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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Good Girl, Bad Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Granger

    okay WOW! I did not think Holly Jackson would be able to top A Good Girl's Guide To Murder -- but this book was fantastic! The plot is so carefully constructed, and the characters are wonderfully believable. The dozens of twists mean that it is super fast-paced (the only downside is that you quite literally can't put it down!) and gripping from first to last page. If you read just one thing this year, it should be this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    FIVE FRANK-FREAKING-TASTIC, AMAZING STARS coming up! This series has truly educational purpose: especially last chapters of this book literally taught me how to speak Gibberish! I’m stunned, startled, speechless and numb. I loved the first book so much and as soon as I got my digital copy, I jumped up and down several times on the couch and broke it! ( Thankfully not my Ipad, I just broke my favorite couch! Shame on my over exaggerated excitement skills and too much sweet consumption during qua FIVE FRANK-FREAKING-TASTIC, AMAZING STARS coming up! This series has truly educational purpose: especially last chapters of this book literally taught me how to speak Gibberish! I’m stunned, startled, speechless and numb. I loved the first book so much and as soon as I got my digital copy, I jumped up and down several times on the couch and broke it! ( Thankfully not my Ipad, I just broke my favorite couch! Shame on my over exaggerated excitement skills and too much sweet consumption during quarantine and chill times!) I was so happy to see Pip and Ravi back. After solving five years old cold case, acquitting Ravi’s brother Sal Singh’s honor and bringing justice for him and Andie Bell by finding the murderer, she was ready to talk and reach a bigger audiences about the progression of the events and her crime solving methods via podcast (thanks to Ravi, who named the podcast with series’ name)Now she’s sharing the details and interviews as Ravi resumes his court visits to pursue Max Hastings’ case who drug-rapped to many girls at the school including Nat who truly hates Pip right now because of being wrongly accused by her. When the life turns into its new normal routine and Pip promises herself not to get obsessed with any other case and live her life as a normal young adult (sweet 18 times!), attending the memorial of Sal and Andie, she finds herself dragged into Jamie Reynolds’ case: who is missing and his brother Connor who is also her high school friend needs her help to find him. Pip has no idea who 24 years old, outcast young man’s disappearance will bring out more terrifying secrets of town, fish netting online sites, secrets and Pip finds herself playing more dangerous game will bring her at the edge of tremendous breakdown because this time she took few more steps to the dark side and she may fall down from the cliff at any second. Even her loved ones and dear Ravi cannot help her this time. This was record time reading and at the beginning I thought the first book was a little better but when I reached to the last third, my mind was already blown away! My heart rate goes through the roof! I kept murmuring “Holly Sh*t” like a mantra several times and ending was epic, dazzling, dark, thought-provoking, volatile, phenomenal! Now I’m looking at the ceiling with a numb expression on my face and I can start screaming any time because the book is finished and I need more books of the series! I already missed the fast paced, nail biting, little hair lifter, excitingly delicious story telling. It’s addictive and I want more. I want it now. (Freddie Mercury’s song lyrics blaring in my ears!) I don’t know how I could wait for one more year! Give me patience Lord! I'm thanking myself and my husband's credit card for this copy! I bought it and I enjoyed every second of it. Highly recommended one of my favorite YA thrillers of the year!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)

    A sequel??? to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder??? I never would have guessed, but I'm so excited right now! Pippa and crime podcasts? I already know I'm going to love it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Holly Jackson should just take my money now, because whatever thrilling mystery she writes next will be an instant pre-order for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eilidh

