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  1. says:

    There is no such thing as forgetting 3.75 stars When She Was Good is a psychological thriller about a murder dressed as suicide that connects back to a child sex trafficking ring and the forensic psychologist and truth wizard linked to the case.I wouldn t recommend reading this book if you have not read book 1, Good Girl, Bad Girl.Book 2 picks up several months later Cyrus has rebuilt his home, whereas Evie is back in the Langford Hall When Cyrus is called to a murder scene and discovers There is no such thing as forgetting 3.75 stars When She Was Good is a psychological thriller about a murder dressed as suicide that connects back to a child sex trafficking ring and the forensic psychologist and truth wizard linked to the case.I wouldn t recommend reading this book if you have not read book 1, Good Girl, Bad Girl.Book 2 picks up several months later Cyrus has rebuilt his home, whereas Evie is back in the Langford Hall When Cyrus is called to a murder scene and discovers that the victim, a former cop who was investigating missing children, connected the name Angel Face to his investigation, he takes action Cyrus relentlessly begins investigating the murder to uncover Evie s past At the same time, Evie is struggling to survive She is flooded with memories from her past and is trying to stay afloat in the present, but EVERYONE around her is a potential threat The information her memories contain makes her a target and forces her to fight for her life.Told between alternating chapters from Evie and Cyrus s POVs a lot of questions from book 1 are finally answered I thought that Robotham might drag revealing Evie s background out in bits and pieces in future books, but almost all of the gaps are filled in We finally find outabout what led Evie to be kidnapped and owned by Uncle She remembers all details, including her escape, as well as the abuse she endured These moments, thankfully, are not explicit, but one can get the gist I really enjoyed this second installment in the Cyrus Haven series The way this ended nicely wrapped up Cyrus and Evie s stories, but there are still a lot of possibilities to be explored in future installments I wantedattention focused on Evie s truth wizardry abilities, but perhaps we will getof that in the future I love these two characters and hope to see them again I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Scribner in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    I might not be earmarking Michael Robotham s latest addition to the Cyrus Haven series as a favorite, but readers who enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl might From what I surmised from the synopsis of the previous book and the limited backstory of the characters given within these pages, When She Was Good is a tried and true continuation of Good Girl, Bad Girl Which I would have been completely fine with, had I not overlooked that fact or actually read book one An oversight I take full credit for A I might not be earmarking Michael Robotham s latest addition to the Cyrus Haven series as a favorite, but readers who enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Girl might From what I surmised from the synopsis of the previous book and the limited backstory of the characters given within these pages, When She Was Good is a tried and true continuation of Good Girl, Bad Girl Which I would have been completely fine with, had I not overlooked that fact or actually read book one An oversight I take full credit for And while I m not trying to deter anyone from diving in to this book, without having read its predecessor, I personally felt like I missed out on the full experience Sure, this story is decent enough on its own but being privy to some of the relationship dynamics established in book one probably would have lent itself to a stronger investment on my part.Robotham tells this story through two distinct voices forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and seventeen year old, Evie Cormac Cyrus, one of only a few, knows Evie is the infamous Angel Face, a young girl thought to have been held captive by a pedophile in a hidden room The constructs of Cyrus and Evie s relationship are a bit blurred at times He feels a connection to the young girl, for reasons I can only assume track back to their kindred orphanhood Yet, Evie waffles between jealousy and misguided dreams of her relationship with Cyrus.When a retired detective is found dead in his car from a staged suicide, the lead investigator brings Cyrus in to assess the scene A little digging connects one of the dead cop s most prolific cases and Angel Face, sparking Cyrus to start a quasi investigation His driving force, uncovering how Evie came to be Angel Face.Considering Cyrus is a forensic psychologist, it s odd that he carries on for much of the book as the lead investigator Working by his side to decipher how the pieces of the murder, Evie s past, and the pedophilia ring fit together isn t glaringly obvious, but it also doesn t take a lot of foresight.While I won t say this book was something I found noteworthy or that I m now inclined to go back and read book one, it was entertaining enough And the author s approach of skirting the periphery and allowing readers a reprieve from the wretched details was much appreciatedThanks to Scribner for the advanced copy.


