When She Was Good (Cyrus Haven, #2)
From the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps and Good Girl, Bad Girl comes a new thriller featuring the brilliant forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven as he becomes embroiled in an explosive murder case with disturbing origins.Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in this mesmerizing new thriller from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham, a writer Stephen King calls “an absolute master...with heart and soul.” Who is Evie, the girl with no past, running from? She was discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Her ability to tell when someone is lying helped Cyrus crack an impenetrable case in Good Girl, Bad Girl. Now, the closer Cyrus gets to uncovering answers about Evie’s dark history, the more he exposes Evie to danger, giving her no choice but to run. Ultimately, both will have to decide if some secrets are better left buried and some monsters should never be named...

When She Was Good (Cyrus Haven, #2) Details

TitleWhen She Was Good (Cyrus Haven, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 28th, 2020
PublisherScribner
ISBN-139781982103637
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

When She Was Good (Cyrus Haven, #2) Review

  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    “There is no such thing as forgetting.”3.75 stars When She Was Good is a psychological thriller about a murder dressed as suicide that connects back to a child sex trafficking ring and the forensic psychologist and “truth wizard” linked to the case.I wouldn’t recommend reading this book if you have not read book 1, Good Girl, Bad Girl.Book 2 picks up several months later. Cyrus has rebuilt his home, whereas Evie is back in the Langford Hall. When Cyrus is called to a murder scene and discovers “There is no such thing as forgetting.”3.75 stars When She Was Good is a psychological thriller about a murder dressed as suicide that connects back to a child sex trafficking ring and the forensic psychologist and “truth wizard” linked to the case.I wouldn’t recommend reading this book if you have not read book 1, Good Girl, Bad Girl.Book 2 picks up several months later. Cyrus has rebuilt his home, whereas Evie is back in the Langford Hall. When Cyrus is called to a murder scene and discovers that the victim, a former cop who was investigating missing children, connected the name “Angel Face” to his investigation, he takes action. Cyrus relentlessly begins investigating the murder to uncover Evie’s past. At the same time, Evie is struggling to survive. She is flooded with memories from her past and is trying to stay afloat in the present, but EVERYONE around her is a potential threat. The information her memories contain makes her a target and forces her to fight for her life.Told between alternating chapters from Evie and Cyrus’s POVs’ a lot of questions from book 1 are finally answered. I thought that Robotham might drag revealing Evie's background out in bits and pieces in future books, but almost all of the gaps are filled in. We finally find out more about what led Evie to be kidnapped and owned by “Uncle.” She remembers all details, including her escape, as well as the abuse she endured. These moments, thankfully, are not explicit, but one can get the gist. I really enjoyed this second installment in the Cyrus Haven series. The way this ended nicely wrapped up Cyrus and Evie’s stories, but there are still a lot of possibilities to be explored in future installments. I wanted more attention focused on Evie’s “truth wizardry” abilities, but perhaps we will get more of that in the future. I love these two characters and hope to see them again!I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Scribner in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I might not be earmarking Michael Robotham’s latest addition to the Cyrus Haven series as a favorite, but readers who enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl might. From what I surmised from the synopsis of the previous book and the limited backstory of the characters given within these pages, When She Was Good is a tried and true continuation of Good Girl, Bad Girl. Which I would have been completely fine with, had I not overlooked that fact or actually read book one. An oversight I take full credit for. A I might not be earmarking Michael Robotham’s latest addition to the Cyrus Haven series as a favorite, but readers who enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl might. From what I surmised from the synopsis of the previous book and the limited backstory of the characters given within these pages, When She Was Good is a tried and true continuation of Good Girl, Bad Girl. Which I would have been completely fine with, had I not overlooked that fact or actually read book one. An oversight I take full credit for. And while I’m not trying to deter anyone from diving in to this book, without having read its predecessor, I personally felt like I missed out on the full experience. Sure, this story is decent enough on its own but being privy to some of the relationship dynamics established in book one probably would have lent itself to a stronger investment on my part.Robotham tells this story through two distinct voices: forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and seventeen-year-old, Evie Cormac. Cyrus, one of only a few, knows Evie is the infamous Angel Face, a young girl thought to have been held captive by a pedophile in a hidden room. The constructs of Cyrus and Evie’s relationship are a bit blurred at times. He feels a connection to the young girl, for reasons I can only assume track back to their kindred orphanhood. Yet, Evie waffles between jealousy and misguided dreams of her relationship with Cyrus.When a retired detective is found dead in his car from a staged suicide, the lead investigator brings Cyrus in to assess the scene. A little digging connects one of the dead cop’s most prolific cases and Angel Face, sparking Cyrus to start a quasi-investigation. His driving force, uncovering how Evie came to be Angel Face.Considering Cyrus is a forensic psychologist, it's odd that he carries on for much of the book as the lead investigator. Working by his side to decipher how the pieces of the murder, Evie's past, and the pedophilia ring fit together isn't glaringly obvious, but it also doesn't take a lot of foresight.While I won't say this book was something I found noteworthy or that I’m now inclined to go back and read book one, it was entertaining enough. And the author’s approach of skirting the periphery and allowing readers a reprieve from the wretched details was much appreciated.*Thanks to Scribner for the advanced copy.