Release date: 1 June 2017
Back cover blurb: Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve to ever feel good again. But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head. But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing. What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?
All the Good Things is one of those books that really makes you stop and consider life.
Bethany Mitchell is only Twenty One but she has done a very bad thing. This bad thing has landed her in a Women's prison.
Bethany is a shadow of her former self - what she needs to do, is think of all the good things in her life. That is according to her counsellor Erika.
Bethany thinks Erika is mad.
But she does open up to Erika...
Slowly as Bethany starts to tell her story, we learn of her tragic upbringing, her desire to fit in, and her desire to be loved, wanted.
That desire to be loved is the one that ultimately leads her tragically to her fate.
Bethany is a prickly character, but her ordeal only made me warm to her more. Her actions in the end when given a choice over doing the right thing or taking the easy way out shows that she isn't all bad, even if she did do a very bad thing...
All the Good Things is available from 1 June 2017.
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Thank You to the publishers who sent me an advanced proof copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.