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Book Review Wednesday: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Ever since I read "A Good Girl Guide's to Murder" last year and found out that Holly Jackson was writing a sequel, I was dreaming of the day I could buy it.

The book wasn't due for publishing until March 2021 but I simply couldn't wait for that... I found the UK version of the book on Book Depository and bought it for $10. There was no shipping fee and hardly any tax, so it ended up being a very cheap purchase. I was so excited to have the book before it was published (I didn't get approved for a Net Galley arc) but ended up not reading it until the past few weeks anyway.

That's always my problem; I purchase a book and then don't read it immediately. But I read it and loved it, which is what matters. 




Publisher's Summary


The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder! More dark secrets are exposed in this addictive, true-crime fueled mystery. 

Pip 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, on the very same night the town hosted a memorial for the sixth-year anniversary of the deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh.

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

As much as I loved the "Good Girl, Bad Blood", I was a bit confused at first. I had forgotten a lot of the characters and was having a hard time following everything but once I got to reading, some of it came back and I was all good. 

I loved so many things about this book; I loved having the hard copy and being able to look at the layout of the book. There were so many fun non-writing aspects of the book, if that makes sense. There are tons of extra content on the pages; the photos and written notes that are apart of the case. I also loved the podcast recordings written as part of the story. It added something extra to the plot instead of just laying it out as regular text. 

This book, along with the first, are somehow in between the world of YA and regular fiction. It has that YA feel, with the maturity of a regular thriller. I love how unpredictable this story was; how you couldn't figure out who was responsible for the crime(s) at hand, how you couldn't predict the outcome at all. It was so interesting and kept me on my toes.

"Good Girl, Bad Blood" does a great job at mixing the first book and the present story. The two are definitely intertwined but it's definitely two separate plots. It was definitely a plot within a plot, which I think Holly Jackson does really well. 

Her writing is superb; she drags you into the world of Kilton and has the best protagonist in Pip. Pip is truly an outstanding main character and I really don't remember the last time I loved a narrator so much. She is so smart, witty, passionate, and dedicated... and not even the slightest bit annoying. 

Another aspect of the book I loved was how it tied into real life true crime podcasts; I loved that Pip started a podcast after breaking open a years long cold case... it's something that would really happen if Pip was real! 

When the true aspect of Jamie's disappearance is revealed, you are stunned silent. It wasn't what I was expecting in the slightest bit, and just how other parts of the book are weaved together, what happened to Jamie isn't the main climax... it's all so twisted, all so intertwined, it is just so good. 

I loved every aspect of "Good Girl, Bad Blood". Jackson is writing a third book, the final installment of the series and I can't wait to see what she cooks up. She is a fantastic writer, this is a fanatstic series and I can't get enough.

Have you read the "Good Girl's Guide" series? What did you think?
xoxo
B