Book Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2)
Author: Holly Jackson
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller / Contemporary
Publication Date: April 30th, 2020
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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?” (Goodreads)

I’ve had this one on my shelf since last year after buying it from Book Depository because it hasn’t been published in the US yet. I loved the first book and was really excited to dive into the next but time slips away and it remained unread, haha.

Luckily, I finally found time to read it and although it took a bit longer for me to feel immersed in the story I really enjoyed it!

After solving her first case, Pip decides that she will not continue because she becomes obsessed with searching for the truth and will only have one season for her podcast. That is until someone she knows, and brother of a friend, goes missing.

As with the first book, this one has all sorts of different formats from interview transcripts to emails, and even a court sketch for a trial her and Ravi are covering. It’s fun to see all these different elements.

The beginning has sort of a prologue to help bridge the gap from the first book to the beginning of her new case which I also liked.

Pip is always interesting to read about because once she wants to find out the truth, she doesn’t stop. This leads her into dangerous situations for her and her friends. We also get to see her in a different light when things aren’t going as expected and she reaches her breaking point. It makes her even more realistic and it’s easy to feel what she is feeling.

The plot in the beginning did take a bit for me to get into. I will also say that this one just didn’t feel as thrilling as the first either but it did pick up for me over halfway through. There are some intense plot twists that I never saw coming and honestly, that ending was insane! I really didn’t expect it and it’s always a joy when that happens. The plot does cover certain events from book one as well as new ones. Old characters are back and new characters appear. It also talks about topics such as a broken justice system, catfishing, and another topic I won’t mention because spoilers! They were all done well and definitely get the emotions pumping.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one but not as much as the first. It was still a fantastic book and I can’t wait for the next in the series! I am hooked when it comes to this author.

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