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Good Girl, Bad Blood Review | Books and Baking

Holly Jackson’s powerhouse of a novel A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is followed by another brilliantly addictive novel. Good Girl, Bad Blood is amazing…sequels don’t get much better than this!

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? -synopsis from Goodreads.

First off, I absolutely loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (I have a review up on my blog) and when I found out there was a sequel, I was very excited. I have heard great things about Good Girl, Bad Blood from friends, on bookstagram, and it did not disappoint.

I buddy read Good Girl, Bad Blood with my friend Ruby and we both loved the novel. It was such a fun reading experience to go through theories and try to decipher things together which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable! It was definitely the best type of book to buddy read as Holly Jackson continues to delight readers.

“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 anymore. I would have stuck to it too; I know I would’ve. But something’s happened and now I have to break that promise”

I particularly enjoyed the continuation of the mixed media form that Jackson has perfected and her approach to writing is so unique which only adds to the massive list of things I loved about this novel! The plot twists are as amazing as they are unexpected, and Holly Jackson shows that anything is possible. I love her writing style and the way that she cleverly crafts the plot as it feels like you are experiencing everything in the moment with Pip which is so interesting.

Good Girl, Bad Blood was so captivating and a little darker than the first book in the series. I loved the introduction of the podcast as this opened up a new dimension for Pip’s voice to be heard and a new angle for the story. One thing that really stood out for me was Pip’s confidence and how she develops as a person throughout the book. Pip is such an all rounder, from her intelligence to her bravery and courage, she is so real and I think that is what makes the novel that much more brilliant.

“What do you do when the things that are supposed to protect you, fail you like that?”

This novel is thought provoking and a gripping social commentary that deals with so many important issues that are relevant today. It is not shy of twists and the plot definitely thickens the more you read it. I would definitely recommend this series if you have not read it before!

Holly Jackson is fast becoming my favourite YA author and I cannot wait for the next 2 books. 2021, can you hurry up already!

Rating: ★★★★★

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