Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Book Review #497

Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood

Author: Holly Jackson

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Genres: YA, Mystery, Thriller

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: April 30, 2020

Pages: 417

The highly-anticipated crime-thriller sequel to the no. 1 debut of 2019, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Pip Fitz-Amobi 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 but 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?

Good Girl, Bad Blood continues the story of Pip Fitz-Amobi when her friend’s desperate call for help makes her return to investigating and finding a missing person. She’s sworn herself before that she wouldn’t come back to the dangerous side of it but she has no choice. In this one, she goes headlong into it to find Connor’s brother Jamie, with the use of her podcast and uncover the town’s deep dark secrets along the way.

I find that the first half of this book a bit slow with nothing much going on with the investigation to find Jamie. But as soon as it hit the middle point and right towards the end, things start to pick up and I started to have faith again with this story. Its really on par with the first book and maybe even better but I just couldn’t make myself to give it five stars. It will have to suffice with four stars because of how slow the space were in the beginning.

I like that I get to see more of how the relationship between Pip and Ravi progressed. Even though this book didn’t have a huge difference as compared with the total number of pages but I find that this book didn’t really explore other relationships just as much as the first book. Honestly, I don’t even mind it that much because I know exactly how it is. This book is more focused on the investigation, the podcast, of uncovering what and where Jamie has been and the true identity of a resident in Little Kilton.

This book is wrapped really well. The author definitely toned down the element of surprise and the reveals were more subtle and smoother which I really liked. It didn’t feel rushed and unexpected. Everything was revealed and explained well which might be my favourite part for this book. At one point, I even wanted to put this book on hold and pick up something else instead but I’m so glad that I didn’t because the ending definitely saved this book. I just really love the redemption arc and what exactly is going on with a character that I keep wondering about, Stanley Forbes. I won’t say much but I had a different impression of him before and he ended up to be nothing like how he appears to be. He really deserves better.

This series really is such a wonderful and enjoyable read. It had the suspense in all the right places and I really cannot recommend it enough. I had such a fun time following along Pip and her journey towards investigating and hoping for justice for both the victims and criminals. I have absolutely no regrets binge reading these two books and I would totally do it again if I could. It has been such a roller coaster ride full of thrilling suspense, chilling leads and the utter sense of relief once its all over.

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