Publication Date: 21st April 2016 from Transworld
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?
Basically When She Was Bad is banging. Best way to put it.
I’ve always loved Tammy Cohen for her incredibly divisive and insightful characters, her beautifully constructed plots and her ability to explore the darker side of human nature- where the surface is all bubbly and friendly whilst underneath the real personalites lurk, mumbling and grumbling away until all hell breaks loose.
When She Was Bad has all those elements and then some, a seering character study in a tale of two halves. On one side we have a dark event from the past, on the other we have a group of people who work together in seeming harmony until an ambitious and ruthless boss upsets their status quo. Then the true nature of their relationships start seeping through and this sets us up for an addictive and atmospheric tale which fairly rocks along to a frankly, very creepy conclusion.
The group arc is intelligently done and oh so authentic – if you have ever worked in an office environment within a team you will recognise the dynamic and if you happen to work in such a place now by the end of When She Was Bad you will be viewing your colleagues with a certain amount of suspicion. Because that is what Tammy Cohen does – she takes the normal life stuff and kicks it off kilter.
Throw in some genuinely cool plot twists along the way, build the tension in fine fashion, create some unforgettable characters that the reader can develop a love/hate relationsip with whilst at the same time delving into the mundane routine of life that everyone can relate to and finally throw an explosive and unpredictable ending into the mix and you have When She Was Bad. I loved it.
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