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Top 5: Characters

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting the third addition in my brand new “top 5” series. In this series, I’ll be discussing my top 5 of whatever category I’ve set myself for that post (book-related, of course!) You can find my other posts in the series here. In this post, I’ll be focusing on my top 5 characters (in no particular order), giving you some information about the character and the book they appear in! I hope you all enjoy this series – please leave any comments or feedback below, I love hearing from you. So, here goes…



Milly from Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land.


About the Book.

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When Annie hands her mother over to the police she hopes for a new start in life – but can we ever escape our past?


Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

With a new foster family and a new name – Milly – she hopes for a fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But as her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of Milly’s past won’t let her sleep . . .

Because Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water…


About the Character.

Milly/Annie is a 15 year old girl who has experienced a world full of pain and suffering. All she wants is to be free of her past and her murderous mother, but it soon becomes clear that the past won’t let her go. Annie changes her name to Milly and makes a new start with a new foster family, and must learn to adjust to her new life. As well as adjusting to life with a new family, new school, and new friends, she must prepare to take the stand and testify against her own mother in court.

Milly is a kind-hearted, lovely girl who has been dealt an extremely difficult hand in life. She only wants to do what’s right, but she must decide whether blood really is thicker than water. It really broke my heart to read all about the hardships she experiences – her new life is proving really tough for her, and she suffers greatly. However, as the book goes on, the reader discovers that there’s a shocking other side to Milly, and she isn’t as innocent as she may first seem. She’s an extremely complex and well-written character, and for that reason she deserves the place as one of my favourite characters of all time.



Lou from THE FEAR by C.L. Taylor.


About the Book.

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Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…


About the Character.

32 year old Lou Wandsworth was groomed by her karate teacher at aged 14, and was taken away to France with him. She managed to escape a difficult, abusive relationship, but years later it seems the past has come back to haunt her. She discovers that Mike is now grooming Chloe, and in an effort to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she goes after Mike…with disastrous consequences.

Lou is an extremely tough and determined character who will go to any lengths to protect a young girl she barely knows. This really moved me as a reader, and she really inspired me. As you can probably guess, Lou does make plenty of mistakes, and at times she is a very impulsive character, but ultimately her intentions are good. She’s an extremely realistic but also a complex character, and I really related to her at many times whilst reading the novel. She’s definitely one of the best characters I’ve ever read about.



Joanna from Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister.


About the Book.

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Would you run, or stay and call an ambulance, if it was you that pushed him?

It’s the end of the night. You’re walking home on your own.

Then you hear the sound every woman dreads. Footsteps. Behind you. Getting faster.

You’re sure it’s him – the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave you alone.

You make a snap decision. You turn. You push. Your pursuer tumbles down the steps. He lies motionless, face-down on the floor.

Now what?

Call 999
Wait for the police to arrive. For judgement, for justice, whatever that may be. You just hope your husband, family and friends, everyone you love, will stand by you.


Stay silent. You didn’t mean to do it. You were scared, you panicked. And no one saw. No one will ever know. If you leave now. If you keep quiet. For ever.

Which will it be?


About the Character.

Joanna is the unfortunate victim in a devastating crime one night, as she walks home to catch the tube after a night out with her friends. She believes she is in danger, so makes an impulsive decision that night – one which won’t ever leave her alone. We see what will happen based on which decision she makes that night: will she run and flee the scene, or will she call 999 and report the crime?

Joanna is a genuinely good, kind-hearted character, who was perhaps just in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s devoted to her husband and family, and she is hard-working and ambitious – a seemingly very “normal” character. After the crime, she has to make some incredibly difficult decisions that any person would struggle to make, and I really admired her strength and bravery throughout the novel. Joanna really grows as a character throughout the novel, which definitely qualifies her as one of my all time favourite characters.



Lily from Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.


About the Book.

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You’ve been held captive in one room.

You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old.

Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked.

For the first time in eight years you’re free.

This is what happens next.


About the Character.

Lily Riser and her daughter Sky have been held captive by the evil Rick Hanson for 8 years, since Lily was 16 years old. They manage to escape from their cell one day, and the reader observes as Lily and her daughter attempt to integrate back into society, exploring all the hardships they suffer as they struggle to adjust to “normal” life again.

Lily is, put simply, an extraordinary character. She shows incredibly bravery and courage throughout the novel, and is a true role model. She’s been the victim of physical, mental and sexual abuse, and I cannot even begin to fathom how that can affect a person. But throughout it all, Lily is a rock for her daughter, guiding her through all the hard times. She’s a lovely, kind, honest character who has unfortunately suffered greatly, and her extraordinary bravery continues to inspire me.



Kate from Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson.


About the Book.


Following a brutal attack, Kate Priddy makes the uncharacteristically bold decision of moving from London to Boston – in an apartment swap with her cousin, Corbin Dell.

But soon after her arrival Kate makes a shocking discovery: Corbin’s next-door neighbour, Audrey Marshall, may have been murdered.

Far from home and emotionally unstable, her imagination playing out her every fear, who can Kate trust?


About the Character.

After suffering some trauma, Kate Priddy decides to pack her bags and swap houses with a cousin she has never met, leaving behind her familiar home in London and moving to Boston. She becomes entangled in a murder case, and takes on the role of the investigator, determined to find out what happened to her neighbour. This has a detrimental impact upon her own health and sanity, but she must uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Kate is an exceptionally convincing and relatable character. She has some issues with her mental health (anxiety and agrophobia, amongst other issues), and has also experienced some trauma. She is optimistic about her new move to Boston, but the news of the murder takes its toll on her health. She attempts to integrate into her new community, and ultimately she just wants to be accepted and liked. I saw a lot of myself in the character of Kate and really related to her. She definitely isn’t perfect and she makes a lot of mistakes, but her flaws makes her a very realistic character.









Happy reading 🙂



4 thoughts on “Top 5: Characters

  1. I legit added three of these books to my book wish list on Amazon. I’m so pleased to say that Anything You do Say is finally for sale in the US, and I’m so pleased, because this book was something that was so talked about in the book community, that I was a little sad that I wasn’t able to get a hold of it, but I can finally order it now. Great post 🙂 xx

    Melina |


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