Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson


Pip Fitz-Amobi 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 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?

My thoughts:

This book is just as good, if not better, than the first instalment, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Good Girl, Bad Blood is unputdownable and highly enjoyable. Holly Jackson has a gift for writing spine-tingling mysteries that will have the reader gripped until the end.

Pip is back but she doesn’t want to solve mysteries any more. Her successful podcast went viral and she wants to leave it in the past. She doesn’t want to put her family and friends through any more upheaval. That is until she has no choice but to help her friend uncover a new mystery, the disappearance of Connor’s brother, Jamie.

Just like the first book, the use of multimedia formatting is exceptional and allows the reader to solve the case and make guesses at the same time as the fictional characters. This makes it a super fast read too as it’s very addictive.

Pip, 18, is a lot more grown up in this book and more levelheaded. But she does comes across as someone who has been scarred by the events that took place in the first book. She is also not perfect. She has flaws and worries just like any other teenager. The fact that Jackson doesn’t brush over the impact the last mystery would have had on Pip makes the story seem more true to life.

One of the more heartwarming parts of the book is Pip and Ravi’s relationship. It has evolved since the first book and is a nice lighthearted touch on what is a very tense but fun read. Ravi is not only likeable but is a jokester, quite the opposite to Pip, so it is fun to see their dynamic throughout the story.

Good Girl, Bad Blood touches on a lot of topics that are very relevant in society today, especially among teenagers. It looks at Instagram and other social media outlets that can have an impact on people’s lives.

One of the best aspects of this book is that it does discuss the previous story and readers get to see the aftermath of what Pip uncovered. But it is also great that there is a new mystery and it didn’t repeat past storylines. All the twists and turns are completely unexpected.

Once again the plot is completely unsolvable, except by Pip’s genius mind, which means as readers we get the delight in being surprised right until the very end. And it certainly does not disappoint!

If you’re looking for a good thriller to read, whatever age you are, this is the one you need. It’s one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Holly Jackson’s books yet? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below. I also can be found on Twitter and Instagram – @bookwormgirl_24

4 thoughts on “Review: Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

    1. Thanks Madeline. Yes, she’d love it. I think she read the first in the series a while back and said she enjoyed it. So I definitely think she will like this one 😊


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