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Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

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?

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”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 any more. I would have stuck to it too; I know I would’ve. But something’s happened and now I have to break that promise. Someone has gone missing. Someone I know.”

I was such a huge fan of A Good Girls Guide To Murder, that was one of my favourite ever YA thriller reads, and I think I liked Good Girl, Bad Blood even more. It was absolutely brilliant, I read it all within a few hours, it was a binge worthy read for sure!

Our teenage detective Pip is back for another round of detective work, and this time the stakes are even higher. After everything that happened in AGGGTM, Pip’s been trying to get back to her normal life before everything that happened, happened but she’s left all that behind and made promises to not get caught up in that again. But then someone needs her help, and if the police aren’t going to get the job done, then that means it’s up to Pip to try and save the day, again.

I loved being back with Pip, and with Ravi, they are a full on couple now and they are so cute, he truly believes in her and helps her with whatever she needs, it’s such a great relationship, I love that it was thrown into these fantastic thrillers and not have it take away from the story at all, it’s just a little tiny bit of romance.

I really liked how we got to see some of the consequences of the first book within this one, what was still going on in regards to all involved in the first book, it really bridged the two books together and gave more of a context with what Pip was doing.

I think Pip has grown up more in this sequel, the story and plot in this one seem a little bit darker, I found myself completely shocked and saddened quite a few times, even a few tears were spilled reading this one.

Good Girl, Bad Blood is thought provoking in the best of ways, with incorporated subtle commentary on the use of social media, how it can be used both for good and for bad, and through Pip, the impact each can have on an individual. There was also a part with Pip discovering that truth and justice are not always guaranteed, sometimes the bad guys don’t get what they deserve which was truly heartbreaking, reading those certain scenes really made me sad.

As for the actually mystery in this sequel, I was turning page after page to get to the bottom of it. It is so immersive and gripping, mainly due to the desire to know what’s going to happen next, but also it was how invested I became in the characters, I just wanted to know what was going to happen to them, what they had done or have to do.

There were a few times that I thought I’d solved some bits, and then discovered that I was wrong and I hadn’t guessed anything correctly, which was so exciting, I loved that. I don’t think Good Girl, Bad Blood is at all predictable, which is another reason to read the book, you will be shocked for sure, I’d be surprised if anyone guessed the mystery correctly.

Holly Jackson is one of the best YA thriller writers, AGGGTM and GGBB are probably my two favourite YA thriller/mystery books, I will say that, I haven’t loved any other I’ve read this much, I already can’t wait to see what she brings out next.

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