Review: When She Was Good - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

From the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps and Good Girl, Bad Girl comes a new thriller featuring the brilliant forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven as he becomes embroiled in an explosive murder case with disturbing origins.

Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in this mesmerizing new thriller from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham, a writer Stephen King calls “an absolute master…with heart and soul.”

Who is Evie, the girl with no past, running from? She was discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Her ability to tell when someone is lying helped Cyrus crack an impenetrable case in Good Girl, Bad Girl. Now, the closer Cyrus gets to uncovering answers about Evie’s dark history, the more he exposes Evie to danger, giving her no choice but to run. Ultimately, both will have to decide if some secrets are better left buried and some monsters should never be named…


Cyrus Haven

Book 2

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Psychological Thriller

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When She Was Good
By Michael Robotham

Review: When She Was Good

With WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, bestselling author Michael Robotham delivers a dark and gripping follow up to GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL, continuing the story of survivor Evie Cormac and criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven.

In GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL, we met Evie Cormac—dubbed Angel Face when she was found dirty and malnourished in the home of a man who was tortured to death. After being placed in a secure children’s home, her identity remains a mystery even now. Cyrus, who grew close to the churlish, broken teenager when he temporarily fostered her, remains intent on figuring out who Evie is and what happened to her so long ago.

Despite good intentions, however, Cyrus puts Evie in danger once again as he makes an important connection from her past. Soon, she’s back on the radar of those who seek to permanently silence her.

To complicate matters further, Cyrus is pulled in to help assess the mysterious death of a retired police officer—a man who’d been digging into an old case with ties to child disappearances and murders.

Before too long, shocking connections are made as terrible secrets come to light and Cyrus races against the clock to keep Evie from being found and killed.

Robotham brilliantly weaves a narrative that’s horrifying and twisted as tension steadily ratchets. The danger feels urgent and real as the story deepens and darkens in ways unforeseen.

There are so many aspects of this book to love. The extraordinary writing. The visceral, textured atmosphere. The propulsive mystery of the case. But most of all, it’s the flawed, broken characters at the story’s center. Both Cryus and Evie make for a fascinating study. They’re deeply scarred survivors of trauma looking to mend the broken parts within and somehow, they’ve found something solid, a tremulous sort of solace, in each other.

A truly fantastic, utterly enthralling thriller. I hope there’s more to come.

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  1. Denise Wilbanks | This Is My Everybody | Books & DIY Home Ideas said:

    Great review! I loved this book (and Book 1) as well! You nailed it on describing Cyrus & Evie as two extraordinary characters that elevate this series to stand out from the crowd… Although a different storyline, it reminds me a little of the TV series, “Luther”, in that those two lead characters are also written with a pen that does not shy away from flawed characters. Yet they somehow still walk a fine line of remaining relatable… That quality is fascinating!

    … Denise ✨?✨


    1. vilmairis Post author said:

      Thank you so much!!!


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