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Not Bad People: A Novel

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A clever, compelling debut novel with a unique premise of what happens when three best friends engage in what seems to be a harmless act, but instead results in tragedy, leading the women to confront buried resentments, shattering secrets, dark lies, and the moral consequences that could alter their lives forever.

Three friends, thirty years of shared secrets, one impulsive
ebook, 576 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Brandy Scott is a radio presenter and a journalist, who has embarked upon a new career as a novelist, releasing her debut contemporary fiction piece, Not Bad People. With an open-ended title, it got me thinking about the whole concept of what constitutes as being a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ person. Sometimes the lines and moral boundaries are blurred, thanks to the various situations, or binds we find ourselves in. In Not Bad People, three friends from a small Austral
Sherri Thacker
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started off slow for me and I found myself easily confused with all the different going back and forth between all the different people. I skimmed through several chapters so for that reason I’m giving it 3 stars. Not sure why I couldn’t stay focused throughout and it took me a long time to get through it. It was just ok for me.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book.

There's nothing better than reading a story and starting to feel as though you actually KNOW the characters, finding yourself saying, "Girl, I understand how you feel."

This book takes place in a small town in Australia, smack dab in the middle of a thirty year friendship between three women. And these women are so easy to identify with in so many ways. You read about their lives, their families, and their history together. You learn their fears, their desires, their neurotic
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books which you wish would never end, while at the same time racing to get to the finish, to find out how it all works out. I found myself longing to get back to the characters every time I had to put the book down.
Brandy Scott’s debut novel is quick-paced, funny, poignantly truthful, and full of surprises. Above all, it is extremely readable. Her characters (and she gets into the heads of a lot of them) are realistic in their flaws, and without being stereotypical they are
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was borrowing a copy but it was so good I went and bought my own - and a copy to give to my sister. Yes, it’s that good.
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love when I start a book with no expectations about it and come out just loving the book. That is what happened to me with author, Brandy Scott's debut novel Not Bad People. This book did not feel or read like a "debut" novel but a novel from a seasoned author.

In the beginning, when Aimee, Melinda, and Lou were hanging out writing their wishes for a new year to send off in the lantern ceremony, I was not a fan of any of the three women. However, shortly after I was a little ways into the stor
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first completed book of February is the slow-burning contemporary drama NOT BAD PEOPLE by debut author, Brandy Scott. The novel is set in the fictional country Victorian town of Hensley. My own hometown, the Mornington Peninsula, gets a brief mention, so I thought it was fitting to take my copy on a trip to my local beach. It was a lovely beach read!

There are three main characters in NOT BAD PEOPLE. Lou is a feisty single mum whose teenage daughter is causing almost as much trouble as she did
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Look, I gotta be completely honest, this isn’t my type of book.

But that said Brandy is such a talent that I was totally gripped by this domestic ripper of a story. Yes, it’s for the Moriarty crowd, for those that love the hot trend right now, but it’s charming and funny, sophisticated and poignant, a new voice in this genre.

The central intrigue is what exactly happened when a light airplane goes down in a small town and kills a young man – who is to blame? Our three main characters, Aimee, Mel
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I would call this a domestic, psychological suspense novel. It has an exceptional premise and is a thoroughly absorbing read. This is a debut?!

On New Year's Eve in a small town outside of Sydney three women who have been friends for thirty years - Aimee, Melinda and Lou - have a "letting go" ceremony off of Melinda's balcony.
They light the candles in sky lanterns, not realizing they've been banned for 10 years, with notes attached of things they want to let go as to start the new year fresh
Nicole Pandal
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Before reading it, I heard a few people compare it to Liane Moriarty’s work, and I can see why. It has a similar style, with relatable Australian female lead characters. But personally I’d say it’s in a league of it’s own!

The story is primarily told from 3 different female view points, and I was able to relate to every one of them in a different way. There’s the single ambitious career woman, the poor single mum, and the comfortable house wife.

The writing is also full of so mu
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On New Year’s Eve three friends - Melinda, Aimee and Lou - let three lanterns filled with resolutions for the year to come. After they float off, there’s a bright flare in the distance. Fireworks are happening, so the ladies think nothing of it. The next day, newspapers report a plane crash with two victims, a father and his young son. Were their lanterns responsible for the tragic accident? Or was something more sinister happening? Aimee thinks they are, Melinda won’t accept it, and Lou has pro ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start by saying that quite simply Brandy Scott is one to watch. This is a smacker of a debut, with a fabulous cast of characters and a rollercoaster plot line that keeps you guessing until the end.

Meet three friends: Melina, Aimee and Lou. They have known each other since forever, but how well do they really know each other, and how do the repercussions of one decision test the very core of their friendship.