    ”I said I would never do this again, never play the detective, never again lose myself to the world of small-town secrets. It wasn’t me, not any more. I would have stuck to it too; I know I would’ve. But something’s happened and now I have to break that promise. Someone has gone missing. Someone I know.” Our smart and witty teenage detective is back for round 2 in the highly anticipated sequel to 2019’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, and this time, the stakes are higher than ever. After the event ”I said I would never do this again, never play the detective, never again lose myself to the world of small-town secrets. It wasn’t me, not any more. I would have stuck to it too; I know I would’ve. But something’s happened and now I have to break that promise. Someone has gone missing. Someone I know.” Our smart and witty teenage detective is back for round 2 in the highly anticipated sequel to 2019’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, and this time, the stakes are higher than ever. After the events of AGGGTM, Pip’s been trying to get back to her everyday life before everything that happened, happened. But someone needs her help, and if the police aren’t going to get the job done, then that means it’s up to Pip to save the day. This book left me speechless. What did I just read? Where do I begin deciding what my favourite part was? I’d have to start my own investigation and podcast to get to the bottom of that one, so this review will have to suffice. I was delighted to be back with Pip and Ravi. They are literally couple goals and partners in crime goals. My one and only true criticism of Good Girl, Bad Blood is that there wasn’t enough Ravi, which, a lot of other bookworms might think “wait, what? Did you even read it?” but quite honestly, there’ll never be enough Ravi for me! I really enjoyed how Good Girl, Bad Blood bridges book 1’s mystery into the sequel to explore the consequences of everything that transpired in the first instalment. It not only acts as a refresher for people who don’t fully remember everything about AGGGTM and don’t have the time to reread it, but it’s an effective tool to help Pip’s character development and how what happened in AGGGTM affected Pip, which we definitely see, and feel for good measure. I’d say Good Girl, Bad Blood is much darker than its predecessor. It makes for an interesting story but definitely heavier reading because I couldn’t help but feel all the feelings. I felt fury; I was on the cusp of tears from that fury, and also on the cusp of tears for such despair. I felt the confusion and darkness Pip and other characters felt, like Pip’s feelings of guilt and another character’s struggles to meet society’s mold. All of these emotions made Good Girl, Bad Blood quite powerful. Good Girl, Bad Blood is thought provoking in the best of ways due to the interwoven social commentary. I truly loved this. Jackson incorporated subtle commentary on the use of social media, and how it can be used for both good and bad, and through Pip, the impact each can have on an individual. Similarly, I also really enjoyed Pip discovering that truth and justice are not always guaranteed correlative positions, which was truly heartbreaking. As for the mystery itself, I was turning page after page to get to the bottom of it. It is so immersive and gripping, partly due to the desire to know what’s happened and partly due to how invested I became in the characters own feelings. Naturally there were some bits of the story I foresaw - and thoroughly loved Jackson’s “Aha! I got ya!” moment when it turned out one of the things I thought I’d got right was actually wrong. But for the most part, I don’t think Good Girl, Bad Blood is largely predictable, which is another reason to read the book… see if I’m wrong! But I won’t be surprised if I’m not ;) I originally felt like I preferred the mystery in AGGGTM rather than this one, but truthfully I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two in such a way. They are two totally different entities, and even then, Good Girl Bad Blood as explained above, is in many ways a continuation of the first book and not just a “next story” book. They connect so well in the manner that first instalments and sequels should do, but do not necessarily do in some instances, which is further credit to Jackson’s talent. Good Girl, Bad Blood is quite literally an example of how to write a continuation of a mystery/thriller series, it’s that stellar. Its ending actually has me longing for a follow up more than the first did - and please *please* do not misunderstand me there, I was desperate for a sequel when I learned it was in the pipe works. I am now even more desperate because this cannot be the last of these characters. I think Jackson has developed this so masterfully that anything is possible now in the upcoming follow ups and that wide breath of possibility has me alight with excitement I can’t put into words. Pip’s stories are in a league of their own. Truly well done Holly, and thank you for the crazy ride.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    This book had so much to live up to as A Good Girls Guide to Murder was brilliant and so loved. And you know what - Good Girl, Bad Blood is brilliant too! I could not wait to dive straight into this when I bought it and I stayed up late last night to finish it - I was hooked. I haven't had alot of luck with YA Fiction of late so these 2 books were a welcome surprise. I highly recommend this series, even if you don't read this genre. We pick Pip up a few months after the events of A Good Girls Gui This book had so much to live up to as A Good Girls Guide to Murder was brilliant and so loved. And you know what - Good Girl, Bad Blood is brilliant too! I could not wait to dive straight into this when I bought it and I stayed up late last night to finish it - I was hooked. I haven't had alot of luck with YA Fiction of late so these 2 books were a welcome surprise. I highly recommend this series, even if you don't read this genre. We pick Pip up a few months after the events of A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The court case is happening and Pip has a hit podcast on her hands. But she is scarred, the case put her life and the lives of those close to her in danger. She vows to concentrate on school and not play detective again. That is until her friend begs for her help. Connors brother Jamie Reynolds has disappeared and the police are not making it a priority to try to find him. And so the investigation begins! I love the inclusion of photos and maps in this story. All the added extras enhance the story. As with the first case, there is no shortage of theories and suspects. It is twisty and dangerous - and I loved it. I just read that there is going to be another 2 books with Pip and friends and I am so excited for that!! Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with Pip. All the stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    I enjoyed this! Well except maybe to the one part that felt highly unbelievable. I was already skeptical picking this one up because the first one, personally, felt like an 'okay' read. However, reading so many crazy adult thrillers I realized that I needed a break. So this was it. This book was fun and has this easy-to-follow plot with charming characters. Rooting for an 18 year old girl to solve her little town mysteries wasn't bad after all. Ready for the next one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    WAIT!? A sequel?!? I had no idea this was a thing. I was just casually stalking reading about the author, Holly Jackson, and stumbled upon on this! I am literally freaking the f* out right now!!! So excited!!! WAIT!? A sequel?!? I had no idea this was a thing. I was just casually stalking reading about the author, Holly Jackson, and stumbled upon on this! I am literally freaking the f* out right now!!! So excited!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    3.75* Another brilliantly addictive novel from Holly Jackson. While I didn’t love this book quite as much as book one due to it starting to feel pretty far fetched, not including quite as many extra dimensions such as emails, transcripts, evidence etc. and featuring an ending I’m still in two minds about, none of these things stopped me from totally devouring this book in just a few sittings. It was fast paced, intense, gripping and incredibly entertaining. Holly Jackson writes in a way that is i 3.75* Another brilliantly addictive novel from Holly Jackson. While I didn’t love this book quite as much as book one due to it starting to feel pretty far fetched, not including quite as many extra dimensions such as emails, transcripts, evidence etc. and featuring an ending I’m still in two minds about, none of these things stopped me from totally devouring this book in just a few sittings. It was fast paced, intense, gripping and incredibly entertaining. Holly Jackson writes in a way that is incredibly easy to read and equally easy to fall into the ‘just one more chapter’ trap. I had a lot of fun reading this and would happily recommend it to fans of book one or anyone looking for a gripping YA crime novel. TW: discussion of rape and sexual assault

