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Good Girl, Bad Girl

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  60 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps, the writer Stephen King calls “an absolute master…with heart and soul,” a fiendishly clever suspense novel about a dangerous young woman with a special ability to know when someone is lying—and the criminal psychologist who must outwit her to survive.

A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a ter
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Scribner
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Holly  B

A multi-layered plot with fascinating characters.

The latest from Micheal Robotham is a crime/police-procedural story that introduces Cyrus Haven, a psychologist with a disturbing and heart-breaking past. The camaraderie between Cyrus and his patient added sentiment.

The writing is compelling and the crimes are gritty. The characters are all flawed and mysterious. There are many surprises and a character with a special gift that she calls a curse . This one kept me guessing and page turning t
Susanne  Strong
5 Brilliant Stars. A Crazy Pulse Pounding Thriller with a Ton of Heart!

“Good Girl, Bad Girl” is Michael Robotham’s Best Novel to Date.

“Evie Cormac” has been in a care home for quite some time. She never talks to anyone and no one knows of her real identity. Dubbed “Angel Face” she was found hiding in a home where police believed she was held captive for years.

Cyrus Haven is a Forensic Psychologist who works for the police. He is also hired to assist at the care home where Evie is living to a
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Scribner Books #partner for gifting me a copy of Good Girl, Bad Girl! This was the second book I’ve read by Mr. Robotham and I enjoyed it.

This was a fun read. I love having multiple POVs and luckily here we get two. Cyrus is a psychiatrist and Evie is the patient. While Cyrus tries to figure out his new patient, there’s also a murder investigation going on. He works part time with the police so he is called in to look over it.

For me, the mystery wasn’t predictable which is always good
3.5 stars (rounded down)

Once again, the book's synopsis sounds to me like it was the author's elevator pitch, which didn't quite turn out exactly the same, once the book was fleshed out...

Evie Cormac (dubbed, Angel Face by the press, when she was discovered as a victim of an unthinkable crime, six years ago) has initiated a court proceeding, demanding the right to be released from the children's home where she has been living, now that she has turned eighteen.

Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologi
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Cyrus is a psychologist who is called in to observe a young girl named Evie. She's thought to be the child who lived in a secret room while a man was tortured to death. Nobody knows where she came from, how old she is, or what her name really is. The only thing we know for sure is that she can tell when someone is lying. A curse or a gift? Meanwhile, another young girl is murdered on her way home one evening. Cyrus is involved with helping the police through the investigation, while also becomin ...more
Good Girl, Bad Girl is my first read by author Michael Robotham, and boy it was a doozy! My 3 star rating is actually 3 positive stars, so please don't take my review as a middle of the ground one, or a meh feeling. More of that to come, but first:

Robotham's Good Girl, Bad Girl is a story about trauma. A young girl is found in an abandoned house—filthy with matted hair, dirty, malnourished—with no record of her existence on file. This girl's age, family, or health files are completely non-e
Laura Rash
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one where I wanted to read as fast as I could because it was so good but slow down and savor every word. Such flawed characters that seemed like they all belonged together in one big dysfunctional family. A gripping story that I literally couldn’t put down and kept hoping no one would interrupt me as I finished the last few chapters.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I really did enjoy aspects of this book a lot. However I have some reservations too. Full review nearer the time of publication
Jay Dwight
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michael Robotham delivers another cracking read here. Just loved the lead characters and the brilliant plot.

Cyrus Haven is forensic psychologist assisting the police with the investigation into the murder of 16 year old Jodie Whittaker. He's also helping a troubled teenager with a horrific history, Evie Cormac.

And loved the little nod to Joe O'Loughlin right near the end !

A must read !
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Robotham's books as they are always multi-layered and laced with psychological insights that keep me up long into the night. This one revolves around Evie, a tortured young woman in a juvenile detention center and Cyrus, the psychologist attempting to help her. Throw into the mix a young girl found murdered who appears to be a normal teen but is harboring secrets of her own. Cyrus is in the middle of both cases but little does he realize that Evie--although trying to work through her own ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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'Everything has a half-life- even facts.'