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, another mind blowing, heart throbbing, gripping Cyrus Haven and Evie story is finally out to keep you on your toes! I’m so happy, dear Michael Robotham didn’t wait us too long after introduced one of the mysterious, brilliant character Evie with dark and hidden past. After the first book’s ending , I wanted to know more about her story and my prayer came true: because at the second book, Cyrus teams up with Sasha who has found Evie when she was kid: raped, tortured, hidden in a closet and a Yes, another mind blowing, heart throbbing, gripping Cyrus Haven and Evie story is finally out to keep you on your toes! I’m so happy, dear Michael Robotham didn’t wait us too long after introduced one of the mysterious, brilliant character Evie with dark and hidden past. After the first book’s ending , I wanted to know more about her story and my prayer came true: because at the second book, Cyrus teams up with Sasha who has found Evie when she was kid: raped, tortured, hidden in a closet and a nurse named her “angel face” at the hospital. After a police officer’s suspicious suicide, Cyrus finds out the very same officer investigate the case of child pedophile recently died in the prison and he thought it may be wrong conviction. There are still missing children connected to the pedophile’s kidnapping cases. When Cyrus searches for the names of those kids, “angel face’s” name appears at the death police officer’s notes which forces him to dig deeper. Now he is conducting his own secret investigation with Sasha to search more about the dark history about Evie ( starting by finding her real name) because there is cold blue eyed man with a scar on his face acting like a police officer and searching for Evie in everywhere. In the meantime, Evie is still at the hospital, waiting for 18th birthday’s coming (actually she’s already 18 but she doesn’t share this information with anyone). And with the flashback, we start to learn more about her childhood times which are the darkest, most shocking parts of the book because there are so many heart wrenchingly disturbing issues including sex trafficking, child prostitution and child porn. Those parts give us the answer about brutally killed Terry who has found at the same house with Evie where she has been hiding. Was he her survivor or was he the responsible of all those tortures and nightmares she has endured? Finally we learned everything and found all those missing pieces of puzzle about the back story of her including real name and of course we found out the person who was responsible from it. And it was more complicated and terrifying than we imagine because a real powerful and a big organization behind all these mess. Are Cyrus and Evie powerful and determined enough to stop them before losing their own lives? You gotta read and find out.Overall: I wished I could see Evie in action because she is human lie detector and her unique talent helped the detectives to solve unique mysteries. But the author decides to explain all the missing pieces of her story to help us understand where she comes from and from now on where she goes so this book is all about her personal history which I gave me hard times to read: I ached for her and the things she endured truly caused a big lump on my throat and big whole in my heart. It was tragic, devastating and extremely traumatic. So many times I took several breaks during my reading to digest what I read.But good part is I think on the upcoming series we’re gonna see Evie and Cyrus’ healing processes about their pasts and teaming up to solve other cases together. I’m giving 4.5 stars and rounding them up to 5: from the beginning I enjoyed to read this series and I cannot wait to read more books of brilliant author. I literally devoured this at one sit and even it gave me nightmares it was definitely worth it!Special thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for sharing this incredible Arc copy with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    When I finished Good Girl, Bad Girl, book #1 featuring forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and mysterious Evie Cormac, I hated to have to wait for more. The story wasn't finished and now with When She Was Good, we learn so much more about Evie and what happened to her in the past. The story is not pretty and Evie is not safe. At the beginning of the book, Evie is back at Langford Hall, a secure unit for children, and Cyrus has been called to the scene of a suspected suicide. It doesn't take long When I finished Good Girl, Bad Girl, book #1 featuring forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and mysterious Evie Cormac, I hated to have to wait for more. The story wasn't finished and now with When She Was Good, we learn so much more about Evie and what happened to her in the past. The story is not pretty and Evie is not safe. At the beginning of the book, Evie is back at Langford Hall, a secure unit for children, and Cyrus has been called to the scene of a suspected suicide. It doesn't take long for Cyrus to be sure the suspected suicide was murder and the dead man had been investigating crimes connected to Evie's past. The deeper Cyrus digs, the more he stirs up, until Evie's life is in danger and the bodies pile up. Cyrus is determined to keep Evie safe, a promise he cannot keep. The monsters that abused Evie are abusing other children and killing them. Anyone who might get in the way, who might expose what is going on, will die. The crimes are the seediest imaginable and the people involved range from low level criminals to big wheels in high places. But things are always buried, always covered up, and hidden. This is another story that kept me up too late a night and I hope we get more of Cyrus Haven in another book. Pub July 28th 2020Thank you to Scribner/Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for this ARC. 
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is a brilliant sequel in Michael Robotham's police criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven series, a man seriously traumatised by the murder and loss of his family, plagued with survivor's guilt, who continues to visit his brother,Elias, incarcerated at Rampton,a high security psychiatric hospital, housing many of the most dangerous patients in the country. Evie 'Angel Face' Cormac, discovered hidden in the home of the gruesomely murdered Terry Boland as a child, is now 17 years old, growing up i This is a brilliant sequel in Michael Robotham's police criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven series, a man seriously traumatised by the murder and loss of his family, plagued with survivor's guilt, who continues to visit his brother,Elias, incarcerated at Rampton,a high security psychiatric hospital, housing many of the most dangerous patients in the country. Evie 'Angel Face' Cormac, discovered hidden in the home of the gruesomely murdered Terry Boland as a child, is now 17 years old, growing up in Langford Hall, a secure children's home, not the best of experiences for Evie. Her social worker, Adam Guthrie, is a poor professional with no empathetic skills, with a strong antipathy towards his client, and Evie unsurprising has a troubled time at the home. With a history of facing broken promises and being let down, trust is a huge issue for her, where the black lab, Poppy, and Cyrus, are responsible for her hold on sanity, against all the odds.In a story that shifts back and forth in time, it becomes clear just how ugly and horror strewn Evie's history is, including human trafficking, the loss of family, physical and sexual abuse and exploitation at the hands of the human scum and pure evil that is her paedophile 'uncle' who owned her and kept her prisoner until Terry Boland rescued her, only for him to be tortured and killed for not giving her up. Evie, questionably blessed with the gift of knowing when anyone is lying, has never revealed the truth of her past, and for good reasons, but Cyrus is driven to find out, wanting to secure justice for Evie. He has no idea of what he is up against and the power of the guilty parties as he opens a can of worms. There is a double murder in Manchester, one of which is the killing, dressed as suicide, of the retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whitmore, that threatens to wreak devastation and once again put Evie in grave danger. Robotham's plotting and characterisation is stellar in this tense, immersive and riveting read, one of the highlights of which is the supporting cast, from DI Lenny Pavel to Cyrus's tattooist and best friend, Badger, whose skills include hacking as he provides invaluable help to Cyrus's investigation. This is an enthralling and exciting thriller that grabs your attention right from the get go and never once lets up until you reach the last pages. I cannot wait to see where the author takes the characters and the story next! Highly recommended to all crime and thriller fans. