Sunday, 12 February 2017

Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land


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...
This book wasn't what I was expecting and I did wonder if I would be able to carry on reading it when I realised that Annie's Mother is a serial killer of children. It is not something I would normally read, but there was enough of the physiological aspects of the books for me to carry on reading.
The book is mainly centered around Annie who now has a new identity as Milly and her efforts at rebuilding her life. As a new girl at school she falls prey to cyber bullying and develops a crush on a teacher. Lots of "mean girls"s type scenarios happen to her. She is also processed through the "system" and this also has effects on her.
I was shocked at the questioning of a minor in the court room scenes - would that really be allowed? It was almost as though she was on trial. Her temporary guardian Mike seemed like he was a little feckless and surely he wasn't that dim? Events happening around him and he is so oblivious to it all.
There are no chapters to the book. I found it easy to read (if not the subject matter at times) and so I read it in just over a day. The writing style was unusual but It was engrossing - what was going to happen? The ending was a real twist.
I'm giving this book 4 out of stars.
My thanks go to Netgalley for a free copy of the book for review.

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