My rating: 5 of 5 stars Edgy, unsettling and totally twisted
Edgy, unsettling and totally twisted.
This is a review from the Amazon Vine Programme.
I am reviewing the Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
. After a bad start in life, teenager Annie, is now going by the name Milly and living with a new family; Mike, Saskia and their daughter Phoebe. Here are my thoughts:
^^ Milly’s fresh start in life is overshadowed by her impending court case, where she will testify against her own mother, but to make things worse life at her new home and school is made into a living hell, with Phoebe and her best friend Izzy constantly picking on her.
^^ You know when it’s only a matter of time before you push and push someone until they finally snap? Well, if your mother was a suspected multiple child-killer, and you’d seen more than you’d care to remember, how well do you think you’d turn out?
^^ I enjoyed this so much, I read it unbelievably fast. It raised so many questions with people I talked to about this. I especially liked the control the mother had over her daughter. On one hand Annie is cruelly mistreated, but on the other hand, blood is thicker than water; they have a bond that cannot be broken easily, and years of psychological abuse can mess with your mind in the most obscure fashion.
^^ If you’re a bully and pick on the wrong person, do you deserve everything you get? Do you really know what is going on in another person’s life, just by the way they look, what they wear, or how they behave in public? For all you bullies out there, I’d be careful who you mess with… you never know what might happen!
^^ I could totally tell that author Ali Land worked in the Mental Health sector as a nurse, which I feel made this book what it is. Her knowledge of the system and mental health issues definitely played a part in how well this story came across.
^^ This book flits between past and present. It’s a well rounded story, easy to get sucked into, and a fascinating read.
Overall: A top notch psychological thriller, where you almost feel sorry for the things that have made Annie the person she is today… Almost. Edgy, unsettling and totally twisted.