Good Me, Bad Me

Good me bad meMilly’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.



Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land is dark, gripping, and difficult to put down.  It reads fast, with short, concise sentences building tension from start to finish.

Milly (Annie) is living as a foster with her psychologist Mike, his wife Saskia and their teenage daughter.  Her name has been changed to protect her during her mother’s trial.  Milly’s mother is a serial killer.  She has the killer gene and Milly is worried that she has been infected with it too.  Milly turned her mother in and is undergoing therapy in preparation to testify against her at trial.

Millie loves living with Mike and Saskia but her living situation is temporary and to make things worse, Mike’s daughter Phoebe is making life difficult for her.  Phoebe resents the foster kids her parents bring home and doesn’t keep it a secret.

Told through her point of view, you get into Milly’s head right away.  You feel her guilt for not turning her mother in sooner, her fear and pain from the physical and mental abuse she received from her mother, and her insecurity about not belonging or fitting in anywhere.  The desperation in Milly’s voice as she tells her story is twisted and tragic.  There is a constant inner turmoil as she reveals her relationship with her mother, am I good or am I bad?

This book is fabulous and a definite must read for those who enjoy psychological thrillers.

4.5/5 stars



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