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Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Hardcover, Published September 5, 2017 by Flatiron Books

ISBN: 9781250087645

1 review for Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

  1. Chandra

    “Milly’s mother is a serial killer.” Boom, sold! Absolutely will read a book with this as a selling point. Milly tells the police about what is going on at her house and they give her a new life, with a new name, a new home with a foster family and a new school. Things get complicated at the home when Phoebe, their daughter, is jealous of the attention Milly is getting and decides to try and make her life hell. What she doesn’t realize is that Milly’s whole life has been hell. Milly’s not the one that should be careful. Everyone around her should be. She struggles to give in to some feelings that pop up because that’s all she knows, or to be the better person and find that normal life that she craves but doesn’t know how to have.

    This isn’t a book where there’s some big mystery to solve. This isn’t a book where nonstop action occurs on every page. This is a book where you delve into the mind of a teenage girl dealing with her own post traumatic stress from what happened to her at the hands of her mother… and others. The author does a great job of incorporating bits and pieces of flashbacks to keep you turning those pages to find out exactly what happened to Milly.

    Any of you who have read my reviews before know that I LOVE getting into the minds of characters and this book is exactly that. We are deep into the psyche of Milly. It’s a deep and intense characterization of a girl dealing with guilt for turning her mother in, of still feeling love for her and battling herself at every turn. This is a prime example of nature vs. nuture. A fascinating and all too real battle in the world of psychology.

    Don’t let the slower pace fool you. And yes, while I normally like a faster paced book, this one is exactly as it should be considering the subject matter and the slow burn of Milly’s journey from basically being captive to her mother, turning her in and then preparing for the court battle where she is the main witness against her. I was thoroughly fascinated. An absolute beauty of an intelligent psychological thriller… I’m thoroughly impressed with this debut.
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