Good Girl, Bad Girl

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Finalist for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel From the internationally bestselling author who Stephen King calls "an absolute master," a fiendishly clever thriller about a dangerous young woman with the 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 ...

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KindigBlog

Jul 14, 2019

A book of two halves

When psychologist Cyrus Haven meets the elusive Evie Cormac, they team up to help solve a murder. But what dark things are lurking in both of their pasts?

It's taken me a while to write this review manly because I wasn't totally sure what to say. Just like the book, I am in two halves about how I felt about it. On the one hand I liked the fact that the book very much sets up the mysterious Angel Face and the equally mysterious psychologist Cyrus Haven. Their relationship is explored well and we are given practically nothing about their pasts, something which I'm sure will be revealed in the forthcoming series. That said, I felt like as half of the story is focused on these two characters there wasn't really enough answers in this book to keep my interest peaked - I just got a little frustrated with it! The other half of this book is the murder of young figure skater Jodie which was interesting but I felt a little predictable for me, the outcome didn't particularly shock me and some threads were left unresolved which was disappointing.

I found the whole 'human lie detector' thing to be a little odd - the book strays into the supernatural in this element and I don't really think it needed to. With the two damaged main characters, questions about their pasts and the murder case they are both trying to solve I felt there was enough without needing this element as well. I felt it jarred too much with the gritty realness that the rest of the book was trying to portray.

Overall Good Girl, Bad Girl is indeed a book of two halves but I didn't really feel that it grabbed me enough with either concept and the supernatural element was a little jarring. Thank you to NetGalley & Little Brown Book Group UK - Sphere for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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