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Tell me it didn't just end like that.........right?😰 You've actually gotta be kidding me.🤬😤😫 Like ending Good Girl, Bad Blood like that and then expecting me to WAIT until 2021??!!! As of now I am going to announce that I really hate seeing the digits 2021. Come next year, I'll love it but until then........I absolutely despise seeing that year. (Haha well maybe I should be glad the release date isn't 2022---->that would be intended torture) Better yet, lemme just steal the Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Tell me it didn't just end like that.........right?😰 You've actually gotta be kidding me.🤬😤😫 Like ending Good Girl, Bad Blood like that and then expecting me to WAIT until 2021??!!! As of now I am going to announce that I really hate seeing the digits 2021. Come next year, I'll love it but until then........I absolutely despise seeing that year. (Haha well maybe I should be glad the release date isn't 2022---->that would be intended torture) Better yet, lemme just steal the nearest time machine and go to a future where all the next book is already released. AHHHhhhhHHHHhhhhh I CAN'T DEAL WITH ALL THIS. SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. EVEN THE LAST SENTENCE FREAKED ME OUT!!!! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE??!!! The story picked up a few weeks after A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. The day after the memorial of Sal and Andie is when new trouble starts—Connor Reynold's older brother, Jamie, has gone missing and the police aren't doing anything about it because he's an adult & that behavior is not unusual for him. Sooooo even though Pip before promised to never go back into Detective Mode, she's going to have to break that promise to save Jamie—though this time, she says she'll be 'more careful'. Oh and also during the book, the trial for Max Hastings (How I despise him) is going on to prove whether he's guilty or not, but I mean it's super obvious what verdict should be.😠 I love how Pip created her own podcast named after the title of the first book, AGGGTM. And Ravi was the one who came up with it.🤣 ‘OK . . .’ He chewed his lip and it made Pip’s stomach tighten. ‘So, something murder, or kill or dead. And you are Pip, who’s a student and a girl who’s good at . . . oh shit,’ he said suddenly, eyes widening. ‘I’ve got it!’ ‘What?’ she said. ‘I’ve literally got it,’ he said, far too pleased with himself. ‘What is it?’ ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.’ ‘Noooo.’ Pip shook her head. ‘That’s bad, way too try- hard.’ Of course Pip didn't like it, but she relented with the name anyways.😁😂 Speaking of Pip & Ravi, their relationship was the best. Though Ravi didn't appear as much as he did in the first book ('cause he had to attend Max's trial), he was super supportive whenever he was around Pip. Especially since Pip still had some trauma from the first book and was having a hard time dealing with what happened in Andie Bell's case. Ravi always tried to be there for her and not decide things for her. He understood her and never tried to be controlling. To sum it all up ----> Ravi is the sweetest🥺🥰 And while Pip is trying to understand herself and all that's happened the past few months, Charlie (the new neighbor) gives like one of the best speeches I've ever heard that really helped Pip: ‘Oh, justice exists,’ Charlie said, looking up at the rain. ‘Maybe not the kind that happens in police stations and courtrooms, but it does exist. And when you really think about it, those words – good and bad, right and wrong – they don’t really matter in the real world. Who gets to decide what they mean: those people who just got it wrong and let Max walk free? No,’ he shook his head. ‘I think we all get to decide what good and bad and right and wrong mean to us, not what we’re told to accept. You did nothing wrong. Don’t beat yourself up for other people’s mistakes.’ Okay now that I've said that I don't think I can go on without giving away any spoilers soooo....... SPOILERS START HERE: You have been warned.......... . . . . STANLEY.😭😭😭 MAX.🤬🤬🤬 CHARLIE.😫😨🤯 THOSE 3 ARE THE ONES THAT KEEP ATTACKING MY THOUGHTS. First of all.....STANLEY FORBES (aka Child Brunswick)😭😭😭 I'M SORRY STANLEY. I'M SO SORRY.😣😖 I'm sorry for EVER disliking you in the previous book. You just wanted a normal life after having your own father train you to assist him in murders EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE 10 YEARS OLD. He literally had the worst childhood and people hate him and blame him for something he did when he was a KID. I mentioned hating Stanley and finding him suspicious BUT NO I WAS WRONG. THIS GUY DID NOT DESERVE DEATH😭 HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE SHOT TO DEATH BY SIX BULLETS. I'M SO SORRY STANLEY.😭😭😭 WHY COULDN'T MAX FREAKING HASTINGS BE MURDERED??!! THIS GUY WAS CHARGED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE YET CAME OUT OF ALL OF THAT WITHOUT A SINGLE CHARGE. ISTG THE JURY IN THIS BOOK IS STUPID. YOU LEGIT HAVE VICTIMS OF MAX AND A VIDEO TAPING OF HIM ADMITTING IT YET YOU STILL RELEASE HIM?!?! ^ Let that be ME doing that to MAX except replace the NEWSPAPER with a METAL BAT👿 If anyone should've died in this book, it should've been MAX HASTINGS. Oh and remember how before the spoilers started, I was talking about how nice Charlie was? Yeah, well turns out HE was the one behind all of this. (He didn't have Jamie --->that was Stanley (long story), BUT Charlie started all of this and was the catfish -Layla Mead) AND CHARLIE KILLED STANLEY. Although, I can understand why he was angry and killed Stanley (Charlie's sister was one of the victims of the Brunswick murders) he still shoudn't have killed Stanley. STANLEY WAS 10 WHEN ALL THESE MURDERS HAPPENED. IT WAS HIS FATHER'S FAULT, NOT STANLEY. Still, I actually don't hate Charlie. Oh no, I have all that hate towards Max Freaking Hastings.🤬😡 And then you have the book ending with Pip being even more traumatized then before since she literally watched someone (Stanley) die right in front of her. Oh Pip.😖😓 . . . . . SPOILERS END HERE!!! One more thing before I end this: I'm like really, really, really pissed off at Ant and Lauren. They're supposed to be Pip's friends, but instead throughout the whole book you see them acting like complete jerks to the point where they think this whole investigation is a JOKE.👿 They didn't even bother trying to help or anything—instead those two just kept gazing at each other, ignoring the whole world around them. Hope they get karma in the next book.😈 When Pip retaliated, I WAS CHEERING MY HEAD OFF (that sounds weird now that I think abt it😅). Even though she got suspended for 3 days, it was SO WORTH IT. Oh and Pip spray painting and breaking the windows of Max's house WAS A M A Z I N G. I love this new Pip😍🤩 In the next book, I better be seeing the revenge I'm waiting for.🔥🔥🔥 LET'S GOOOO PIP & RAVI🧐 |Blog|

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arini

    I watched the entire first season of Nancy Drew on CW last month. Great show btw. At least from where I stand. No one can cure me of my hangover, but Pippa Fitz Amobi. I’m excited to read this! The book is out, but I’m wondering if I have to wait until next year for the audiobook to be available. Just like what happened last time with the first book. (To be Read)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    5 STARS. ⁣ Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson was one of my most anticipated reads and as soon as I saw it released in the UK, I just knew I had to purchase a copy 🙌🏼 This book is the sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, which is hands down the best book I’ve read so far this year and one of my favorites of all time. I’m so happy to say that the sequel is just as good as the first book and I reallllly hope there’s more to come in this series 🤍 As a heads up, there are major spoilers for th 5 STARS. ⁣ Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson was one of my most anticipated reads and as soon as I saw it released in the UK, I just knew I had to purchase a copy 🙌🏼 This book is the sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, which is hands down the best book I’ve read so far this year and one of my favorites of all time. I’m so happy to say that the sequel is just as good as the first book and I reallllly hope there’s more to come in this series 🤍 As a heads up, there are major spoilers for the first book so you definitely need to read that one first before reading this one! ⁣ {TW: Rape, Suicide}⁣

