‘Good Girl, Bad Blood’ by Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson appeared in the YA novel market last year with her debut novel A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and it instantly became a MASSIVE hit! Her first novel was definitely one of my favourites from last year. Good Girl, Bad Blood could quite possibly another successful hit for Holly and is another favourite for 2020 for me. I honestly,could not put this book down. From start to finish I was hooked in the story, following from the first adventure of Pip.

Someone is missing, nobody’s talking. But this time, EVERYONE is listening…

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more. Her true-crime podcast about the murder case she solved last year has gone viral. Yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to go back on her word when someone close to her goes missing and the police can’t do anything about it. If they won’t investigate, then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way. But will she find the answers before time runs out?
If you haven’t read the first book, then you need to! There are things which are mentioned in this one which are direct links to the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder so I would say that it is essential to read the first.

In the first novel the story is told through Production Logs which Pip was writing for school and interviews between herself and any witnesses or suspects. With the second, Holly has done the same but with a twist. Not only do you have the usual chapter-to-chapter story playing out, she also adds podcasts. The podcast chapters are similar to the first, which develop the story but in a nice and simple way. Giving you the information which you need without being boring and feels like you are reading a lot of dialogue. Which we all know can sometimes be a bit of a drag.
Usually with some thrillers/police type drama books you can guess what is going to happen. Sadly you do try your best not too but it is sometimes so obvious that you can’t help but know how it is going to end and it can ruin a book for some people if they have sussed it out. But with both of Holly’s novels, I wasn’t able to guess anywhere near what was going to happen in the story, and when we do eventually find out what happens it was a shocker! It was not just as straight forward as you might think; it includes people you’ve probably forgotten about. It brings stories in which connect together perfectly to link back to the one person who has gone missing.

Trying to add every detail up in your head throughout reading doesn’t help you; I still completely had no idea and was in shock when I got the answers which appeared. It also ends in a way which could continue into another novel (which I hope will happen according to GoodReads there is going to be a third and a fourth) but it also finishes the story off in a nice way and you aren’t frustrated that you are going to have to wait another year to find out what happens (well not massively but you do want to know if it will continue the story or not) I’m sure we will all find out soon enough once Holly Jackson lets us all know!

But until then, I might go back and read them both together, because I enjoyed reading them separately but refreshing me on the first before re-reading the second would be a pleasure.

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