Review: Good Me Bad Me, by Ali Land

Good Me Bad MeSynopsis: 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…

Title: Good Me Bad Me
Author: Ali Land
Publisher: Penguin
Pub Date: 12 January 2017
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780718182922

Rating: 3stars

I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a little while since I’ve stayed up late to read a book. With Good Me Bad Me, exactly that happened. I started at exactly 8pm on a weekday, thinking I’d read for an hour or so in bed before I fell asleep.

Fast forward 80% of the book and I look up thinking it’s around 11pm, when it was really 2am. Oops. Cue a very broken night’s sleep, snoozing the alarm around 5 times before I could drag myself out of bed, and a day full of yawns, coffee, and deadlines to meet when all I want to do is finish the book.

The premise here is brilliant; a girl brought up by a serial killer breaks free, but how much has her time with her mother affected her personality? It’s the nature vs nurture argument taken to extremes.

Though formulaic (I’d be extremely surprised if you don’t guess the ending within the first 30%), Good Me Bad Me was an easy and entertaining read. My only quip is the way the copy was written. Don’t get me wrong, the stunted prose Land uses to display her emotionally-broken and damaged mind was clever. It was just overdone.

This was never going to be a work of literary art but it’s good read for the commute into work or to kick you out of a reading slump.

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