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sian

    I still really enjoyed this but it definitely suffered from second book syndrome. Most of the good things carried over from book one so this review won’t be long but there’s a few things I thought I’d mention. There wasn’t as much suspense in this book in comparison to the first despite the fact that Pip was trying to solve an open missing persons case. Which is disappointing because that meant I wasn’t as interested and there were parts that definitely didn’t feel as fascinating as others. The e I still really enjoyed this but it definitely suffered from second book syndrome. Most of the good things carried over from book one so this review won’t be long but there’s a few things I thought I’d mention. There wasn’t as much suspense in this book in comparison to the first despite the fact that Pip was trying to solve an open missing persons case. Which is disappointing because that meant I wasn’t as interested and there were parts that definitely didn’t feel as fascinating as others. The extra use of modern platforms such as Instagram and twitter etc really dated the novel - I don’t think there will be much longevity in this story. Whereas, I feel like if you read book one twenty years from now, there’d still be a sense of relatability and timelessness to it. This is something that is starting to become more and more common as we become more reliant on technology. It’s not inherently a bad thing, but I don’t think it’s good either. What I did really love was the way Pip was coping as a result of the end of the first book and the current events of this one. So often we forget that these YA protagonists who are solving mysteries and saving the world are kids. Pip was traumatised and rightfully so. It was a breath of fresh air to watch her struggle with her guilt and trauma. It made her characterisation more realistic and allowed for a more complex story. The storyline that included the rape trial of Max Hastings was really socially relevant (which is, I know, slightly hypocritical of me to say considering my above criticism). The discussion on the social justice system often not sentencing rapists despite overwhelming evidence because of ‘technicalities’ is a really important one. The pain of his victims during their brief cameos was palpable and I really identified with that feeling. Props to Jackson for including such a hard topic to cover and doing it so respectfully. I also expressed disappointment in my review of the first book that we didn’t see much of Ravi and Pip as a couple but I spoke too soon. It’s really nice to see a healthy, loving relationship portrayed in a YA novel. Too often, miscommunication and lying are used as tropes to make relationships more interesting despite how toxic those examples are to young readers. They argued and snapped at each other but they always immediately apologised and communicated. Seeing such a supportive, positive relationship was great. My enjoyment of this second book just wasn’t as strong as the first but I’m still excited for later instalments. I think the problem was more my high expectations than the book itself hence why I’ve still given it 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Umut Rados

    This book was a great sequel to the first one. It started a bit slow recapping the events of the first book, re-introducing the people as a reminder. At first, I thought it was a bit unnecessary and took up space, but then I found myself not remembering well, so eventually, I think it was useful. The story is completely different than the first one, Pip facing another case for her second podcast. Jackson is really successful at developing Pip and the other characters onwards from where she left. This book was a great sequel to the first one. It started a bit slow recapping the events of the first book, re-introducing the people as a reminder. At first, I thought it was a bit unnecessary and took up space, but then I found myself not remembering well, so eventually, I think it was useful. The story is completely different than the first one, Pip facing another case for her second podcast. Jackson is really successful at developing Pip and the other characters onwards from where she left. I love Pip and enjoy reading about her adventures, which makes a good series. I thought this case was more laser-focused and less crowded. Although things were not exactly thrilling until halfway, it gradually picked up and tension increased more and more. It was a highly entertaining gripping read with an increasing pace and tension. I loved reading it and would read definitely the third one, if there's a plan for it :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    jesse

    This review is SPOILER FREE. However, there might be references from the first book. My heart. My heart is in pieces. I don’t know how to pick them back up. I’m forever scarred. I don’t know a YA thriller novel could do this to me. OH MY GOD. Our old detective pair (plus new minor characters) is BACK baby! I enjoy this book immensely. I enjoy it a lot MORE than the first one. If you’ve read my review of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, you’ll know about it. The comical feeling that was present whenev This review is SPOILER FREE. However, there might be references from the first book. My heart. My heart is in pieces. I don’t know how to pick them back up. I’m forever scarred. I don’t know a YA thriller novel could do this to me. OH MY GOD. Our old detective pair (plus new minor characters) is BACK baby! I enjoy this book immensely. I enjoy it a lot MORE than the first one. If you’ve read my review of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, you’ll know about it. The comical feeling that was present whenever we read about Pip and her family? That’s gone. They look and sound just like any other family, they don’t sound forced anymore. Maybe it’s because Pip spent most of her time without her family in this one, but without the comical feeling, it gave the story a touch of genuineness… and I appreciate that a lot. But we can all agree on one thing: the writing and the voices of the characters in this world have improved a lot. While we saw Pip solving a five year murder case, this time she’s looking for a missing person. Pip was sure she left her detective past behind. That was something in her past; something that almost killed her. But all that changed when Jamie went missing. Jamie Reynolds is the older brother of one of Pip’s closest friend, Connor, and he went mysteriously missing. Jamie is 24 and so the police didn’t make a big deal out of it since he was a full-grown adult, so Pip had to *sigh* solve it herself because adults in this book are basically nutjobs. But where Pip was chasing something that was clearly a homicide in book one, this time it’s an open missing person case. He could be in danger, he could be dead, we don’t know. And as time goes by, Pip is racing against time to unravel Jamie’s mysterious disappearance as every second wasted means the less likely it is for Jamie to come home… safely. The plot is thick. It’s fast paced and everything just happened. The mystery is even more dreadful than the first book, not giving readers time to chill out even for a second (It’s not like we need it anyway). We have no clue why Jamie disappeared and we also have no clue if he was dead or alive for the majority of the book. It might be an open missing persons case, but where we were clearly looking for a murderer in the first book, we aren’t even sure what we’re looking for in this book. Is Jamie dead? Is he alive? Are we looking for Jamie or are we looking for his body? What is happening even? We don’t know. We are not chasing phantoms anymore. Even though most people in this book, including the police, thought Jamie’s disappearance is bullshit, readers could sense it from a mile away; from the instant Jamie went missing, and that something is very wrong. I love love love the way the mystery in this book unraveled and I love how it’s related in a way to the events in book one. It’s spectacularly done, that’s what. I NEVER SAW THAT COMING. Don’t get me started on that very big plot twist. This book is one of the most surprising books I’ve ever read about because how in the hell did you do that???????? Okay fine, objectively speaking, the plot is a little far-fetched in this one. What are the chances that this are connected to that? But I really really can’t get past that foreshadowing in book one. Holly Jackson literally planted a seed and I was TOO BLIND TO SEE IT. That ending, what the hell man, it shook me to my core and I would never be the same, so 5 stars it is. I love it so so much, common sense be damned. I noticed there is excessive use of technology to solve the mystery in this one, and I’ve also noticed how some people are bothered by that, but for me, it just felt more relatable. Of course Pip didn’t rely on her brain alone; she got help from various social media platforms such as Instagram stories, Snapchat stories, etc. And while the uses of these social media might damage the storyline for some people, I feel that it adds a certain feel to the story so that we, readers, could easily imagine it as something that happened in our current world. Don’t lie to me, social media has been a consistent part of our lives now and if we are about to solve a case like Pip, we might as well use them. You haven’t realized how important social media is; it basically chronicles our life. You’ll be surprised at how much you can glean from someone’s social media it’s crazy! About the whodunit, the REAL whodunit that is, I had a hunch that they had something to do with all this since the beginning of the book. There’s just something off with them though when it was revealed, it still surprised the hell out of me. While Pip irritated me some times in the first book, she becomes a likeable heroine in this one. She got a missing persons case and the whole world is against her. Poor girl had huge weight on her shoulders and it was then that her character’s voice makes me sympathize with her. Of course, her issues, aside from the case, comes naturally as a result of her newfound fame in the end of book one, but with a bunch of new problems and the plot that “never goes down”, this book is benefitting for my relationship toward Pip. Hell, I love Pip in this book. She’s so smart (no longer the naïve girl we saw in book one) and overall an admirable character. We see her maneuver her way out of problems and the cruelty of fame, all the while NEVER let her eyes stray from the case at hand, and finally solved yet another case. It’s really cool and made up for whatever stupid stuff she did in book one. Ravi, who surprisingly to my disappointment, has less screen time in this book. I surprisingly found him and Pip’s relationship to be very cute despite whatever accusations I threw at them while reading book one (I’M SO SORRY! Yes, you two are so cute now I can see, I’m sorry!). He’s pretty much absent throughout the majority of the book doing God knows what and I can’t believe I felt disappointed by that! This book is written in the same style as book one, minus the production logs since we’re not doing school projects anymore. We still have the narrative plus the very cool case notes though it bothers me a little that the narratives are written in third person and the case notes are written in first person. It gets all mixed up when I read it. And though it was the same in book one and I should’ve gotten used to them now, I still find myself confused most of the times. It’s also a little uncomfortable to me how some elements in this book are too good to be true. Aside from the ‘everyone is connected’ part I mentioned, I conclude something else and it’s that Little Kilton has the worst security ever. We saw breaking-and-entering happening TWICE in the first book and in this one, it’s the matter of how easy it is to crack someone else’s password. There are so many probabilities for a password, one in a million or maybe more, to guess a password along with the complicated combination of letters and numbers right. My very first password had something to do about my fandoms and I’m sure no one could crack it right (don’t bother trying, it no longer is). But the point is, it’s nearly impossible for someone to crack a password right, unless your password is your birthday. There’s also the matter how the adults in this book don’t know how to do their jobs. Fine, if they know how to, then this story won’t even exist, but after the events in book one where a teenage girl solved a murder case instead of the police, you should’ve known better. It’s bothersome because everyone is dumb and they just hand everything to Pip without assisting or even acknowledging that there’s a problem. They were like “I know you can do it, I believe in you, Pip”, offering emotional support but not doing anything to help! Even after evidence was found! The entire town could be run by kids and it would do fine for all I know. To every single one of you who haven’t read this series. Please, read it. I can’t stress to you enough how underrated this series is. It has cool characters and a complicated case that would leave your mouth hanging open after finishing. It will blow your mind, I can promise you that. I’m really excited that I just found out that there would be FOUR BOOKS in this series. Nothing today had been more exciting than that. Until book three comes out, I’m just going to… retire my curious detective counterpart to the deepest part of my brain, I guess.

