Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The highly anticipated sequel to the international bestseller, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! More dark secrets are exposed in this addictive, true-crime fueled mystery.
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?
About: Good Girl, Bad Blood is a young adult mystery thriller written by Holly Jackson. It was published on 3/2/2021 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 416 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery thriller, and contemporary. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. There are three books to this series: book one is called A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, book two is Good Girl, Bad Blood, and book three is As Good As Dead. According to the publisher’s website, “Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 275 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, our imprints publish over 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for Good Girl, Bad Blood on 10/4/2021 and finished it on 10/15/2021 at 1:30am. An excellent read, this book brought the story telling to another level by presenting it via podcasts. I haven’t gotten into listening to podcasts in real life but I enjoyed reading it via thrillers. Another podcast thriller I have read was The Night Swim. I enjoyed Jamie’s mom, Joanna, on the audio. She sounded so natural, as if talking instead of reading. The opening of the story got me smiling when Pippa’s younger brother started making Persons of Interest’s list. I liked how little clues started revealing itself out, starting with Nat’s interview then backed up by Gail’s photo. I loved the unexpected twists and shocking messages that the person Pip contacted actually knew it was her. I also liked that Connor/Ravi accompanied Pip to many interviews in this story so she’s less reckless. The voice distortion was good as well as the online dating angle. All of this kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed learning the faces behind this audiobook: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/blog/meet-the-cast-good-girl-bad-blood-by-holly-jackson/
This book started with Pippa, as she listened on repeat to her interview with Sal’s killer. She then discussed with Ravi on what to name her podcast episodes regarding the crime she solved recently of what happened to Sal and Andie 5 years ago. There was a recount of what happened in book one via a podcast review. Then the story began titled one month later, after 4 people were arrested for crimes committed 5 years ago. Those people are now in court to either settle for less jail time or to prove themselves not guilty. Pippa and Ravi are now covering the courtroom drama via podcasts, starting with Max Hastings. In between podcast recordings, Pippa attempted to get back to having a normal life before her capstone project. Out of the blue, Connor, Pippa’s friend came knocking at her door. He informed her that his older brother Jamie, 24 went missing and wanted Pippa to launch an investigation like she did with Andie. His brother being not underage and has a history of leaving without communicating, police won’t be able to do much. Pippa didn’t want to work on another crime because of what happened last time but she couldn’t ignore the sinking feeling she has for Jamie. So she took on the challenge to find Jamie because she couldn’t just stand by while her best friend Connor worried. There were photos of maps and evidence within the pages.
Good Girl, Bad Blood was well written and hooked me from the start! I loved this book’s presentation and organization. I liked the use of current technology to make it more relatable to young adult readers. Lauren’s ex boyfriend Tom was a unique character. Definitely tiring talking to him though because Pip had to push him to spit out every word he meant to say but didn’t say on his own. I loved the twists near the end of the book! Definitely unexpected. I loved that element of surprise. My heart was pounding and I was nervous when Ravi and Connor sneaked around to break in. And I shed some tears at the end when Pip begged for the guy’s life. It could mean the good acting from the audiobook too. Just a few minor areas that got me wondering. Pippa’s younger brother was Josh who’s 10 but at one point, Pippa mentioned their mom had to help him tell which shoes went which way. Ten was definitely old enough to know. Pippa was not explained why they knew the message was from her when she took precautions by using Connor’s Instagram account to send out the messages. Max Hastings’ house being wealthy, I’m surprised that they don’t have a security alarm set up or even an outdoor camera. Other than that, this story was definitely an excellent read and an unputdownable one. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Holly Jackson started writing stories at a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a novel when she was fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied literary linguistics and creative writing, with a master’s degree in English. She enjoys playing video games and watching true-crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. She lives in London. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is her debut novel.
Follow Holly on Twitter and Instagram at @HoJay92.
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