Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Synopsis

ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE DEBUTS OF 2017, Good Me Bad Me is for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction.

‘A gripping tale about a teenage girl waiting to give evidence at her serial-killer mother’s trial. Unsettling and unforgettable’ Heat

‘NEW NAME .
NEW FAMILY.
SHINY.
NEW.
ME.’

Annie’s mother is a serial killer.

The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

But out of sight is not out of mind.

As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly.

A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.

But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.

Good me, bad me.

She is, after all, her mother’s daughter…

Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718182928

My Review

OH, MY, WORD!!!

Milly is 15 years old and placed with a foster family pending the trial of her mother. The family consists of Phoebe, who isn’t too keen on Milly to say the least, The mother, Saskia and the father, Mike who is a psychologist and helps Milly to deal with everything coming up to the trial. Her mother is charged with killing 9 boys after Milly reported her to the police following the murder of the last boy, Daniel.

Phoebe, who happens to be the Queen Bee, and her friends start to pick on Milly (am I the only one that had this bring them back to their school days??) however, Milly finds a friend in a girl that no-one else seems to like and is younger than herself. Eventually, she finds the confidence to tell her who she really is and that the serial killer, that everyone is talking about, is actually her mother.

Milly narrates the story as if she is talking to her mother, discussing some very dark things that have happened while with her mother along with things she has done and believes her mother would be proud of her. We see into the darkest places of Milly’s psyche and to say it is disturbing would be an understatement! Milly has clearly been affected deeply by what she has seen and experienced in her life and while reading I felt myself being drawn into the story as if I was Milly. I could feel everything that she was feeling and being quite frank I did find it very difficult to read, purely because emotions in it were ringing true with myself, but I had to see where it went. The story flows nicely, very slow but fluid. It was, in my opinion, the perfect pace for the situation. There are some completely unbelievable twists and turns that I never saw coming but when I had finished reading I could say nothing other than “WOW!”. When I think about the story I still think ‘Oh you poor soul!’ Maybe you’ll fell the same but then again, it is quite possible you might feel differently. Give it a go and let me know.

Truly this is a book that is going to sell well in 2017, I can see it being on a bestseller list.

This is my first 5* rating of 2017!

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*I received this as an A.R.C. from Netgalley and I am very thankful that I did*

About the author

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Twitter ByAliLand

Genre Thriller, Crime, Fiction

After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in West London.

After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in West London.

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