  16. 4 out of 5

    human

    not as good as the first one, with a mild case of - dare i say it - second-book syndrome? this book was... actually pretty good, but i had really high expectations going in considering how much i loved the first one. i also thought that maybe the first one ended on a really good note, tying up the loose strings well, so this seemed a little unnecessary at first, but pip and ravi are so fun to read about! there were some slow parts to this book that i hadn't experienced the with the first one, whic not as good as the first one, with a mild case of - dare i say it - second-book syndrome? this book was... actually pretty good, but i had really high expectations going in considering how much i loved the first one. i also thought that maybe the first one ended on a really good note, tying up the loose strings well, so this seemed a little unnecessary at first, but pip and ravi are so fun to read about! there were some slow parts to this book that i hadn't experienced the with the first one, which was disappointing, but it still had a good mystery with its own good parts that had me guessing until the end. (view spoiler)[i had actually been thinking that charlie green was child brunswick because of some random remark he made while talking to pip on the porch, but him being "layla" was such a cool twist! (hide spoiler)] so yeah, really good, but not as great as the first one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks

    Pip is a modern day, smart and fearless Nancy Drew straight outta an Agatha Christie book. ⁣ This is Holly Jackson’s 2nd book in the 𝘈 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭’𝘴 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 series. If you haven’t read the first book I highly recommend starting there. This series is a must read for mystery fans, YA lovers and podcast aficionados. ⁣It's impossible not to love Pip! ⁣ Pip can’t seem to get away from playing amateur detective, especially when faced with a friend needing her help. This book had another great, twis Pip is a modern day, smart and fearless Nancy Drew straight outta an Agatha Christie book. ⁣ This is Holly Jackson’s 2nd book in the 𝘈 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭’𝘴 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 series. If you haven’t read the first book I highly recommend starting there. This series is a must read for mystery fans, YA lovers and podcast aficionados. ⁣It's impossible not to love Pip! ⁣ Pip can’t seem to get away from playing amateur detective, especially when faced with a friend needing her help. This book had another great, twisty & layered mystery. I loved how Pip and her family struggled with her getting so involved in another case and putting herself in jeopardy, again. ⁣ ⁣ Loved the addition of her crime podcast to this book too. The episodes of the trial from the previous book and the info being shared from the new case are such interesting media elements added to the overall flow of the book. I’m a huge fan of how Holly Jackson uses these elements in the books in this series! They add so much to the story for the reader. ⁣ ⁣ This is my absolute favorite type of YA (mystery w/a strong female lead) and honestly, it’s so well done you forget you’re reading YA. 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬! ⁣ ⁣

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amaka

    A Good Girls Guide Book 2. A well deserved 5 stars, I must say. I started this book with so much skepticism because I wasn't sure it was going to measure up to the first book. Once again, Holly Jackson blew my mind. The bitter-sweet ending, the plot twist, everything was perfect. Looking forward to more!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor Grace

