A gripping story told by a compelling voice. 3.5/5 stars.
Thank you to Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book. My review is unbiased and honest.
Good Me Bad Me will be published on 12th January.
The blurb: Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind.
As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.
But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.
Good me, bad me. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter…
My difficult relationship with the thriller genre continues! Yet again, another book being universally lauded fell a little flat with me 😦
I understand why so many readers love this book and it’s already being tipped as one of the great successes of 2017. The story is gripping, told in Milly’s first-person voice which is entirely convincing and compelling. You find yourself following her eagerly, whizzing through the chapters to find out what’s next. Also, whereas in other thrillers I’ve read, I’ve been annoyed by implausible character decisions, there’s none of that here. Everything Milly, her foster parents and sister, kids and teachers at her school do is believable.
However, readers should be warned that there is some highly disturbing content here, including first-person insights into the activities of a serial killer whose victims are all small children. This is not a fun, enjoyable read.
I didn’t find the story as “twisty” as billed and I was hoping for more from the ending. Without spoilers, I was hoping that Milly would find a cleverer, more manipulative way to solve her problem with Phoebe.
And finally, I return to my on-going issue with dark psychological thrillers: I need someone to like! Come on, authors: give me a character I can root for because they’re decent and appealing. This book is another example of the genre featuring a cast of scheming bitches and absent, selfish adults.
Overall: a gripping story told by a compelling voice. A disturbing rather than enjoyable read which could have been served by a stronger conclusion.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul