Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.How far does the apple really fall from the tree? 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 hom...

Details Good Me, Bad Me

TitleGood Me, Bad Me
Release DateJan 12th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Psychological Thriller

Reviews Good Me, Bad Me

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Extraordinary. Controversial. Explosive.Those were the words that I first heard used to describe this debut novel by Ali Land. Many were saying that this book was going to be one of the more controversial novels released in 2017.I knew I just had to read it. I wanted to know if what they said was true.It was!First of all I LOVED the cover of this book. Gold and black with gol...
  • Julie
    Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land is a 2017 Penguin Books publication. Disturbing- Completely shocking!It takes a lot to well and truly wreak havoc with my psyche, to really give me a case of the shivers, and leave me feeling unsettled. This book took me down that path, and I won’t forget it anytime soon. The story is told through the eyes of fifteen- year old Milly, who has just turned her own mother, a serial killer, over to the authorities. Summar...
  • Kaceey
    An intensely creepy novel about a young teenage girl Milly, who was unfortunate enough to grow up with a sadistic mother. Now in foster care, she is doing her best to fit in and enjoy what family life is supposed to be like....normal. If indeed there truly is such a thing.Told from Milly’s POV the dialogue is mainly in her head. Short, one-two word sentences. At times it’s difficult to follow and more than a little distracting. I am going to ...
  • Paromjit
    This is a chilling debut novel that does not flinch in the picture it paints of the traumatic consequences of a monstrous childhood for fifteen year old Millie. Millie used to be the abused daughter, Annie, of a serial killer mother whose victims were children. We never meet the mother although her presence is writ large throughout. It was Annie that reported her to the police after she felt her mother had gone too far and needed to be stopped. A...
  • Maureen
    *Thank you to Netgalley & Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*Annie's mother is a serial killer - that in itself is shocking enough, but what multiplies the horror of these murders is that the victims were all young children.Annie too, has suffered terribly at the hands of her mother, but at the age of fifteen, she decides to inform the police of her mother's crimes. The fact is, she was unable to help an...
  • Meredith
    Good Me, Bad Me is one f*cked up character study of the daughter of a serial killer. 15 year old Annie, daughter of the notorious “Peter Pan” serial killer is struggling with the darkness inside her. For the majority of her childhood, she witnessed her mother kidnap and murder children. Annie was forced to participate in her mother’s sick and twisted games. She also was subjected to years of physical, mental, and sexual abuse.When finally ...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    This is predicted to be one of the big books of 2017 which it very well may be. I tend to take these predictions now and publicity hype with a pinch of salt as really it can't be predicted. I do think regardless it will be a popular book and a great one for book clubs due to the great discussion that could be generated!This is the story of a young woman, her mother is a serial killer and as a child she was witness to things no child should ever b...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.5 Stars.* (rounded up)Creepy to the Max.Milly is not just your ordinary foster girl. She wants to be of course, but it’s just not possible you see - her mother is a killer. And not just any killer, she is the Peter Pan Serial Killer. And Milly turned her in. Now Milly is going to have to testify against her own mother in order to put her away for good. All Milly wanted was to fit in somewhere but soon she realizes that foster care isn’t all...
  • Norma
    5 Spectacular Stars for the audiobook version! The narrator, Imogen Church was absolutely brilliant! The story itself - 4 stars!Traveling Sisters Read with Brenda, Norma, Lindsay & KaceeyGood Me, Bad Me by Ali Land is a disturbing, chilling, and a suspenseful psychological thriller novel with an intriguing and unsettling storyline that is a slightly different take on the life of a serial killer because she is a female.Norma was listening to this ...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 From the beginning I felt a great deal of sympathy for Milly. This young teen, who had so much to forget, had already been through so much, witnessed something beyond terrible, who now just wanted to be normal, and in a home where people cared about her in a healthy way. A therapist household sounds ideal but there was more going on here, making this a less than healthy environment for a troubled young girl. After a spate of so called psychol...
  • Kendall
    4.5 disturbing stars! What an impressive debut by Ali Land. So, I have to confess my first draw to this book was NEW NAME. NEW FAMILY. SHINY. NEW. ME. Of course this perked my interest because my social work/therapist side is peeking it's head out. I definitely thought I had this story played out BUT boy was I wrong. That will teach me ;)Ok.. but seriously this book was epic. The book opens with our main character Annie. She is the daughter of a ...
  • Lindsay
    3.5 stars. This was a suspenseful, unsettling and creepy story revolving around the daughter of a serial killer. I was glad I had Norma, Brenda and Kaceey to read along with me as I was a little hesitant when starting this uncomfortable and alarming story. This book ended up being very different than what I expected. The creepy and disturbing parts of this story are handled extremely well and are done in a way that didn't give too much detail (wh...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    The very first sentence of the blurb reads: "Milly's mother is a serial killer."  WHAAAT? That's not a phrase you read every day! I knew right then I wanted to read this debut novel by Ali Land.  This book does not disappoint! Start reading on a Saturday afternoon and you might as well cancel any plans you had for going out, 'cause you ain't going' nowhere! A psychological study, this book is more of a brain-teaser than a chilling cliff-hanger...
  • Crumb
    Dark. Chilling. Atmospheric. WOW. This book.. it sunk its claws into me and didn't let go..not even when the book was over. I feel that this book will stay with me for a while and that I will have a book hangover from this. This is a book that generated a lot of hype and because of that I was a little hesitant going into it. I was hoping it would live up to all of its "pizzazz" if you will, and it did! In the beginning we meet Milly, who used to ...
  • Dem
