.
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  • Nadia
    January 1, 1970
    It doesn't happen often that I award 5 stars in a row but Good Girl, Bad Girl was absolutely brilliant and definitely deserves all the stars!This was only my second book by Michael Robotham but I can say that his writing style is right up my street. I find that even thrillers I really like often have dull passages I want to skim through, but that was NOT the case here. Good Girl Bad Girl was a riveting and totally compulsive read from start to finish. The characters are interesting and unusual a It doesn't happen often that I award 5 stars in a row but Good Girl, Bad Girl was absolutely brilliant and definitely deserves all the stars!This was only my second book by Michael Robotham but I can say that his writing style is right up my street. I find that even thrillers I really like often have dull passages I want to skim through, but that was NOT the case here. Good Girl Bad Girl was a riveting and totally compulsive read from start to finish. The characters are interesting and unusual and yet believable and likeable. The plot is multilayered and cleverly intertwines two different stories making this book to stand out in the sea of thrillers and crime fiction in the market. This is a perfect summer must read thriller that I would highly recommend.Many thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Robotham's latest is like a fine cup of coffee.....excellent to the very last drop! 5★'sNow available! Book one in the forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven series!Cyrus “Which one is she?” I ask, leaning closer to the observation window. “Blond. Baggy sweater. Sitting on her own.”“And you’re not going to tell me why I’m here?”“I don’t want to influence your decision.”“What am I deciding?”“Just watch her.” I look again at the group of teenagers, girls and boys. Most are wearing jeans and long tops w Robotham's latest is like a fine cup of coffee.....excellent to the very last drop! 5★'sNow available! Book one in the forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven series!Cyrus “Which one is she?” I ask, leaning closer to the observation window. “Blond. Baggy sweater. Sitting on her own.”“And you’re not going to tell me why I’m here?”“I don’t want to influence your decision.”“What am I deciding?”“Just watch her.” I look again at the group of teenagers, girls and boys. Most are wearing jeans and long tops with the sleeves pulled down to hide whatever self-inflicted damage has been done. Some are cutters, some are burners or scratchers or bulimics or anorexics or obsessive compulsives or pyromaniacs or sociopaths or narcissists or suffering from ADHD. Some abuse food or drugs, others swallow foreign objects or run into walls on purpose or take outrageous risks.Evie Cormac has her knees drawn up, almost as though she doesn’t trust the floor. Sullen mouthed and pretty, she could be eighteen or she could be fourteen. Not quite a woman or a girl about to bid good-bye to childhood, yet there is something ageless and changeless about her, as if she has seen the worst and survived it. With brown eyes framed by thickened eyelashes and bleached hair cut in a ragged bob, she’s holding the sleeves of her sweater in her bunched fists, stretching the neckline, revealing a pattern of red blotches below her jawline that could be hickeys or finger marks. Adam Guthrie is standing alongside me, regarding Evie like she is the latest arrival at Twycross Zoo.“Why is she here?” I ask. “Currently, her primary offense is for aggravated assault. She broke someone’s jaw with a half brick.”“Currently?”“She’s had a few.”“How many?”“Too few to mention.”***********You have my attention Mr. Robotham! The master of creating the engaging and lovable forensic psychologist, Joseph O'Laughin, brings readers a brand new series with the introduction of Cyrus Haven!Two cases. Two girls. One is dead, the other is so damaged she lives in a high security children's home. Forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, is called in to help them both but he soon finds himself tangled up in a world of secrets that consume the lives of both girls. Is he in too deep.......? Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham is a brilliant, twisty thriller that I didn't want to put down!! Engaging and irresistible, all I wanted to do was read this book! As one of my favorite author's, I've come to expect nothing but the finest novels from the master of mystery thrillers. Once again, Michael Robotham hits all the top marks and doesn't disappoint!I can't wait to see what Cyrus comes up against next! With thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Michael Robotham for this advanced digital copy to read and honestly review.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars (rounded down) Once again, the book's synopsis sounds to me like it was the author's elevator pitch, which didn't quite turn out exactly the same, once the book was fleshed out...Evie Cormac (dubbed, Angel Face by the press, when she was discovered as a victim of an unthinkable crime, six years ago) has initiated a court proceeding, demanding the right to be released from the children's home where she has been living, now that she has turned eighteen. Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologi 3.5 stars (rounded down) Once again, the book's synopsis sounds to me like it was the author's elevator pitch, which didn't quite turn out exactly the same, once the book was fleshed out...Evie Cormac (dubbed, Angel Face by the press, when she was discovered as a victim of an unthinkable crime, six years ago) has initiated a court proceeding, demanding the right to be released from the children's home where she has been living, now that she has turned eighteen. Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologist with a tragic past of his own, must determine if Evie could survive on her own, if granted her freedom. When he first meets Evie, she will only answer questions posed to her, using the lyrics from popular songs. But, he is fascinated by her, because of the special ability she has of knowing when people are lying-a subject he wrote his thesis on. Cyrus is also a consultant on a current case, involving the murder of pretty and popular, High school figure skating champion, Jodie Sheehan. How the stories of these two very different girls intersect, is the crux of the book. The STRENGTH of this novel for me was the relationship that Cyrus forms with Evie, though he MAY have earned her trust, a bit quickly. But then again, if she can "sniff out a lie" then she could probably read that he was sincere in his desire to help her. Cyrus believes that "an effective psychologist is someone who commits, who goes into the darkness to bring someone out." That was something that Joe O'Loughlin, a university lecturer of his (and frequent character from earlier novels) had taught him. But, I expected this "truth reader" ability to be the focus in this story, and was disappointed that it was not. Perhaps it will be in future novels that these characters might be featured in.The crime of "who" killed Jodie, was MUCH LESS satisfying for me. With one despicable character going unpunished, and the fate of his friend, and investigator, Lenny left unresolved. Again, there are hints that the author may bring these characters back in future novels, so perhaps I will get my answers then, if I choose to continue on. I would like to thank Netgalley, Scribner , and Michael Robotham for the digital ARC, I received in exchange for candid review! This title will be released on July 23, 2019.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    A multi-layered mystery. A girl with a troubled past who wants to be on her own. A forensic psychologist who wants to help her. The murder case of a teen figure skater.Told with the alternating points of view of Evie and Cyrus. Evie is teen girl with a dark and mysterious past. She's living in a children's home, but wants to be out on her own. Also, she has the unique ability to know when someone is lying. Cyrus is a psychologist called in to evaluate her. He's fascinated by her, and wants to he A multi-layered mystery. A girl with a troubled past who wants to be on her own. A forensic psychologist who wants to help her. The murder case of a teen figure skater.Told with the alternating points of view of Evie and Cyrus. Evie is teen girl with a dark and mysterious past. She's living in a children's home, but wants to be out on her own. Also, she has the unique ability to know when someone is lying. Cyrus is a psychologist called in to evaluate her. He's fascinated by her, and wants to help her succeed on her own. Meanwhile, Cyrus is also helping the police on a murder case. The police appear to find the killer, but Cyrus feels there is more to the case. The alternating POVs work well with this novel. Both Evie and Cyrus have suffered tragic events in their youth. Evie's past is the most mysterious, but Cyrus has a lot going on with him too.A dark suspense novel. Flawed characters and an intricate plot. Some things are not resolved by the ending, so it appears there may be a sequel. A good read for fans of gritty thrillers. Clever and addictive.I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    **Update 7/2019: Yay, this now shows as the first book in a series 🎉. No hate mail will be sent 😂 ** Wow...where to begin! This thriller has one eye-popping and complicated storyline! But considering there are so many different threads unfolding, the author does a great job. I was never confused.Now for the negative. I was left with numerous questions! I’m not a fan of series, but I’ll have to send hate mail to the amazing Mr. Robotham if he does not write another book about Evie and Cyrus and f **Update 7/2019: Yay, this now shows as the first book in a series 🎉. No hate mail will be sent 😂 ** Wow...where to begin! This thriller has one eye-popping and complicated storyline! But considering there are so many different threads unfolding, the author does a great job. I was never confused.Now for the negative. I was left with numerous questions! I’m not a fan of series, but I’ll have to send hate mail to the amazing Mr. Robotham if he does not write another book about Evie and Cyrus and fill in the missing details!!Evie is sassy, funny, smart, resilient, resourceful and uniquely lovable! She is wildly impressive and very scary, at the same time. Her true age is unknown. What little is known about her background is horrendous and she either doesn’t remember the rest, or refuses to talk about it. She’s suspected to be a truth wizard aka human lie detector, which I found fascinating.Cyrus is a forensic psychologist with his own tragic past. He’s called in to evaluate Evie, after she requests release from the secure children’s home where she resides. They form a very unique and interesting relationship. He understands her like no one else, so his treatment of her is different, which throws Evie off her game a bit. The banter between the two is hilarious.I spent nine long days reading this well-written and original book. Not because the book was slow! We had out-of-town visitors and all I could think about was sneaking off to read.This is my first novel by this author, so I can’t compare it to his previous work. But this book was suspenseful and dark. The flawed characters are wonderful and fascinating! Another great author added to by TBR list. Anyone who hasn’t read this author is missing out.My Rating: 4.5 ⭐️’s This would be 5 stars if it weren’t for the unanswered questions.Published: July 23rd 2019 by ScribnerPages: 352Recommend: YesThank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, Scribner and Michael Robotham for this ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion!
