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Good Me Bad Me

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I listed on my Complaint Board that the characters were unlikeable. I LIKE unlikeable characters if they are far out, quirky, and super smart or funny. Here, Milly is a whiny cold fish (did I actually say that about a poor kid whose mom is a serial killer???), and she seemed one-dimensional. Except for a kind dad, who is wooden (masking his kindness), and a kid who Milly befriends, everyone else in the book is horrid, especially daughter Phoebe and her gang. H μητέρα της Άννι είναι ψυχοπαθής serial killer. Ευτυχώς, αυτή τη στιγμή βρίσκεται στην φυλακή οπού πληρώνει για τα φριχτά εγκλήματα της. Η Άννι είναι ελεύθερη, επιτέλους, να ζήσει μια φυσιολογική ζωή με καινούρια ταυτότητα, πλέον ως Μίλι. Η μήπως όχι; Η Άννι- Μίλι είναι δέσμια του παρελθόντος της, δέσμια μίας διεστραμμένης αγάπης, δέσμια των σχιζοφρενικών διδαχών μιας παρανοϊκής μητέρας που έκανε τα ΠΑΝΤΑ για να αφήσει τα σημάδια της στο κορμί, στο μυαλό και στη ψυχή της Άννι. Και το κατάφερε. Beautiful, pure things make me feel ugly. Tarnished. I remember asking you when I was three, maybe four, where I came from. I waited for you to sweep me up, rub our noses together in an Eskimo kiss and reply, you came for me, you belong with me, I love you. But you didn't respond, you walked out of the kitchen left me standing there alone" 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. Our initial assessment yielded a profile (in the IC graphic), which was shaped by patterns of interaction within his family of origin and beyond. Up until now, these tendencies in John’s personality had served him well. Although his promotion to manager a year ago was not what he aspired to, he couldn’t help but feel flattered. Management’s decision to promote him was largely influenced by their appreciation for his experience and reputation for getting along with people including customers and colleagues.The story is told solely through Milly's eyes and consists mostly of internal thoughts over dialogue or action. Still, it reads at a fast clip, and the first-person narrative is so very effective here. You are never sure if Milly is a reliable narrator, especially because she straight up admits she struggles with being good and bad. And like most humans, she presents her good side to the world, so is she showing the reader only her good side?? Just when you think you've got Milly figured out, NOOOOO. You're wrong! I love it!!!! 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 (which I was very thankful for). I am going to be in the minority on this one. This book just didn’t work for me. I wish I could pin-point why, but I find myself struggling with specifics. A majority of the book felt like a drawn-out episode of mean girls. The bullying was almost too much. Was it the child abuse, the dysfunctional families...? Well it’s not like I don’t read these themes in books...because I consistently do. There was just something about this book I found unsettling. Good Me Bad Me is an astonishing debut - technically sophisticated and emotionally heart wrenching. So many things are done well - the status jungle of girls school, the psychological dissonance of a dysfunctional family, the internal machinery of damaged children. I thought it was wonderful' Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy Her mother says nothing as she's dragged from her room. She faces Annie, staring. When no one's looking Annie nods at her mother.

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Phoebe is the fifteen year old daughter of Mike and Saskia. She is resentful of Millie and takes against her in a major way. At the same school as Phoebe, Millie's life is made difficult and she is bullied. It soon becomes apparent that the foster family is dysfunctional in its own way and Mike may not be as altruistic as first thought. On top of everything, a psychologically damaged Millie is under pressure as she is being prepared for the court case. The case is getting intense media coverage where her mother is referred to as 'The Peter Pan Killer'. Millie is having nightmares and sleepless nights. She has feelings of guilt as to her role in her mother's actions. She invites sympathy and compassion but then terrifies the hell out of you. It is not so easy to leave her old life behind. The burdens of her past and trying to keep it all secret is a lot to ask anyone to handle. Most adults would struggle to cope with the particulars of Millie's life. She wants to be good, but is it a feasible possibility? 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 be subjected to. She is a scarred woman, you don't come out of that unscathed. When her mother is put in prison she is taken in by a foster family who also have a teenage daughter the same age. The fifteen-year-old narrator of Ali Land’s Good Me Bad Me has a lot in common with Lisbeth Salander… This remarkable debut...will grip you to the very end. Good Me Bad Me is a strong, assured, very special psychological thriller.” Thank you to Netgalley & Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review* 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.