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    "People think they want the truth, but the opposite is true. Honesty is mean and rough and ugly, while lying can be kinder, softer, and more humane. It's not honesty that we want but consideration and respect." Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac are back in book two in the series! If you haven't read the first book in the series Good Girl, Bad Girl, I highly recommend reading it prior to reading this book because A.) It's awesome! and 2.) it gives a lot of background informatio "People think they want the truth, but the opposite is true. Honesty is mean and rough and ugly, while lying can be kinder, softer, and more humane. It's not honesty that we want but consideration and respect." Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac are back in book two in the series! If you haven't read the first book in the series Good Girl, Bad Girl, I highly recommend reading it prior to reading this book because A.) It's awesome! and 2.) it gives a lot of background information concerning both Cyrus and Evie, their backgrounds, how their relationship was formed, etc. In this book, we learn even more about Evie and what she endured and survived as a child. Having such a horrific past has given her the ability to know when someone is lying. It's a strength but also gets in the way of her having relationships with others. "She's like a dessert frog that hibernates for years until it rains or a salamander that blends into its surroundings. She adapts. She endures." Evie's past continues to haunt her as does the abuse in her past, plus there are those who have been looking for her, wanting to make sure she remains quiet and never speaks of the past.This book begins a little bit of time after the events of the previous book have occurred. This was an absorbing book that sucked me as I wanted to know if anyone would be exposed as one of the monsters of Evie's past. Plus, we get to meet Sascha, the woman who found/rescued Evie as a child.If you have not read Robotham, let alone this series, I highly recommend his books. This book is a captivating addition to the series. I enjoyed spending time with these characters again and have my fingers crossed for another book in the series. I agree with other reviewers who want more of Evie's lie-detecting abilities put on display. Both Evie and Cyrus are intriguing characters and I also enjoyed meeting Sascha. I want more of them, their stories, I want to see them work together to bring people to justice and I want to see some healing for both of them.Riveting, compelling, and well thought out. A solid addition to the series!I received a copy of this book from Scribner/Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Beata
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 with a most unusual couple, Cyrus & Evie does not disappoint. The plot focuses on Evie's past, and although readers may have had some suspicions while reading Good Girl, Bad Girl, this time the truth is revealed. Mr Robotham masterfully continues engaging a reader in the story and for me reading about Evie's background kept me reading well into the night. Hence the fourth star. The ideas behind it might seem improbable, however, sometimes the truth does surprise us. The subject of child a Book 2 with a most unusual couple, Cyrus & Evie does not disappoint. The plot focuses on Evie's past, and although readers may have had some suspicions while reading Good Girl, Bad Girl, this time the truth is revealed. Mr Robotham masterfully continues engaging a reader in the story and for me reading about Evie's background kept me reading well into the night. Hence the fourth star. The ideas behind it might seem improbable, however, sometimes the truth does surprise us. The subject of child abuse is never easy to follow but Mr Robotham escapes graphic descriptions, for which I was grateful. I liked both characters and I think the relationship between them is just like it should be, not too romantic or sentimental.I highly recommend When She Was Good, however reading Book 1 first definitey makes sense with this particular series.*Many thanks to Michael Robotham, Little, Brown Group UK and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    In Good Girl, Bad Girl, Cyrus Haven was asked to determine Evie Cormac’s mental health. This sequel brings us further backstory about Evie or Angel Face as she was known when she was found hiding as an almost feral child. She has a unique ability to see who is telling the truth. “I don’t trust the truth. The truth is a story. The truth is a habit. The truth is a compromise. The truth is a dull-edged knife. The truth is a casualty. The truth died long ago.” Cyrus and Evie still have a relationshi In Good Girl, Bad Girl, Cyrus Haven was asked to determine Evie Cormac’s mental health. This sequel brings us further backstory about Evie or Angel Face as she was known when she was found hiding as an almost feral child. She has a unique ability to see who is telling the truth. “I don’t trust the truth. The truth is a story. The truth is a habit. The truth is a compromise. The truth is a dull-edged knife. The truth is a casualty. The truth died long ago.” Cyrus and Evie still have a relationship. Not romantic, but a caring, do anything for you type of relationship. They’re both unique, damaged souls. This time around, Cyrus is helping investigating the possible suicide of a retired cop that is quickly determined to be a murder. And once again, the case has a possible connection with Evie’s earlier life. Time after time, my heart just went out to Evie. Not just because of her past, but because so few people continue to believe her. Robotham also provides us with a wide field of secondary characters, all of whom are well defined and felt real. The story was fast paced and quickly engaged me. Short, punchy chapters that alternate between Cyrus and Evie and also go back and forth in time. It’s not at all believable but it still got to me. This book would not work as a standalone. Book one is necessary to fully understand the dynamics of the main characters. It will be interesting to see if there is a book three and if so, where it goes. I will definitely read it, if it is written. Pedophilia is a major component of this book, so be aware if this is a trigger for you.My thanks to netgalley and Scribner for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    In the second of this dynamite series, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven learns more about Evie Cormac's dark and shocking past. Her story reveals a dangerous and powerful network who will stop at nothing to silence ‘Angel Face’. Evie should be safe as she’s back at Langford Hall, a secure unit but her enemies prove to have a very long reach. The story is told in alternating storylines by Cyrus and Evie. First of all, I love the character development of Cyrus and Evie. Cyrus really cares about E In the second of this dynamite series, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven learns more about Evie Cormac's dark and shocking past. Her story reveals a dangerous and powerful network who will stop at nothing to silence ‘Angel Face’. Evie should be