  3. says:

    Yes, another mind blowing, heart throbbing, gripping Cyrus Haven and Evie story is finally out to keep you on your toes I m so happy, dear Michael Robotham didn t wait us too long after introduced one of the mysterious, brilliant character Evie with dark and hidden past After the first book s ending , I wanted to knowabout her story and my prayer came true because at the second book, Cyrus teams up with Sasha who has found Evie when she was kid raped, tortured, hidden in a closet and a Yes, another mind blowing, heart throbbing, gripping Cyrus Haven and Evie story is finally out to keep you on your toes I m so happy, dear Michael Robotham didn t wait us too long after introduced one of the mysterious, brilliant character Evie with dark and hidden past After the first book s ending , I wanted to knowabout her story and my prayer came true because at the second book, Cyrus teams up with Sasha who has found Evie when she was kid raped, tortured, hidden in a closet and a nurse named her angel face at the hospital After a police officer s suspicious suicide, Cyrus finds out the very same officer investigate the case of child pedophile recently died in the prison and he thought it may be wrong conviction There are still missing children connected to the pedophile s kidnapping cases When Cyrus searches for the names of those kids, angel face s name appears at the death police officer s notes which forces him to dig deeper Now he is conducting his own secret investigation with Sasha to searchabout the dark history about Evie starting by finding her real name because there is cold blue eyed man with a scar on his face acting like a police officer and searching for Evie in everywhere In the meantime, Evie is still at the hospital, waiting for 18th birthday s coming actually she s already 18 but she doesn t share this information with anyone And with the flashback, we start to learnabout her childhood times which are the darkest, most shocking parts of the book because there are so many heart wrenchingly disturbing issues including sex trafficking, child prostitution and child porn Those parts give us the answer about brutally killed Terry who has found at the same house with Evie where she has been hiding Was he her survivor or was he the responsible of all those tortures and nightmares she has endured Finally we learned everything and found all those missing pieces of puzzle about the back story of her including real name and of course we found out the person who was responsible from it And it wascomplicated and terrifying than we imagine because a real powerful and a big organization behind all these mess Are Cyrus and Evie powerful and determined enough to stop them before losing their own lives You gotta read and find out.Overall I wished I could see Evie in action because she is human lie detector and her unique talent helped the detectives to solve unique mysteries But the author decides to explain all the missing pieces of her story to help us understand where she comes from and from now on where she goes so this book is all about her personal history which I gave me hard times to read I ached for her and the things she endured truly caused a big lump on my throat and big whole in my heart It was tragic, devastating and extremely traumatic So many times I took several breaks during my reading to digest what I read.But good part is I think on the upcoming series we re gonna see Evie and Cyrus healing processes about their pasts and teaming up to solve other cases together I m giving 4.5 stars and rounding them up to 5 from the beginning I enjoyed to read this series and I cannot wait to readbooks of brilliant author I literally devoured this at one sit and even it gave me nightmares it was definitely worth it Special thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for sharing this incredible Arc copy with me in exchange my honest review


  4. says:

    When I finished Good Girl, Bad Girl, book 1 featuring forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and mysterious Evie Cormac, I hated to have to wait forThe story wasn t finished and now with When She Was Good, we learn so muchabout Evie and what happened to her in the past The story is not pretty and Evie is not safe At the beginning of the book, Evie is back at Langford Hall, a secure unit for children, and Cyrus has been called to the scene of a suspected suicide It doesn t take long When I finished Good Girl, Bad Girl, book 1 featuring forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, and mysterious Evie Cormac, I hated to have to wait forThe story wasn t finished and now with When She Was Good, we learn so muchabout Evie and what happened to her in the past The story is not pretty and Evie is not safe At the beginning of the book, Evie is back at Langford Hall, a secure unit for children, and Cyrus has been called to the scene of a suspected suicide It doesn t take long for Cyrus to be sure the suspected suicide was murder and the dead man had been investigating crimes connected to Evie s past The deeper Cyrus digs, thehe stirs up, until Evie s life is in danger and the bodies pile up Cyrus is determined to keep Evie safe, a promise he cannot keep The monsters that abused Evie are abusing other children and killing them Anyone who might get in the way, who might expose what is going on, will die The crimes are the seediest imaginable and the people involved range from low level criminals to big wheels in high places But things are always buried, always covered up, and hidden This is another story that kept me up too late a night and I hope we getof Cyrus Haven in another book Pub July 28th 2020Thank you to Scribner Simon Schuster and Edelweiss for this ARC


