Review: Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl
By Michael Robotham
Published July 23, 2019 by Scribner

Michael Robotham is a a prolific mystery writer, and I’ve been wanting to try one of his books. Good Girl, Bad Girl was my first Robotham, and it was quite good.

Good GirlPsychologist Cyrus Haven is assisting on two difficult cases. Teen figure skating champion Jodie Sheehan is murdered, and Cyrus is called in to help by an old friend. He’s also been asked to consult on whether a young women in a secure children’s home should be allowed to go free. Evie Cormack was discovered in a secret room in the home of a man who’d been tortured and murdered. She has no name and no past. She was so malnourished that determining her age wasn’t possible, and no one is sure if she’s 18 yet. Evie wants to be on her own, but the authorities think she’s a danger to herself and others. Cyrus, who has his own tragic past, finds Evie fascinating. She has the unique ability to tell when people are lying, something that most people find creepy, but Cyrus is interested in.

This was an engrossing mystery, and I stayed up too late at night reading because I couldn’t put it down. I did find that the mystery of Jodie’s death, although clever, wasn’t terribly original. It’s the story of a popular, pretty, girl-next-door type who has secrets, which has been done before. For me, it paled in comparison to Evie’s story, which is only just beginning to be explored. I get the feeling that this is a setup for a new series featuring Cyrus and Evie. The pairing of the troubled psychologist and the human lie detector is an interesting one. Cyrus’ past trauma makes him want to help Evie, and as unnerving as Evie can be, she’s also very much a scared child inside. More books with this pair sounds intriguing.

Trigger warning for mentions of rape, sexual abuse, and violence against children, attempted rape, descriptions of torture.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

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