safe as she’s back at Langford Hall, a secure unit but her enemies prove to have a very long reach. The story is told in alternating storylines by Cyrus and Evie. First of all, I love the character development of Cyrus and Evie. Cyrus really cares about Evie and wants to protect her as best he can. He understands her as he too has a shocking past that’s has led him to suffer, although in a different way to Evie but he means he empathises. He is probably the only person Evie really trusts. Evie is brave, quick thinking and incredibly resourceful which she has learned the hard way. Animals love her and they are very good judges of a persons character. The other characters are good too especially Detective Lenny Pavel and Badger. Although there is a great deal to praise in the book one of the standout features is the realistic portrayal of the characters. In this book we learn more about Evie’s past as she recalls her suffering and the darkest of dark black stories emerges and you learn her tragic and heartbreaking history. Her enemies are dangerous and depraved human low life who seem to have eyes everywhere. Interspersed with all the darkness are some touching moments when you realise that she does have protectors and people who really care about her. The novel is very well written and is every bit as good as the amazing Good girl, Bad girl of last year. At times it’s scary and tense, there are moments when my jaw hits the deck with a resounding thunk and at others it’s deeply sad. The plot is excellent with good pacing and builds well on the first book although this can easily be read as a stand-alone. Overall, this is very clever storytelling as the truth emerges slowly but surely and keeps your attention in a vice like grip. As a reader I feel invested in these characters and will happily read a third instalment as I want to see what happens next. More please Mr Robotham, thank you!!! With big thanks to NetGalley and especially to Little, Brown Group for the ARC
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    **AVAILABLE TODAY**I rated Good Girl, Bad Girl 2.5 stars, then rounded up. I enjoyed When She Was Good a bit more...so it's getting a 3.5 star rating, but I'm rounding down. I don't know, fellow readers. There is just something about Cyrus I simply don't care for. It was one of the big issues I had with the first novel as well. Yes, he's a forensic psychologist, but he's not a cop--and he really needs to stop acting like one. He bops around, solving crimes, while the police force hovers stupidly **AVAILABLE TODAY**I rated Good Girl, Bad Girl 2.5 stars, then rounded up. I enjoyed When She Was Good a bit more...so it's getting a 3.5 star rating, but I'm rounding down. I don't know, fellow readers. There is just something about Cyrus I simply don't care for. It was one of the big issues I had with the first novel as well. Yes, he's a forensic psychologist, but he's not a cop--and he really needs to stop acting like one. He bops around, solving crimes, while the police force hovers stupidly in the background. It makes zero sense to me. Told from alternating first-person narratives, a back and forth between Cyrus and Evie, this novel also had Cyrus finding love. Unfortunately, it's an insta-love relationship which is always just meh for me. It felt as though this female character was written into the story for the sole purpose of becoming Cyrus's woman. She added nothing. I enjoyed Evie more this time around...mostly because the writing didn't focus as intensely on her goofy, innate 'lie detector.' Instead, we finally learned Evie's backstory which delved into some very dark territory. Her memories of her life before Cyrus were, by far, the most intriguing part of When She Was Good. While the conclusion was neatly wrapped up, I definitely foresee more Cyrus Haven books in the future. At this point, however, I'm just not sure I'm interested in reading any further. Available July 28th, but I do recommend reading Good Girl, Bad Girl first. **My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for my review copy.
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  • Phrynne
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good! I really recommend making sure to read book 1 Good Girl, Bad Girl first though otherwise you will miss out on so much.When She Was Good follows the story of Evie as she grows up in a supposedly secure children's home. Cyrus is still visiting her but no progress has been made in finding out more about her background. Events start to occur which eventually reach crisis point as Evie remembers more and more about the past and the people in it.As the tension started to build I had This was so good! I really recommend making sure to read book 1 Good Girl, Bad Girl first though otherwise you will miss out on so much.When She Was Good follows the story of Evie as she grows up in a supposedly secure children's home. Cyrus is still visiting her but no progress has been made in finding out more about her background. Events start to occur which eventually reach crisis point as Evie remembers more and more about the past and the people in it.As the tension started to build I had to put the book down for a minute and take few deep breaths. The best bit is right at the end - I seriously thought it was already finished when at 99% (I was reading on my Kindle) an amazing scene took place. It rounded things off just perfectly. A really excellent book!Thanks to Hatchette Australia and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    If the first Cyrus Haven Book (Good Girl, Bad Girl) was the appetiser, this one was main course and dessert and Irish coffee all rolled into one. It was freaking fantastic! This picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is still trying to dig into the past of Evie Cormac the enigmatic and very troubled young woman he was trying to help in the first book. And as in that book, the story is told only from the perspectives of Cyrus and Evie.While Cyrus is If the first Cyrus Haven Book (Good Girl, Bad Girl) was the appetiser, this one was main course and dessert and Irish coffee all rolled into one. It was freaking fantastic! This picks up pretty much where the first book left off. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is still trying to dig into the past of Evie Cormac the enigmatic and very troubled young woman he was trying to help in the first book. And as in that book, the story is told only from the perspectives of Cyrus and Evie.While Cyrus is trying to track down Sasha, the special constable who rescued Evie from a house of horrors 8 years ago, Evie is remembering bits and pieces of the abuses she suffered but never talked about. When a recently retired Detective Chief Inspector is found dead in his car, Cyrus is invited to the crime scene. In the man’s study, which has been ransacked, he notices Evie’s former moniker (Angel Face) in the corner of a whiteboard. He knows the case the late DCI was grappling with and now wonders if all the police’s assumptions about that case were wrong, and if Evie is somehow tied up in all this.From there the book is turbo charged. It looks like someone is trying to shut down any re-investigation of the old case and to locate and kill Evie, whose identity and location are a closely guarded secret. Cyrus will not give up his quest for the truth as he believes it is the only way Evie will ever be safe. But Evie has other ideas. And a killer is stalking them both. This superbly written thriller delivers edge of your seat thrills and suspense. Thanks to Netgalley, Hatchette Australia and Michael Robotham for providing this review copy.