  5. says:

    This is a brilliant sequel in Michael Robotham s police criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven series, a man seriously traumatised by the murder and loss of his family, plagued with survivor s guilt, who continues to visit his brother,Elias, incarcerated at Rampton,a high security psychiatric hospital, housing many of the most dangerous patients in the country Evie Angel Face Cormac, discovered hidden in the home of the gruesomely murdered Terry Boland as a child, is now 17 years old, growing up i This is a brilliant sequel in Michael Robotham s police criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven series, a man seriously traumatised by the murder and loss of his family, plagued with survivor s guilt, who continues to visit his brother,Elias, incarcerated at Rampton,a high security psychiatric hospital, housing many of the most dangerous patients in the country Evie Angel Face Cormac, discovered hidden in the home of the gruesomely murdered Terry Boland as a child, is now 17 years old, growing up in Langford Hall, a secure children s home, not the best of experiences for Evie Her social worker, Adam Guthrie, is a poor professional with no empathetic skills, with a strong antipathy towards his client, and Evie unsurprising has a troubled time at the home With a history of facing broken promises and being let down, trust is a huge issue for her, where the black lab, Poppy, and Cyrus, are responsible for her hold on sanity, against all the odds.In a story that shifts back and forth in time, it becomes clear just how ugly and horror strewn Evie s history is, including human trafficking, the loss of family, physical and sexual abuse and exploitation at the hands of the human scum and pure evil that is her paedophile uncle who owned her and kept her prisoner until Terry Boland rescued her, only for him to be tortured and killed for not giving her up Evie, questionably blessed with the gift of knowing when anyone is lying, has never revealed the truth of her past, and for good reasons, but Cyrus is driven to find out, wanting to secure justice for Evie He has no idea of what he is up against and the power of the guilty parties as he opens a can of worms There is a double murder in Manchester, one of which is the killing, dressed as suicide, of the retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whit, that threatens to wreak devastation and once again put Evie in grave danger Robotham s plotting and characterisation is stellar in this tense, immersive and riveting read, one of the highlights of which is the supporting cast, from DI Lenny Pavel to Cyrus s tattooist and best friend, Badger, whose skills include hacking as he provides invaluable help to Cyrus s investigation This is an enthralling and exciting thriller that grabs your attention right from the get go and never once lets up until you reach the last pages I cannot wait to see where the author takes the characters and the story next Highly recommended to all crime and thriller fans Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC


  6. says:

    Book 2 with a most unusual couple, Cyrus Evie does not disappoint The plot focuses on Evie s past, and although readers may have had some suspicions while reading Good Girl, Bad Girl, this time the truth is revealed Mr Robotham masterfully continues engaging a reader in the story and for me reading about Evie s background kept me reading well into the night Hence the fourth star The ideas behind it might seem improbable, however, sometimes the truth does surprise us The subject of child a Book 2 with a most unusual couple, Cyrus Evie does not disappoint The plot focuses on Evie s past, and although readers may have had some suspicions while reading Good Girl, Bad Girl, this time the truth is revealed Mr Robotham masterfully continues engaging a reader in the story and for me reading about Evie s background kept me reading well into the night Hence the fourth star The ideas behind it might seem improbable, however, sometimes the truth does surprise us The subject of child abuse is never easy to follow but Mr Robotham escapes graphic descriptions, for which I was grateful I liked both characters and I think the relationship between them is just like it should be, not too romantic or sentimental.I highly recommend When She Was Good, however reading Book 1 first definitey makes sense with this particular series Many thanks to Michael Robotham, Little, Brown Group UK and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review


