Book Review: Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Brief synopsis : Milly's mother is a serial killer of children, and Milly is the reason she's now in jail. As Milly prepar...

Brief synopsis: Milly's mother is a serial killer of children, and Milly is the reason she's now in jail. As Milly prepares to testify against her mother, she stays with a foster family - a nice therapist, his wife who is addicted to pills, and their bully of a daughter. As a young teen, Milly still yearns for acceptance from her mother. As she struggles between her good and bad thoughts, she has figure out which side she will choose.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. The premise of Good Me Bad Me is insane. The story follows Milly, who is 14, and she has recently reported her mother for being a serial killer. Her mom's arrested and Milly goes to stay with a foster family throughout her mother's trial. She struggles between understanding how terrible her mother is as a person, while also really wanting to seek love and approval from her. While the plot is a gruesome one, I was really intrigued by the storyline.

I honestly can't put my finger on what I did/didn't like. I rated the book 3/5 stars because I was so neutral about it once it was over.

For what the story was about, I felt like it was very slow-paced. The climax was within the last 20 or so pages, and I just didn't feel that I was invested in any of the characters. The story was only told from Milly's perspective, however, I think that switched perspectives could have really amped up the novel.

I wouldn't deter anyone from reading  this book whatsoever, but I'm also not jumping at the chance to convince people to read it either. I don't really have any strong feelings towards it in any way.

If you're really into psychological thrillers set at a slower pace, this could definitely be up your alley. However, there is a lot of violence towards children - so keep that in mind if choosing to read this one.

Thanks so much to Booksparks for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Make sure to check out Booksparks Fall Reading Challenge to catch a ton of new books this fall.

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