Thank you to Flatiron Books for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.
But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.
When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.
I was really impressed with this book. I didn’t know much about it when I started reading it other than the main character’s Mom was a serial killer on trial and she was worried about whether or not she’d turn out to have the same tendencies. I read a few chapters and was intrigued by the characters, but still wasn’t sure if it was going toward “love it” or “hate it”. Then I read a short interview Land had done as part of promo for the book where she explained her professional history and her interest in the topic. That blew it wide open for me. From that point forward, I couldn’t wait to see where she took the story and how she explored this topic with these characters.
I loved how multi-dimensional the characters were – nobody was what they seemed. Everybody had a secret side and it really kept me on my toes. There was also a lot of suspense built up in the concern over whether or not Milly’s true identity would remain a secret, if her safety would be in jeopardy, etc. I don’t want to say much more about the story because I’ll give away too many details. Suffice it to say: Land put a lot of effort into creating this world and these characters, and it’s well worth your time if you’re a fan of psychological suspense and/or character-driven plots. It’s definitely a “highly recommend” from me. ~ Amber
About the author (from Goodreads): After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in West London.