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  • Natasha Niezgoda
    January 1, 1970
    YOU NEED THIS BOOK! Okay you guys, I’m not exaggerating when I say that I just pre-ordered the hardcover of Good Girl, Bad Girl because I loved it so much!Holy freaking crap This book is everything my crime loving heart desired. It reminded so much of my favorite BBC shows - Luther, Broadchurch, Hinterland, and Marcella. There’s something so amazingly complex and effortless about this story. From the characters to the case to the cliffhanger! UGH. READ IT NOW!Here’s a synopsis: Evie Cormac has a YOU NEED THIS BOOK! Okay you guys, I’m not exaggerating when I say that I just pre-ordered the hardcover of Good Girl, Bad Girl because I loved it so much!Holy freaking crap This book is everything my crime loving heart desired. It reminded so much of my favorite BBC shows - Luther, Broadchurch, Hinterland, and Marcella. There’s something so amazingly complex and effortless about this story. From the characters to the case to the cliffhanger! UGH. READ IT NOW!Here’s a synopsis: Evie Cormac has a heavy past. Six years ago, she was found abused and malnourished hidden in a crawl space of a home where a murder had occurred. Since that day, she’s not made her real identity known. She’s been a ward of the state and her secrets are still her own. Now, psychologist Cyrus Haven also carries a dark family history. His older brother murdered his entire family. So when he meets Evie to assess her mental and emotional “fitness”, there’s a kinship and empathy. Cyrus’ primary occupation is to assist the local PD with cases. And being as he’s spending time with Evie, she too learns about his case and offers insight into who might have committed the crime.I’m a huge “I need to fall in love with the characters to love a story” reader. AND I devoured Cyrus and Evie. My God! They are dynamic, flawed, authentic, and relatable. There’s something so pure and yet tainted, about the two of them. They’ve both experienced intense trauma but still have this deep-routed necessity to find a confidant. And watching that unfold is PERFECTION! (I mean the last sentence of the book grabbed my heart SO MUCH that I DMed Robotham to beg him for a sequel. No joke.)And speaking of Robotham, he is such a fantastic storyteller. This plot flowed so effortlessly that you’d find yourself 3 hours later in the same position with your legs asleep because you couldn’t put it down (I know from experience). What I’m saying is, this story holds up. You have 2 parallel plotlines - Evie’s and Cyrus’. Evie’s focuses on the secrets of the identity she’s hiding, while Cyrus’ focuses on the Jodie Sheehan case. Both entangle. And both are equally intriguing.I highhhhhhhly recommend this book. Thank you so much to Scribner for my advanced copy for this review!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Scribner Books #partner for gifting me a copy of Good Girl, Bad Girl! This was the second book I’ve read by Mr. Robotham and I enjoyed it.This was a fun read. I love having multiple POVs and luckily here we get two. Cyrus is a psychiatrist and Evie is the patient. While Cyrus tries to figure out his new patient, there’s also a murder investigation going on. He works part time with the police so he is called in to look over it. For me, the mystery wasn’t predictable which is always good Thanks to Scribner Books #partner for gifting me a copy of Good Girl, Bad Girl! This was the second book I’ve read by Mr. Robotham and I enjoyed it.This was a fun read. I love having multiple POVs and luckily here we get two. Cyrus is a psychiatrist and Evie is the patient. While Cyrus tries to figure out his new patient, there’s also a murder investigation going on. He works part time with the police so he is called in to look over it. For me, the mystery wasn’t predictable which is always good. I will say I would have liked a little more history on both of the main characters but overall it was a solid mystery. 4 stars!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A fabulously creative and cleverly layered psychological thriller. SUMMARYA girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy she won’t tell anyone her name, her age or where she came from. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. Evie initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, and forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready A fabulously creative and cleverly layered psychological thriller. SUMMARYA girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy she won’t tell anyone her name, her age or where she came from. