This book is not going to make you feel good

GOOD Me Bad Me isn't a light-hearted fluffy book. Nope, it's not going to make you feel all gooey and warm, it's going to make you feel yuck, with a little bit of disturbed thrown in for good measure.

I read this book in a day, being the holidays and all, and I could not put it down. Written in first person, it follows Milly Barnes's story of giving evidence against her own mother, who she gave up to authorities, and the aftermath that follows the trial for the murder of nine children.

With her new identity and background story, we see Milly trying to handle the everyday antics of a 15-year-old girl who has never lived "normal".

She gives her psychologist, who is also her foster carer, all the right answers, and we're really encouraged to be cheering for her, but something never seems quite right.

I had a feeling about where the story would go, and yet I still couldn't quite believe it when it happened.

Author Ali Land spent a decade working as a child and adolescent mental health nurse in hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia and has a degree in mental health.

Land now lives in a creative warehouse community in North London and works as a writer full time. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into more than 20 languages.

I can truly see this book being picked up to be a movie and, I can assure you, I will be going to watch and it will be a chilling experience, just like reading this book.

Ally Elphinstone

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