Brandy Scott has created a wonderful world in NOT BAD PEOPLE, a seemingly p
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous and compelling novel whose characters and intricate plot had me hooked from the start. Brandy Scott's unique style, which is concise and witty, makes her writing so clever, so readable. I loved the undertones of sarcastic wit and a dry sense of humour. Throughout this unpredictable yet believable tale, the author approaches day-to-day challenges and triumphs with empathy for and affinity with her characters. This author is being compared to Liane Moriaty (whose books I adore too) and ...more
Three friends from childhood, the OCD Aimee, the corporate power Melinda, and the single mother Lou, celebrate the New Year by sending up Chinese lanterns carrying note cards listing the things in their lives that they want to let go of in the coming year. What follows is a methodical and steady revelation of who each of these women really is, and the fears that they each hold along the way. The reader is also treated to meeting several of the citizens of the town of Hensley in Australia, each o ...more
Eileen M Wallis
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Because I have known Brandy Scott for many years both professionally and personally, I was extremely excited as well as a tiny bit trepidatious to read her first book - would it be as good as I had hoped?

The answer is a resounding YES -- 'Not Bad People' is a gripping and ripping new novel. The characters are fully formed and engaging... there is tremendous suspense that builds throughout the narrative, and I loved the supporting characters, especially Sharna at the post office. The day-to-day
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodness gracious me what a find ! What a writer& what a delight to read . Escapism at its finest , this is one of Those books where you forget you have friends , Netflix is a far distant memory and even the dog needs to bark to get fed. I got so engrossed in this story , from the off these characters felt like friends , there’s a familiarity to them that could so easily be family in another country. Regardless of the fact that I was reading this book from the comfort of my living room with ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Tony Nielsen
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Aimee, Melinda and Lou have been best friends since childhood, living in a small Victorian country town not fat from Melbourne. The three friends couldn't be more different. Aimee is the only one who is married, to Nick, with whom she runs a local vineyard. Lou is the ratbag one who became pregnant while she was still at school and struggles to make ends meet. Melinda is the shining light, the one who created her own business and could live anywhere but chooses to stay in her hometown and run he ...more
Neall Stewart
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book. Starts with the premise, builds characters and then, as it starts to settle and wonder where it’s going - bang - adds twists and turns. The characters are all believable as it’s easy to empathise because we all have these sides to us, easy to put ourselves in these positions and easy to see how we all make decisions in our lives which we may like to go back and change, but can’t....and the loops we turn to try and make those changes.

The decisions are also believable and ultimately
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not Bad People is a great read. It keeps you interested with plot twists and turns but the characters are believable and you'll feel like you either know them, or are them. They're real and they react to the unfolding events like real people, not characters being forced into actions to fit a story arc.
The novel also provides an insight into small town living and explores how friendship, community, love and family can change over time - for better and worse.
The book is largely told from the vie
Natasha Thomas
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book! As a new mom, I barely have time to brush my teeth but I actually made the time to read this book because the story grips you from the get go. The three main characters are very well developed and it really felt like I was a part of their lives as the story progressed. The main plot and sub plots have many twists but not in a complicated way. Brandy's writing is simple and lucid and it's obvious that she has researched her characters and their setting thoroughly. I foun ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a page turner.... one of those books that has you sneaking about trying not to wake the house up at 3am looking for a torch to carry on reading with.
The characters are so very easy to relate to... there’s a little of each of them in all of us and at times it is laugh out loud funny. Engagement is just not an issue... so you find yourself hooked on the characters really fast. And then you get into the multiple and perfectly interwoven story lines... I found I simply had to know what happ
Kathryn Rooney
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good easy to read book. I connected with the characters quite quickly and I really liked how it jumps from thread to thread at the start. I read through it quickly as I was intrigued with the twists and turns of the story line. I think it’s a good, well written, easy-to-read, engaging book. I’m not Australian but I could see a lot of my Australian friends in the characters. Good first book and by about chapter three I could envisage this a film, and by the end I could DEFINITELY s ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a book club read and I have to say that I don't usually enjoy books like this but, I liked this one. The character seemed to be smart, strong women which I admired. Some of them were even relatable as well. The story was interesting and it keep me intrigued because I really wanted to see how everything played out. I do agree with some of the other reviews that the everything was pretty much quickly wrapped up. The last line had me asking; "Wait, what?" All in all, it was an enjoyable re ...more
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Liane Moriarty I think you'll really enjoy Brandy Scott's debut novel. At it's core it has three great and incredibly real characters who are thrust into a situation that they have no idea how to deal with. I really enjoyed the small Australian town (which felt a lot more familiar to me than the typical fictional small towns you find in Jane Harper books or books like Scrublands) and I felt the character flaws rang true. I cringed a bit at times (why would you DO that... PLEASE stop ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely full of shocking twists... to the point where I got sick of it. So much drama in these character's lives... It reminded me of Big Little Lies (two big reasons are the Australian setting and big, small-town drama), but not nearly as good. I was annoyed by each of the main characters for different reasons, especially with how poorly they thought things through. However, I was satisfied by the end of the book with what happened. I like being able to guess how certain things ...more
Belinda Munro
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars! This book exceeded my expectations! True to life characters, gripping story and fantastic writing, this one was hard to put down. Many readers are comparing it to Liane Moriarty’s style, and while it will appeal to her fans, I actually thought this book was much better. Highly recommend and I will be keeping my eye on this author.

Thanks kindly to Netgalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
Jessica Jarlvi
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that you start reading and keep coming back to, because the characters start to feel like your friends. You have to know what's going to happen to them. There are also many twists and turns, and dark moments, where the characters have to question themselves and the decisions they've made in life, which makes it highly realistic. If you like Liane Moriarty, this is the book for you!
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