Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017.
Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging to the very edge of my seat. Annie’s mother is a serial killer, Annie informs on her mother and we hear her story as she attempts to deal with her new foster family and the approaching trial. Immediately from the start this feels different, my mind flashed onto high alert setting and remained there for the entire story. Annie's name is changed to Milly and she tells her own tale, speaking in short, sharp, powerful sentences. I felt her confusion, loneliness, and wanted to hug her as her thoughts tumbled in limbo. Her feelings wormed their way into my mind, making me think, making me question. Ali Land doesn't hold back, ‘Good Me, Bad Me’ is uncomfortable, powerful, provocative, and an absolute knockout. ~ Liz Robinson
February 2017 Debut of the Month.
'NEW NAME . NEW FAMILY. SHINY. 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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'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
'I absolutely loved it and read it in less than a day. A proper page turner and brilliantly written' -- Edith Bowman
'A triumph of tension. I doubt I'll ever sleep again' -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of R&J bestseller The Last Act of Love
'Ali Land's Good Me Bad Me is an intensely compelling exploration of nature versus nurture wrapped up in a page-turning psychological thriller. Darkly disturbing and beautifully written. What more could any reader want?' -- Sarah Pinborough
'Good Me Bad Me is an astonishing debut - technically sophisticated and emotionally heart wrenching. So many things are done well - the status jungle of girls school, the psychological dissonance of a dysfunctional family, the internal machinery of damaged children. I thought it was wonderful' -- Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy
'One word: Wow. What a brilliant book - believable, shocking, thought-provoking and utterly compelling. The writing, as well as being so pacey, is beautiful. This feels such a current and original book' T R Richmond
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups, 2017 CWA Daggers, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in a creative warehouse community in North London. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages. Author photo © Laura Lewis PhotographyMore About Ali Land