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Good Me Bad Me: The Richard & Judy Book Club thriller 2017 by Ali Land

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List Price: £12.99


Hardcover: 352 Pages.

Published: 12 January 2017 by Michael Joseph

Edition: First Edition, First Impression

ISBN: 0718182928

EAN: 9780718182922






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...


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Excellent Psychological Thriller

I am always a bit wary when books are described as compelling, original and genius amongst other superlatives. Just because the publisher thinks it is compelling it doesn't mean that I will agree. However in this case this book was most definitely compelling & very much as described.

15 year old Milly comes from an abusive home. She shopped her mother to the police and is provided with a new home, a new family and a new identity. With the trial looming in the background Milly struggles to fit in and understand exactly what normal behaviour is.

This book is written from the point of view of Milly. We see inside her mind and see what a damaged girl she is. We understand her struggles with normality and see how she faces decisions to react as society thinks she should or react as she has been bought up to do. The reader sees her foster family through Milly's eyes and how they provide a home for her whilst plastering over the cracks in their own world.

I found this a book that was difficult to put down. It was a very late night finishing this book! The author is clever and doesn't go into much detail of what the abuse entails. Little snippets of information are fed to us and we are left to draw our own conclusions. I always find this much more intense than a book where grisly details are explained in full. I imagine each reader will have drawn slightly different conclusions. Seeing the world through Milly's eyes starts off well at the beginning of the book and then gradually as a reader you realise that you are seeing a very skewed version of reality from the mind of a 15 year old girl. The reader needs to work out the reality & exactly what is created in the damaged mind of Milly.

I really enjoyed this book. It has been a while since I have been able to get my teeth into an excellent psychological thriller.  I shall certainly look out for further books by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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