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. Evie initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, and forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he has ever met—fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying and no one around her seems to be telling the truth. Meanwhile, Cyrus is also called to investigate the mysterious death of a high school figure-skating champion. Jodie Sheehan is murdered on a dark footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate good girl, but as Cyrus investigates, a secret life emerges. A man haunted by his own tragic family history, Cyrus is caught between with the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice.REVIEWGood Girl, Bad Girl is fabulously creative and cleverly layered. The title suggests a story of a good girl and a bad girl, but which is which? We see the lives of both girls either transformed or be revealed to be something different than our stereotypical expectations. Masterfully done!The characters were well-developed and delightful complicated. Evie’s past and her ability to determine if someone is telling the truth is intriguing. Jodie’s secrets are astounding, and Cyrus’s family’s past is exceedingly dramatic. All three characters leave you wanting to know more. I particularly loved the growth of the relationship between Evie and Cyrus and Cyrus’s persistence in finding Jodie’s murderer. The writing was both grabbing and consuming. The suspense of Jodie’s death kept me on edge the entire book. I thought I figured it out time and time again, but I was always wrong. Impressively elusive! My favorite part was when Evie wonders if this is what happiness feels like, as she sits on the back porch steps in her pajamas, wrapped in a blanket next to Poppy, a foster Labrador whose tail is thumping as Evie scratches her behind her ears. It is here that you truly realize how evasive happiness has been for Evie. This one small scene evokes tremendous sympathy, compassion and understanding. Stellar and pivotal!This was my first novel by Australian born author Michael Robotham and I am now a fan. He began his career as a newspaper journalist in 1979 and became a ghost writer in 1993 collaborating with politicians and celebrities to write their autobiographies. His first novel was THE SUSPECT (2005) which became an international bestseller. GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is his 14th psychological thriller. Robotham’s website spins this book as “a new series. a new mystery. a new hero.” You’ll want to read it now, this may be the beginning of something special! Thanks to NetGalley, Scribner and Michael Robotham for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher ScribnerPublished July 23, 2019Review www.bluestockingreviews.com
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Good Girl, Bad Girl is my first read by author Michael Robotham, and boy it was a doozy! My 3 star rating is actually 3 positive stars, so please don't take my review as a middle of the ground one, or a meh feeling. More of that to come, but first: Robotham's Good Girl, Bad Girl is a story about trauma. A young girl is found in an abandoned house—filthy with matted hair, dirty, malnourished—with no record of her existence on file. This girl's age, family, or health files are completely non-e Good Girl, Bad Girl is my first read by author Michael Robotham, and boy it was a doozy! My 3 star rating is actually 3 positive stars, so please don't take my review as a middle of the ground one, or a meh feeling. More of that to come, but first: Robotham's Good Girl, Bad Girl is a story about trauma. A young girl is found in an abandoned house—filthy with matted hair, dirty, malnourished—with no record of her existence on file. This girl's age, family, or health files are completely non-existent. Who is she and why was she hiding? There's no missing persons report on file and she will not divulge anything into her life before being found. She is cast away to a mental institution, due to her violent and conflicting nature with others, and is visited by psychologist Dr. Cyrus Haven. Cyrus is here to observe this girl (nicknamed by the media as "Angel Face", but calls herself Evie) to see if she's of age and of sound mind, to be released. At the same time, Cyrus is looped into a high-profile murder of Jodie Sheehan. Jodie went missing, but her body was found in a nearby park. She was a figure-skater, with serious dreams of being in the Olympics. The town is shocked—who could do such a thing? As Cyrus helps the police force investigate this crime, his interactions with Evie starts to develop. Ironically, both Jodie's case, and Evie's freedom starts to mesh together into one massive interwoven dilemma.When I first started reading Good Girl, Bad Girl , it was a solid 5 star read for me. I loved hearing the mystery behind Evie's life, and honestly the book could've done without Jodie's storyline, and focused solely on Evie. As the book's story develops, I noticed my interest peaking early, and I noticed that the mystery behind Jodie's death was not as compelling as Evie's. All the interactions with the main and supporting characters was strong, but I felt like the subject matter behind Evie's childhood was more compelling than a typical murder mystery novel that we've seen before. That being said, Good Girl, Bad Girl 's a solid mystery/thriller, and the writing is impeccable. Like seriously, I will 100% read Robotham's works again, and I plan to read more of his backlog in the upcoming months. I think that if you enjoyed Run Away by Harlan Coban, you'll really enjoy Good Girl, Bad Girl . It definitely will make a splash this summer when it's released.