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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S EDITORS' CHOICE
HOW FAR DOES THE APPLE REALLY FALL FROM THE TREE?

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land: "Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue." -- Sunday Express

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.


Author Notes

Ali Land graduated from university with a degree in Mental Health and spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse. Land is now a full-time writer. Good Me Bad Me is her debut novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This somber debut introduces Milly, née Annie, who's fostered to a psychologist and his family while she waits to testify against her killer mother. Readers know at the outset that Milly's mother has hurt at least one child, but the extent of her crimes and Milly's awareness of them are made clear only slowly, through the teen's flashbacks, night terrors, and testimony. In the meantime, her foster sister and other mean girls offer a second focus for reader animosity, and their eagerness for a comeuppance that may or may not be delivered. Milly's psychological state is precarious at best, making her the kind of unreliable narrator who has fascinated readers of The Girl on the Train and other such novels. Also, give this book to those who enjoyed Malin Persson Giolito's Quicksand (2017); both books skillfully present a gripping tale in the cutting voice of a teen antiheroine, though Land's writing gets clunky in a spot or two when she's hiding information that will be revealed later.--Verma, Henrietta Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

When 15-year-old Annie Thompson, the unflinching narrator of British author Land's chilling debut, tells the Devon police that her mother, Ruth, is a serial killer who preys on young children, the police arrest Ruth. Annie, who changes her name to Milly, moves in with the family of London psychologist Mike Newmont, who will help her prepare to testify at her mother's trial. Saskia, Mike's wife, knows Milly's true identity, but the couple's teenage daughter, Phoebe, believes that Milly is just an ordinary foster kid who's monopolizing her parents' attention. Milly attends the same school as Phoebe, who turns the other students against Milly in an effort to drive her away. Milly does her best to ignore the bullying, but the worse things get, the louder Ruth's hectoring voice rings in Milly's head, forcing Milly and the reader to question whether it's possible to overcome both nature and nurture. A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that's at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma. Agent: Sasha Raskin, Agency Group (U.K.). (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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