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Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

good-me-bad-meAbout the Book

‘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.

Review

I just turned the last page of this book about an hour ago and the only thing on my mind right now is, What the F* did I just read? I will try and explain my feelings about the book while I still remember all the details.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is a story about Milly/Annie, a fifteen year old girl with a dark past. Milly’s mother is a serial killer just about to go on trial. The interesting/sad thing is that Milly had to be the one to turn her in. This makes her the key witness in her mother’s trial. While awaiting trial, Milly is placed in the Newton’s home where she meets her foster family, Mike, Saskia and their daughter, Phoebe. It soon becomes evident that Milly’s nightmares are far from over. Living with a serial killer as a mother was torturous but the nightmare continues as she adjusts to a new life and is also forced to answer questions about her own identity.

The story is narrated by Milly as undergoes a number of challenges. Settling in a new family and especially a new school is difficult. It is never easy being the new kid especially when others are not so accepting. Milly is also haunted by her mother and the victims of her crimes who she still hears and sees. In addition she is also conflicted by her feelings for her mother.

My feelings about Milly changed from chapter to chapter. I found myself empathizing with her especially as she struggled to fit in her new environment. At other times, I was afraid of her, wondering if she may have been influenced by her mom.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is not your usual fast-paced thriller. It’s the kind of book where the tension slowly builds through each page. I was fascinated by the narrative although for the first time, I read the book with a feeling of uneasiness and dread all the way to the last page. I have never been this nervous or chilled by the actions of characters.

This is the kind of book that can be considered as thought provoking because questions of nature versus nurture come up throughout the narrative. Does evil beget evil? There is a Swahili saying; ‘Mtoto Wa Nyoka ni Nyoka’ . Loosely translated, this means that snakes give birth to snakes. How true is this? I found myself thinking about this as I read Milly’s narration and I didn’t get the answers in this case until the final chapter. The ending of this book is just as chilling as the rest of it. It left me feeling unsettled. I am pretty sure that this is one book that I will be thinking about for a while.

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30 comments on “Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

  1. mikaela
    January 17, 2017

    I’ve heard good things about this one and I cannot wait to read it! It sounds so interesting.

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      It is interesting. I definitely recommend it. Check it out when you get a chance 🙂

  2. bookdrblog
    January 17, 2017

    This is on my wish list, sounds so interesting!

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      It is. I hope that you will get a chance to read it soon 🙂

  3. Devouring Books and Lattes
    January 17, 2017

    Great post! This seems like such an interesting book and I can’t wait to read it. ☺

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did:-)

  4. Renee
    January 17, 2017

    Great review Diana! The nature verses nurture premise is so interesting and it seems like this author tackled it in a creepy, page turning way:)

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      Land definitely did. She wrote the story in such a way that you will keep thinking about it all the way to the end. Creepy but definitely addictive.

  5. Oh! I need this NOW!

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      Please do when you get a chance. I hope that you will like the book as much as I did 🙂

  6. cleopatralovesbooks
    January 17, 2017

    I found this to be an incredibly unsettling read – but a very well-written and thought out one!

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      I totally agree with you. Unsettling but quite addictive and yes, it was very-well written.

  7. alilovesbooks
    January 18, 2017

    Great review. I totally agree with everything. It’s very disturbing at times but impossible to put down.

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      Thank you 🙂
      Yeah, I ended up reading it in two sittings. It was addictive.

  8. Laila@BigReadingLife
    January 18, 2017

    You say that you’ve never been this nervous or chilled by characters’ actions before – that’s high praise!

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      Honestly, this book was quite different. I have read so many thrillers and met so many twisted characters but there was something about these ones…

  9. Oh, this reminds me of the Jasper Dent series. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have that kind of family legacy. Always like when books explore the age old question of nature vs nurture. I guess that means we really don’t have an clear answer for that one.

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      I have just checked out the Jasper Dent Series and yes, there are some similarities. By the way, the series seems quite interesting. I think the only book that I have ever seen around is I Hunt Killers but I am intrigued. Thanks for mentioning it, I think I will look for the books.

      As for Nature versus Nurture, yeah I think we still don’t. There are books that support either side of the argument. This one also leaned towards one side.

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  11. Annie
    January 18, 2017

    Perfect review, pretty much sums up my feelings as well, this made me uneasy too, but I was so fascinated I couldn’t stop reading!!!

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      It really was addictive. I couldn’t wait to get home from work on Monday and Tuesday to read it. Thanks 🙂

  12. Abu Amirah
    January 18, 2017

    This is one thriller i’d very much love to read, most especially because i find the nature and/or nurture debate quite intriguing.

    • Diana
      January 18, 2017

      Abu…wah its been a while. I haven’t been seeing your posts even on facebook ama you are working on a big project 🙂

      Yeah, the whole debate made the book much more interesting plus its very well-written so I definitely recommend it.

  13. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku
    January 18, 2017

    Well, as I am a HUGE baby when it comes to scary things, I certainly won’t be reading this. That said-I am quite intrigued by the premise. Does this book explore Anne’s relationships with the people in her life? That is the part I would’ve been intrigued to see…

    • Diana
      January 19, 2017

      This is one is definitely a creepy book. We do get to see her relate with others like her foster family, school mates and also a friend that she makes. However, due to her personality and background, all these relationships were equally tense.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku
        January 20, 2017

        Well it sounds really good based on your review and how you have described the portrayal of relationships– I think I might need to pass. 😉

  14. Yvo
    January 18, 2017

    Great review! You’ve definitely convinced me to get a copy of this one now; it does sound like a very intriguing read.

    • Diana
      January 19, 2017

      Yay! Glad to hear that and I hope that you will like the book as much as I did 🙂

  15. Jasmine
    January 19, 2017

    A book that left you unsettled and gives you the chills.. sounds creepy.. hehe.. I’m kind of weak for this types of books.. but at the same time, I am highly curious to find out how this girl can deal with life when her mother is a serial killer. Wow.. Really excellent review .. I am debating if I want to read it or not and if I read it, I will probably feel as unsettled as you or even more.. 🙂

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