Mum’s a serial killer, and even though I had you arrested, you’re still in my head. Day dream and nightmare. Just how much thicker is blood than water, Mum?
Annie, whoops, I mean Millie, a fifteen year old, is with a foster family until after the trial. Head of the family, Mike, psychologist, is trying to prep Millie for the upcoming trial. He spends so much time and sympathy with her that his own daughter, Phoebe, plots Milly’s misery both at home and at school. Milly makes only one friend, a slightly younger urchin from a local housing estate, but even she becomes wary of the teenager under so much mounting stress.
Ali Land takes along to live in Millie’s head in a very scary, convincing way. The foster family, with caring gullible Mike, his pill-popping wayward wife, and betrayed daughter with her loyal bitchy friends, are all very real. The tension mounts inexorably as the trial gets nearer and the teenage schemes of revenge are hatched.
Some may suspect which way the cookie is going to crumble before it actually does, which could help steel a reader for the heart-banging climax, but those that don’t are in for a twist of note.
Book Details: Penguin – Michael Joseph. ISBN: 9780718182939
Thanks to Lorienne Brown, Marketing & Publicity, www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za, for this review copy.