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 . NEW FA M I LY. 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 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
As you can see from the book description the publishers are saying this book is going to be EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE, now when I read such claims the cynic in me comes out and often think “no way, it maybe good BUT……), but I’m thrilled to announce that Good Me Bad Me is certainly all it claims to be and more, It’s dark, utterly gripping, and brilliantly executed. This is the debut novel from Ali Land, I admit I found it hard to believe this wasn’t written by an established author, it’s just unbelievably brilliant. Annie is the mother of a serial killer, who after years of watching her operate, decides enough is enough and tells the police everything she knows about her mother. Now named Milly she starts a brand new life in foster care whilst awaiting her mums trial, I’m not going to say anything else about the story line as it’s definitely one of those books the less you know the more enjoyable the read.
The characters in Good Me Bad Me are very well drawn, especially Millie who I found to be intriguing to say the least. If I’m honest although I felt some empathy for Millie I can’t say I really took to her, this was due to her being an unreliable narrator every time I began to feel sorry for her, Mille would come out with a thought or a comment that sent chills down my spine. Millie is a very damaged soul, and this becomes more obvious as the storyline developed. At times Millie appeared to struggle with the good and bad sides of her personality, but considering this was a young girl whose only role model was a serial killer it’s hardly surprising. This book goes from heart wrenching to disturbing and back again, so it’s difficult to second guess Millie which I loved.
If you are looking for a fast paced read then this book may not be for you, if you enjoy a story that slowly builds a dark and twisted web then I would highly recommend this book. There are numerous threads running through the plot which make for a tense and gripping read. Good Me Bad Me would certainly make a good book club read, as it raises many questions which I’m sure will make for a lively debate. For me personally I couldn’t help but think about Millie’s life, up until she was taken in to care she was obviously influenced by her mother, life experiences and her environment, and I couldn’t help wondering how once she was placed into a different environment with different role models would it be possible for Millie to start life over again? But even after reading Good Me Bad Me I’m still not sure……after all Millie is her mothers daughter!!
Ali Land’s God Me Bad Me is both compelling and shocking, and it’s definitely a page turner, I became so engrossed I read it in just one sitting, it’s certainly a book that I feel will do really well when it’s released in January 2017. An astonishing debut from new author Ali Land I shall definitely be pre-ordering her next book without hesitation.
I won’t be giving Good Me Bad Me 5 stars, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD. I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grips until I reached the very last page, and this book certainly had all these things
Publisher: Michael Joseph (12 Jan. 2017)