My recent reads have been very much thriller based, which probably isn’t a surprise to anyway, seeing as it’s always my favourite genre.
Good Me, Bad Me | Ali Land
This book was going to end up in my hands before I’d even read the blurb. I first read that Ali Land was previously a mental health nurse so I knew I had to give the novel a whirl and I was so not disappointed.
Good Me, Bad Me is a compelling read about Annie, a young girl whose mother is a serial killer. Given a new name and moving in with a foster family, Annie hopes to finally be free of her chilling past, but things don’t go quite so smoothly.
It took me a while to get into this book. For some reason or another the beginning just didn’t grab me, but once I was 50 pages in I read the rest in almost one sitting. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever read and while some of the passages are quite difficult to stomach, it’s well worth it.
Trust Me | Zosia Wand
Man was this a rollercoaster ride. Lizzie is only ten years older than her partner’s son and while she’s not technically his step-mother she feels responsible for him in ways that only a mother can. However when Sam starts skipping school and become aggressive, Lizzie is determined to find out what’s going on.
Firstly, the plot is great. Again like Good Me Bad Me, I haven’t read many books with a similar story so it’s always nice to read something refreshing. I particularly loved the Lake District setting of tranquility, mixed with the turbulence of Lizzie’s home life.
I read this when it was getting a little colder in the Autumn but it has the feel of a great Summer novel.
Secrets For The Mad | Dodie Clark
I’ve watched Dodie on Youtube for a good few years now, even if my interest in the platform has dwindled over the past year. I had no idea what to expect when I saw that Dodie was bringing a book out and honestly there may have been a few eye rolls from my direction. However, I was really pleasantly surprised.
Dodie has spoken openly on Youtube about dealing with mental illness and I thought the content of the book was really mature and interesting and in many parts really positive.
The book is probably one of my favourite non-fiction books of this year even though I maintain that the title is questionable.