Good Girl, Bad Girl

Good Girl, Bad Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel

" Good Girl, Bad Girl is a gripping and eerie read. You won't be able to look away." --Karin Slaughter, #1 international bestselling author

From the bestselling author of The Secrets She Keeps , the writer Stephen King calls "an absolute master...with heart and soul," a fiendishly clever suspense novel about a dangerous young woman with a special ability to know when someone is lying--and the criminal psychologist who must outwit her to survive.

A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won't tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn't appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can't be matched to an identity. Six years later, still unidentified, she 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, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he's ever met--fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying, and no one around her is telling the truth.

Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who dies on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges--one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about. A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases--one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth? Fiendishly clever, swiftly paced, and emotionally explosive, Good Girl, Bad Girl is the perfect thrilling summer read from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2019]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781982103606
Branch Call Number: ROBOTHAM
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 17, 2021

Interesting read from alternative perspectives. Surprising ending.

Jan 08, 2021

I love this book and really can't wait to plow through the next one. I enjoy the fact the book is written from alternating perspectives.

Jan 01, 2021

Written in alternating chapters between the voices of the psychologist and his 17 year old endangered patient, this psycho thriller is a page turner. Does the ending suggest a sequel?

Dec 15, 2020

gold dagger 2020

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!

Sansha 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.

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