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Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

25365530ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

DESCRIPTION:

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 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 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

REVIEW:

I  am always on the look for extraordinary debuts and this one easily caught my eye. I admit before even attempting to find it I did my research on Goodreads and I found a lot of fellow reviewers gave it credit. Many were saying that this book was going to be one of the more controversial novels released in 2017.

I categorize it as a chilling debut novel that does not flinch in the picture it paints of the traumatic consequences of a monstrous childhood for fifteen year old Millie.  It is scary, thrilling, yet perversely peculiar.

It is without a doubt a tough read. Being in the head space of Millie and all that she is going through with such intensity was an experience one rarely forgets. We are given an in depth, and complex character that feels truly authentic. Millie is a compelling character that keeps the reader gripped. There is tension and suspense in the story. A highly recommended read for those who like disturbing and unsettling psychological thrillers.

There were times when I felt I couldn’t read any further – I was anxious about any intimate details of the murders being revealed, yet I couldn’t stop reading. It is peculiar how human beings are drawn to such grisly matter. Thankfully, the author spared us the majority of what happened to these children. As you can imagine though, the subject matter makes for a harrowing read. That said, it was an excellent story, really well written, and the characters were unforgettable. Would definitely recommend.

5FOXGIVEN

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Author:

A potato with a book. Screams German words when angry. Known as the Mid-night Chocolate Thief. Breathes to write and mingle. Observes and remembers. Pokes you when you least expect it. Can be put on a stand by mode with a cup of coffee/ tea.

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