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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.)