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Publisher's Summary

THE GRIPPING SUMMER 2021 RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION STEEL DAGGER FOR BEST THRILLER OF 2021

A NUMBER ONE FICTION BESTSELLER IN AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 2020

A secret room. A silent girl. A shocking truth.

Evie Cormac was found at a murder scene six years ago, hiding in a secret room. She has never revealed her real name, why she was in that house, or what she saw.

Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven wants to help the traumatised teenager. He thinks unravelling Evie's secrets will free her from the past.

But he has no idea what he's about to unleash....

©2020 Bookwrite Pty Ltd (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

What the critics say

"What makes Michael stand out is how he invests suspense with such a strong emotional pull. No one else comes close." (Linwood Barclay)

 "Never lets up on the suspense...Definitely Robotham's best to date." (Globe and Mail

"Clever, intriguing and compelling, I loved this book." (Rachel Abbott)  

What listeners say about When She Was Good

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  • Lia
  • 2021-05-14

When a book is good, it's very good

The story of Cyrus and Evie continues with more excitement. The mystery continues with Cyrus trying to unravel all he can about Evie's past while Evie slowly reveals more about her dark past. Cyrus continues to try to help and protect someone who is terrified of being found, and Evie clings hopefully that she won't be deserted again. They are always ready for the push-pull in their relationship. We also get to know a little more about characters introduced in the first book as well as a multitude of new ones. Hope they come back for Book Three. Don't miss this one!

Joe Jameson was fantastic with the delivery of the story

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  • Angela
  • 2022-05-29

Brilliant!

Even better than the first book I could not stop listening. Eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Blanche Keyter
  • 2021-03-27

Just love Michael Robothom’s writing

Yet another excellent book! Keeps you to the end! Character development is awesome. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-13

wonderful

amazing storytelling. an awesome experience for my wife and I. looking forward to listening to more of his work

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  • Carol
  • 2020-10-30

Another Rowbotham must read!

Great story, beautifully narrated , Rowbotham at his best. Waiting for my next Audible Rowbotham read .

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  • David
  • 2020-09-29

Strange but Similar

I liked it very much but I did see a lot of Liz Salander and Mikael Blomkvist so I hope there is more to come.

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  • Earnest
  • 2020-08-28

Sadly, a too familiar plot line

No doubt it is a miserable year and when writing this the author would not have had an inkling.
I grimly noticed a day in October 2020 that is referenced in the novel thinking, “ will most of us make it that far?” This is an indirect way of approaching the fact that this novel scarcely diverted me during any listening session .
Cyrus is not a patch on the good old Jo from past series, Parkinsons or not.
Jo the voice actor did a great job with often tedious, soulless writing.
At least there was something to fill the deliberate holding back of the release of most novels during the pandemic.. or I wouldn’t have finished this book.

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  • Paul V Rodais
  • 2020-08-04

A Gripping Sequel!

The continuing story of Evie Cormack and her psychologist Cyrus is just a great listen in every respect! Highly recommend it, it won’t disappoint.