Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Milly wrestles with the fact that she is the daughter of a serial killer. Despite knowing what her mother has done to small innocent children, and having endured years of abuse herself, Milly can’t stop wanting to please her mum. Even when she has a new identity and the ‘perfect’ foster home.
Can Milly stop the cycle of abuse?
This book grips you from page 1. Ali Land’s description of a life lived far outside our comfort zone, is frighteningly effective. Reading this is like watching a horrific news story unfold in front of your eyes. Desperate to know what happens you struggle to put it down, yet all the time, you dread the worst.
If I’m completely honest, I found the ending a teeny bit predictable, but I can easily forgive. Ali Land explores nature versus nurture expertly. It is impossible to read this book without becoming confused within Milly’s emotions.
Can Good Me overrule Bad Me?
Does Milly deserve your sympathy?
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Are you, as a mother, responsible if your child does something unforgiveable?
This is the marmite of all books – you’ll either love it or hate it. Lionel Shriver has a habit of using overly big words with as much padding as possible. For some this will be distracting and irritating; for others, it will make you pause more, think more and ponder.
Whatever you think of the prose, the novel’s contents are undeniably disturbing and very difficult to digest. The story tackles thinks that parents don’t ever want to think about.
But don’t give up – this book doesn’t really make sense until the end. It finishes with a big almighty bang.
It is impossible to not feel something.
Be warned – ‘This book may attack your mind’
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Never have I read a book that has haunted me afterwards as much as this. Expertly written beyond comprehension. It is eerie, captivating and highly addictive. No review can ever do this book the justice it deserves.
Inspired by a true story, Hannah Kent brings to life the story of Agnes.
Agnes is a farmhand who is charged with a brutal murder and sent to an isolated farm to await her execution. The family at the farm initially avoid Agnes, horrified by the fact that she has killed, but gradually they learn that there is another side to the story. Slowly Agnes reveals her past; her illegitimacy, poverty, intelligence, and eventually her part in that dreadful night.