    Good Girl, Bad Blood follows directly on from the events of Holly Jackson's debut, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. When I read that book last year with my book club, and binged in 48hrs, I really didn't think that Holly could top it. But guess what? She did! GGBB was an incredibly gripping, gritty mystery that joins AGGGTM and books such as Truly Devious in the God Tier of YA mystery. I think what makes this series so fantastic and bingeable is the format. Jackson's storytelling is interspersed wi Good Girl, Bad Blood follows directly on from the events of Holly Jackson's debut, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. When I read that book last year with my book club, and binged in 48hrs, I really didn't think that Holly could top it. But guess what? She did! GGBB was an incredibly gripping, gritty mystery that joins AGGGTM and books such as Truly Devious in the God Tier of YA mystery. I think what makes this series so fantastic and bingeable is the format. Jackson's storytelling is interspersed with interview transcripts, research notes, news articles etc that allow the reader to join Pip in playing detective. These multimedia snippets are used sparingly in a way that compliments the main story perfectly, not drawing away from the plot but adding so much depth to the mystery. The whole book is just beautifully designed, with bloody spatter chapter headers and inky fingerprints all over. It's so rare to see formatting and design within the actual text be so thought out and I just love it SO MUCH. It just totally adds to the immersion of the story. Again, the this book is just so easy to get immersed in and fir me that was partially due to how natural all the dialogue feels. After the events of the first book, Ravi and Pip are dating now and honestly the banter is just completely believeable. The way they speak to each other just made me chuckle constantly, and it made me really root for them as a couple without the romance being a focal point of the book at all. Pip's characterisation truly is a triumph and I want to thank Holly for writing a character like her. Pip is not perfect. She's smart, determined and stubborn. She gets too caught up in her own work, not being afraid to put herself first. She doesn't need to be likeable and that's okay. I feel like female characters in YA always have to be 'likeable' - they have to be morally perfect and the ideal woman, when we forget that most YA protaganists are so young and have so many mistakes still to make. I think that's why this series works so well - I relate so hard to Pip and to think that she can do something amazing and put herself first sets a brilliant example. As we saw in the first book, GGBB continues to touch on the topic of sexual abuse and the failures of the justice system when it comes to providing convictions and support to rape victims. This doesn't make for an easy read, in fact it's very emotional at times, but it's so important to include this narrative. I have a hunch that Pip will not be giving up on securing justice for victims in future books, and I can't wait to see her tackle that. I haven't even touched on the plot yet, and that is somewhat intentional. I want to shout about all the things I loved about this book, but I don't want to give anything at all away. I believe that mysteries are best gone into blind, so trust me when I yell at you to read this one! What I will say though, is that this book took things to a whole new level. AGGGTM was brilliant and really gripping, but Good Girl, Bad Blood is SO DARK. I was not expecting this and I was really blown away by how drawn into this story I was. I read the entire thing in about 6 hours and had to literally shout at my family to leave me alone so I could finish it. If you're looking for something to take you away from the world completely, then I promise you, this is the one. Overall, this was a sequel that TOTALLY lived up to the success of the first book and I CANNOT wait to read more from Holly and Pip! I really urge you to pick this up, and if you've not read A Good Girl's Guide To Murder yet, to pick that up too. You'll be hearing me shout about this one a LOT!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Kaiser

    I finished this late last night and loved it so much. It is definitely one of the best detective stories I’ve read in a while and can’t wait for the third novel in this series. What I particularly enjoy about these books is that you can read them as standalones, there are no mayor cliff-hangers which makes it a bit easier to wait for the third novel.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review WILL contain spoilers!!! TW - Sexual assault, child abuse, child murder, kidnapping AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *continues screaming* This book is DARK but not in an obvious punch-in-the-face way. GGBB is dark because of what it alludes to and what we learn about certain people's past lives. *shivers* I do actually think the more we learn about a person and their actions is far more scarier than someone either strangling/murdering someone (although that IS pretty terrifying!!) Let me explain - th This review WILL contain spoilers!!! TW - Sexual assault, child abuse, child murder, kidnapping AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *continues screaming* This book is DARK but not in an obvious punch-in-the-face way. GGBB is dark because of what it alludes to and what we learn about certain people's past lives. *shivers* I do actually think the more we learn about a person and their actions is far more scarier than someone either strangling/murdering someone (although that IS pretty terrifying!!) Let me explain - this time Pip Fitz-Amobi is approached by her childhood friend, Connor Reynolds, to investigate his older brother's (Jamie's), disappearance. We are taken on quite a rollercoaster ride of a novel as we discover that he has been secretly talking to a girl online called Layla Mead and has been doing everything she asks of him - leaving money in the graveyard and fighting one of her 'stalkers', amongst other things. We later find out that Jamie has been catfished since Layla Mead is not a real person and her profile picture is actually of a girl at Little Kilton grammar school called Stella Chapman. This 'Layla Mead' has been asking men for their ages, their physical appearance and their occupation - there is a reason for this = they want to find "Child Brunswick". Now this is one of the scarier parts - Child Brunswick was a case about 19 years ago whereby a boy of 10 aided his father in murdering 7 children - the boy acted as a lure and took them to his father who would murder and burn their bodies!!! We later find out that Stanley Forbes (who was in A Good Girl's Guide to Murder) is Child Brunswick and has been given an alias and relocated elsewhere. But...Charlie Green (a newcomer to Little Kilton) is revealed to be "Layla Mead" and kills Stanley since he was responsible for the murder of his older sister all those years ago. So yes, this book is very dark, and hard to read at times - I am aware of a lot of cases whereby children have committed crimes in the past and given new identities and sometimes the children do live normal lives and are able to put their horrendous past behind them, but not always. The conversation around 'justice' in this novel is particularly thought-provoking: what actually is justice? If the police/courts fail to hand the murderers/accomplices justice, should you take matters in to your own hands? Should Stanley, who had made a new life for himself, been allowed to live, despite the horrendous atrocities he was involved with in the past? Who gets the overall say? A stranger (i.e. Judge) or the victims' families? There is plenty of food for thought here. Another example of a 'miscarriage of justice' involves Max Hastings being acquitted of rape despite having admitted this to Pip in the first book. Again, this was incredibly hard to read about and made me very angry! GGBB isn't an easy read by any stretch of the imagination but it definitely is a page-turner. I'm not sure whether I would read it again but it did leave a huge impact on me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    With this book Holly Jackson became an instabuy author for me. This is my rating, there were so many layers and too good characters in this book that I couldn’t write about it without spoilers...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicky (What Vicky Read)

