GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL by Michael Robotham, bestselling author of The Other Wife and The Secrets She Keeps, is an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today.
Evie Cormac, ‘Angel Face’, the girl who needs saving, was found six years ago, hungry and grimy in the hidden room of a house where a horrific crime had taken place. Rescued, given a new name and now placed in a secure children’s home in Nottingham, no one has ever discovered her true identity.
Jodie Sheehan, aged 15, a champion figure skater, needs justice when her dead body was found in woodland after she went missing from a fireworks display the night before.
Cyrus Haven, a forensic pathologist, tormented by his own horrific childhood, is called in to assess Evie. Approaching adulthood, she wishes to leave, but will she disrupt the life of a would-be carer?
Cyrus is asked to assist in investigating Jodie’s suspected murder. Becoming too involved with both girls, however, will devastate his personal life and put the case in jeopardy.
It seems that no-one is telling the truth. But Evie has a gift that could prove dangerous to them all – she knows when someone is lying.
This novel takes the form of a dual narrative from Evie and Cyrus, as the third main character has no voice. The reader only learns of Jodie’s personality through others. Opinions vary and she may not be all that she seems.
The last few chapters have the heart racing with action packed twists and turns and an outcome that is totally unexpected.
Here’s hoping that Evie and Cyrus will return to intrigue and delight us in the future.
The human characters are superbly well-written and the addition of Poppy the dog brings an extra dimension to the narrative. It can’t be faulted and this master of crime has produced another fast-paced winner.
A must read for 2019
Good Girl, Bad Girl is available in paperback and e-book
About Michael Robotham
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.
Michael’s 2004 debut
thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the
world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe
O’Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating
disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the
UK’s prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award with his
standalone thriller Life or Death.
He lives in Sydney.