Good girl, bad girl a novel

by Robotham, Michael, 1960-

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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.
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Booklist Review: "Evie Cormac, in her late teens, has been in a child-care institution for six years after being found hiding in a house with the corpse of a brutally murdered man; she's now considered a danger to herself and others. Jodie Sheehan, 15, a golden girl and a British junior figure-skating champion, is found dead in the Nottingham woods, partially undressed with semen on her leg and in her hair. Psychologist Cyrus Haven is asked by a colleague to look at Evie's case, then called to consult with police on Jodie's murder, as the question of which is the good girl and which the bad starts to shift. Trying to unearth Evie's past, Haven verifies that the girl is a truth wizard, able to tell when someone is lying, a gift that she considers a curse. (Haven has his own tragic past: at the age of 13, he was the sole survivor when his mentally ill older brother killed their parents and two sisters.) Meanwhile, the Sheehan family investigation points the way to deceit and dysfunction, as finally revealed in an explosive conclusion. This sensitive, suspenseful mystery firmly establishes Robotham (The Secrets She Keeps, 2017) in the top ranks of psychological-thriller writers. And it cries out for a sequel.--Michele Leber Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two major cases preoccupy forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, the hero of this haunting psychological thriller from Edgar finalist Robotham (The Secrets She Keeps). First, the Nottingham, England, police have enlisted him in their effort to catch the killer of 15-year-old Jodie Sheehan, British junior figure skating champion. Second, Cyrus has to assess the fitness of a troubled but achingly vulnerable teenage girl for release from a high-security children's home. Six years earlier, the media dubbed her Angel Face when she was discovered abused and malnourished hiding inside a north London house, where the body of a murder victim had been found a few weeks before. She now goes by the court-given alias of Evie Cormac, since she has steadfastly refused to reveal her true identity or age. Despite Jodie and Evie's obvious differences, they are sisters under the skin in many respects. Beneath Jodie's sparkly princess persona, Cyrus learns, were a host of very adult problems. To succeed, Cyrus must tease out the secrets Jodie may have died for-as well as some of those that could still get Evie killed. Robotham expertly raises the tension as the action hurtles toward the devastating climax. Readers will hope the complex Cyrus will return for an encore. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Cyrus Haven series
Features forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, haunted by his own tragic history
#1 - Good girl, bad girl
#2 - When she was good
Subjects Truthfulness and falsehood Fiction
Electronic books.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Scribner2019
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781982103620
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