“I have read and loved many Michael Robotham books in the past but it has been awhile. After listening to this one I will go back and read the ones I have missed as I had forgotten how much I enjoy his writing style and his characters. In Good Girl, Bad Girl we are introduced to Dr. Cyrus Haven a forensic psychologist. He is working with the police on the murder of a teenaged girl and is also helping a friend try and understand a young girl who has been in foster care and ward of the state for years. Both Cyrus and Edie (the girl in care) have horrible experiences in their background. The difference is that Cyrus’s nightmare and his younger life were all made public but no one really knows what happened to Edie or who she really is. Cyrus was a truly interesting character and I enjoyed his interactions with the police detective who has mentored him for years and his interactions with Edie. Both cases kind of merge and we are left with some answers and a satisfactory, though surprising, ending to the murder case. But, Edie’s background is still mostly a mystery. I hope this means that this is the first in a series and Cyrus will be back to help Edie get out of care and on her way to leading a normal life.”
Nancy, Fiction Addiction
Finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel
From the internationally bestselling author who Stephen King calls “an absolute master,” a fiendishly clever thriller about a dangerous young woman with the 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 died 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?
Emotionally explosive, swiftly paced, and “haunting…Robotham expertly raises the tension as the action hurtles toward the devastating climax” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).