This was a heck of a roller coaster.
This is a truly disturbing story of Milly, a young girl whose mother is a serial killer. People see her and instantly think she’s ‘the spit of her mother’ which frightens her the most, and therefore – as she lives with her new foster family – struggles to decide what she really is. Is she Bad, or is she Good?
After beginning to read Good Me Bad Me, I learned that when people say this is ‘the new The Girl On The Train’, they mean it is quite similar to Paula Hawkins’ writing in general. It is so beautifully lyrical and poetic.
I loved how, at first, the reader might deeply sympathize with Milly, the protagonist, but then at the end of every few chapters she speaks to us through her mind and says something that is completely astonishing, because apparently, the reader thinks they know all what she is about but they don’t.
Milly’s struggle to figure out who she really is is truly nerve-racking because her good side can’t help but keep being haunted by her mother Ruth’s voice, ‘Annie this, Annie that.’ And what’s more interesting is the environment that surrounds her- that being her current foster family ‘The Newmonts’ and the school she goes to- and how it affects her self-discovery in an extreme way.
You can really feel for Annie as she awaits for and counts the days until her mother’s trial.
Milly fears to be her mother but still loves her and tries to please her. Although, it doesn’t make her any weaker. It’s the most complex mother-daughter relationship.
There are a lot of terrifying scenes in the book, but what terrified me the most was the way Milly describes her mother crawling like a ribbon or a snake from under her bedroom door and into her bed…So daunting.
The reader can easily underestimate Milly and judge her personality, but she compares to no other protagonist I’ve ever read about. It’s only within the latest pages that she shocks everybody around her and also the reader, precisely at a prolonged courtroom scene I was sweating through reading it.
Afterwards, the book proceeds with shock after shock. Especially during an incident in the end where the author tests our patience as she so skillfully leads us to acknowledging what it is and how it was done, and if I could explain ‘it’ in one word, it would be: Vertigo!
Milly doesn’t cease to astonish us. Her character is addictive, like, you reach a part in the book where you care about nothing but what Milly feels, thinks or what happens to her next. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a heroine that could easily put her mark on me like she did.
I, one hundred percent, recommend reading this book!