‘Every time I’ve heard those words – it’ll be okay – it never has been.’ -Milly, Good Me Bad Me
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is psychological suspense at its best. I was sucked in from the very start of this twisted tale all the way through to the ending. I do want to share several trigger disclaimers here. If you have any triggers to sexual assault, child abuse, mental abuse and/or bullying, this might not be the book for you. While Land never explicitly goes into detail about many of the alluded to events, your imagination will run in various horrific directions all on its own, based on the context. Good Me Bad Me is narrated by Milly who has obviously been through unimaginable trauma herself, at the hands of her own mother, and continues to struggle with ‘normalcy’ in her foster home. Milly kept referring to her fresh start as ‘shiny and new’. There are two sides to Milly, a presumably good side and then a dark side. Which is the true Milly? Is she good? Is she dark? Can she be both? The suspense level in this book had me on edge. It seemed that you could trust no one, that everyone had something to hide or an ulterior motive. There was so much hurt in this book. Despite the hard edges to the story details I couldn’t put this one down. There was never a dull moment in this book, you were never able to let your guard down. There were only a few aspects I wanted more of, I am a selfish reader that way. I wanted to know what exactly happened to her brother and father. Where did they end up? I would love to read more about her mother, possibly from her perspective. Bottom line, whatever Ali Land publishes next, I. Am. All. Over. It.
If you like dark suspense with a whole lot of crazy this is the book for you!