Top positive review
Reviewed in Australia on 12 June 2020
What a super story! It was a slow burn but it did build up a head of steam. Nevertheless I was captivated by these complex characters from the start. Six years ago a scrawny, filthy child is rescued from a hidden room in a house where a man had been horribly killed. Dubbed ‘Angel Face’ by the press she has been given a nominal name, Evie Cormac, and birthday (nearly 18 years old) as she has never talked about her ordeal.
Forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, is asked to evaluate her for possible release into the community from the secure psychiatric facility that she is living in. Cyrus is also helping the police with their investigation into the death of a 15 year old rising star in the figure skating world. There are more suspects for this killing than you can poke a stick at.
The relationship between Cyrus and Evie is beautifully written. In trying to help Evie, Cyrus may also learn some things about himself. Evie is such a complex character that I found fascinating, and she really challenged my thinking about society’s expectations of what ‘normal’ is. By the end of the book you realise there is a lot more to learn about Evie’s story. Clearly she is running or hiding from something terrible, but what? I am keen to learn more and I’m looking forward to the second book.