Book Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (‘A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder’) #2

First Published in Great Britian in 2020 by Egmont UK Limited.

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Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Page Count: 416

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! More dark secrets are exposed in this addictive, true-crime fueled mystery.

Pip is not a detective anymore.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.

The police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

My Review:

Oh, my goodness me. Oh. My Goodness. Me. Oh. Wow. Oh. Wow. Oh goodness! Oh. But. Wow. What an absolutely wild ride! Every bit the worthy successor to A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, but in my opinion it packed even more heightened emotions, as the missing person in question was someone quite close to Pip’s orbit! As much as she is fiercely determined to put her sleuthing days behind her, after the turmoil she put herself through and after the danger she put herself and her loved ones in, cracking the Andie Bell case, she knows she can’t quite let her deductions slide!

Firstly, a huge thank you to my lovely friend Elissa for buddy reading this with me (sorry it took me so long to finally catch up and finish it! πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚) but oh, I honestly cannot begin to fault this second installment in what is easily my favourite YA Thriller series! Holly Jackson’s writing, once again, instantly draws you in from the get go! I instantly found myself invested in the case, needing to know what’s happened to Jamie, whether or not he was still okay! I desperatley wanted him to be, for Connor’s sake (one of Pip’s close friends and Jamie’s Brother, no less!), for their Mum’s (honestly, her pain and anguish just felt so raw! I can’t! 😨), and of course, for Pip, who was not giving up on Janie, even when the Police felt like they couldn’t do anything!

Just like in the first book, the mixed media format was an absolute delight to read, so clever and definitely kept the intrigue and curiosity rolling, as the podcast interview transcripts really felt like I was there with Pip as she was interviewing those close to Jamie, as well as those linked to his final appearances, of which happened the same evening of a memorial for Andie and Sal, six years after the anniversary of their deaths! Now, remember the connection between Sal and Ravi, too (I don’t particularly want to spoil the first book in case you’re reading this and haven’t read ‘A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder’, though I completely recommend that you do, I promise it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!

As much as I was transfixed by the first book, I honestly think I preferred the second one! ‘A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder’ I feel, had more shock and jumpy aspects, the writing definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and I was definitely more surprised with the revelations and twists throughout!However, I think because of everything Pip went through in her first foray into sleuthing, knowing the emotional turmoil that she’d be bringing into her life again, after the danger she was exposed to in the first book, just that this time around it felt so much more personal and fragile! At every point throughout, I found myself needing to know what happened to Jamie! There were so many little twists throughout which had my jaw dropping throughout, thinking “oh my goodness!” and “ahhh, how is that possible?!”

Absolutely cannot wait for the final installment in this series! As I was reading ‘Good Girl, Bad Blood’, it already felt bittersweet knowing that I was on the second to last book featuring Ravi and Pip! I loved their character growth and dynamic throughout, that Ravi is always going to be there for Pip and knows how her mind works and unconditionally being there for her (my heart!), Pip’s friendship with Cara, the significance of Nat De Silva throughout, just, oh! Cannot fault this book at all, if you haven’t read this series, I completely recommend them, not only if you love Thrillers, but also if you love an epic, twisty page turner throughout!!

Happy Reading,


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