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A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. When she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free.
Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who died on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges—one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about.
A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth? Get a FREE ebook by ing our mailing list today! Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.
Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into twenty-three languages. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters. Readers will hope the complex Cyrus will return for an encore.
This sensitive, suspenseful mystery firmly establishes Robotham in the top ranks of psychological-thriller writers. And it cries out for a sequel. He shows the redemptive power of love and trust on broken people who don't know how to ask for help. He also digs deeply into how well-meaning adults can hijack the aspirations of adolescents, causing irreparable damage An unlikely pair of broken people come together to solve the murder of a junior champion ice skater in this spellbinding thriller.
Tell us what you like and we'll recommend books you'll love. up and get a free ebook! About The Book. Baggy sweater. Sitting on her own. Most are wearing jeans and long tops with the sleeves pulled down to hide whatever self-inflicted damage has been done. Some are cutters, some are burners or scratchers or bulimics or anorexics or obsessive compulsives or pyromaniacs or sociopaths or narcissists or suffering from ADHD. Some abuse food or drugs, others swallow foreign objects or run into walls on purpose or take outrageous risks.
Sullen mouthed and pretty, she could be eighteen or she could be fourteen. Not quite a woman or a girl about to bid good-bye to childhood, yet there is something ageless and changeless about her, as if she has seen the worst and survived it. Adam Guthrie is standing alongside me, regarding Evie like she is the latest arrival at Twycross Zoo. He and I were at university together and lived in the same college.
Would it have made a difference? We enter the room and take two chairs, ing the circle of teenagers, who watch us with a mixture of suspicion and boredom. Guthrie crosses his legs, revealing a hairless pale ankle where his trouser cuff has ridden up his shin. Who wants to go first? Remember, whoever has the bear has the right to speak. Nobody else can interrupt. Nat shrugs nonchalantly. Where else?
The dickhead complained to the police, so me and my mates gave him a kicking. My ma had to pay a fine. Way I see it, the dickhead made money. The teddy bear is passed on to Reebah from Nottingham, who is painfully thin and who sewed her lips together because her father tried to make her eat. You can only speak if you have the bear. The bear is in a new lap. You look positively svelte. I slept with guys and slept with girls and smoked a lot of pot.
I tried heroin at twelve and ice when I was thirteen. Cordelia glares at her. I wanted to, like, see what would happen. I heard about this gardener who died when he touched the leaves. Guthrie passes the teddy bear to Evie. Her accent changes.
My mother was a fifteen-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. Everybody looks at me. More blank stares. Mike Myers. Evie puts on a gruff Scottish accent. Evie smiles. He calls on another teenager, who has a blue streak in her hair and piercings in her ears, eyebrows, and nose. Serena recounts an episode from her life when she went to America as an exchange student at sixteen and lived with a family in Ohio, whose son was in prison for murder.
Every fortnight they insisted Serena visit him, making her wear her sexiest clothes. Short dresses. Low-cut tops. I was too frightened to tell my parents or call the police.
I was alone in a foreign country, thousands of miles from home. Evie sneezes again—making the same sound. Serena tries to ignore her. My parents sent me to see a therapist, who seemed really nice at the beginning until he tried to rape me. Serena leaps to her feet. Everybody knows it. The two of them are wrestling on the floor, but Evie seems to be laughing as she wards off the blows. An alarm has been raised and a security team bursts into the group therapy room, dragging Serena away.
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