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Author: Tammy Cohen

Published: 21 April 2016
Reviewed: 9 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Black Swan / Random House UK, Transworld Publishers in return for an honest review



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?

My Thoughts & Review:

When a friend recommends a book that they have enjoyed I am somewhat cautious, sometimes we don’t like the same books but sometimes she hints about a book being utterly brilliant and needs to be read as soon as possible.  When it’s worded like that, how could I refuse?

Cohen cleverly weaves together two seemingly unconnected strands of a story to create a fantastically twisted thriller.
One thread is narrated by Dr Anne Carter, who recounts the details of a dark and distressing case from earlier in her career.  It is made clear that this case involves one of the office workers in the second thread of the story.  The team in the office are the stereotypical office workers, each one has a secret, they all have their flaws but the appearance of a new boss sets the cat amongst the proverbial pigeons.  A team building weekend causes rivalries and when it turns to suspicion it’s not long before the bonds of friendship are shattered forever.

Short chapters make this a quick read, and coupled with the tension in the book it makes for a very addictive read.  It’s practically impossible to get one step ahead with this one, Cohen ensures the reader is kept guessing throughout this mystery, and even when you do think you’ve cracked it…..nope, Cohen keeps you guessing some more!
There is a real sense of menace when reading this, skilfully Cohen leads the reader deeper in to the mysteries of the book and leaves them feeling a little uncomfortable at times.

The clever use of each character narrating a chapter allows the reader to see the perspectives of each.

Be warned, this may leave you wondering just how well you know the people you work alongside.  But more importantly, it reminds the reader that whilst the physical scars of child abuse may fade, the psychological damage may never heal.

You can buy a copy of When She Was Bad  here.
About the Author:
Tammy Cohen (who also writes as Tamar Cohen) is a freelance journalist writing for national magazines and newspapers. After a late start, she has now written six novels – The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken and Dying For Christmas and First One Missing – all published by Doubleday/Black Swan. She is a member of the Killer Women crime writing collective and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.

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