Cyrus Haven’s career as a psychologist is to figure people out, reach into the broken parts, pull them out of the terrifying places that haunt them so they can confront their pain and heal. Asked to help with difficult teenager Evie, he discovers she has an uncanny ability, one that has been with her long before her own horror show life. She is “Angel Face” the child who was discovered in a secret room, a
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (rounded down)

Once again, the book's synopsis sounds to me like it was the author's elevator pitch, which didn't quite turn out exactly the same, once the book was fleshed out...

Evie Cormac (dubbed, Angel Face by the press, when she was discovered as a victim of an unthinkable crime, six years ago) has initiated a court proceeding, demanding the right to be released from the children's home where she has been living, now that she has turned eighteen.

Cyrus Haven, a forensic psychologi
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I was so happy I got arc by netgalley for early read and review. I read Robotham's The Secrets She Keeps last year and instantly realised, I'm going to like everything he is going write and this book proves it. There is certain amount of detachment that he keeps from his characters which makes you feel involved but doesn't let you feel too much at the same time. The witty dry humor wants you to keep reading, g
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid mystery. I don’t normally like mysteries, so I think it’s a good sign that I read the book and was engaged!

The story is told from the point of view of a psychologist and a patient of his. There is also a murder investigation going on at the same time.

It was interesting to read the story but I think it’s missing more history of the characters. They both had a lot going on and it was barely mentioned.

Overall a good mystery! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an hone
Dimitris Passas
This was an easy, quick read by the Australian ex-journalist and crime fiction author, Michael Robotham. As I was reading "Good Girl, Bad Girl", I thought that the plot would offer something innovative to an increasingly saturated genre but, unfortunately, an uninspired finale ruined the overall positive experience of this novel. Even though the prose is free-flowing and fluid -I highlighted many paragraphs in my Kindle device- the problem lies in the storyline and more specifically in its final ...more
2.5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Good Girl, Bad Girl.

I was super excited my request was approved because I'm a fan of the author's Joe O'Loughlin series.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Psychologist Cyrus Haven is called in to evaluated a young woman named Evie Cormac.

Evie has a shocking past; years ago she was rescued from a hiding place in a hovel where her captor had been tortured to death.

She has no identity, no name and no intact memories of her past.

She has been scarred, abu
Julie Garner
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, arc
I received an ARC of this book.
Another great psychological thriller from the Master. This book will keep you turning the pages, long after you should have put it down to sleep.
Robotham introduces us to two new characters, whom I believe are a great foundation for a new series. Cyrus is a psychologist who is old school and works with the police. Evie is a troubled young woman, with an even troubling past. This unlikely duo push their way in to our hearts as we watch them develop.
Whilst Cyrus and
Janice Lombardo
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant story that will have you gripped right up to the end!

Evie Cormac (also known as Angel Face) had been rescued at the age of 11 or 12 from a house where only a corpse had been found. She hid in a place that was not obvious. By night she searched the garbage for food for her and two dogs that lived there. Now, 6 years on, Evie has been through a number of foster homes and is currently living at a high-security Children's Home. She wants to be on her own - her age is somewhere near 18. T
Karen R.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, first off, let me just say I will be really disappointed if I don’t read more Michael Robotham books exploring the characters of Evie and Cyrus. These two were introduced in Good Girl, Bad Girl, and lets just say they have enough baggage to fill many more books. But they were great!
Evie Cormac is living in a locked down children’s home, after having been found in an abandoned house, that was also a crime scene. Cyrus Haven has also lived his own crime scene, and he feels a connection with Ev
Karen Whittard
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great, twisty, turney thriller, with characters you will want to hear more from and a book that you step right into from the first page.
Dawn Destefano
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
By far my favorite Michael Robotham book. I devoured this book in 2 days. I don't know which character I love more, Evie or Cyrus.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

