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Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

January 4, 2017

 

‘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…

I found this a really thought provoking and insightful debut novel and I think it is destined to be one of the early hits of 2017. What makes it so good is not just the novel approach of the protagonist being a serial killer’s daughter, but the writing really makes you get inside Annie/Milly’s head and then, just when you think you understand her, she says something that makes you stop and wonder. This is a well plotted tale with an intense edge that really has you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Milly is undoubtedly a damaged girl – she knew what her mother was doing and she played her own part in the story that is about to be unveiled in the trial – forever the daughter of a serial killer who handed her mother over to the police.

As the trial approaches, she is living with Mike and Saskia Newmont and their daughter Phoebe. They have fostered Milly and Mike, a psychologist, is helping Milly prepare for the questioning that she will receive at trial.

As the court date nears, Milly has nightmare nights and cannot stop thinking about her mother. And it is the mother daughter relationship that is at the heart of this chilling, intense tale.

Can Milly be the perfect daughter she aspires to be? Can the good that she wants to do outweigh the bad that she has seen her mother perfect? And while she struggles to understand how to fit in with her new foster family can she see a way of holding on to their ‘normality’ in the face of opposition from the daughter, Phoebe? Milly can feel the fault lines in the Newmont’s relationships but how she deals with those will help define who she is.

Good Me, Bad Me is a cracking psychological thriller. Well written and beautifully thought through I’d be genuinely surprised if this book isn’t a smash hit.

Good Me, Bad Me is published by Michael Joseph on 12 January 2017

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