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Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Having read and RAVED about Holly’s debut, and the first in this incredible series, I could not wait to get my hands upon the sequel. Thankfully, my lovely future father-in-law gifted me some birthday money, so OBVIOUSLY I had to pre-order it.

44047212._SY475_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?

My thoughts:

  • Be still my murderino heart, I loved this. I think (and I don’t say this lightly) that it was EVEN better than Pip’s first foray into crime investigation!
  • I wish I’d re-read A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER before this came, partly because I adored it the first time round, but also because it took me a couple of pages to reacquaint myself with all of the secondary characters from book one. Having said that, Holly did a great job reintroducing them without it feeling clunky.
  • I LOVED the podcast element. As a connoisseur of true crime podcasts (hit me up for recommendations), I just know that I would have been an avid listener of Pip’s podcast. I also think it lent itself really well to the textual elements of the story!
  • I thought the fall-out from book one (don’t worry, no spoilers) was dealt with really well. Often with thrillers/amateur detective murder mysteries, we as readers don’t see the after effects of the trauma the events of the story has on our main character. Holly presented the multi-faceted and complex effects of crime in a mature and heartbreaking way, but it was great to see the psychological impact of the traumatic  events of book one spill out in its sequel.
  • ALSO, I feel as if non-literary fiction books don’t get enough praise for the writing style but OH MY GOSH the writing. It was haunting and beautiful, and I especially liked the introductions to each chapter–they were gorgeous.
  • SO. MANY. TWISTS. As in book one, I spent much of this book coming up with my own theories and then being completely and utterly wrong. The twists were unexpected and done in a way that made this book unputdownable. I obviously can’t say much more because, yah know, spoilers, but trust me, they were good. (Although one literally made me sob.)
  • Loved the small town setting. It was eerie and creepy, and spot on.
  • I genuinely can’t think of a time when I loved a YA book series this much. If you’re into true crime or murder mysteries, you need to read these books now. I am crossing my fingers that we get a third book ASAP.

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