Monday 17 June 2024

Review - The Storm Child by Michael Robotham

The Storm Child by Michael Robotham
Publisher: Sphere
Release date: 26 June 2024
Back cover blurb: The storm is coming... The most painful of Evie Cormac's memories have been locked away, ever since she was held prisoner as a child - a child whose rescue captured hearts and headlines. Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven's mission is to guide her to something near normality. But today, on a Lincolnshire beach, seventeen bodies wash up in front of them. There is only one survivor, with two women still missing. And Evie's nightmares come roaring back... Whatever happened all those years ago lies at the core of this new tragedy. Because these deaths are no accident. The same dark forces are reaching out, dragging her back into the storm. Evie must now call upon Cyrus's unique skills, and her own, in their search for the missing pieces of this complex and haunting puzzle. But will that be enough to save them? And who will pay for the past?

Storm Child is the fourth book in the Cyrus Haven series by Michael Robotham, but could easily be ready as a standalone. 

Evie Cormac has had a tough upbringing, but doesn't much talk about her past, much to the disappointment of Cyrus Haven, friend and forensic psychologist.

He knows he shouldn't push it too far, but the psychologist in him can't help but want to understand what happened to Evie so that he can help her move on.

They are at the seaside one summer's afternoon when something goes dreadfully wrong. A migrant boat tragedy.. 

The next thing Evie knows, Cyrus is carrying the body of a small child up from the water, and she can no longer speak.

Evie is hospitalised whilst they try to understand her mental state. She stumbles across the boy who was rescued and begins to speak with him in her native language. Cyrus realises that her own entry in to the UK just as traumatic as his, if not more so.

It's not until she translates the boys words into English that they realise there may be more to this than a simple crossing gone wrong. Someone is making money from those desperate to flee their own country for a better life in the UK, without a second thought to their wellbeing once they have their money.

And that's only the beginning ... 

The Storm Child is available from 26 June. You can pre-order it now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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