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  • Rob
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 in the Cyrus Haven series published 2020To quote an Australianism “what a bottler”.Cyrus is still searching for the truth and Evie is still as enigmatic as ever.Since the traumatic end of the last book Evie has been living in a secure residence for challenged teenagers. Still not overly happy with her situation Evie has learned to tolerate her life. She is still not forthcoming with her early life or of the things she has seen and endured. Cyrus, a Forensic Psychologist, feels that the on Book 2 in the Cyrus Haven series published 2020To quote an Australianism “what a bottler”.Cyrus is still searching for the truth and Evie is still as enigmatic as ever.Since the traumatic end of the last book Evie has been living in a secure residence for challenged teenagers. Still not overly happy with her situation Evie has learned to tolerate her life. She is still not forthcoming with her early life or of the things she has seen and endured. Cyrus, a Forensic Psychologist, feels that the only way forward for Evie is to unburden herself and in so doing get to the root of her troubled life. As hard as Cyrus tries Evie remains tight lipped.But when threatening men with familiar voices start making enquiries about Evie at her supposed secret address Evie becomes very anxious. So when people close to Evie start dying it’s time for her to do a runner, yet again.Cyrus is frantic with worry over Evie and with nowhere else to turn he asks a tech-savvy friend to do a search on a few names he has found. Now armed with more information Cyrus does some follow up interviews and discovers something very sinister involving some of society’s elite. This is never a good scenario. Before this story ends we will get to know a bit more of Evie’s early life but before we get there, there be more killing, of both good and bad alike, and Cyrus and Evie will be taken to the very brink.As I said earlier “what a bottler” this is the stuff of short nails and sleepless nights and when going to the toilet becomes an inconvenience.So if you are interested in short nails and sleepless night this is the book for you.5 stars all the way.Thanks to Hatchette Australia and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and give an unbiased review of this book.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Having enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl, I was anxious to read this and learn further developments for the main characters, but wouldn't be reading this except for a Kindle gift card. The price of the ebook is outrageous. $26.44 C including tax. I hope this doesn't start a trend for raising the cost of Kindle and Kobo books or will be reading a lot less. The followup to the terrific Good Girl, Bad Girl continues the story of Evie Cormac, a little girl found hiding is a secret room while the man of t Having enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl, I was anxious to read this and learn further developments for the main characters, but wouldn't be reading this except for a Kindle gift card. The price of the ebook is outrageous. $26.44 C including tax. I hope this doesn't start a trend for raising the cost of Kindle and Kobo books or will be reading a lot less. The followup to the terrific Good Girl, Bad Girl continues the story of Evie Cormac, a little girl found hiding is a secret room while the man of the house was brutally murdered. She has refused to talk about anything that occurred before being found and called Angel Face by reporters. She was giving a new name and has never been identified. Attempts to place her in foster homes were unsuccessful. She was finally placed in a home for disturbed children where she met Cyrus Haven, Psychologist, who vowed to keep this angry, and frightened girl safe. This well-written book heightens in intensity, tension, and suspense. It can be read as a standalone, but I would urge prospective readers to read Good Girl, Bad Girl first. What is Evie's background, and who is she really? What is her real name? Why is she so fearful and hiding from people and events connected with her childhood? She is now almost 19 years of age, and some very influential and dangerous men want her dead. Why? Cyrus fears there is little he can do to protect her. Those trying to solve the mystery of Evie are ending up murdered, and anyone trying to protect her is in mortal danger. I thought this was a gripping, character-driven thriller, and a worthy follow-up, but was it good enough to warrant the inflated price of C$26.44? It would probably have been a 4 star read for me, but am deducting 1 star in protest of the outrageous cost for the Kindle edition.
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  • Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
    January 1, 1970
    Audio – 5++++ Stars!! Joe Jameson is a top-notch performer!!! Story – 5 Gut Wrenching Stars!Another winning book in the series. In this installation we get a lot of questions answered about who Evie is and her past. It is not pretty….at all. The more that’s revealed, the more dangerous it becomes for both Cyrus and Evie.I hope there is more to come in this series.
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  • Catherine Woodward
    January 1, 1970
    *Many thanks to NetGalley, Scribner, and Michael Robotham for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 7/28!*Wow! I am brand new to Michael Robotham but I have been wanting to dive into his books for quite a while, so I didn't even realize initially that this was the second book in the Cyrus/Evie series, but that did not matter one bit! Robotham did a masterful job of reiterating just enough of the initial plot from the first book to give this book a solid framework and help a new reader establi *Many thanks to NetGalley, Scribner, and Michael Robotham for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 7/28!*Wow! I am brand new to Michael Robotham but I have been wanting to dive into his books for quite a while, so I didn't even realize initially that this was the second book in the Cyrus/Evie series, but that did not matter one bit! Robotham did a masterful job of reiterating just enough of the initial plot from the first book to give this book a solid framework and help a new reader establish a baseline.I love a thriller with quick, exciting chapters and beautifully developed characters, and this book delivered and THEN some! Cyrus was a breath of fresh air for me as a character, since he has the grit of a hardened detective, but a clear soft spot for Evie (AKA Angel Face). I know there is a quite a bit of backstory built up in the first book Good Girl, Bad Girl, but even without that, I was drawn in by mysterious Evie and was eager to read about her past and her intuitive nature in helping to solve crimes. I loved her spunk and can see why Cyrus goes to such lengths to protect her! The book wrapped up fairly neatly for our characters, which was pretty surprising considering all they went through to get there, but if this ends up being the last book in this series, I think readers will feel it was a satisfying conclusion.This was a fast and furious thriller and so fun to read! I look forward to discovering more about Cyrus and Evie when I get to pick up Good Girl, Bad Girl and would recommend this book whether or not you've read the series in order...it's THAT good!