Good girl, Bad blood

Book Review

Book: Good girl, Bad blood
Author: Holly Jackson
Year: 2020
Page no: 417
Synopsis: 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?

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as the first book, but I think I might actually have enjoyed this one more! She had a lot to live up to, because of how good the first book was, but she smashed those expectations out of the park.

There were links to the first book, which meant that some loose ends were tied up and questions were answered. The plot itself was thought through so well and I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns, and once again I wasn’t able to work out what the ending was going to be. The story felt so creative and unique, helped again by the different layouts of chapters and the introduction of interview transcripts. I read through this one much quicker because the writing seemed improved from the first book, it flowed a lot better and the attention to detail was greater.

One of my favourite elements of reading, is the characterisation. In this book we gain a deeper look into Pip’s character arc, and her struggle with knowing what is good and bad and who she really is. It gave the book a deeper edge and is partly what made it stand out for me, from the first book. Pip feels like she’s been built stronger and been given more consideration into her voice, so we can all get to know her better.

I was left reeling after the last couple of chapters when everything was coming together and getting resolved, I did not see the ending coming at all. I loved how all the sub-plots and characters made sense, and how little moments in the book were actually crucially important at the end.

Jackson is a great writer and I have thoroughly enjoyed her two books so far, I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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