Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land – book review


SET TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE DEBUTS OF 2017 – for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction: once you read this book you’ll want to talk about it.

‘NEW N A M E .
S H I N Y.
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…

Translated into over 20 languages, Good Me Bad Me is a tour de force. In its narrator, Milly Barnes, we have a voice to be reckoned with, and in its author, Ali Land, an extraordinary new talent.

Praise for Good Me Bad Me

‘An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense. You hardly breathe. Best read in ages’ Matt Haig

‘Intelligent and disturbing, Good Me Bad Me had me hooked from the first page’ Debbie Howells, author of Richard & Judy book club bestseller The Bones of You

‘Milly’s voice is gripping and shocking. This is a book you will want to discuss with everyone you know’ Claire Douglas author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing

‘This book is a work of twisted genius. It is going to be HUGE. Watch out for Ali Land’ Bryony Gordon

‘Unbelievably good, utterly gripping’ Jill Mansell, bestselling author of You & Me Always

Hardcover, Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd


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.

Follow Ali on Twitter @byAliLand      


Wow!! Struggling to get my breath back after just finishing this one! Just when I thought the psychological thriller genre couldn’t get any darker, chilling or twisted then this book comes along to raise the bar yet again!! Astonishing work for a debut thriller too!

The main character, Annie, is 15 and is making the brave decision to go to the police to make a statement over what has been happening in her house, as she is the daughter of a serial killer. Her mother has been torturing young children and the details as they are revealed throughout the book are shocking and depraved.

Annie, or Milly as she is now called in her foster home, is having to go through the trial process while trying to regain a normal life at school and with a new foster family – Mike, Saskia and their daughter Phoebe. Mike is a psychologist so is also there to help Annie/Milly with her thoughts and how to cope, but all is not well with his own family and we get to see Annie/Millys’ take on her new family with shocking clarity for someone so young.

The pace of this book is quite steady and that really helps build up the tension and shock factor throughout as small snippets of what happened in the past, and how this has affected her state of mind are drip fed to the reader at the right time to keep you turning the page for more! Annie/Millie is such an interesting and complex character that you have difficult reading her at times as she seems conflicted over her thoughts towards her mother and that seems difficult to appreciate as you find out what her mother made her witness over the years through the peephole and the abuse she’d made her suffer from the age of 5 – they do say that blood is thicker than water!

This is a book that has you on edge from start to finish and leaves you with a chill down your spine as the story unfolds. Highly recommended!!


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