Review published on January 28, 2017.
Wow – this novel completely sucked me in! It intrigued me right from page one and I finished it wanting more. It has all the essence of a mystery/crime/psychological thriller (and I do love books in this genre, I have to say!) but there’s something more about it. Something more intriguing, something more exciting, something that is at times darker… it’s hard to explain until you read it. The story covers the past – in memories and snippets of information that Milly reveals about her past, when she lived with her mum – and also the present day, as she lives with her foster family and prepares herself for her mother’s trial. This felt like a different, really unique storyline. I love the characters in Good Me, Bad Me; whether you were supposed to like them or not, I still found them all to be interesting characters I wanted to read more about. Milly is an amazing main character and I really liked her despite – or perhaps because – she wasn’t perfect. She had her ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bits, but at the end of the day she’d gone through something horrific and reading about her experiences was (though really quite uncomfortable at times) very interesting nevertheless! I loved that there were parts I didn’t see coming and enough drama to keep you entertained without being all action. There was just the right amount of mystery and suspense throughout, and the novel was written so well that I ended it almost feeling like I’d heard about this case on the news, that it was real life. Of course I hadn’t – but I wish I could have found out more, read more, felt more of the novel before the end. It really pulled me in to Milly’s world and I loved every page – the sign of a very successful story, I think! I’m now very excited to see what else author Ali Land will bring out in the future – I’ll be first in line to read whatever that may be!
Laura Nazmdeh 5/5
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Michael Joseph 9780718182922 hbk Jan 2017