    Ummmmmm OK, wow. If you haven’t pre-ordered this yet then you absolutely must! I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year and absolutely LOVED it. I thought it was an exceptional debut, my point further proven by Holly recently seeing it hit the NYT list as a No. 1 Bestseller. Because of that, I'd been highly anticipating the sequel since I first heard about it. I was expecting great things from her second book and man, I was not disappointed at all. I read 50 pages on the day I started it an Ummmmmm OK, wow. If you haven’t pre-ordered this yet then you absolutely must! I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year and absolutely LOVED it. I thought it was an exceptional debut, my point further proven by Holly recently seeing it hit the NYT list as a No. 1 Bestseller. Because of that, I'd been highly anticipating the sequel since I first heard about it. I was expecting great things from her second book and man, I was not disappointed at all. I read 50 pages on the day I started it and then today (the day I’ve finished it), I read the rest. I just could not put it down. Just like the first book, it pulled me in so quickly until I felt that I must keep reading to find out what happens. It also kept me guessing until the last few pages. I had my suspicions throughout and I wasn't totally wrong, but Holly includes so many little red herrings to make you doubt yourself! I really enjoyed this book, as you can probably tell and I am just so happy that one of my most anticipated books for 2020 is a 5 Star read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin Stevens

    I love Holly's books! This is a worthy sequel to the excellent Good Girl's Guide to Murder - please don't read this before reading that, because it gives away the whole plot, but if you're already a fan of Pip and Ravi you'll adore this. Extremely clever and very nerdy - a real treat for murder mystery fans. 13+ *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*

  25. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    #1 A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: ★★★★★ | 5 stars * 4 stars! * "Whatever works." Good Girl, Bad Blood was a worthy sequel to one of my favorite books ever. The shift from investigating an ongoing case instead of a supposedly solved one was pretty interesting since it changed the dynamics for Pip. There was more of a sense of urgency this time around, as the hours and days ticked by, and made for a pretty tense read at times. Jackson also didn't shy away from the aftermath of what happe #1 A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: ★★★★★ | 5 stars * 4 stars! * "Whatever works." Good Girl, Bad Blood was a worthy sequel to one of my favorite books ever. The shift from investigating an ongoing case instead of a supposedly solved one was pretty interesting since it changed the dynamics for Pip. There was more of a sense of urgency this time around, as the hours and days ticked by, and made for a pretty tense read at times. Jackson also didn't shy away from the aftermath of what happened in the previous book and how it affected Pip. I really really appreciated that that wasn't swept under the rug and that we got to see how the Bell case moved forward. The updates and how they affected all characters involved with the case were just really really well done. I did wish we had more Ravi, though. I was a bit bummed about that. For the plot of this one, things took a little while to get moving? The pace was a bit slow at the beginning, but it really picked up in the second half as things got more interesting. I was able to figure a few reveals out this time—I didn't in the first book—but it was really fun to put the pieces together and see I was right about some plot points. The ending was... a bit weird to me. I didn't like that it wasn't a self-contained story like the first book. A lot of things were left up in the air, which will obviously be addressed in the sequels, but I wish they had been wrapped up in this one. It made me feel like the book was unfinished and not in a good way. Still, this was a really entertaining story with wonderfully complex characters and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some YA Mystery novels with that True Crime investigation vibe. * Series: #2 A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series. POV: Told from Pip's POV. Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Mentions of rape and domestic abuse. (hide spoiler)] Instalove: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cliffhanger: Eh. HEA: (view spoiler)[Not yet! (hide spoiler)] Up Next: Untitled.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Good Girl, Bad Blood had me on the edge of my seat. It was absolutely captivating. If you haven't already read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, then you need to catchup quick and read it before Good Girl, Bad Blood the sequel is officially released in the UK on April 30th! This book did not disappoint. I absolutely adored the first book and was so glad to have Pip and Ravi back in my life and a whole new storyline continuing on Pip's true crime investigator past. Since the first book Pip has relea Good Girl, Bad Blood had me on the edge of my seat. It was absolutely captivating. If you haven't already read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, then you need to catchup quick and read it before Good Girl, Bad Blood the sequel is officially released in the UK on April 30th! This book did not disappoint. I absolutely adored the first book and was so glad to have Pip and Ravi back in my life and a whole new storyline continuing on Pip's true crime investigator past. Since the first book Pip has released a Podcast which follows the murder investigation and trial from A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and releases all the information to the public, the trial continues into this Book but another storyline unfolds as well. With the police failing to investigate on a missing person's case, Pip feels she has no choice but to dive back into the dark and winding path she followed during the first book. I cannot express enough how brilliant the writing of this book is, and how you literally feel pulled into the story with Pip and friends. I loved the character development of Pip and I felt her questioning if she really is as good as people around her believe her to be. She really battles with herself and the injustices in her town. I could not put this book down. I needed answers and I got them! Please check out this wonderful new book from Holly Jackson. To conclude, I desperately need a third book, please and thank you! And I will be posting an even more in depth review to follow on my Blog. *Thank you to Egmont/Electric Monkey for my early gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Holly Jackson Good Girl, Bad Blood Electric Monkey 432 pages 9.0 (Best New Book) Holly Jackson follows up her solid debut with more impressive Good Girl, Bad Blood. Her anticipated sequel still features investigative elements that perfectly work in the first installment, but Jackson raises the stakes here. She elaborates the aftermath of Pip Fitz-Amobi’s discovery after she unraveled the truth of her hometown’s homicide case, all the good and bad things that happened to her. Never a young adult thril Holly Jackson Good Girl, Bad Blood Electric Monkey 432 pages 9.0 (Best New Book) Holly Jackson follows up her solid debut with more impressive Good Girl, Bad Blood. Her anticipated sequel still features investigative elements that perfectly work in the first installment, but Jackson raises the stakes here. She elaborates the aftermath of Pip Fitz-Amobi’s discovery after she unraveled the truth of her hometown’s homicide case, all the good and bad things that happened to her. Never a young adult thriller book can get my heart rate up and make me cry at the same time like this. I'm not sure if it's because of the current world's situation that makes me melancholic, but there's a part in the book, where justice and truth sometimes lost to the harsh reality, where I legitimately sobbed. I'm a grown man and I cried over a young adult thriller book. But I just can't think stop thinking about the victims and how this particular event in the book would impact their life, especially when the truth is all you have and a hope that justice will someday be served is the only thing you hold on to. But in a cold world, not a utopia, sometimes this thing happens, but there's still always a flicker of hope remains. And that's what Holly Jackson tries to shed a light on with Good Girl, Bad Blood. Jackson's impressive debut, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, displays a rarity in young adult thriller. Sure, it still features a young protagonist, but Pip Fitz-Amobi's a smart one although her being a tempestuous and self-driven young woman sometimes led her to reckless and explosive decision. But, due to the nature of the series, an investigative piece of work, complete with transcript of interviews, personal journal, and photo evidence, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder allows the readers to piece the puzzle pieces of mystery together, alongside Pip. Every Pip's suspicion and analysis resonate with ours. Pip's aware that the killer was among people she's met and she's never let her guard down, a quality that many protagonists in young adult thriller fail to have. Her follow up, Good Girl, Bad Blood, is equally transfixing, if not more. Knowing that the investigative elements work, she makes use of them as best as she can. The sequel is still served in various inventive methods, but they feel more natural because they click perfectly to Pip's podcast, something she created after her investigation solved the homicide case in her small hometown. The interviews make so much more sense, the photo evidences blend well in social media era like this. It's refreshing to read something like this. But, Good Girl, Bad Blood will never work if the mystery is not equally enchanting as the first book. Initially, the mystery looked anodyne enough: finding a missing adult person. Learning from her past experience, Pippa knew better. What originally is a case about missing person gradually becomes something that's more dangerous, before it led Pip to the ultimate showdown at the end of the book. I can't stop gritting my teeth because of how intense and heartbreaking that scene was and while my adrenaline level is still high, Jackson ends it quite abruptly, with Pip's resolution and determination, hinting that it may not our last time to see her (the book is intended to be a tetralogy), but also we'll have another showdown later on. With Good Girl, Bad Blood, Jackson shows that YA thriller is not only all about clever tricks or twists, but it can be an emotional roller coaster journey. Never a young adult thriller book can get my heart rate up and make me cry at the same time like this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    lunisneptune

