Good Girl, Bad Girl
Scribner, July 2019
Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist and he has been asked to evaluate a young woman, Evie Cormac, who is demanding to be released from a children’s home. Six years ago Evie was discovered hiding in a secret room where the body of a man, who had been brutally tortured and murdered, was found. Cyrus is intrigued by Evie, who has never revealed her real name, how old she is or where she came from.
Cyrus is also called in to investigate the murder of a local girl, a champion figure-skater, Jodie Sheehan, who is found on a local footpath. Jodie, a pretty and popular high-schooler, appeared to have a perfect life, but as Cyrus delves into the lives of the girl’s family and friends, he learns all is not as it seems. Jodie had a secret and one that Evie knows something about.
Cyrus himself has a tragic past and the fact that he’s chosen an occupation where he helps victims and people who’ve been put through emotional trauma makes him doubly interesting. The characters are three dimensional and easy to like. And as the inside cover of the book says ‘Cyrus is caught between two cases – one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice.’
Robotham lives in Australia but sets his novels in England. He has won numerous awards for his previous series, where his protagonist is Joseph O’Loughlin, a psychologist who works with Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz in London.
Good Girl, Bad Girl is a fast read…I couldn’t put it down… and I was happy to learn that this book is the start of a brand new series. Hooray is all I can say… Can’t wait for the next one!!!!
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, July 2019.