Good girl, bad girl by Michael Robotham is standalone thriller featuring some new characters who have not been in previous books. Cyrus Haven is a forensic psychologist who works for the police as well as having his own practice. Evie is a teenager who has had a very tough and traumatic life. They meet because a fellow psychologist has asked if Cyrus will assess and help Evie. At the same time Cyrus is asked to help the police with a missing girl case. The girl is found dead early on in the book. The story follows the two threads. Sometimes this is from Cyrus’s viewpoint and sometimes Evie, as Angel Face, is the narrator.
Evie is a “lie detector” or “truth wizard”. She can almost always tell if someone is lying to her. This is something that has cropped up in previous books by this author so is obviously something he is interested in. Cyrus himself had a very traumatic childhood and so feels he can relate to Evie. However Evie may not see things the same way. The thread concerning the girl who died is a fairly straightforward investigation – though with a number of twists and turns as well.
One of the obvious questions is just how will these two threads intersect. This is one of my main issues with Good Girl, Bad Girl. I found that the meeting of the threads felt very engineered. However I thought Evie was a very good character indeed. I would happily read another book that featured her. However my views on Cyrus are far more ambivalent. I didn’t dislike him however I’m not sure he fully convinced me.
Allowing for those reservations I found this a compelling and easy read. Michael Robotham writes extremely well. Even a less good book from him is far more readable than some of books I see these days. Ultimately I enjoyed reading this a lot – my reservations about it are small. I certainly hope to read more of Robotham’s work in the future.
My review of previous – and to my mind excellent – book by this author is here.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review