NEW N A M E. NEW F A M I L Y. S H I N Y. NEW. ME .
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her into 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…
If you’re looking for a deeply disturbing read, look no further. Good Me, Bad Me was a dark and compelling book that I devoured in a couple of days. I didn’t know what to expect, but the book ended up being a total surprise. A great one.
Our main character is not one that we can easily like: Annie (or Milly) is the fifteen-year-old daughter of a serial killer. She was the one who turned her mother in… but is Milly as good as she seems? When her new foster parents welcome her with open arms, she will need to face what her mother did and what she could have done to prevent it. And the trial approaches…
I didn’t want to say more about the plot because I think it’s better if you find out by yourself. If I’m being completely honest, I can’t say I was surprised by the events of this book (but then again, I didn’t think the author was trying to shock us). Would have I liked one of those *gasp* moments? Yeah, maybe. But still, Good Me, Bad Me managed to keep me gripped and fascinated. To me, this proves Ali Land is a wonderful writer, as I didn’t even have to like the characters to enjoy this book immensely.
The writing was fantastic, one of the best I’ve seen in recent psychological thrillers. I loved the way I felt while reading this, as if I were inside Milly’s head, the way she told the story to her mother. Her doubts, her weaknesses, her sense of humour.
There are some macabre details out there, but nothing too gruesome, as Good Me, Bad Me doesn’t really focus on that. Instead, this is a profoundly psychological novel that deals with a rather unique topic. Gritty and magnetic.
Michael Joseph, 2017 // ARC