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus is a psychologist who is called in to observe a young girl named Evie. She's thought to be the child who lived in a secret room while a man was tortured to death. Nobody knows where she came from, how old she is, or what her name really is. The only thing we know for sure is that she can tell when someone is lying. A curse or a gift? Meanwhile, another young girl is murdered on her way home one evening. Cyrus is involved with helping the police through the investigation, while also becomin Cyrus is a psychologist who is called in to observe a young girl named Evie. She's thought to be the child who lived in a secret room while a man was tortured to death. Nobody knows where she came from, how old she is, or what her name really is. The only thing we know for sure is that she can tell when someone is lying. A curse or a gift? Meanwhile, another young girl is murdered on her way home one evening. Cyrus is involved with helping the police through the investigation, while also becoming immersed in knowing more and helping Evie. There were many avenues this story could have taken and what was great was never knowing where Robotham was going. I liked having the two mysteries and while one was cleared up, the other wasn't. Is there more to come? I hope so. I would like to see more of Cyrus and Evie. *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist who consults for the police. He has been asked to determine whether a young woman, a human lie detector named "Evie Cormac", can handle being released from institutionalized care into society. Evie has a harrowing past and was instantly made famous after being rescued from horrific circumstances six years earlier. Having no idea who she is, authorities gave her a new identity, hid her from the public and placed her in care. Cyrus is also consulting on a dis Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist who consults for the police. He has been asked to determine whether a young woman, a human lie detector named "Evie Cormac", can handle being released from institutionalized care into society. Evie has a harrowing past and was instantly made famous after being rescued from horrific circumstances six years earlier. Having no idea who she is, authorities gave her a new identity, hid her from the public and placed her in care. Cyrus is also consulting on a disturbing murder case; a 15 year old promising figure skater is found dead and the pool of suspects is huge. The intersection of these two stories provides some interesting tension.There is no question that Michael Robotham is a brilliant writer but it took me awhile, around the 25% mark, to invest in the book. It just didn't move quickly enough. I ended up being mostly satisfied by the ending; I was left with a few lingering questions and it seems clear that we have not heard the last of Cyrus and Evie.Thank you to Michael Robotham, Scribner, and NetGalley for giving me this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsRobotham is off to a great start with his fist book in the Cyrus Haven series!!!A young woman who knows when someone is lying or telling the truth, a forensic psychologist with a painful past, a murdered high school ice skating champion are all it takes for Robotham to knock it out of the ballpark!Forensic Psychologist has his hands full. He had been asked by a friend to meet Evie Cormac, formerly dubbed “Angel Face," by the media. She was found as a child, filthy, small for her age, in 4.5 StarsRobotham is off to a great start with his fist book in the Cyrus Haven series!!!A young woman who knows when someone is lying or telling the truth, a forensic psychologist with a painful past, a murdered high school ice skating champion are all it takes for Robotham to knock it out of the ballpark!Forensic Psychologist has his hands full. He had been asked by a friend to meet Evie Cormac, formerly dubbed “Angel Face," by the media. She was found as a child, filthy, small for her age, in deplorable conditions after having horrible things happen to her. No one knows her name, her exact age, or who her biological parents were. Evie wants to be released from the secured facility she lives in but first she must be appear and present her case in court.High School ice skating champion, Jodie Sheehan is found murdered and once again Cyrus Haven is called in to assist the police in the investigation. Cyrus is the link between the two girls - one with a secret past and one who was robbed of her future. This was a fast read that had me from the very first page. I found the plot to be gripping and was riveted to the pages. The characters are complicated, flawed and oh-so likable and endearing. As the story progresses the tension grows as does the suspect list. This was a smart psychological thriller that was original and read like a breath of fresh air. If the story doesn't suck you in, the full realized complicated characters will. I look forward to reading more about them in the next book in the series. This one's a keeper folks, give it a read and see for yourselves.Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing!Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is hired to determined whether a troubled teenager should be released from care into society. Evie Cormack has resided in a high-security children's home for six years, ever since she was discovered living in a hidden room of a residential house – feral, malnourished, uncommunicative. Cyrus is also fascinated by Evie's rare ability to pinpoint when someone is lying, a subject he wrote his thesis on.Cyrus is also consulting on a murder investigation Disappointing!Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is hired to determined whether a troubled teenager should be released from care into society. Evie Cormack has resided in a high-security children's home for six years, ever since she was discovered living in a hidden room of a residential house – feral, malnourished, uncommunicative. Cyrus is also fascinated by Evie's rare ability to pinpoint when someone is lying, a subject he wrote his thesis on.Cyrus is also consulting on a murder investigation involving another teenager. Fifteen year-old champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan – her body dumped in a wooded area near her home. Jodie is the complete opposite to Evie – beautiful, popular, with a bright future, and a family who cares. But, are the two girls really that different?I was beyond excited to receive an advanced electronic copy of this book, as it not only sounded right up my alley, but I absolutely loved Michael Robotham’s previous novel The Secrets She Keeps last year. Sadly, this one just didn't deliver – I yawned my way through the first 30%, put it aside to read two other books, and even though things did improve, it wasn't amazing.What I did enjoy was the relationship between Cyrus and Evie, and once the Jodie Sheehan subplot got going I found the storyline pretty intriguing with plenty of suspects, secrets, false leads, and a surprisingly outcome. The dual narration format (Cyrus and ‘Angelface’ – the name the police and press gave Evie when she was found) worked for me, and I found both characters interesting, multi-layered and well-developed.However, I did not like the fact that there were several loose tangents that weren't resolved by the end. I would've also liked more of an explanation regarding Evie's ‘truth wizard’ capability. Did she use visual cues, telltale body language, or was she some kind of psychic? With no explanation given it came across as more science fiction or fantasy than anything, and to be honest was rolled out too conveniently. I’m guessing this is the first book in a new series, and that these things are intended to be addressed in future installment/s, but I felt I was left hanging. I'm definitely in the minority on this one, and I wish I wasn't as I had such high expectations going in. With so many other books on my tbr, it's doubtful I will read the next book in the series. Robotham is definitely a talented writer, and I'm still eagerly anticipating reading his Joe O’Loughlin novels, once I finish collecting the entire series, but this one just didn't cut it!I'd like to thank Edelweiss, Simon & Schuster – Scribner, and Michael Robotham for the e-ARC.Release Date: 23rd July, 2019.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    A stand alone suspense novel from author Michael Robotham. I really enjoy reading the Joseph O’Loughlin series by this author as well as his stand alone books.Evie Cormac was discovered six years ago uncared for 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.Cyrus Haven is a Forensic psychologist, haunted by his own past and is investigating the death of champion A stand alone suspense novel from author Michael Robotham. I really enjoy reading the Joseph O’Loughlin series by this author as well as his stand alone books.Evie Cormac was discovered six years ago uncared for 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.Cyrus Haven is a Forensic psychologist, haunted by his own past and 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.The novel is told from two different points of view. Evie an abused, abducted teenager and Cyrus a forensic psychologist who helps the police with cases. Cyrus develops a relationship with Evie when he is asked to assess her and tries to help her cope with the outside world.Cyrus is helping the police with a rape and murder case and these two stories make entertaining reading.The characters are so well written I started thinking half way through the book how I would like to read a series written with these two characters.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I never had any doubts whatsoever that this book would be great. I haven’t yet read a Robotham novel that wasn’t! And did it live up to my expectations, you ask? Yes, yes, YES!If you have ever read any books by this author, you will know how utterly unputdownable they are. The characters practically leap from the pages, taking you by the hand and pulling you into their world, until it is difficult to remember that this is just fiction. GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL introduces two new charact To be honest, I never had any doubts whatsoever that this book would be great. I haven’t yet read a Robotham novel that wasn’t! And did it live up to my expectations, you ask? Yes, yes, YES!If you have ever read any books by this author, you will know how utterly unputdownable they are. The characters practically leap from the pages, taking you by the hand