Tammy Cohen

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When She Was Bad

book | Fiction | Apr 2016
UK → Transworld Publishers (Ed. Jane Lawson)

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?

And who is capable of murder?

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A compelling tale of office politics and childhood trauma, that slices through the insecurities, jealousies and hidden agendas of the work place. Skilfully written with Cohen's trademark piercing observation and vivid imagination, this book will have you nervously watching your colleagues wondering what lies beneath their masks. With twists and turns and expertly ratcheted tension, it had me gripped from the off.

Amanda Jennings

A fresh, clever psychological thriller full of toxic characters you'll love to hate.

Claire Mackintosh

Takes the ordinary and twists it until the sense of danger is utterly overwhelming. Tammy Cohen is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors.

Emma Kavanagh

Two parallel dramas are played out, the connection between them gradually becoming clear ... The two apparently unrelated stories eventually converge at the end of this intelligent and satisfying mystery.

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The arrival of a new boss leads to murder in the workplace in WHEN SHE WAS BAD. And just when you think you've worked it out, Tammy Cohen takes you in a completely different direction.

Good Housekeeping

How well do you know your colleagues? You may have forged good friendships in the workplace, but this psychological thriller from Tammy Cohen will have you questioning everyone you know.

When She Was Bad takes place in Britain and America. It is told from the perspectives of the main characters and initially it's hard to tell how the two storylines will come together. The UK side focuses on life in a recruitment agency, while the US side describes an investigation into a 'House of Horror'.


Initially the House of Horror part draws you in, while the UK side takes a while to gather pace, but once it does, the book is difficult to put down. Tammy Cohen will keep you guessing to the end, and just when you think you've worked out what is going on, you'll change your mind again.


Rachael Dunn
Irish Times

A must-read for fans of psychological crime thrillers. 

Herald Scotland
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