Book Review: GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD by Holly Jackson

I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

Title in black and white against a paper texture background with spatters and fingerprints
Genre: Thriller (Mystery)
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 5 stars
Series: Yes - second boook
CW: rape (mystery of the last book), murder

*SPOILER ALERT: may contain SPOILERS for A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER*

Synopsis:

good girl bad blood

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

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?

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

Do you have a book you’re so excited for that you squeal the house down when it arrives? Then you have a sudden moment of panic that what if this book doesn’t live up to the hype in your head?

I was not disappointed – to the point that I am struggling to put into words how much I loved this book. Considering how incredible it was despite all the pressure, it may even be better. However, I wouldn’t be able to say without reading both of them back to back (this is a rare sequel read without re-reading the first books, mainly because I accidentally left my copy of AGGGTM in York!) Oh, dear, I guess I’ll have to read it again later this year….

I read this in two sittings (would have read it in one, but it was getting late…) It is every bit as addictive and twisty as the first book. It’s so fast paced, drawing you in with every new clue and dead end.

The multimedia story-telling is even more obvious in this book, thanks to the interviews presented as transcripts from Pip recording for her podcast. It made me really focus on what was being said, and trying to pull out the subtext myself.

This time it’s not a cold case she’s solving, but an unfolding mystery where every second counts in a missing persons investigation. As well as racing against the clock to make sure this friend is alive, Pip also has the additional pressure of solving a mystery with the eyes of the world (and the fingers of the internet) listening. I loved how the ticking clock made everything more intense, and how the internet was used both as a force for good and full of trolls.

While the new mystery is unfolding, the Max Hastings’ trial is also going on, which was a really nice link to the first book. It was a very effective way to explore all the trauma in the community and for Pip from the events of AGGGTM. I loved how it all played into the most emotional sequence of the book – which was a whirlwind of emotion bubbling up. It was a stunning few chapters (and I think the next book will deal with some of the hanging repercussions of all that.)

I think I may have a book hangover, so let’s hold onto the fact that there is going to be another book (or 2!!!) according to Goodreads!


Read my reviews of other books by Holly Jackson:

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (this series):

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