Review: WHEN SHE WAS BAD, Tammy Cohen

June 14, 2016

 

“It’s a great idea to set a crime thriller in the claustrophobic setting of the workplace”

 

THEY SAY      

 

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?

 

I SAY

Given that the average person spends more time with colleagues than with family, it’s a great idea to set a crime thriller in the claustrophobic setting of the workplace.

From the start we know two things: One, that something horrific has happened in an office in England. Two, that there is a terrible secret from the past that only one person is aware of, and they are watching the news unfold from the safety of America.

From then, the story continues apace. The office politics really made me laugh (this is written tongue in cheek). Blimey, what a nightmare place to work! It is truly toxic and doesn’t take long before every single employee is on the verge of losing not just their jobs but their minds. I’m sure there are little hints that we can all relate to – though hopefully not too much!

When She Was Bad isn’t taxing, it’s a fast read that will have you whizzing through the pages to discover just what exactly happened in the past. And who has been left so traumatized that they have snapped… Great fun and something a little different!

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