When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen (April 2016)
The blurb is
“YOU SEE THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH EVERY DAY.
BUT WHAT CAN’T YOU SEE?
Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie have worked together for years – they know how each one likes their coffee, whose love life is a mess, whose children keep them up at night. But their comfortable routine life is suddenly shattered when an aggressive new boss walks in ….
Now, there’s something chilling in the air.
Who secretly hates everyone?
Who is tortured by their past?
Who is capable of murder?”
which does neatly sum up the plot.
There are two parallel storylines here – that of Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie who all work together in a recruitment agency and have a new, rather foreboding and very different boss take over to motivate them and that of Dr Anne Cater – a child psychologist, who is remembering one of her most famous and horrific cases. The first storyline is also told from multiple perspectives.
This is a very competent psychological thriller with lots of plot twists and tension building.
Whilst psychological thrillers are not my usual cup of tea I really did enjoy this as it kept you turning the page to find out what happened next.
Thanks to Black Swan for an uncorrected proof copy.