    A Gripping psychological thriller, dark, shocking but utterly compelling. New Name. New Family. Shiny New Me Annie's mother is a Serial Killer, The only way Annie can make it strop is to hand her into the police.But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past wont let her sleep even with a new family and a new Name MillyI was a little nervous starting this one as I was afraid that the author would be too graphic about the murders an...
  • Gary
    I had previously read good reviews for this book from Goodread friends so when I was offered the opportunity to read it I felt I couldn't refuse.This is the debut novel by Ali Land that is due to be released in January 2017 and I am sure that it will be one of the books of the year. This excellent psychological thriller will be a big success and I know we will hear a lot more from this author.The story is based around Annie who has changed her na...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    All the thrilling stars to Good Me, Bad Me! My favorite psychological thriller of 2017 (so far)!Not a single page was boring. Tension built throughout. The clever storyline was completely original. Perfectly written (I loved the how dialogue was done). Milly, the daughter of a serial killer, was a masterfully drawn, complex character. Land's writing takes you right inside Milly's innermost thoughts, almost reading like a journal. I keep holding m...
  • paulie
    thanks to flatiron books and all involved in this goodreads giveaway.mike asked me what i wanted from life. acceptance. that's what my answer was. to accept where i've come from and who i am,...sadly, it's a sincere want, though still surprising she (annie) does not wish for acceptance from others; goodness knows she's due.meanwhile, milly endures scathing malevolence within her foster home, within school walls, within her memories of mommy not s...
  • Pauline
    Good Me Bad Me was an excellent thriller that I found hard to put down. I liked the character Milly even though it was sometimes difficult to know if she was telling the truth. I felt a lot of sympathy for her not only with her upbringing but also with the school bullies and the fact that she felt that she was so alone. I will definitely be looking out for more books from Ali Land. I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph f...
  • Jules
    Unfortunately, I feel completely confused by my experience of this book, as my experience seems to have been somewhat different from most other reviewers. It is described as:SET TO BE ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY, CONTROVERSIAL AND EXPLOSIVE DEBUTS OF 2017 - for fans of quality psychological suspense and reading group fiction: once you read this book you'll want to talk about it.Well, I definitely want to talk about it, but perhaps not for the r...
  • Mackey St
    Good Me, Bad Me is the debut novel by Ali Land which has found a following of admirers here on Goodreads. However, I am not one of them. Let me explain why. I will say that Land is a good writer. The book was written clearly, the characters' personalities were well defined albeit stereotypical. My concern with the book was multi-layered. First, I couldn't find anyone to like. I literally despised all of the characters in the book, including the s...
  • ReadAlong With Sue
    OMG what a read this was. I am gasping for air right now.To be treated very badly by a parent is unbelievable, to be with a mother who treats other kids not only bad but torments them, torments then and kills them and a 15 your old daughter being aware of this is outstandingly shocking.When Annie informs the police of this at the tender age of only 15 you can gasp and feel her emotions.The last victim was the one that broke the camels back for An...
  • Kathryn
    Mostly I’m coming to terms with the things I’ve done. I did them to be good, I promise, even though they were bad.Nature vs. Nurture…..or something in between. That’s the heart of Ali Land’s debut novel, Good Me, Bad Me. Are we doomed to repeat the sins of our parents? Can we start anew? Or is their legacy burned so deeply into our DNA that altering our fate becomes impossible? Good Me, Bad Me is one those strange books where the beginn...
  • Emma
    Every time I think i'm done with psychological thrillers, I pick another one that pushes the boundaries and isn't afraid to take you to some properly dark places.I liked this girl, Milly, from start to finish. The Good bits and the Bad. She has a singular voice; calmly introspective about the abuse she suffered and chillingly practical about her darker side. My only 'want' now that i'm done is to see and hear more. I'd love a follow up. Or perhap...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Good Me Bad Me is one of the most consuming books I have read this year & I begrudged every moment I was sleeping, driving or working that interrupted my finding how it would turn out. It features my favourite fictional character, the really bad teen-aged girl. Annie now renamed Milly is the fifteen-year-old daughter of a serial killer mum who specialised in children. Nine actually. She is now about to go on trial for murder at the Old Bailey, wi...
  • Selene
    The brain of a psychopath is different from most, I’ve weighed up my chances. Eighty per cent genetics, twenty per cent environment.Me.One hundred per cent fucked.◆ Milly is fifteen years old and the majority of this story revolves around her life in high school. She attends school with wealthy peers and counts down the days until she has to testify in court against her mother.The opening pages read like the diary of a needy child who was wri...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “I don’t find the idea of people or children hurting and killing each other upsetting. I find it familiar. I find it is home.” Allow me to share Millie’s mother’s CV: “Forty-eight-year-old Ruth Thompson was a popular member of staff at the women’s refuge where she worked. Employed as a nurse counselor, she was the main point of contact for the scores of frightened women a...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    About: Good Me Bad Me is a thriller written by Ali Land. It was recently published on 9/5/2017 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, fiction, psychological, and crime. This is the author’s debut novel.My Experience: I started reading Good Me Bad Me on 9/16/17 and finished it on 9/22/17. This book is a fantastic read! Not everyday I get to read from the point of view of the ...
  • Zoe Mann
    'Good me, bad me' by Ali Land is a psychological thriller that will pull on your heart strings whilst leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. This was going to be a 5 star read for me but the predictability of the ending brought it right down to a 3 star for me. I loved the originality of the novel so for it to end so obviously and somewhat rushed was a huge disappointment. The bullying also troubled me. Yes I know I am no Spring chicken and I unde...