Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson

Thriller, 432 pages, published in 2020

After solving a cold case in her small town for a school project, Pip has sworn off detective work. Since then, she has created a successful podcast detailing the events of that investigation. However, her fame has made her friend approach her and ask for her help to find his missing brother. Once again, Pip becomes involves in the investigation and digs out even more secrets from her small town.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I was super excited for this book because I loved the first book, but I was also kind of nervous because what if it didn’t live up to that one? I was worried for no reason because this book was great! It was maybe a hair below the first one, but still super fun and intense.

The first book follows a closed case from the past, but this book is about an active case. I think that it definitely increased the tension because Pip is working to find a missing person, and every minute that passed lowers the chance of finding them alive. The pressure Pip puts on herself to find the missing person was so stressful to read about because she is trying to follow a ton of different leads, all while watching the clock tick.

This book definitely goes a little deeper into morality and the flaws of the justice system than the first book. One of the trials related to the case in the first book is happening in the background of this book and it was interesting to see how Pip’s views on justice changed. There was a lot of discussion about if people have done terrible things in the past, are they able to change and make up for it in any way.

I was kind of able to identify the person most involved in the case before it was revealed, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all. I think that means that there are sufficient clues throughout before the revel.

The story got a lot darker at the end than I was expecting. It wasn’t graphic or overly violent, but it got intense and mentally dark for one of the characters. This is definitely going to explored in future books and I am very curious to see what direction it goes in.

I think my one issue with this book was that the big secret that is the cause of all the problems in this book seemed a little bit out of nowhere to me. I think it was well done, but it wasn’t something I would have ever thought of. I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it at all. Everything else is woven in so well though!

Another small issue is that I wish there was more of Ravi! He’s definitely involved, but I wanted him to be more involved because I have a huge fictional crush on him! He’s the best.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes next! If the next books are even a fraction as entertaining as the first two, I will be satisfied. I read this book so fast because I just could not put it down.

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