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Good Me Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me

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Sorry to say that for me, this story gave off only minor heebie jeebs—no shrieks or goosebumps here. Is there ever a real choice to be made between the paths of good and evil, or this something predestined or beyond choice? As Annie is the only witness to her mother’s crimes, she must be put on the stand and testify against her in court. To be treated very badly by a parent is unbelievable, to be with a mother who treats other kids not only bad but torments them, torments then and kills them and a 15 your old daughter being aware of this is outstandingly shocking.

It is interesting to note that Land seems to steer clear of the most fascinating aspect of the story and the reason which initially hooked me into this novel. Through the character of Annie/Millie, Land examines the blame offspring of dangerous criminals face and the self-fulfilling prophecy. Her first novel, Good Me Bad Me, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has been translated into over twenty languages. Mercifully, Ms Land does not go into much explicit detail concerning the torture and murder of the boys, beyond occasional references (‘the playground’; ‘little somethings’). Perhaps because I found it somewhat predictable, perhaps because it just missing a little something, I’m not quite sure.She’s in a foster home with a psychologist father; a stand-offish, absent mom; and a bratty, probably psychopathic daughter named Phoebe (who is Milly’s age). If you love to get into the headspace of dark, damaged and complex characters you will really enjoy this book. It’s interesting to see which battles she picks to fight and when she decides to bide her time and save her strength.

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. Many were saying that this book was going to be one of the more controversial novels released in 2017. It might not be for everyone, but upon much reflection, I think the story is more troubling that it appears on the surface, which is weighty enough, but it also opens up a plethora of questions and endless ‘what if’ scenarios, that kept my brain buzzing deep into the night. Good Me, Bad Me is one those strange books where the beginning and end are kinda meh, but the middle is fantastic. Her voice demands that we listen to her and it’s fascinating to hear about her coping mechanisms while adjusting to a new home, a new (albeit temporary) family, a new school at which she’s bullied, the tentative moves she takes towards making friends, preparing for and having sessions with her foster father/counsellor and giving testimony during the trial.While her mother is awaiting her trial Annie is placed in a foster family, where she get’s a new sister and a new name. Annie decides the only way to put at stop to these atrocious crimes is to report her mother to the police. Not that there werent things in it that irked me,but they were things that could happen and do every day in real life. Since I tend to like books with twisted and disturbing characters and stories, this one worked for me! At the same time I didn't feel like the author overdid it with descriptions of what happened and I appreciated that.

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