Book Review | Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.”

Good Me, Bad Me was told from the perspective of Milly, the teenage daughter of a serial killer. The short, broken sentences which gave the effect of being in Milly’s mind were at times distracting but did make for a quick read.

There were a lot of scenes that could have been taken straight out of ‘Mean Girls’, which got a bit tedious. I was waiting for Milly to bite back but this never came.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book as it was something that I had not really seen before, but it was too predictable. I had worked out most of the plot line within the first few chapters. The details of the horrific murders were handled with grace but I would have liked to have seen more background details, although I am aware that too much emphasis on this would have made for a completely different book.

I feel Ali Land has good potential and this is a good starting block.

3.5/5*

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