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a Deaux! I was elated to receive this advance electronic reader’s copy from Edelweiss. I’ve been anticipating the continuation of Evie’s and Cyrus’s story since the first in the series, Good Girl Bad Girl got under my skin.The narrative resumes in When She Was Good with a brief recap as Cyrus meets the mysterious woman discovering Angel Face aka Evie as a wild child. It fits in seamlessly and then we’re off to the races.Answers to Evie’s past and a conspiracy theory encompass players from a It’s a Deaux! I was elated to receive this advance electronic reader’s copy from Edelweiss. I’ve been anticipating the continuation of Evie’s and Cyrus’s story since the first in the series, Good Girl Bad Girl got under my skin.The narrative resumes in When She Was Good with a brief recap as Cyrus meets the mysterious woman discovering Angel Face aka Evie as a wild child. It fits in seamlessly and then we’re off to the races.Answers to Evie’s past and a conspiracy theory encompass players from a murdered detective, to ex-convicts, to those of higher nobility and many in between. How do they all connect? Pay attention because some of the seemingly mundane clues are significant. Not many red herrings, it’s just figuring out how the puzzle fits together. So much fun -I didn’t want the book to end!Thank you to Edelweiss, Michael Robotham and Simon and Schuster for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐️4 Stars⭐️This page-turning, sensitive and haunting thriller will have you completely immersed until you’ve read the last page.I have not yet read the previous book Good Girl, Bad Girl #1 in this series and reading When She Was Good #2 didn’t deter my enjoyment of this book whatsoever, it is easily read as a standalone.Criminal forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is conducting an investigation and teams up with Sasha who was the police officer who found Evie Cormac (aka Angel face) when she was a ⭐️4 Stars⭐️This page-turning, sensitive and haunting thriller will have you completely immersed until you’ve read the last page.I have not yet read the previous book Good Girl, Bad Girl #1 in this series and reading When She Was Good #2 didn’t deter my enjoyment of this book whatsoever, it is easily read as a standalone.Criminal forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is conducting an investigation and teams up with Sasha who was the police officer who found Evie Cormac (aka Angel face) when she was a feral child, seven years old, kidnapped, raped and tortured and hiding in a small secret room space built behind a closet. Sasha would like to meet up with Evie again, it’s been a decade.His investigations into the suicide of retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whitmore lead him to a child sex trafficking ring and Evie’s dark past which triggers an explosive warning that he is on to something and puts Evie’s life in danger.Evie is now living in a secure children’s home and impatient to be released once she turns eighteen, which isn’t far away. She has a special bond with Cyrus and looks forward to his visits. Nobody ever claimed Evie and they don’t know where she came from, Evie keeps everything locked up inside herself. Evie’s back story is heartbreaking, I loved the dynamics of this duo who are fascinating characters, an excellent crime read.I wish to thank Netgalley & Hachette for providing me with an advanced copy in return for an honest review
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Evie Cormac was in a secure facility where she would be safe from those who were determined to find her. Evie’s life had intersected with forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven (in #1 Good Girl, Bad Girl) and he wanted to help Evie; wanted to keep her from harm – but he also wanted to find those who had traumatized her so badly, so she could live without fear.In the many years since she’d been found, Evie still had nightmares; still felt the terror of being taken again, and probably killed. And when Evie Cormac was in a secure facility where she would be safe from those who were determined to find her. Evie’s life had intersected with forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven (in #1 Good Girl, Bad Girl) and he wanted to help Evie; wanted to keep her from harm – but he also wanted to find those who had traumatized her so badly, so she could live without fear.In the many years since she’d been found, Evie still had nightmares; still felt the terror of being taken again, and probably killed. And when she suddenly heard that voice, she knew they’d found her. So Evie did what she did best – she ran, and not even Cyrus knew where she was. Cyrus had no idea who he could trust as it was obvious to him the rot began at the top. What would happen to the young teenager who was only one of many who’d been terrorized? And could Cyrus keep Evie safe as he’d promised her he would?When She Was Good is the 2nd in the Cyrus Haven series by Aussie author Michael Robotham and it was excellent! Such a great follow up from the first. Fast paced, filled with twists, (the big twist at the end was particularly satisfying) gritty tension and chilling thrills, When She Was Good is an intense thriller which I highly recommend.With thanks to NetGalley and Hachette AU for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus and Evie are back in this terrifying and exciting sequel to “Good Girl, Bad Girl”! It’s been awhile since I’ve read the first book, but I didn’t have any issues remembering the eye-popping storyline. The author is great at giving us plenty of details along the way. This could be read as a standalone, but you would be missing out on such a fantastic first book!I absolutely loved the first book, except for the ending! I had so many unanswered questions, I threatened to send Mr. Robotham hate Cyrus and Evie are back in this terrifying and exciting sequel to “Good Girl, Bad Girl”! It’s been awhile since I’ve read the first book, but I didn’t have any issues remembering the eye-popping storyline. The author is great at giving us plenty of details along the way. This could be read as a standalone, but you would be missing out on such a fantastic first book!I absolutely loved the first book, except for the ending! I had so many unanswered questions, I threatened to send Mr. Robotham hate mail 😜. Not only were we left hanging, but there was no mention of a second book.Cyrus and Evie are two of the most intriguing characters I’ve read about. Cyrus is a forensic psychologist working with the police and he’s formed a unique relationship with Evie, due to their many similarities.Evie is the same sassy and resourceful teenager. She’s closing in on her 18th birthday, but still can’t manage to stay out of trouble. Their relationship is as witty and interesting as ever.This book focuses on Evie’s mysterious past. Cyrus is going against her wishes, searching for answers in hopes of helping her. But Evie has reasons for keeping her past buried and we finally find out what those horrendous secrets are!Thank you to Edelweiss, Michael Robotham and Scribner Books for this free digital ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion!Another incredible group read with No Rules - Just Thrills! My Rating: 5 Fabulous ⭐️’sPublished: July 28th 2020 by ScribnerPages: 352Recommend: [email protected] @ScribnerBooks @weiss_squad#psychologicalthriller #NoRulesJustThrills #MustRead #MostAnticipatedThriller2020 #MustReadThriller2020 After publication, my reviews can be found:Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amz... Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/takemeaway21BN.com, BookBubMore on the author:michaelrobotham.com
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Yes to Evie and Cyrus being back! 🙌 After reading Good Girl, Bad Girl I was left with so many questions about who Evie was and her dark past. Well our prayers have been answered as we learn a whole lot about Angel Face. Thank you Mr Robotham. When She Was Good was one of my most highly anticipated reads for this year and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Evie is soon to turn 18, according to her court appointed birthdate. Little is known about her past and she wants to keep it that way. Yes to Evie and Cyrus being back! 🙌 After reading Good Girl, Bad Girl I was left with so many questions about who Evie was and her dark past. Well our prayers have been answered as we learn a whole lot about Angel Face. Thank you Mr Robotham. When She Was Good was one of my most highly anticipated reads for this year and it certainly lived up to my expectations. Evie is soon to turn 18, according to her court appointed birthdate. Little is known about her past and she wants to keep it that way. But Cyrus Haven can’t leave it alone, despite all of Evie’s warnings. Then he is called to a murder scene of a police officer and Evie’s name is amongst his paperwork. Why? He tracks down Sasha, the police officer that found Evie in the House 6 years earlier and together they try to unravel the mystery that is Evie Cormac. Michael Robotham is one of my favourite writers and I have been lucky to see him speak about his books on a number of occasions now. You should definitely read Good Girl, Bad Girl before this one. I cannot recommend this more. It is clever, twisty and addictive. Thanks so much to Hachette Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read.
