When She Was Bad

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This is it! I have read every book by Tammy Cohen including those under her previous pen name of Tamar Cohen and this one is the cherry on top of the ice cream. Absolutely stunning psychological thriller that truly had hairs on my arms standing up and a chill down my spine. Tammy - you have outdone yourself this time!

Where on earth do I start We open with some type of horrific scene, we know it's tragic but not much is given away, but by golly it really whets your appetite for the rest of the book. The book follows two storylines that of Amira, Sarah, Paula, Ewan and Charlie who all work together in a recruitment agency and suddenly have news of their boss being "moved out" and a new, rather foreboding and very different boss taking over. Let the games begin. Mind games galore. But at a whole new level. You think your workplace politics are bad Think again.

Tammy weaves perspectives from each character, letting us really getting to the bottom of what is going on with each of them (or do we), which ultimately leaves you wondering what and who they are all about, because Tammy starts to insert question marks all through the book to keep you guessing. Why

It's because of a house, named "The House of Horrors" by the press because of what was uncovered there. It's disturbing, it's shocking and it really rocked me to the core despite me reading much darker fiction themes than this. I was totally in awe of the way Tammy creates atmospheric moments in this book that just give you the heebie-jeebies for want of a better description.

How does it all link How can meetings behind closed doors in the office and drink dramas in the pub after work be connected That's the fun of the book dear reader, the mystery and the guessing games. I so dare you to work out the ending. I thought I had it, I thought I had it pinned but something told me in my gut Tammy Cohen was going to beat me at my own game. She did. I was wrong. So wrong. The ending truly blew me away.

Gush, rave, gush, rave. I could not let this one out of my hands and read it in a few hours. Now it's not out for a little while yet (April 21st, 2016) BUT put this on your to-read list, advance order it, whatever you need to do as it's an absolute winner. Tammy Cohen takes characters to a whole new level in this book and one think I noticed is I connected with all of them, not one of them got "lost" or faded into the background. Each plays a very important role. I give nothing else away but there is a lot more to this book than this short review.

5 stars without hesitation. Already one of my contenders no doubt for my Top Ten Reads of 2016.

Thanks so much to Random House UK/Transworld for my copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and professional review.

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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?

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