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 so-called victim who wasn't just a victim but was also complicit. There was a psychologist/foster parent who should have had his license revoked. He was ignorant and useless as a man, father, husband and psychologist. His wife...there are no words. Really. Was she just an alcoholic or was she battered or merely useless? Who knows? She was so terrible a human that you wished she didn't exist. The victim's real mother was a monster who passed on these traits through her abuse and more and then there was the foster sister who was the stereotypical bully with bully friends. No redeeming qualities for any of them. I read this book in one compulsive gulp over two days and absolutely loved it. It's raw, superbly controlled and it chills to the bone' Richard Skinner We used to call this argument ‘the slippery fish’ on the adolescent unit where I worked. How to measure the unmeasurable. Even after a decade of working in mental health, I’m not sure where I stand. I don’t believe a child can be born evil, but I do believe certain traits are inherited and in a loving, nurturing environment can lie dormant. Put that same person in an abusive, violent environment, however, and those traits grow in strength. I’ve seen twins brought up separately who end up developing the same mental illness. I’ve seen children who you would expect to be ill, but aren’t; the factor of resilience muddying the water further. I’ve seen teenagers take on traits, not just from the parent they live with, but the absent parent they haven’t seen since they were a baby. I’ve seen all of that, yet I still don’t know. It has always, and will always be the greyest of grey areas, but even if it seems futile at points, we should never stop trying to understand or care for our young people, the product of both their environment and their genes. 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!

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Well most of them are. Right away Milly realizes that the daughter, Phoebe does NOT want Milly around. Now I know it's only just turned January, but I really do think this is going to be one of the big thrillers of 2017. It has everything you want from this genre. It's gripping, takes you to dark and disturbing places inside people's innermost thoughts, can get pretty twisted, is well written, keeps you guessing and hits you with some huge surprises. Parts are harrowing, particularly as we're dealing with a young teenage girl whose mother is a serial killer of young kids. Wow....This really was quite a book. A chilling read. In my opinion a really well-written psychological thriller. An engrossing, disturbing plot with many well-developed yet flawed characters. There were times that I thought the believability envelope was being pushed a bit far, but I was totally wrapped up in the story and able to overlook most of it. In the meantime, Milly speaks to her counselors and the prosecution. They go over the murders and what Milly witnessed. She describes what her mother called “the playground.” This was a special room at home where she mutilated and killed young children. She also frequently tortured Milly in there. Land doesn’t describe the murders or child abuse in detail; rather, everything is implied. Sexual assault is also implied. 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.

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I told the story again. And again. Same story. Different faces watched, different ears listened. I told them everything. They send her home and tell her to act normal, that they're going to come that night. She's terrified they won't come but also terrified that they will... Verdict: Good Me, Bad Me is poorly bookended, but the remainder of the story is well done. The meat is the winner in this literary sandwich. Worth a read.

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Told through Milly’s voice, little snippets of her relationship with her mother are revealed throughout. These parts are the hardest to read--at times, I had to put the book down and just walk away as the dark, brutal images got under my skin. For our Twisted Sister, Norma this book definitely worked for her and she was satisfied with the ending but for the rest of us not so much. The ending left us underwhelmed and unsatisfied. We all still highly recommend this book and feel listening to this one would be the better choice as we did feel like we were missing out on an experience that Norma had that we didn’t. I’ve always been interested in children who are different. When I was thirteen I wanted to know why the two ten-year-old boys in the Bulger case killed a toddler; when I was fifteen both Lord of the Flies and The Wasp Factory had a profound effect on me; as a student at university I did a degree in children’s mental health. Later, in my career as a qualified nurse, I looked after a fifteen-year-old girl who no longer wanted to live because she believed that no matter what she did, she would end up being bad like her mother who had been involved in the serious harm of young children. I expand on this in a longer piece about the inspiration for Good Me Bad Me at the end of this book, but the burden this girl carried, together with other children I looked after who came from violent, dysfunctional homes or who existed with parental legacies of evil, left me feeling haunted. I wanted to know if, like me, other people could forgive a child like Milly, as she asks the reader to do, both in the opening and closing lines of this book. It was from this experience that the novel was born.

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This is one of those plots where you find yourself second guessing yourself as you read and make predictions of where the book is going only to change your mind a few chapters later. It's very engaging, the writing is tight and the pace is gripping. If you love to get into the headspace of dark, damaged and complex characters you will really enjoy this book.

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