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  • Kylie H
    January 1, 1970
    When I picked up this book I did it as a new fan of Michael Robotham and did not realise that this was the second book in a series. I am guessing that I would have got a lot more out of this if I had read 'Good Girl, Bad Girl' but it still didn't stop me being totally engrossed.Evie is a 'patient' of Cyrus a forensic psychologist, both have had tragic lives and seem to understand each other. Evie is in protective care but does not do much to help her own cause. To be fair she is poorly equipped When I picked up this book I did it as a new fan of Michael Robotham and did not realise that this was the second book in a series. I am guessing that I would have got a lot more out of this if I had read 'Good Girl, Bad Girl' but it still didn't stop me being totally engrossed.Evie is a 'patient' of Cyrus a forensic psychologist, both have had tragic lives and seem to understand each other. Evie is in protective care but does not do much to help her own cause. To be fair she is poorly equipped in trust having been subjected to horrific abuse in her younger years.I am now intrigued to go back and read the first book but feel that this second book may have contained a lot of spoilers for it. While I am sure it is an amazing series, there is nothing to stop someone picking up this book and reading it as a stand alone.HIghly recommended, thank you Hachette Australia and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd book in the Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac series by author Michael Robotham. I am a big fan of this author and really enjoy the Joe O'Loughlin series and this new series looks to be to the same high standard.Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is involved in a new murder case which he believes will set the troubled Evie free. Evie has a troubled past and six years ago she was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real na This is the 2nd book in the Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac series by author Michael Robotham. I am a big fan of this author and really enjoy the Joe O'Loughlin series and this new series looks to be to the same high standard.Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven is involved in a new murder case which he believes will set the troubled Evie free. Evie has a troubled past and six years ago she was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead. The duo have a very complex relationship and it is not helped by Evie's reluctance to trust anyone. Evie has an interesting ability to know when someone is lying which can help in cases but I feel is slightly underplayed so far in this series.I would recommend reading the 1st book in the series to fully appreciate the back story as this book really deals with Evie's dark past. This series is another winner for me and I really do look forward to Michael Robotham's books coming out.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Little Brown Book Group for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jeanette (Again)
    January 1, 1970
    Did you read Good Girl, Bad Girl last year? Were you left frustrated at not getting to learn Evie Cormac's life history? If so, this second book in the series will scratch your itch. You'll get to meet Sacha, the woman who found Evie in that abandoned house almost a decade ago. You'll get to watch Cyrus Haven try to play police detective. And Evie will tell you in her own words about the unspeakable things she endured. The upshot is that she has extremely good reasons for keeping her mouth shut Did you read Good Girl, Bad Girl last year? Were you left frustrated at not getting to learn Evie Cormac's life history? If so, this second book in the series will scratch your itch. You'll get to meet Sacha, the woman who found Evie in that abandoned house almost a decade ago. You'll get to watch Cyrus Haven try to play police detective. And Evie will tell you in her own words about the unspeakable things she endured. The upshot is that she has extremely good reasons for keeping her mouth shut and not revealing her true identity. Early in the book it feels a bit like Evie is just randomly telling us disordered memories of her life with Terry Boland and the man she calls Uncle. But then something horrific happens at the "safe home" where Evie is locked up. From there things really heat up fast. When I got to that point I kept reading late into the night until I could no longer keep my eyelids propped open. I'm curious about where the series will go from here. Now that Evie has reached official adulthood, they can't lock her away in the juvie house anymore. As a survivor of severe repetitive trauma, she lives by instinct and impulse, almost like a feral animal. Will her instincts be enough to help her navigate the grown-up world? Or will she be a victim of her impulses, which tend to get her in trouble?My thanks to Scribner and Net Galley for the review copy.
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    “People think they want the truth, but the opposite is true. Honesty is mean and rough and ugly, while lying can be kinder, softer and more humane. It’s not honesty that we want, but consideration and respect.”When She Was Good s the second book in the Cyrus Haven series by award-winning Australian author, Michael Robotham. Initially, it looks like retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whitmore has committed suicide. But that’s not what forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven sees when he examines “People think they want the truth, but the opposite is true. Honesty is mean and rough and ugly, while lying can be kinder, softer and more humane. It’s not honesty that we want, but consideration and respect.”When She Was Good s the second book in the Cyrus Haven series by award-winning Australian author, Michael Robotham. Initially, it looks like retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whitmore has committed suicide. But that’s not what forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven sees when he examines the scene. It quickly becomes clear that Hamish was murdered, and that it is related to the old (closed) case he couldn’t let go. What disturbs Cyrus most is the tiny notation in a corner of Hamish’s case whiteboard: Angelface, London, 2013.Evie Cormac is back at Langford Hall, a secure children’s home, impatiently waiting to be deemed old enough to be released. But not everyone agrees that she’s ready. Meanwhile, she endures, hanging out for visits from Cyrus, and more importantly, their Labrador, Poppy. But Cyrus has been picking at the past, hoping to find out more about what Evie refuses to reveal; have his subtle enquiries tripped a wire that will put them all in danger?For all those readers who wondered just how Evie ended up behind the wall in that house where the tortured corpse was found, this instalment of Cyrus Haven eventually explains all that, and a lot more! Evie doesn’t trust anyone, and maybe Cyrus would do well to take a leaf out of her book. As he meticulously follows up leads, it’s like he’s pulled a tiger’s tail. This novel is filled with edge of the seat, heart thumping action. And the final chapter, oh boy! Another brilliant read!This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Hachette Australia.
