Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood
Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2
Author: Holly Jackson
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Genres: YA Mystery/Thriller
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?
To be honest, despite seeing good reviews, I went into this one hesitantly because I loved the first one so much, and I just didn’t see it comparing. Oh, but I was wrong! I found it every bit as addictive as the first book with one seriously jaw dropping moment right in the middle.
I loved the podcast aspect to the story. It showed all the good and evil that comes with such a thing from the extremely brutal comments and accusations to the encouraging and truly helpful ones.
I love the banter between Pip and Ravi. Their relationship isn’t new, but I loved just watching Ravi support Pip and her sleuthing geniusness.
Pip was constantly making new discoveries and being on the verge of other discoveries. Each discovery would bring new questions, and my emotions were on a rollercoaster as she experienced everything.
The one thing I didn’t love, but might appeal to others, was Pip’s lack of mental health. I think we can all understand the obsession that comes with being on the verge of figuring things out. But, the way she dealt with injustices wasn’t positive. It felt like she was completely losing her mind at one point, and I just didn’t love this aspect of her character (I think because it just didn’t seem to fit her character). Fortunately, she didn’t seem to be lost for too long. And I felt like there was a good lesson to be learned with the way things turned out in the end. And on that note, I enjoyed having some good ideas about what was happening, but not being able to fully piece things together.
And the final thing I want to comment on is her dad. They have a few moments in the book, but there towards the end, they have one that brings tears to my eyes. I have such respect for the fathers out there that don’t have to be – those dads that are filling in for the ones who didn’t do their jobs (or can’t).
Overall, I loved this book. I wouldn’t rate it quite as high as the first book, but not much further under it. It kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Pip’s sleuthing skills just kept me in awe! I loved the different emotions that were brought on throughout the change of every scene. And of course, Pip and Ravi (even though he’s not the biggest part of the book). I highly recommend it to fans of the first book, and if you haven’t read the first book yet? What are you waiting for?? I even suggest this one if you’re not usually a fan of thrillers! 4.75 Stars!
Towards the end of last year I started reading a larger amount of thrillers. In the past, I often times found them to be boring. But that definitely isn’t the case with this series. I also recently loved The Sun Down Motel and Finlay Donovan Is Killing It. So, I’m open for great thriller recommendations.