We might miss Joe with his Parkinson’s, but new lead character psychologist Cyrus Haven promises to engage us. Cyrus doesn’t have any physical disabilities, but he does carry some extreme emotional baggage. In a two part plot, Cyrus takes on a very damaged teenager, Evie Cormac, who it seems we’ll hear more of. She has two outstanding talents: she can spot when people are lying, or telling partial truths and she plays a mean poker game. In the second plot, promising ice skater Jodie is killed, but by whom? At first it seems that the police have found their man, but some things don’t add up and Cyrus throws some spanners into his policewoman friend’s deductions. The novel is mostly narrated by Cyrus, with chapters in italics of Evie’s thoughts which advance the narrative well, but suffer from sounding too adult and not quite what someone in Evie’s position would think, especially given her lack of formal education. Also, proofreaders: a minor character introduced as Carter is suddenly Carlton on another page. Always good to read a Robotham book, but the Evie character is going to be very difficult to get right, given what has (presumably) happened to her.
Brilliantly written page turner that not only keeps you guessing, but it keeps you coming to conclusions that turn out to be less than accurate. It’s not often I can find a book where I’m not able to guess the outcome, ending or culprit. This one I didn’t manage to guess ANY of it right.