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  • Susan Z
    January 1, 1970
    Happy Publication Day to one of my favorite authors! I was absolutely thrilled to receive this ARC. It truly felt like winning the lottery. I dropped everything to read it as I have been anticipating this book since I read Good Girl, Bad Girl last August. This book was fantastic! Michael Robatham is a masterful storyteller of crime drama and he also does an excellent job creating of developing characters you care about. This book is no exception and did not disappoint. He wove an interesting mys Happy Publication Day to one of my favorite authors! I was absolutely thrilled to receive this ARC. It truly felt like winning the lottery. I dropped everything to read it as I have been anticipating this book since I read Good Girl, Bad Girl last August. This book was fantastic! Michael Robatham is a masterful storyteller of crime drama and he also does an excellent job creating of developing characters you care about. This book is no exception and did not disappoint. He wove an interesting mystery and slowly revealed bits and pieces ending in a satisfying conclusion. Although this book can easily stand on its own, it was even better having read the first in the series. Thank you Scribner and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vanessa Menezes
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for this ARC!!I haven't read the first Cyrus Haven book and I totally regret it. No no... it does not affect this book in any way but just because this book is so good and Cyrus is absolutely amazing.Six years ago, Evie Cormac, aka Angel Face, was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead.Forensic psychologis Thank You to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for this ARC!!I haven't read the first Cyrus Haven book and I totally regret it. No no... it does not affect this book in any way but just because this book is so good and Cyrus is absolutely amazing.Six years ago, Evie Cormac, aka Angel Face, was found hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a brutal murder. But nobody has ever discovered her real name or where she came from, because everybody who tries ends up dead.Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven believes the truth will set Evie free. Ignoring her warnings, he begins to dig into her past, only to disturb a hornet's nest of corrupt and powerful people, who have been waiting to find Evie and kill her.This book deals with a very sensitive and important topic of child abuse and child sex trafficking. I love the way the author has dealt with the topic- delicate but not over sensationalizing it. The chemistry between the main characters Cyrus and Evie is so delightful to read that it makes you fall in love and care for both of them. I liked Evie's unique talent, as a human lie detector, but also glad as this helps to keep her safe.This book was fast paced and it keeps you hooked on right till the end. I loved the ending because it was so unexpected and satisfying. I am eagerly looking forward to more books!Overall reading this book was an absolute delight!! Highly Recommended.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic psychological thriller. It is a continuation of the “Angel Face” story first told in “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” which I loved. It centers on a young girl who was rescued from captivity, and the forensic psychiatrist who worked to help heal her. Though this is the second book in the series it works very well as a stand-alone - it has been awhile since I read the first book, and this one caught me right up on the things I had forgotten.Be forewarned that this is a book on a tough t This is a fantastic psychological thriller. It is a continuation of the “Angel Face” story first told in “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” which I loved. It centers on a young girl who was rescued from captivity, and the forensic psychiatrist who worked to help heal her. Though this is the second book in the series it works very well as a stand-alone - it has been awhile since I read the first book, and this one caught me right up on the things I had forgotten.Be forewarned that this is a book on a tough topic - child sex trafficking. But it is handled SO well, with sensitivity from the child’s point of view and with great passion from the people who are trying to help her. Cyrus is just the kind of person you would want pursuing traffickers and saving children from harm. The development of Evie’s (aka Angel Face’s) backstory here is fascinating and compelling and also very heartbreaking. The book takes a short while to get started and give new readers the background but it soon sucked me in and had me reading with my heart in my throat for Evie.Another great effort by Michael Robotham - word to the wise, Stephen King’s author recommendations (which is how I found the first book in this series) rarely miss. Thanks to NetGalley, Michael Robotham and Simon and Schuster for the ARC of this great thriller in exchange for my honest review. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait any longer to find out how Angel Face was doing.
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    A remarkable second book in what I hope is an ongoing series. In fact, I am sad to not be reading about these characters right now. I can't wait to see what will happen next to Cyrus and Evie. They became so real to me. I appreciate the heads up to read the first book in the series before tackling this. Although you can probably read this as stand alone, it is so satisfying to read the first one and then this one. Good Girl, Bad Girl is really good and a finalist for the Edgar Award and there i A remarkable second book in what I hope is an ongoing series. In fact, I am sad to not be reading about these characters right now. I can't wait to see what will happen next to Cyrus and Evie. They became so real to me. I appreciate the heads up to read the first book in the series before tackling this. Although you can probably read this as stand alone, it is so satisfying to read the first one and then this one. Good Girl, Bad Girl is really good and a finalist for the Edgar Award and there is no good reason to not read it. Evie is back in custody when this opens. Letty calls Cyrus in to investigate the death of a retired policeman that is horrific and questionable. It leads him to a pedophile, Eric Green, and ultimately Terry Boland, the man with Evie in the secret house. As the investigation continues more and more layers of Evie's past unravel and it starts to get in very dangerous ground looking at some very rich and important people. I really can't say any more because I don't want to spoil anything including the surprising and, I think, fitting end. If you want to read a really good, psychological thriller with an excellent plot and realistic characters you actually care about then do yourself a favor and read this. You won't be sorry. It's that good. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    When She Was Good is the second book in the Cyrus Haven series by Aussie author Michael Robotham and so far it’s a wonderful series.Evie Cormac is a character that will have you intrigued right from the beginning and you will be wanting to know more about her straight away. In this book we begin to find out a bit more about her troubled and disturbing past, a past that will proceed to haunt her. Once again, Mr Robotham has kept his readers turning the pages looking for clues that might lead us t When She Was Good is the second book in the Cyrus Haven series by Aussie author Michael Robotham and so far it’s a wonderful series.Evie Cormac is a character that will have you intrigued right from the beginning and you will be wanting to know more about her straight away. In this book we begin to find out a bit more about her troubled and disturbing past, a past that will proceed to haunt her. Once again, Mr Robotham has kept his readers turning the pages looking for clues that might lead us to discovering the answers about who Evie really is. This was another superb read and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending. You could read this as a stand-alone, but I advise you read the first book, Good Girl, Bad Girl to give you a better understanding of the storyline. With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my digital copy of this book to read and review.
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