I thought the book was ok. Just found it all too unbelievable to me. Hard to connect at all. I am the one out on this one.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In ‘Good Girl’ Bad Girl’, Michael Robotham gives us two stories connected by Cyrus Haven, a psychologist attached to Nottingham’s police squad. Whilst working on the murder of ice-skating prodigy, Jodie Sheehan, he is also caught up in the life of ‘Angel Face’ or Evie Cormac who has been passed from fostering pillar to post, having been rescued from a murdered child abductor several years earlier. A ward of court, Evie is desperate for a taste of freedom. When the court postpones her entrance in ...more
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This was my first book by this author but I know now that it will not be my last! Cyrus Haven who is a forensic psychologist. He is contacted by the police to help investigate a murder of a sixteen year old Jodie Whittaker. A star ice skater who was found bludgeoned to death in the local park. While helping with the police investigation he’s also asked to help with a difficult teenager Evie. When given Evies information from her therapists he discovers she’s the girl who was c ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Little, Brown Book Group UK - Sphere, for the ARC.
I really enjoyed this book; it has interesting and believable characters and sometimes witty dialogue, at the same time it is a dark psychological thriller which draws you in and keeps you guessing through a myriad of twists.

The narrative is told in the first person between Forensic Psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac.
Evie is housed in secure accommodation following a string of failed foster placements s
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read all of Michael Robotham’s Joe McLoughlin thrillers so I was interested to see he’d written a new book about a forensic psychologist called Cyrus Haven.
Cyrus is a great character, damaged himself due to his own family background, Cyrus consults for the police and is called in to help when Jodie Sheehan, a teenager, is found murdered.
He is also asked to look into Evie, an extremely difficult teenager with huge problems who is being held in a secure children’s home and is petitioning to b
Jun 18, 2019 added it
Two cases are being covered by psychologist Cyrus. The first is a young girl named Evie with a mysterious past. She was discovered hiding in a home with a decomposing body, unable to tell investigators who she is or even her age. The second case is the shocking murder of a popular high schooler named Jodie. As the police and Cyrus investigate, many shocking truths come to light. Maybe the good girl isn’t so good after all...

This is a fast paced, thrilling ride to the end. I loved both cases and
Jennifer Oslowski
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Robotham does it again! I am a big fan of this author! I have especially enjoyed his Joe O'Loughlin series and wasn't sure if I was going to like Cyrus as much but shame on me for doubting.

Good Girl Bad Girl features Cyrus Haven, a psychologist, former student of Joe O'Loughlin with a haunting past. And then there is Evie, a.k.a. "Angel Face" dubbed by the media, a traumatized teen who Cyrus is trying to help. What a fantastic way to introduce a new character and keep fans hooked. Well done
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
Loved it! Robotham's books always grab me at the very beginning and they don't let go until the last line. The stories are believable and flow so well that it feels like I am there as an observer rather than reading a story.

Evie is in a residential program for troubled teens and though she's been there for years, she is not like the others who live there. She is always the outsider, partly by her choice. Who is Evie and where did she come from? I must say I'd love to see more of her story in ano
Amber Boos
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
It's always cool when I read a new (to me) author, love it and learn that he has others! Such is the case with Michael Robotham's latest. I loved Cyrus and Evie. Both are extremely damaged from their pasts and Cyrus is trying to earn Evie's trust. Evie has the uncanny ability to tell if someone is lying. Cyrus is also looking into the murder of a popular high-school student and her story will soon intersect with Evie's. This was a very emotional book as we learn more and more about both Evie and ...more
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Edgar finalist and Gold Dagger winning author, Michael Robotham was born in Australia in November 1960 and grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

For the next fourteen years he worked for newspapers in Australia, Europe, Africa and America. As a senior feature write