Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land


Book 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 .
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…

My Thoughts:

This is such a hard book to review. Mainly as I just don’t know how I feel about it. So many of my book friends have read it and loved it and after reading their reviews as well as the book description I thought I would also.

I really struggled to get into the story to start with. The whole story is told in the first person by Milly/Annie. She has a lot going on in her mind. There is so many demons hidden in there to do with her mother as well as the scared and frightened child who is trying to adjust in her new foster home. There is a lot of jumping around in her mind and I was struggling to get a feel for who Milly really is. As the story goes on, by about half way through, I finally had settled into how Milly’s mind was working and keeping up with what was going on.

Milly is very much a complex character. Having a serial killer for a mother is obviously going to have messed with her head something chronic. She is trying her best to keep her head down and make the best of living with her foster family. Phoebe, the foster parents daughter, certainly doesn’t make it easy for her. I thought Phoebe was really horrible actually. Don’t get me wrong, it certainly can’t be easy from a child’s point of view to have your own parents time be taken up by ‘problem’ children that have come to stay periodically over the years. I could understand her resentment to a certain extent and think her parents were in someway to blame for not putting their own child’s feelings before their own. I suppose in a way it’s because of feeling pushed out that she has become the person she is, which wasn’t a very nice one.

Milly without a doubt has a hard time of it having to go to the same school as Phoebe and is subjected to quite a lot of bullying. She also has the court case of her mother looming over her. She really is a mixed up girl. There very much seems to be a constant battle of good and evil going on throughout her thoughts.

Good Me Bad Me is a story that left me feeling quite cold. It’s one that you really need to read for yourself to understand. All the way through the story I wanted to feel some sort of empathy for Milly and even though at times I felt myself going towards feeling that, there was some sort of force that was holding me back. How I feel after reading this book is certainly a new one on me. It’s certainly a book and a story that will stick in my mind for a while to come.

My thanks to Netgalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

My rating 3.5/5 stars.

Good Me Bad Me is out on the 12th of January and available to pre order now from Amazon.


  1. Completely agree. The book sucked me in alrighty started late afternoon and finished the same day but I’m not sure about it at all. I perhaps expected something darker. Not necessarily all the details but… something else. Some of the conversation being recounted in Milly’s thoughts threw me too. Agree on Phoebe but wasn’t entirely surprised by the ending. It wasn’t that I saw it coming more that it felt kind of ‘Ah well.’ Not sure how to write my review. It was well written but… I just don’t know. No wow factor for me.

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