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? 

Good Girl, Bad Blood is the highly anticipated sequel to Holly Jackson’s best-selling YA thriller, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (review here, if you missed it the first time around.) While I didn’t love this book quite as much as it’s predecessor, it was still an exciting and engrossing page-turner that kept me hooked until the very end.

Before I started my bookstagram account, I very rarely read YA fiction but all of the glorious photos of books by Holly Jackson and Karen McManus convinced me to give the genre a go and I’m so glad I did. This book series is a clear favourite in the book blogging community and it’s not hard to see why – Jackson is a phenomenal writer and has created some brilliantly intriguing characters and impressive plots.

Similar to the first offering, the structure of this book is the standout element for me. Social media is a key theme for Jackson and she uses this to create a variety of different media elements in the narrative. Good Girl, Bad Blood is centred around Pip’s podcast and the author uses interview transcripts, pictures and WhatsApp conversations to further advance the story for the reader. I find this method very refreshing and it gives the book a contemporary feel, while also making it unbelievably easy to binge.

Pip and Ravi are more adorable than ever in Good Girl, Bad Blood and Ravi is definitely my favourite character. I love how the novel doesn’t move to far away from the first book and continues to explore the importance of friendships and communities in Little Kilton. If I’m totally honest, Pip did start to border on irritating for me towards the end as I found she became quite egotistical and conceited. However, the plot was so fantastic and her actions at the end of the book were so impressive that I didn’t mind too much.

I’d highly recommend Good Girl, Bad Blood to anybody that enjoyed Jackson’s first book. The plot is perfectly executed and the ending was, for the most part, a huge surprise, (although there was one element that I had already called half-way through the novel and I hate it when that happens with a thriller.)

The entire book was so thoroughly thought-out that I’d love to know if the author had already part-planned the sequel before she finished A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Apparently, Good Girl, Bad Blood was also written in just three months, which is a hugely impressive achievement given the quality of the story!

Goodreads rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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