This is a review for the the third book in a series. There will be no spoilers for this book but there may be some for the first two. You have been warned.
You can find my reviews for the first two books by clicking on the titles below.
As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Summary from NetGalley:
Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can’t help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?
Soon the threats escalate and Pip realizes that someone is following her in real life. When she starts to find connections between her stalker and a local serial killer caught six years ago, she wonders if maybe the wrong man is behind bars.
Police refuse to act, so Pip has only one choice: find the suspect herself—or be the next victim. As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle . . .and if she doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears.
ARC provided by Random House via NetGalley for an honest review.
I thought that the last book was pretty dark, but that one was a walk in the park compared to this final book. The story and the characters come full circle in this twisted dark tale of a girl just trying to survive.
Pip is suffering big time in this book. Her PTSD has only gotten worse since she witnessed a murder in the second book. She is struggling so hard just to keep it together and appear normal even when she isn’t. Then when signs that she is being stalked appear and no ones seems to believe her, she really begins to doubt herself. Thank god for Ravi though, he is her rock, and I loved that when things got tough she would hear his voice in her head urging her to stay calm and think things through.
I was so glad that we got to see a bit more of Ravi in this book. But I was a bit surprised by his agreeing to help Pip when she got into a very messy situation. I thought he would be the voice of reason, but he did agree with Pip that her solution was best in the end. I would have liked to see a bit more growth in him, but I was just glad that he was there when Pip really needed him.
This story was different than the other two. There wasn’t as much involvement with the podcast as there really wasn’t a mystery that Pip was trying to solve. There were still newsclips and other things interspersed with the narrative, but not as much as in the other books. The story really goes full circle with many of the characters from the first book being back and heavily involved in the plot. The stalker was super creepy and when it was revealed who it was, I will admit I was surprised. I totally had someone else in mind. The ending was solid and I really liked it.
Overall this was a series that I do recommend you pick up. Especially if you like dark and twisty mysteries, or strong female leads, or even true crime podcasts.