Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl

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...

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Title:Good Girl, Bad Girl
Author:Michael Robotham
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Good Girl, Bad Girl Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Hey GR friends are you ready for my second auction for stars bidding? Yes, sure you did! Here we go!

    Let’s start with five hundred stars because anyone read this book can easily fall in love with those characters, five thousand, five million, I think I heard five billion, whaaat red haired crazy woman raised her hand and raised to five trillion, SOLD to five trillion starts to this year’s best crime, evilish, mind bending, grey cell killing, agitating and surprising book!

    Yes, I was the crazy

    Hey GR friends are you ready for my second auction for stars bidding? Yes, sure you did! Here we go!

    Let’s start with five hundred stars because anyone read this book can easily fall in love with those characters, five thousand, five million, I think I heard five billion, whaaat red haired crazy woman raised her hand and raised to five trillion, SOLD to five trillion starts to this year’s best crime, evilish, mind bending, grey cell killing, agitating and surprising book!

    Yes, I was the crazy red haired woman and as soon as I opened this book, I wanted to buy it a romantic dinner, take it to the movies and spend my last 10 hours.

    This book wasn’t only glued to my fingers, it captivated my mind and conquered my soul. Well done, Mr. Robotham, I already dashed down to the bookstores to buy your other books because I will feel better when I’m gonna read the paperbacks ( Okay, I confess, I got terrified on some parts and threw my kindle against the wall, at least I cannot hurt the papers, am I right?)

    The story starts by introducing us Evvie Cormac who’s staying on a ward for a long time. Nobody knows her real name or anything about her past. There is nothing can be found about her on the records. But later we’re learning two things about he :

    1)She’s a lie detector. ( As like Tim Roth at “Lie to me” but she doesn’t feed herself with science, she achieves to catch the lies instinctively. )

    2) She’s ANGELFACE, who is the survivor of murder house and spent days while a corpse was rooting at the next room of the house and at the end, a woman officer saved her.

    And then we’re introduced to psychologist Cyrus Haven who was also a survivor of a murder house (His own brother massacred their family)

    So we interacted with two broken souls, two not victims but survivors, two grifted, original, straightforward, smart characters. It was impossible to love them.

    Then two of them found themselves to solve a young skater girl’s murder mystery.

    What I enjoyed about this book:

    Unpredictable pacing of the story. First time in my life I tried to read a book slowly because I didn’t want to finish it. I wished too many times, I had 10 more sequel books so I can binge reading and start to sing “psycho killer, qu'est-ce que c'est? Fa, fa, fa, far better` from Talking Heads. Well, unfortunately the book ended and I felt like I left the dinner table with hungry stomach, I wanted moreeeee!!!

    And the blood freezing, gut wrenching, darkest, WTH I just read it kinda ending, final, harsh revelations about murder mystery ( This book reminded me with its ominous, disturbing, chilling atmosphere, Danish series “Forbrydelsen”- “The Killing” is the US version)

    After you finish it, you’re mumbling some unidentified words and you’re brushing your cheeks several times because the author slapped you several times. And the interesting fact is you want to get more slaps.

    I spent all my stars at the auction but it was truly worth it! I’m telling you this is my favorite crime thriller of this year! Brava, well down, fantastic job!

    As an ending to my review I’m adding a small thank you note to the writer:

    Dear Mr. Robotham,

    Thank you for writing this amazing book. Thank you for reminding me there are still so many gifted writers out there I had to discover and devour their books.

    And please please pleaseeeee don’t make us wait too long. I’m kindly begging you, write the sequels sooner than ever. I need to read more Cyrus-Evvie books.

    All the best,

    Your newest and permanent fan Nilufer

  • Kaceey

    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

    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.

    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.

  • Susanne  Strong

    “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

    “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.

    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.

  • Debra

    4.5 Stars

    Robotham 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 Stars

    Robotham 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.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    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

    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?

    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!

  • Emily May

    3 1/2 stars.

    is an entertaining mystery with complex characters and a number of thrills to keep the pacing up. I saw pretty much everything coming*

    , but I think

    3 1/2 stars.

    is an entertaining mystery with complex characters and a number of thrills to keep the pacing up. I saw pretty much everything coming*

    , 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

    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.

    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.

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  • Holly  B

    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

    that she calls a

    . This one kept me guessing and page turning

    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

    that she calls a

    . 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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    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

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    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

  • Meredith

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Beata

    Arresting, engaging and captivating – three adjectives that describe this novel, at least in my opinion. Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologist with the past that hides some dark moments and secrets, meets a teenager, called Evie Cormac whose past is even darker, and who has an extraordinary ability that we would not like others to have – she knows when the interlocutor is telling a lie … Cyrus is professionally fascinated by this teenaged girl who becomes his ward. In the meantime, Cyrus is

    Arresting, engaging and captivating – three adjectives that describe this novel, at least in my opinion. Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologist with the past that hides some dark moments and secrets, meets a teenager, called Evie Cormac whose past is even darker, and who has an extraordinary ability that we would not like others to have – she knows when the interlocutor is telling a lie … Cyrus is professionally fascinated by this teenaged girl who becomes his ward. In the meantime, Cyrus is involved in an investigation into a murder of Jodie Sheehan, a teenager with brilliant future in ice-skating.

    I found both, Cyrus and Evie, interesting to observe … Characters who have to carry the burden of what they experienced as children, characters who may be called misfits, and whose loneliness made me feel for them.

    The plot is intriguing, and how and why the murder was committed was quite unpredictable for me, however, I admit that Mr Robotham leaves nice hints that lead a reader to the final explanation. And I like it this way, when an author wants me to think together with the characters, and does not make the culprit obvious in the middle of a book.

    I will follow Cyrus and Evie, as I am sure the Author has some grand plans regarding this unusual couple.

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