Publication Day Book Review – When She Was Good by Michael Robotham

If you want to read this, start at the beginning – Good Girl, Bad Girl


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… 


Having been given this book by Netgalley to review I absolutely had to go back to the beginning and read the first installment in psychologist Cyrus Haven series. Good Girl, Bad Girl left me gasping. Thus, I was hoping, really hoping for a happy ending in the next book.

Well, some hopes are left hanging… Happy end there is none or not really…

Evie is still a broken, damaged, shuttered… Whatever word you can come up with, it will fit. Haven is still broken, damaged, shuttered… They both have so much pain and secrets inside, they are like twins some times. Twins created by evil humans inflict on each other.

When She Was Good takes you on the journey into the dark and dense forest literary and metaphorically. Evie’s story is investigated and proded. Evil is disturbed and is fighting back. Cyrus finds threads and pulls at them.

The story made me shudder. There is no end or limit to human evil. There is no end or limit to human weakness. And there will always be some monsters who can play on both to their own advantage.

When She Was Good disappointed me in humanity once again. The book is so dark, intricately woven, detailed and graphic, one is left gasping for air or rushing to shower.

With all my love for Michael Robotham, I do not think I can survive any more of his books any time soon.

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