    This sequel was amazing. I love A Good Girls Guide to Murder and when I heard that Holly Jackson was releasing a sequel. I immediately pre-ordered it. I feel like Good Girl, Bad Blood was just as good as A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The sequel is sometimes not as good as the first book but this book is amazing. I'm so happy that Holly Jackson was blessed with her amazing writing skills. I love that Pip has made a podcast of her previous case. Pip has definitely changed since the last book and I This sequel was amazing. I love A Good Girls Guide to Murder and when I heard that Holly Jackson was releasing a sequel. I immediately pre-ordered it. I feel like Good Girl, Bad Blood was just as good as A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The sequel is sometimes not as good as the first book but this book is amazing. I'm so happy that Holly Jackson was blessed with her amazing writing skills. I love that Pip has made a podcast of her previous case. Pip has definitely changed since the last book and I find that really interesting. I was in a little reading slump towards the beginning of the book. I forced myself to read a few pages and that was the best decision I could have made! The book suddenly had all of those mysterious shadows lurking around and that made the story so much more exciting. Holly Jackson is amazing at plotting her books and creating a story. I can't even come up with a good plot or if I want to write a fantasy or mystery... Ravi Singh, Pip's boyfriend is such an awesome character. I can't help but love him but I must have missed when they got together, I probably just somehow forgot. I gotta reread it soon. Ravi is really funny and calm and that is exactly what Pip needs, especially towards the end of the book. The first book was a project that Pip did and the crime already happened but in this book, the crime happened a few hours ago and it follows Pip on her journey of solving it. I couldn't have guessed who 'Layla Mead' is in the end but it actually really shocked me. I figured some things out by myself which annoyed me sometimes but it also made me happy that I figured something out. Holly Jackson's writing is amazing and she is truly blessed with the skill. I'm really happy she writes mysteries and I hope that she writes another YA mystery because I absolutely love her stories. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery read, or anyone who would be interested in this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 STARS SO. EFFING. GOOD! RTC! Star Rating: —> 5 STARS SO. EFFING. GOOD! RTC!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // yes i will be reading midnight sun

    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish Good Girl, Bad Blood is the second book in the GGGTM series, a Miss Marple for teens. Still recovering from being hospitalised after the attack in the first book, Pip has set up a podcast outlining everything that happened, and details from the ongoing court case. I really, really loved Pip and Ravi in the first book, so I read this one a week or so later as soon as I could,wanting more from my new favourite couple. However the majority of this book was pretty I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish Good Girl, Bad Blood is the second book in the GGGTM series, a Miss Marple for teens. Still recovering from being hospitalised after the attack in the first book, Pip has set up a podcast outlining everything that happened, and details from the ongoing court case. I really, really loved Pip and Ravi in the first book, so I read this one a week or so later as soon as I could,wanting more from my new favourite couple. However the majority of this book was pretty weak in comparison, and left me with more questions than answers. I didn't really understand the choice of a podcast. In the first book, Pip is investigating as part of a final year project, and I must have missed something because I remember that not being properly completed. So to go into this book where Pip has suddenly set up a whole podcast, showing off how good she is while wanting to move on, seemed strange. I don't remember hearing the results of that and as it stated "Final Year" I was confused about why she was still at school in this book, when I really wanted to read about her first year college adventures. I still have hopes that this will happen in the future, as there will be more books in this series. The plot in the last book was a twisting mess, and it was amazing unraveling it. This plot felt like a straight line Pip walked down, constantly being led to clues rather than finding them. Instead of finding about all our key players secrets, most of them were so brief I forgot who they were. And the ending was pretty silly, with the final pieces we needed being one big reveal that readers had no chance of working out. The good thing about this book was the depiction of Pip's mental health, and the after effects of the last book, as well as the ending of this one. I liked that we saw how badly it impacted her, it gave the story some grit and made it more realistic. Sadly though, Pip and Ravi aren't together much in this book, with Pip spending more time with Connor. Plot spoilers: (view spoiler)["I was a a serial killer's accomplice as a kid and this guy found out my super secret identity from the person stalking me to murder me, so I locked him in bathroom and fed him snacks." LMAO WHAT (hide spoiler)]

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