Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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A girl is found hiding in a secret room in a house being renovated after a terrible crime. For weeks she has survived by sneaking out at night, stealing food for herself and two dogs that are kept in the garden. She doesn't appear on any missing person's file, or match the DNA of any murder victim. Six years later, still unidentified, the same girl is living in a secure children's home with a new name, Evie Cormac, when she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult. Psychologist Cyrus Haven is sent to interview Evie and decide if she's ready to go free, but Evie Cormac is unlike he's anyone he's ever met. She's damaged, destructive, and self-hating, yet possessed of a gift, or a curse, that makes her both fascinating and dangerous to be with--the ability to tell when someone is lying. Soon he is embroiled in her unique and dangerous world, his life in utmost peril.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781982103606
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 29, 2020

Another masterpiece of my favourite writer.
Highly recommended if you love suspense.

Jan 23, 2020

This was my first time reading a book by this author and wow...glad that i did. He writes complex characters that are interesting and flawed.Loved this book! You will too!

Dec 18, 2019

Another terrific book by Robotham. Cyrus and Evie make a novel twosome. You might find yourself reading long into the night - unable to stop turning the pages. It could be the forerunner to another mystery involving these two complex personalities. Highly recommend all his books.

Dec 01, 2019

Another great read from Michael Robotham. Hopefully this new character will return. She's so interesting.
Only one complaint. Cyrus doesn't have a phone but in one of the chapters he calls "Lenny" the police contact. Not sure how tapped in the numbers on his pager.
Nevertheless the book is a terrific read.

IndyPL_CarriG Nov 20, 2019

Two different young women, two completely different mysteries. So first I want to say that I really enjoyed this mystery novel. I liked the psychologist/detective Cyrus, and I liked Evie, the young woman he’s asked to evaluate who years ago had been found in tragic circumstances and since has been kicked out of every foster home they could find for her. The other mystery is the murder of a young woman - it was twisty and turny and I didn’t figure out for sure who had done it til pretty close to when it was revealed.

I did have an issue with the book though, and it’s the title. So, two young women happen to be featured in this book. Is one girl supposed to be considered good, and one bad? And then we are supposed to have our expectations twisted? Because, the nice thing about this book is, both characters seemed like young women with complex personalities, neither seemed entirely good or bad. Which is as it should be, since we all contain multitudes. OR, is that what he’s trying to say, that both girls are both good and bad? I don’t know. Because the murdered girl was a champion figure skater, and did well in school, and didn’t get in trouble, and Evie is a troublemaker I feel like they are trying to say “Oh look, one girl is good and one is bad - BUT ARE THEY?!?!?!” This is ridiculous, because everyone who has ever gone to high school or met a teenager knows that the perfect-seeming beautiful champions who have it all together are never really wholesome (Spoiler alert I guess but come on).

I just feel like the title tried to foist an expectation on the reader that was not part of the plot. THANKFULLY. I wonder if the publisher chose the title rather than the author. If that’s the case, let’s let that trend die. This is a really great novel on its own and it doesn’t need to rely on a convoluted, old-fashioned, and inaccurate “there’s two types of girls” trope to get sales. Then again, maybe he is just trying to get a rise out of feminists to get them to write many paragraphs about his great book. If so, score one for Michael Robotham.

This is definitely a set up to a new series, and I’m excited to read more - despite my long and over-thought examination of the title. Write your own titles Michael Robotham! I don’t want to have to complain this much again!

Oct 03, 2019

I have enjoyed reading Michael Robotham books and his new book is fabulous. New characters, gritty storyline lots to look forward too. Very excited.

Sep 22, 2019

There was enough plot and character development to warrant a good read. Even great, possibly. I had to get past a few "never would have happened" scenarios like the Psychologist in the investigation becoming guardian to the main character about to be up for release from institution but not being able to validate her birth. The title "Good Girl, Bad Girl" is apt as the author explores this meaning behind his characters.

Tigard_HollyCP Sep 06, 2019

Psychologist Cyrus Haven has been asked to meet with the girl known as Evie Cormac, who was found several years ago hiding in a secret room after witnessing a man being tortured and murdered. Nobody knows her history, and she’s not telling. She may or may not be 18, and she is asking to be let out of state custody as an adult. It’s Cyrus’ job to decide whether she should be emancipated or not. As a person who, as a child, came upon his entire family after they were murdered, he might be able to relate to her in a way other adults have not been able to.

Also, as a forensic psychologist, Cyrus is trying to help solve the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, an aspiring figure skater.

The two plot lines are riveting.

The things that I don’t like: 1) Cyrus’ relationship as Evie’s therapist becomes very blurred when their relationship evolves. It’s not romantic, but he definitely blurs some ethical lines, in my humble opinion as a former counselor. 2) There is a scene in which a guy is eying Evie in a way she doesn’t like, so she confronts him. My thoughts when I read that scene: “You go, Girl! Don’t take that crap from anybody!” Cyrus’ feedback as a psychologist and healthy (?) adult role model: The guy was giving her a compliment by ogling her, and she should accept that. Yikes. Really? Not sure Michael Robotham understands the whole #metoo movement yet. 3) Though there is a multiracial cast, the only time somebody’s skin color is mentioned is if they are not white. All other characters are just assumed to be white.

Real page turner that I couldn’t put down, in spite of its weaknesses. Michael Robotham definitely knows how to tell a story.

Sep 03, 2019

This was my first read of a Michael Robotham novel. I'm hooked. The language is pleasantly descriptive and the character development is drawn out in an enticing manner. You never know where you are going in this mystery so you have to keep turning the page to find out what is next. I thoroughly recommend this book and I have already placed holds on some of his other books at my local library.

Sep 03, 2019

Robotham is a very skilled and readable crime writer, with really good character development, but I wasn't sure about the resolution of this one.

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