Good Me, Bad Me
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Annie’s mum is a serial killer and Annie is the one who reported her. Now Annie is Milly and lives with a foster family. The trouble is, it seems her secret is not so secret after all and it seems that Milly doesn’t understand how families work any more than Annie does.

I was intrigued by the idea of a serial killer’s child and I do think it is a clever premise for a novel. Having read it, I do feel it is a good idea which was perhaps not explored in quite the right direction and I am not sure that the characters are really done justice.

As well as the story of Annie and her mum, a big part of the novel is the relationships that Annie builds outside this relationship; with her foster parents, their daughter, her friends and the teachers at school. I do think that there were too many factors brought in here which meant that none of them could be explored as fully as I would have liked and therefore none of them were really done enough justice. Again, I did really like the idea but I think it perhaps ought to have concentrated on one or two areas rather than to spread itself too thin.

All in all, this is an interesting idea and I am sure it will be a popular novel with people who like a psychological thrill.

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