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Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham
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it was amazing
bookshelves: wishlist
Read 3 times. Last read May 31, 2020 to June 6, 2020.

Good Girl, Bad Girl is the first book in the Cyrus Haven series by award-winning Australian author, Michael Robotham. When Nottingham psychologist, Cyrus Haven first encounters Evie Cormac, it’s at the request of his acquaintance, Adam Guthrie, a social worker at Langford Hall, a secure children’s home. His mild interest is piqued by Guthrie’s claim that Evie is a “truth wizard”. But when her history is revealed, his professional attention is joined by empathy: Cyrus, too, is a survivor of an horrific adolescent trauma.

Evie Cormac is used to being lied to: it’s been happening all her life, and she can always tell. So Cyrus Haven’s honesty gains him a wary respect. She even admits to herself she might like to talk to him again. Not that she will reveal anything of what happened to her; she hasn’t yet and never will.

Chief Inspector Lenore Parvel isn’t really convinced about all that psychology mumbo-jumbo, but she’s known Cyrus since he was thirteen, and she trusts his judgement, so he is called in to view the scene as soon as Jodie Sheehan’s body is found. The fifteen-year-old’s future as an Olympic figure skater has been cut short, and Lenny is determined to find the person responsible for what looks like a rape and murder.

Lenny and Cyrus interview extended family and friends, trying to ascertain the sequence of events leading up to Jodie’s death. But as post mortem results and forensic evidence become available, it’s clear that not everyone is telling the truth. It seems that the Golden Girl is not quite as virtuous as her family proclaims, and there are many secrets and hidden agendas surrounding the case.

What a talented author Robotham is! His characters are fascinating and his plot weaves and ducks and turns: lots of red herrings keep the reader guessing right up to the exciting final pages. While most of the narrative is carried by Cyrus, events are also shown from enigmatic Evie’s perspective. There’s plenty of humour, some of it quite dark, and the banter between Evie and Cyrus is a delight. Luckily, this pair make an encore appearance in the sequel, When She Was Good. A brilliant read!
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Audiobook Edition)
December 21, 2018 – Shelved
December 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 21, 2018 – Shelved as: wishlist
Started Reading (Audiobook Edition)
2020 – Finished Reading (Audiobook Edition)
May 31, 2020 – Started Reading
June 1, 2020 –
page 20
June 2, 2020 –
page 52
June 2, 2020 –
page 146
36.05% "Yes, I'm late to the party, but oh boy this is good!!"
June 3, 2020 –
page 228
June 6, 2020 – Shelved (Audiobook Edition)
June 6, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Dale Harcombe Great review Marianne.

Gloria (Ms. G's Bookshelf) Great review Marianne, I can’t wait to read this one!

Marianne Thanks, ladies, I have the sequel lined up for my next read

Carolyn Excellent review Marianne. I'm looking forward to the next one too!

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