Good Girl Bad Girl
Michael Robotham 2019
A wild eyed girl is found hiding in a secret room while her tortured captor rots inside the house. She won’t reveal anything about her past, so the courts give her the name Evie. A boy comes home to find his parents and twin sisters murdered by his older brother. He is spared but alone. His name is Cyrus.
This is not what ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ is all about. Cyrus is now a grown man; a psychologist. He has been assigned Evie’s case to assess whether she is safe to be released into the world. She has an intriguing gift and claims to be an adult, however no birth certificate can be found. Meanwhile he is also investigating the murder of a teenager, a semi ice skating pro, who has been found on the edge of a walking track, covered in branches.
The girls’ stories and histories at first seem completely removed from each other. Michael Robotham expertly plots the seemingly parallel paths until they eventually connect and cross over. The tale is written from two perspectives, Cyrus’ and Evie’s, with a ratio of approximately three to one. This results in a deeper connection and sympathy to Cyrus’ character and build-up of intrigue and fondness for Evie.
The book has won Robotham the CWA Gold Dagger for 2020 and is a number one best seller. Thankfully, he has now released a sequel, ‘When she was good’, that I am dying to read (pun intended).
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