Good Me Bad Me

Good Me Bad Me : The Richard & Judy Book Club thriller 2017

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The SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER and the unputdownable RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK that will chill you to the bone . . .

AWARDED HEAT'S UNMISSABLE, BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. 'It's rare to come across a book you can't stop thinking about, talking about and pushing it into the hands of everyone you know.' Heat


When Annie hands her mother over to the police she hopes for a new start in life - but can we ever escape our past?


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...


'The new Girl on The Train, which was the new Gone Girl. You get the picture. This psycho-thriller by Ali Land is set to be massive' Cosmopolitan

'Original and compelling - a sensational debut' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go

'Utterly compelling, extraordinary, breath-taking' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

'An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense' Matt Haig

'Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue' Sunday Express

'A strong contender for debut of the year' Irish Times
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 32mm | 605g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718182928
  • 9780718182922
  • 79,899

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It's rare to come across a book you can't stop thinking about, talking about and pushing into the hands of everyone you know * Heat Magazine * The new Girl on The Train, which was the new Gone Girl. You get the picture. This psycho-thriller by Ali Land is set to be massive * Cosmopolitan * Dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking, you'll read this outstanding book holding your breath * Prima * Chilling * Woman & Home * Dark and unsettling . . . a truly gripping story * My Weekly * Incredible, very special * Radio 4's Open Book * A gripping tale about a teenage girl waiting to give evidence at her serial-killer mother's trial. Unsettling and unforgettable * Heat * Uncomfortable, shocking, and totally compelling, put this to the top of your to-read pile * Sun * Unsettling. Holds our attention from the opening page. There is so much to praise here * Guardian * Had me on the edge of my seat from the first page * Women & Home * Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue * Sunday Express * Frightening, enthralling, utterly compelling. Everyone's scrabbling for the new Girl on the Train to get their thriller fix. And 2017's 'one' looks set to be Good Me Bad Me. A gripper. You'll be hooked * Grazia * A dark, intensely compelling debut. Terrifying * Daily Mail * Good Me Bad Me is the story of a girl who hands her serial killer mother over to the police. With a new life and new, welcoming family, she prepares for the coming trial. But this is a battle of wills, of nature versus nurture - of good against bad . . . * from the publisher's description * This superbly dark, twister chiller is as gripping as they come * Heat * An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense. You hardly breathe. Best read in ages -- Matt Haig Intelligent and disturbing, Good Me Bad Me had me hooked from the first page -- Debbie Howells, author of Richard & Judy book club bestseller * The Bones of You * Milly's voice is gripping and shocking. This is a book you will want to discuss with everyone you know * Claire Douglas, author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing * I absolutely loved it and read it in less than a day. A proper page turner and brilliantly written -- Edith Bowman A triumph of tension. I doubt I'll ever sleep again -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of R&J bestseller * The Last Act of Love * Good Me Bad Me is a novel that explodes off the page, with beautifully drawn characters and carefully executed pace. Heart rending, engrossing and ultimately terrifying, you'll be thinking about it a long time after you've turned the final page -- Rowan Coleman, author of R&J bestseller * The Memory Book * Unbelievably good, utterly gripping * Jill Mansell * This book is a work of twisted genius. It is going to be HUGE. Watch out for Ali Land * Bryony Gordon * Listen to the early praise for Ali Land's Good Me Bad Me because it's all true. It's dark, utterly gripping, brilliant * David Headley, Goldsboro Books * I read this book in one compulsive gulp over two days and absolutely loved it. It's raw, superbly controlled and it chills to the bone -- Richard Skinner You know from the first page you're in confident hands. A genuinely disturbing debut that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Good Me Bad Me is going to be huge - and it deserves to be -- Catherine Ryan Howard Good Me Bad Me is utterly compelling. Ali Land writes with such clarity, and such imagination, you will fall into her world on the very first page and find yourself unable to leave. An extraordinary and breath-taking debut * Joanna Cannon, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Trouble with Goats and Sheep * The best crime debut I've read in ages. Creepy, edgy and addictively twisted. I loved it -- Sarah Hilary Ali Land's Good Me Bad Me is an intensely compelling exploration of nature versus nurture wrapped up in a page-turning psychological thriller. Darkly disturbing and beautifully written. What more could any reader want? -- Sarah Pinborough Good Me Bad Me is an astonishing debut - technically sophisticated and emotionally heart wrenching. So many things are done well - the status jungle of girls school, the psychological dissonance of a dysfunctional family, the internal machinery of damaged children. I thought it was wonderful -- Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of * Dear Amy * One word: Wow. What a brilliant book - believable, shocking, thought-provoking and utterly compelling. The writing, as well as being so pacey, is beautiful. This feels such a current and original book * T R Richmond * Good Me Bad Me is a compelling page-turner. Chilling and dark, it grips you and won't let go -- Rebecca Done Ten pages into Good Me Bad Me, I became an Ali Land fan. Her beautiful, intimate voice immediately tugged me into the heart and mind of a serial killer's daughter and then wouldn't let go. Is there hope for this teenager's new life outside of her mother's horror? Original, intense, and utterly compelling, Good Me Bad Me is not just a terrific thriller but a psychological dive into a young girl's soul. It takes subtlety and perfect balance to maintain a dark tale like this, and Land never once stutters or makes you look away -- Julia Heaberlin, author of Sunday Times bestseller * Black-Eyed Susans * The new Girl on The Train, which was the new Gone Girl... You get the picture. This psycho-thriller by Ali Land is set to be massive * Cosmopolitan * 2017's most hotly anticipated psychological thriller * Stylist * A creepy, compulsive thriller I read in one breathless gulp... Good Me Bad Me reveals its shocking secrets slowly while reeling in the reader with all the intricate skill of a spider spinning a web. One not to be missed * Red Magazine * Dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking. You'll read this outstanding debut while holding your breath! * Prima Magazine * An incredible narrative voice . . . Very special and different * Radio 4's Open Book * Terrifyingly good. The terror of Liz Nugent mixed with the teen angst of Louise O'Neill * The Irish Examiner * Frightening and enthralling * Grazia * A novel of complex motivations that will test readers' capacity for empathy, Good Me Bad Me is already a strong contender for debut of the year * The Irish Times * Gripping from the first page * Elle UK *
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About Ali Land

After graduating from university with a degree in mental health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in London. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages.

Follow Ali on Twitter and Instagram @byAliLand
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4 43% (7,486)
3 22% (3,819)
2 5% (867)
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