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  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405923934
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Good Me Bad Me

The Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller debut about the girl whose mother is a serial killer . . .

'New Name. New Family. Shiny. New. Me.'

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 . . .

  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405923934
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

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 a creative warehouse community in North London. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages.

Follow Ali on Twitter @byAliLand

Praise for Good Me Bad Me

A gripping tale about a teenage girl waiting to give evidence at her serial-killer mother's trial. Unsettling and unforgettable


Had me on the edge of my seat from the first page

Women & Home

Uncomfortable, shocking, and totally compelling, put this to the top of your to-read pile


Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue

Sunday Express

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


Incredible, very special

Radio 4's Open Book

Unsettling. Holds our attention from the opening page. There is so much to praise here


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


A dark, intensely compelling debut. Terrifying

Daily Mail


Woman & Home

Dark and unsettling . . . a truly gripping story

My Weekly

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

Dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking, you'll read this outstanding book holding your breath


A thrilling exploration of how much our natures are defined by our upbringing


***** Ali Lane has created a creepy and haunting read. Thriller of the year so far.

Jade Craddock, The Sun

Frightening and enthralling


Good Me Bad Me is a compelling page-turner. Chilling and dark, it grips you and won't let go

Rebecca Done

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

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

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

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

2017's most hotly anticipated psychological thriller


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

A strong contender for debut of the year

Irish Times

A triumph of tension. I doubt I'll ever sleep again

Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of R&J bestseller, The Last Act of Love

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

An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense. You hardly breathe. Best read in ages

Matt Haig

An incredible narrative voice . . . Very special and different

Radio 4's Open Book

Dark, claustrophobic and thought-provoking. You'll read this outstanding debut while holding your breath!

Prima Magazine

Gripping from the first page

Elle UK

I absolutely loved it and read it in less than a day. A proper page turner and brilliantly written

Edith Bowman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrifyingly good. The terror of Liz Nugent mixed with the teen angst of Louise O'Neill

The Irish Examiner

The best crime debut I've read in ages. Creepy, edgy and addictively twisted. I loved it

Sarah Hilary

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


This book is a work of twisted genius. It is going to be HUGE. Watch out for Ali Land

Bryony Gordon

This superbly dark, twister chiller is as gripping as they come


Unbelievably good, utterly gripping

Jill Mansell

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

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