When She was Good (Cyrus Haven #2) by Michael Robotham

‘She said, “Nobody can protect me.”’

Did retired Detective Superintendent Hamish Whitmore commit suicide?  Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven does not think so.  He thinks that Whitmore was murdered, and he thinks that the murder was related to an old case which Whitmore was unable to close.  There’s a tiny notation in the corner of Whitmore’s whiteboard: ‘Angel Face.  London.  2013.’

‘They don’t know the whole story.  The real story.  How it began …’

Six years ago, after a brutal murder, Evie Cormac was found hiding in a secret room.  Nothing is known of her past, and her real name is unknown.  Cyrus Haven wants to help her recover the past: he is convinced that it will help her.   But the past is dangerous for Evie: she is the witness to events that people would kill to keep secret.  Evie is in Langford Hall, a secure children’s home, waiting to be released.  But she finds that nowhere is safe, and she runs away.

‘There is no such thing as forgetting.’

If you have not yet read the first book in this series ‘Good Girl, Bad Girl’, I suggest reading it first.  This book builds on the story established there, and (ultimately) will provide some answers to questions raised there.  Who is Evie?  And how did she end up behind the wall?  Is Cyrus Haven right: will uncovering the past help Evie?

‘I survived, that’s enough.  I’m the proof.’

This novel is action-packed and (at times) almost heart-stopping.  I vacillated between wanting to know exactly what happened and wanting Cyrus Haven to stop meddling.  Evie has been damaged by her experiences and cannot trust anyone.  In Evie’s experience, some secrets must be kept.  And the ending is brilliant!

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith