Tuesday 10 August 2021

Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Book 2) - Holly Jackson

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?

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Eva Dolan, C L Taylor, We Were Liars and Riverdale

What did I think?

I read Good Girl, Bad Blood straight after reading A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and although it's best read in order (as book 2 contains spoilers of book 1), you could read book 2 as a standalone.  One thing is for sure, you will definitely want to read book 3 after this!  

The town of Little Kilton is still reeling from the secrets unearthed in Pip's investigation and Pip has vowed to stay out of danger from now on... until her friend Connor comes to her for help.  Connor's 24-year-old brother Jamie has gone missing and the police won't treat him as a missing person as Jamie has run away from home before.  Pip can't stop herself from getting involved but this time she's not on her own, her boyfriend Ravi is with her every step of the way.

I thought A Good Girl's Guide to Murder was brilliant, but Good Girl, Bad Blood is outstanding.  Holly Jackson's writing is stunning and I love the mix of podcast transcripts, texts, photos and maps that are included to really make the reader feel part of the book.  It's easy to forget that this is a YA novel as it's an exceptional crime novel in its own right.  I can't say what without giving away any spoilers, but it also touches on some interesting subjects that were handled sensitively and I found this incredibly moving.

Having recently read a true crime novel about a disappearance in the 1980s, it's amazing to see how different things are today.  Almost everyone has a mobile phone in their hands, taking selfies or scenic shots, and someone is bound to be in the right place at the right time to capture something or someone in the background of their photograph that could help with a police investigation.  Pip certainly has a huge task to sift through the myriad photos and videos from a calamity party but the amount of clues it produces is well worth it.

With a twisty, gripping and razor-sharp plot, Good Girl, Bad Blood is absolutely brilliant.  This is turning out to be an awesome trilogy and with a bit of a cliffhanger ending, I can't wait to read As Good As Dead.

I received a gifted copy from Tandem Collective for the readalong and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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