I have been racing through my ‘to read’ book pile since the clocks went forward, I'm not sure why but I seem to achieve so much more when there are more daylight hours, I definitely do.
I have just finished reading Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land and I wanted to share my thoughts. It wasn’t a Book Club book, but was just the right size for me to squeeze in before we start the next book. I finished it in just a few days (which is quite quick for me). It's not a particularly taxing read, it’s all written from the perspective of one child, Milly (or as we later find out Annie). So easy to pick up where you left off.
However, it is a psychologically unnerving thriller and could be quite distressing, especially if you are a new parent - be warned. Milly's Mother is a serial killer and the story unfolds of how Milly was forced to report her Mother to the police after witnessing her Mother’s violence and now lives with a foster family, awaiting the trial where Milly will have to give evidence. Milly struggles with her guilt over not being able to save the children her mother murdered and battles her inner demons as she is partly convinced that deep down she may be as evil as her Mother!
It's a really easy book to dip in and out of although the subject is a little disturbing, it is a gripping read. I finished it yesterday evening sitting on the beach, but haven't stopped thinking about the ending, although I did find it a little predictable in places, it didn’t end exactly as I expected.
One thing that did make the novel quite unsettling and has been playing on my mind, is the back page reads that the author has spent nearly 10 years as a child and adolescent mental-health nurse. So although the story is a work of fiction, I can’t help but wonder how much of it was imagined and how much was drawn from actual experience.
The next book up is, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, I can't wait to get started!