Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES WITH OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD • The highly anticipated finale to the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series, the instant bestsellers that read like your favorite true crime podcast or show. By the end of this mystery series, you’ll never think of good girls the same way again…
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. . .
About: As Good As Dead is a young adult mystery thriller written by Holly Jackson. It was published on 9/28/2021 by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 464 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 called 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 As Good As Dead on 12/16/2021 and finished it on 12/27/2021. I loved the start of the book and the connection to book 1. I’m not sure which direction book 3 was going to take and I didn’t attempt to guess. Pip was so strong in book 1 & 2 that I didn’t expect her to fall apart in book 3. Sometimes I wonder how some characters can function on so little sleep. Whenever I’m lacked of sleep, I get intense headache the next day. I liked the idea of the serial killer but it would have been more thrilling if readers had an anonymous’ view for a few chapters to explain the reasons for the killing. There were explanations but not enough. It doesn’t make sense to kill because the victims failed to listen. There would be a lot of people to kill then because people have their own mind and they like to make their own decisions. The read however was fast paced and the audiobook was excellent.
This book started with Pip and her dad as they leave for the train station to go into the city to meet with a lawyer. Pip needed a lawyer to defend for her because someone sued her for defamation. Pip refused to the demands and wanted to go forward to court. At the same time, she’s falling apart inside because of what happened in book 2. She felt she’s responsible for bringing the victim to the killer. The killer is on the run while his wife turned herself in. Pip harbored some secrets from her family and boyfriend Ravi. She believed she needed another case to help herself heal. Then the case presented itself. She was being stalked. She didn’t know it at first until it escalated. Yet again, the police didn’t believe her and didn’t solve the stalking problem. She worked it out but she was napped by the killer before she figured out who it was. During capture, she was able to escape her bindings but instead of escaping from the killer, she waited for him/her to come back and attack him/her. Now Pippa’s in deep trouble. She couldn’t plead self defense if she call the police. Can she get away with murder and maybe frame someone for that kill?
As Good As Dead was a good combination of book 1 and 2 where there was some investigations and some podcasts. I feel bad that Pippa was battling with some wars of her own. She has a lot of people who cares for her and she should have let them help her instead of retreating into herself like a turtle. I can understand the reason for the ending but I still don’t like it. Ravi is smart and she should have allowed Ravi to help her find solutions instead of being so controlling and making all of the decisions by herself even when Ravi disagreed. There was one part where Pip was caught in a jam by the police and I was literally hyperventilating because I didn’t know if she could get out of it. The unexpected walk-through to the title of book 1 in this story was actually awesome. I loved this series and I will read all future books by this author with no hesitation. I highly recommend everyone to read this series!
I rate it 4.5 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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