This review is written with thanks to Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, and Netgalley for my copy of Good Me Bad Me.
Annie's mother has committed terrible crimes, and Annie has reported her to the police. She is given a new identity and a foster placement with Mike, Saskia and their daughter, Phoebe. But can Annie, now known as Milly, really escape from her past?
Good Me Bad Me is narrated by Milly, and it is in Milly's character where the strength of the novel lies. It is clear that the reader is given more insight into Milly's true feelings than the other characters in the novel, particularly Mike, who in addition to being her foster father is also her psychologist. The tension created by Milly's relationships with others makes the novel utterly compelling, and this kept me reading throughout, as I wanted to find out how Milly would cope in the situation in which she has been placed.
Despite not having been in Milly's situation, I found her character surprisingly easy to relate to, especially in terms of her mental health issues and the difficulty she experiences fitting in at school. This, alongside the vivid descriptions of her mother's crimes, helped me to feel sympathy towards her, which kept me intrigued as the plot developed.
It is clear from early on in Good Me Bad Me that Milly may not be a reliable narrator, and I found myself questioning her version of events throughout the novel. This increased the tension for me as I read as I wanted to discover the truth behind Milly's story. There are some twists along the way; however, at times, I found I was able to predict these, and this lessened the impact of the novel for me towards the end.
I enjoyed Good Me Bad Me and look forward to reading Land's future novels.
Good Me Bad Me is released on 12th January and is available from Amazon.