and pulling you into their world, until it is difficult to remember that this is just fiction. GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL introduces two new characters that soon wormed their way into my heart the way Joseph O’Loughlin (one of my favourite fictional sleuths ever) had. On one hand there is Evie Cormac, a damaged girl without a past who is living in a high security facility for children. Six years ago, she was found living in the house of her suspected abductor, alongside his rotting corpse, sneaking out at night to steal food in order to survive. Dubbed “Angel Face” by the media, her true identity has never been uncovered. Now that Evie is nearing her 18th birthday, she wants to be set free to start a new life, but will she be able to survive out there on her own? Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is sent to evaluate Evie and give his recommendations. He has his work cut out for him, as Evie has resisted all efforts by psychologists to help her uncover her true identity so far, and has absconded from numerous foster homes. Will he succeed where others have failed?Cyrus’ and Evie’s story runs alongside a murder case Cyrus is helping police with, the murder of a teenage figure skater, which in itself makes compelling reading (though not as much as Evie’s story). As both stories intertwine, Robotham shows what he does best – ensnare readers into his web of suspense, mystery and characters you will want to see more of. My wish may be fulfilled, because on the author’s website the book is introduced as “a new series”. Woohoo! My heart bled as I read the last book featuring Joseph O’Loughlin last year, and I just know that I will be just as eager to see Evie and Cyrus back in action after the all-nighter I pulled with this one. I could not tear myself away! The one thing that some readers may struggle with is that not all threads will be resolved in this one – in particular, I wanted to learn a lot more about Evie’s background, but will have to comfort myself that future books in the series will bring me the answers I crave.Would it be exaggerating to say that GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL could be one of Robotham’s best books to date? Because the one thing I haven’t mentioned yet is that Evie has a special gift – she has the uncanny ability to tell if someone is lying. Which would make her a great asset and a great adversary to some. With an ending that leaves the door open for these two characters to return (yes!) I am envisaging that Evie’s story will eventually be told in full, and I want to be there when all the puzzle pieces slot into place.All in all, GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is an utterly compulsive, unputdownable thriller from a master of the genre who knows just what readers want to see: compelling, interesting and fleshed out characters, a clever plot and lots of tension. I am so happy to hear that this is the start of a new series and can’t wait for the next instalment.4.5 starsThank you to Edelweiss and Scribner for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*
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  • Jill McGill
    January 1, 1970
    5 Amazing Stars! One of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year!"Evie Cormac" has been living in a state children's home for many years now. She was discovered in a secret room after a horrific crime. Starved and filthy, she won't tell anyone her name, age, or where she comes from. Her DNA can't even be matched to an identity. Six years later, still with no identity, she wants to be released as an adult. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must now determine if "Evie" is ready to be 5 Amazing Stars! One of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year!"Evie Cormac" has been living in a state children's home for many years now. She was discovered in a secret room after a horrific crime. Starved and filthy, she won't tell anyone her name, age, or where she comes from. Her DNA can't even be matched to an identity. Six years later, still with no identity, she wants to be released as an adult. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must now determine if "Evie" is ready to be on her own and set free as an adult. While he's helping out on "Evie's" case, Cyrus is asked to investigate the tragic murder of high school Star figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan. Jodie was the pretty and popular girl in town, known to everyone as the girl next door. As Cyrus digs deeper into Jodie's murder, a secret life emerges - one that "Evie" just might know something about. Cyrus is struggling with his own demons, and now he is involved in these two complex cases, one girl needs to be saved and one girl needs justice. Will Cyrus finally find out the truth? What price will he have to pay to find it? This was my first book by Michael Robotham and I can tell you that it won't be my last. Good Girl, Bad Girl is a well-written novel with well developed characters and twisted gritty plot that will keep you wanting more. I highly recommend this psychological thriller to all crime fiction fans.*Many thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    My second book by this author and though well written for me I did find it a tad slow in places.I enjoyed this to a point but I just felt it dragged somewhat.I was initially expecting this to be more of a psychological thriller but this is actually a police procedural with an ongoing backstory.This was told in dual POV and switched between psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac a girl with a mysterious past.The story focuses on Cyrus's work with the local police as an advisor and top of the ag My second book by this author and though well written for me I did find it a tad slow in places.I enjoyed this to a point but I just felt it dragged somewhat.I was initially expecting this to be more of a psychological thriller but this is actually a police procedural with an ongoing backstory.This was told in dual POV and switched between psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac a girl with a mysterious past.The story focuses on Cyrus's work with the local police as an advisor and top of the agenda is the investigation into local murdered schoolgirl and champion figure skater Jodie Sheehan.Meanwhile in the background is Cyrus's professional relationship with Evie and his desire to help her.This does leave the door open for future works as we are left with lingering questions mostly in regard to Evie and her mysterious origins. I did take a while to get into this and I felt that the blurb here did slightly oversell this.Though mostly a solid read I was left somewhat underwhelmed.I voluntary reviewed a copy of Good Girl, Bad Girl.Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/www.beckiebookworm.com
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 thrilling stars rounded down to 4 starsWhat a great start to what appears to be a new mystery series by Michael Robotham! Trigger Warning: There are some graphic descriptions of violence and child sexual abuse in this book. I’m squeamish when it comes to these types of scenes. I usually avoid books that have either of these elements. Some of the descriptions in this book were hard to absorb, but they set up the backstory. The scenes didn’t feel gratuitous or glorified.I enjoyed Austr Rating: 4.5 thrilling stars rounded down to 4 starsWhat a great start to what appears to be a new mystery series by Michael Robotham! Trigger Warning: There are some graphic descriptions of violence and child sexual abuse in this book. I’m squeamish when it comes to these types of scenes. I usually avoid books that have either of these elements. Some of the descriptions in this book were hard to absorb, but they set up the backstory. The scenes didn’t feel gratuitous or glorified.I enjoyed Australian author, Michael Robotham’s, standalone book Life or Death so I was glad to receive an advance copy of this upcoming release. In “Good Girl, Bad Girl”, there are actually three storylines. We learn about Evie, Cyrus, and the mystery about who killed Jodie Sheehan. Jodie was a well-known figure skater who appears destined for the Olympics. Instead she is found dead along a footpath close to her home. Cyrus Haven is a psychologist brought in by the police department to help find Jodie’s killer. Evie and Cyrus alternately narrate the book.A generation apart, Evie Cormac and Cyrus Haven both had deeply dark episodes in their childhood. However, Evie’s circumstances were much bleaker and longer-term than Cyrus’ was. As a young child, she was found hiding in a secret room in a house. After her discovery the authorities couldn’t locate any of her relatives. She was dubbed ‘Angel Face’ by the press since she couldn’t tell the authorities anything about herself. The government eventually named her Evie Cormac and sealed her file. She became a ward of the state. That status held its own set of horrors, instability and strictures. Cyrus and Evie meet when he visits to her current group home. He’s providing an assessment as to whether or not Evie is competent enough to be declared an adult. She has petitioned the court to be declared an adult. If the court determines that she should be considered to be eighteen, she will be released from government custody and oversight. The gradual building of a relationship between two people who don’t trust easily starts from there. Meanwhile there is Jodie’s murder case to solve. Cyrus is pulled deeper and deeper into the case as different elements surface. He’s not sure that the person arrested for the murder is the correct suspect as the police rush to mark the murder as ‘case closed’. This is part police procedural and part psychological thriller. The book is fast paced, and the ending was a surprise to me. I didn’t figure out who the killer was until right before the dramatic final scenes. It appears to me that at least a second book is planned as there is future thinking and planning by some of the characters at the end of the book that leave us with a tiny bit of a cliffhanger. I want to see what happens to Evie and Cyrus, so I hope a second book is in the works.‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Scribner; and the author, Michael Robotham for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange an honest review.
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