When She Was Bad Tammy Cohen

cover81584-medium Pub: Transworld



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.

Set in a conventional workplace, When She Was Bad is an intricately woven psychological thriller. It is a guessing game and as usual with a Tammy Cohen novel nothing is as it seems.

Anne Cater is a dedicated child psychologist, who is asked to help with a terrible and disturbing case of child abuse.

Rachel has taken over from Gill who has been sacked due to under performance, and the once friendly working environment  has now descended into a hub of mistrust and misery.

These two stories are brought together giving an insightful look at disassociation and mental illness in young children who have suffered abuse at the hands of their parents. Having been diagnosed with disassociation myself I found this a fascinating subject and one Ms Cohen covers quite sympathetically.

This book is a  fabulous read, while not as pacy as some of her tales, it is overwhelmingly sad. The characters are all quite destructive, to themselves and to the people around them and other than Anne and Paula, who I thought would have more of a ‘story’ about her, none of them are really that likable.

This is a different read to other Tammy Cohen novels that I have read, but I think that is her appeal. Definitely one for the bedside table.




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