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    In Good Girl, Bad Girl, Cyrus Haven was asked to determine Evie Cormac s mental health This sequel brings us further backstory about Evie or Angel Face as she was known when she was found hiding as an almost feral child She has a unique ability to see who is telling the truth I don t trust the truth The truth is a story The truth is a habit The truth is a compromise The truth is a dull edged knife The truth is a casualty The truth died long ago Cyrus and Evie still have a relationshi In Good Girl, Bad Girl, Cyrus Haven was asked to determine Evie Cormac s mental health This sequel brings us further backstory about Evie or Angel Face as she was known when she was found hiding as an almost feral child She has a unique ability to see who is telling the truth I don t trust the truth The truth is a story The truth is a habit The truth is a compromise The truth is a dull edged knife The truth is a casualty The truth died long ago Cyrus and Evie still have a relationship Not romantic, but a caring, do anything for you type of relationship They re both unique, damaged souls This time around, Cyrus is helping investigating the possible suicide of a retired cop that is quickly determined to be a murder And once again, the case has a possible connection with Evie s earlier life Time after time, my heart just went out to Evie Not just because of her past, but because so few people continue to believe her Robotham also provides us with a wide field of secondary characters, all of whom are well defined and felt real The story was fast paced and quickly engaged me Short, punchy chapters that alternate between Cyrus and Evie and also go back and forth in time It s not at all believable but it still got to me This book would not work as a standalone Book one is necessary to fully understand the dynamics of the main characters It will be interesting to see if there is a book three and if so, where it goes I will definitely read it, if it is written Pedophilia is a major component of this book, so be aware if this is a trigger for you.My thanks to netgalley and Scribner for an advance copy of this book


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    AVAILABLE TODAY I rated Good Girl, Bad Girl 2.5 stars, then rounded up I enjoyed When She Was Good a bit so it s getting a 3.5 star rating, but I m rounding down I don t know, fellow readers There is just something about Cyrus I simply don t care for It was one of the big issues I had with the first novel as well Yes, he s a forensic psychologist, but he s not a cop and he really needs to stop acting like one He bops around, solving crimes, while the police force hovers stupidly AVAILABLE TODAY I rated Good Girl, Bad Girl 2.5 stars, then rounded up I enjoyed When She Was Good a bit so it s getting a 3.5 star rating, but I m rounding down I don t know, fellow readers There is just something about Cyrus I simply don t care for It was one of the big issues I had with the first novel as well Yes, he s a forensic psychologist, but he s not a cop and he really needs to stop acting like one He bops around, solving crimes, while the police force hovers stupidly in the background It makes zero sense to me Told from alternating first person narratives, a back and forth between Cyrus and Evie, this novel also had Cyrus finding love Unfortunately, it s an insta love relationship which is always just meh for me It felt as though this female character was written into the story for the sole purpose of becoming Cyrus s woman She added nothing I enjoyed Eviethis time aroundmostly because the writing didn t focus as intensely on her goofy, innate lie detector Instead, we finally learned Evie s backstory which delved into some very dark territory Her memories of her life before Cyrus were, by far, the most intriguing part of When She Was Good While the conclusion was neatly wrapped up, I definitely foreseeCyrus Haven books in the future At this point, however, I m just not sure I m interested in reading any further Available July 28th, but I do recommend reading Good Girl, Bad Girl firstMy sincere thanks to NetGalley and Scribner for my review copy.


