THE MUST-READ PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT WILL CHILL YOU TO THE BONE
Can we ever escape our past?
Annie's mother is a serial killer. And the only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.
Now with a new foster family and a new name - Milly - she's hoping for a fresh start.
But as her mother's trial looms, the secrets of Milly's past won't let her sleep . . .
The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick
'Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue' Sunday Express
'You'll read this outstanding book holding your breath' Prima
'The new Girl on The Train' Cosmopolitan
'An astoundingly compelling thriller. Beyond tense' Matt Haig
'Original and compelling - a sensational debut' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go
'Utterly compelling, extraordinary, breath-taking' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re so often spoiled when it comes to high-end psychological thrillers, but Ali Land’s debut novel feels startlingly unique. It’s the dark, compelling story of Millie, the 15-year-old daughter of a serial killer. As Millie negotiates a new foster family, harrowing bullying at school, and a terrifying trial, we’re served vivid and grisly flashbacks to Millie’s mother’s crimes. Land has crafted a tale that sinks its hooks in from the first page and all the while we’re left with a nagging question: might Millie be just like her mother?
When 15-year-old Annie Thompson, the unflinching narrator of British author Land's chilling debut, tells the Devon police that her mother, Ruth, is a serial killer who preys on young children, the police arrest Ruth. Annie, who changes her name to Milly, moves in with the family of London psychologist Mike Newmont, who will help her prepare to testify at her mother's trial. Saskia, Mike's wife, knows Milly's true identity, but the couple's teenage daughter, Phoebe, believes that Milly is just an ordinary foster kid who's monopolizing her parents' attention. Milly attends the same school as Phoebe, who turns the other students against Milly in an effort to drive her away. Milly does her best to ignore the bullying, but the worse things get, the louder Ruth's hectoring voice rings in Milly's head, forcing Milly and the reader to question whether it's possible to overcome both nature and nurture. A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that's at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma.)
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British. First novel. ‘Cosmopolitan' magazine, that bastion of literary criticism, hailed this as “this year’s ‘Girl on the Train,’ which was last year’s ‘Gone Girl’…," which was...
Millie, who used to be Annie, is the teenage daughter of a child-abusing, serial killer mother, and is press-ganged into helping procure victims for her Mum. (You think you’ve got problems.) Then one day she decides she's had enough and goes to the coppers. Our gal's dreading having to testify in court, but she's got other things to worry about in the meantime. While waiting for the case to come up, she's fostered by a well meaning psychotherapist named Mike, ever eager to counsel the hell out of his young charge (and write a book about it). Meanwhile, foster mother Saskia has mental heath issues of her own that she manages by substance abuse, as you do. If that weren’t enough, Mike and Saskia’s daughter is the same age as Millie and a real beeatch: the Queen Bee at school (Think UK version of ‘Mean Girls.’) Stuff happens: bad stuff. Millie eventually makes it through the court case, but dark secrets come out, yada, yada.
Tight, tense, chilling first person narrative with frequent flashbacks. Pace brisk. Characters well drawn.
It's not perfect but I couldn't put it down
Difficult to put down. Heart racing stuff.
Amazing writing where fear and suspense drew me along. The thought processes of evil sweetly evil and alluring. The brutal outcome was buffered by explanation of Milly's horrendous childhood.
Just had to read this book in one sitting.....wonderfully scripted, I could imagine the characters and how they looked, imagined the home and the decor, the school and the smell of it.
Highly recommend this book.