Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Summary from NetGalley:

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?

ARC provided by Random House Children’s via NetGalley for an honest review.

Confession:

If you read and liked A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year, then you must pick this one up. It is also one that is hard to put down with lots of twists and turns and the final reveal was quite the stunner and not expected at all!

Pip is still a really good character and a joy to read, although we do see a bit of a darker side to her this time around. She does a few things that were a little bit out of character for her, but were totally believable in the circumstances. Pip’s strength is in her determination to see things through and to help others when the police can’t or won’t.

Ravi is still in the picture although he doesn’t seem to be as involved in this mystery as he was the first one. He still always has Pip’s back and is her rock in her very stormy seas. I really hope that at some point we get to hear from Ravi’s point of view, as I think his insights would be amazing. The romance between the two of them continues in this book, but is very much in the background.

Just like in the first book, the plot is what grabs you and keeps you reading long into the night. This one has lots of twists and turns that keeps you guessing right along with Pip as to what happened to Jamie. The author also does a nice job of not glossing over Pip’s issues with what happened to her at the end of the first book. She has some intense ptsd moments which were good to see. I hate it when a character has something awful happen to them and then in the next chapter or book, their life just goes on like nothing happened. The ending was well done and really has me anticipating the next book.

The writing continues to be solid with some interviews and documents that Pip keeps to help explain what is happening. I liked the explanations of how a podcast works and that she asks permission from everyone before she records their interviews and has them sign releases. That level of realism is a really nice touch.

A well done second book that will have you on the edge of your seat anticipating what mystery Pip will be working on next.

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