  9. says:

    In the second of this dynamite series, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven learnsabout Evie Cormac s dark and shocking past Her story reveals a dangerous and powerful network who will stop at nothing to silence Angel Face Evie should be safe as she s back at Langford Hall, a secure unit but her enemies prove to have a very long reach The story is told in alternating storylines by Cyrus and Evie First of all, I love the character development of Cyrus and Evie Cyrus really cares about E In the second of this dynamite series, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven learnsabout Evie Cormac s dark and shocking past Her story reveals a dangerous and powerful network who will stop at nothing to silence Angel Face Evie should be safe as she s back at Langford Hall, a secure unit but her enemies prove to have a very long reach The story is told in alternating storylines by Cyrus and Evie First of all, I love the character development of Cyrus and Evie Cyrus really cares about Evie and wants to protect her as best he can He understands her as he too has a shocking past that s has led him to suffer, although in a different way to Evie but he means he empathises He is probably the only person Evie really trusts Evie is brave, quick thinking and incredibly resourceful which she has learned the hard way Animals love her and they are very good judges of a persons character The other characters are good too especially Detective Lenny Pavel and Badger Although there is a great deal to praise in the book one of the standout features is the realistic portrayal of the characters In this book we learnabout Evie s past as she recalls her suffering and the darkest of dark black stories emerges and you learn her tragic and heartbreaking history Her enemies are dangerous and depraved human low life who seem to have eyes everywhere Interspersed with all the darkness are some touching moments when you realise that she does have protectors and people who really care about her The novel is very well written and is every bit as good as the amazing Good girl, Bad girl of last year At times it s scary and tense, there are moments when my jaw hits the deck with a resounding thunk and at others it s deeply sad The plot is excellent with good pacing and builds well on the first book although this can easily be read as a stand alone Overall, this is very clever storytelling as the truth emerges slowly but surely and keeps your attention in a vice like grip As a reader I feel invested in these characters and will happily read a third instalment as I want to see what happens next More please Mr Robotham, thank you With big thanks to NetGalley and especially to Little, Brown Group for the ARC


  10. says:

    This was so good I really recommend making sure to read book 1 Good Girl, Bad Girl first though otherwise you will miss out on so much.When She Was Good follows the story of Evie as she grows up in a supposedly secure children s home Cyrus is still visiting her but no progress has been made in finding outabout her background Events start to occur which eventually reach crisis point as Evie remembersandabout the past and the people in it.As the tension started to build I had This was so good I really recommend making sure to read book 1 Good Girl, Bad Girl first though otherwise you will miss out on so much.When She Was Good follows the story of Evie as she grows up in a supposedly secure children s home Cyrus is still visiting her but no progress has been made in finding outabout her background Events start to occur which eventually reach crisis point as Evie remembersandabout the past and the people in it.As the tension started to build I had to put the book down for a minute and take few deep breaths The best bit is right at the end I seriously thought it was already finished when at 99% I was reading on my Kindle an amazing scene took place It rounded things off just perfectly A really excellent book Thanks to Hatchette Australia and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book


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When She Was Good download When She Was Good, read online When She Was Good, kindle ebook When She Was Good, When She Was Good c8faf64f9523 From The Bestselling Author Of The Secrets She Keeps And Good Girl, Bad Girl Comes A New Thriller Featuring The Brilliant Forensic Psychologist Cyrus Haven As He Becomes Embroiled In An Explosive Murder Case With Disturbing OriginsCriminal Psychologist Cyrus Haven And Evie Cormac Return In This Mesmerizing New Thriller From Internationally Bestselling Author Michael Robotham, A Writer Stephen King Calls An Absolute Masterwith Heart And Soul Who Is Evie, The Girl With No Past, Running From She Was Discovered Hiding In A Secret Room In The Aftermath Of A Terrible Crime Her Ability To Tell When Someone Is Lying Helped Cyrus Crack An Impenetrable Case In Good Girl, Bad Girl Now, The Closer Cyrus Gets To Uncovering Answers About Evie S Dark History, The He Exposes Evie To Danger, Giving Her No Choice But To Run Ultimately, Both Will Have To Decide If Some Secrets Are Better Left Buried And Some Monsters Should Never Be Named