Good Me Bad Me – Ali Land

This has been one of those books which has been on my shelf for ages. Ali @ The Sunday Feeling read it last year and told me that I would really enjoy it so lent me her copy to read. As normal I am afraid newer books came and therefore I read those first. It was always one I wanted to read next, just never got round to it. Well until now that is.


Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

With a new foster family and a new name -Milly- she hopes for a fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But as her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of Milly’s past won’t let her sleep.

Because Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water…

(Synopsis from Goodreads)



I shared that I picked this book up over on my Instagram page and most of the comments I received were advising me that I had made the right choice because it was such a great book. Which got me very excited to be honest as at this stage in the month it felt like I needed a good book to read.

So the book.

I have to say that I did enjoy this one. I want that to be my opening statement as basically, I am sad to say I didn’t love it as much as people said I would. I think that could be due to the hype and it made me realise that sometimes hype isn’t a good thing because everyone is different. It also made me think that maybe I shouldn’t hype books up too much…but who are we kidding, I am going to hype them!

I really enjoyed the writing style. It felt different to anything I had read before, or at least in recent months and I found it refreshing. That said, I did pick up on a few ‘yoda’ moments which I didn’t really understand. Do people really talk like yoga or was this just simply a reference to the authors favourite films? I noticed Zuky over at Book Bum noticed this also, so at least I’m not the only one to pick up on it and think it was slightly odd.

Milly, real name Annie but this has been changed for protection due to her mums upcoming trial, is trying to be the ‘good version’ of herself. She is now living with a foster family constantly trying to battle against all she knows which is what her mum is being trailed for. She tries to adapt into a new environment and a new family, but it’s not easy when your mums a murderer and it’s all you know.

Whilst it didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would I did really enjoy it, which is why I have given it 4 stars! It was an compelling read full of twists and turns as you tried to understand Milly and her daily battles to be brave and face her mum when it comes to trial and also as she tries to be ‘normal’ in a new environment. Its very interesting read and one which I urge you to try.

Have you read it? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

George x

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh your cat looks like mine :-). I love seeing cats in pictures with books! That said, I read this one a month ago I think and enjoyed it as well but didn’t love it either and rated it the same as you. I do think it’s a good debut and I liked the struggle going on inside Millie and the voice that she hears from her mother… We’re completely on the same page for this one. Great review!

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    1. fueltheblog says:

      Awww I love cat pics too. Although they just look at me sometimes like why have you interrupted my sleeping space with a book? Haha. Ahh I’m glad I’m not the only one. I felt bad not loving it as much, but I guess everyone’s different. Like you say was a good debut and it was great to read a different writing style and the struggle. Would still recommend it to people so that’s the main thing! 🙂 x

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  2. Hahaha, you got the Yoda vibes with this one too! Fab review ☺️

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    1. fueltheblog says:

      I did! If i’m honest had to re-read those bits because it shocked me so much. Very strange! Thanks 🙂 x

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