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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER HOW FAR DOES THE APPLE REALLY FALL FROM THE TREE?

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land: "Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue." —Sunday ExpressMilly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

"Land takes the reader on a terrific voyage into the teenage psyche...an intense, insightful first novel; its believable characters caught up in realistic situations will make the reader think more deeply about teenage mental health. Fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why will enjoy this book immensely." - Library Journal

©2017 Ali Land (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that's at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma." ( Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

At first Good me: Bad Me started rather slow but give it a tiny bit of time. The narration seemed a better fit for fairy tales but soon my ears adjusted to the melody of the British narration and carried me along.
The story which was much like being swept up in a current.
The subject of having children abducted and abused is a base for this story but it is not so overwhelming in details that it turns your gut. It is the elephant in the room for sure, but the heartwrenching details are presented in such a way that I dare call them palatable ( if there is such a thing). It is a detail to the underbelly of these characters drive and the stories flow.
This is a very intriguing book that explores and lends insight to the victimization, genetics, and sickness of abusers as well as the real lives of those who reach out to offer support and make a difference.
This book may not be for everyone but it doesn't have a lot of gory detail, cursing or descriptive sexual content. As a listener, I didn't find myself entertained by the subject of abuse as much as the story as a whole.
Good me Bad me is a very good, suspenseful story that flows through what I'll call a tainted river no one wants to truly navigate but it skirts the edges enough to get you wet enough to feel.
I don't just hand out 5 stars and I considered going 4 because this book may not be for everyone but considering how well it was presented I believe this one earned them as a whole.

85 of 93 people found this review helpful

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Slow Burn. Little Payoff.

I was excited for this one because of the reviews but overall it felt slow and nothing much happens. I finished it out of stubbornness to quit but didn’t care much for any characters. Don’t pick this up looking for a dark thriller because that’s not what this is.

43 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Imogen Church is God's Gift to audio books!

Have you ever watched a movie and thought, "This actor's performance really made this movie so much better. His/her performance made anything I didn't like about the plot unimportant..."?? That's every single audiobook I've ever listened to when it's narrated by Imogen Church. I would buy an audible recording of her reading the Twilight series, and there is nothing I've ever hated more than that.

I found the book decent, and the story quite dark and unique, but it's really Church's performance that made Milly come alive. She makes a crappy story good, and, in this case, a good story freaking amazing! So yeah... Get this book.

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Finished it in 2 days!

The prose is absolutely phenomenal. The narration is flawless (I've listened to 2 other books by Imogen Church and by god I could listen to that woman read a hundred takeout menus). The characters have so much depth.

*minor spoiler* If there is anything negative I have to say about this book, it's that Phoebe (and some of the other schoolgirls) seemed more like a hyperbolized charicature of the "bully" archetype. This combined with her parents' lack of discipline made certain plot points just a touch less believable.
*end spoiler*

Other than that minor criticism, this was a fantastic book. Couldn't stop listening, like many other reviewers I agree that I was sad when it came to an end. Recommend 110%!

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  • Louisa
  • Los angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-26-17

Another amazing performance by Imogen!

I immensely enjoyed this book and was very surprised as I had never heard of this author before but I decided to give it a chance because Imogen was narrating. Very dark and disturbing at times I loved it! This is the first time I've ever heard of someone telling a story from the point of view of a child of a serial killer. Everyone wants to write about killers or their victims but this was new and original I think and very well executed. I will definitely be looking for other books by this autnor.

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Warning graphic detail of child killing

I skimmed the reviews before buying this book but never noticed anything about the graphic detail of child killing. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom and a bit more sensitive than most but I had to skip through a sizable chunks of this book to avoid it.

The parts I did listen to weren’t really worth the listen. There’s better suspense books out there, I would pass on this one.

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Narration Took This Book To The Next Level

Having read the negative reviews, I can understand where they're coming from ... however, despite the subject matter, as a writer I admire Ali Land for this exceptional work. The pacing, the language, the juxtaposition of evil and good, were expertly crafted.

Then, there is the narration. From the first words uttered, Imogen Church took this novel to the next level. The haunted interpretation of the protagonist Millie's voice - her inner monologue - was so absolutely spot on that she became that person ... and her transitions between characters were smooth and seamless.

I cannot say that I enjoyed this experience ... but it was riveting, and kept me listening. Both author and narrator deserve top marks for achieving what they set out to accomplish.

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Wow

As a mother, parts of this book really disturbed me. That being said, the story and character development was phenomenal. Beginning to end was fantastic!

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Read this book because of the reviews

So glad the positive reviews for this book were spot on. This was worth the credit and did not disappoint.

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Yes!!!

Fantastic story! Wonderful narration! I highly recommend! Imogen Church is my favorite narrator. Have a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

19 of 24 people found this review helpful