Book Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by 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? 

Review

With A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder setting such a high standard for itself, the sequel will always be compared. However, it didn’t let me down. What makes this book so special is the format, making it all the more bingeable. With interview transcripts, news articles and Pip’s personal notes, the book is even more interesting as it allows you to see what Pip is doing, her thought process and how she comes to her conclusions. It switches in and out seamlessly, with the perfect balance of description and notes.

There’s a heavy focus on social media and technology too.  Writing about young adults, it’s obvious that technology is going to come into play and the author doesn’t shy away from it and embraces it in the story. With Tinder, FitBit and Instagram making an appearance, it was gripping to see how they became involved in the case, good or bad.

And then there’s Pip. I really enjoyed how her character developed in this book and it didn’t shy away from how events in the first book affected her and her family. There was a slight overlap in stories, with the continuation of court cases that greatly impact her and stays with her in this book. Pip is a great character. She’s flawed, stubborn, determined and you do question her decision making, but then again, so does she.

Ravi is of course, great throughout and you can see how the author made strong parallels in their characters. Ravi is still trying to cope in the aftermath of finding out about his brother’s death while assisting Pip with her new investigation. His personality shines in the sequel and it’s great to see how well Pip and Ravi complement each other.

Finally, on to the plot itself. Without going into too much detail, the mystery was absolutely captivating, with just the right amount of twists and red herrings to keep me invested. Although it is a little slow to get into to start, it certainly speeds up and I just couldn’t put it down. As much as I loved the story and the plot, there’s a lot of characters, with a mix from the first story and new ones in this book, it did leave me a little confused and the plot felt less connected

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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