Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by the way her last investigation ended. Soon she’ll be leaving for Cambridge University but then another case finds her . . . and this time it’s all about Pip.
Pip is used to online death threats, but there’s one that catches her eye, someone who keeps asking: who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? And it’s not just online. Pip has a stalker who knows where she lives. The police refuse to act and then Pip finds connections between her stalker and a local serial killer. The killer has been in prison for six years, but Pip suspects that the wrong man is behind bars. As the deadly game plays out, Pip realises that everything in Little Kilton is finally coming full circle. If Pip doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears . . .
Holly Jackson can do no wrong. Her latest book, As Good as Dead, is the third and final instalment of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy.
Unlike the first two books, this one felt a lot more mature. As the protagonist, Pip, has matured so has the nature of the story. The way the characters spoke and acted were portrayed a lot differently than the first book, perhaps not only because they had grown up but because they had witnessed a lot of tragedies many young people may not have at that age. The stakes of this third novel felt a lot higher than the last two as well, especially as Pip herself is the target.
The story follows Pip who has been getting a lot of death threats online. She brushes them off as it isn’t an uncommon thing since her podcast gained a big audience. However, as time passes she starts to notice other threatening behaviour towards her, online and offline, so she has the task of working out who is behind this before her time runs out.
I love the way this character is portrayed because she’s dealt with a lot over the last two years and struggles to cope with the consequences of the incidents that take place in the first two books. A lot of times, authors ignore the flaws of a character and make them act normal after a traumatic ordeal, but Pip is shown to be dealing with some mental health issues of her own which is a logical outcome to reach at the start of this book.
Pip’s friends are a big part of her life too and the lengths they go to help her is really heartwarming to read. I really enjoyed how Ravi’s relationship with Pip had strengthened too and the actions they take to care for each other, right until the very end of the book.
One of the things everyone loves about Pip is her intelligence and the fact she’s not afraid of being the smartest person in the room. It’s interesting to see her and Ravi bounce ideas off each other as they question who in their little town might be their suspect.
The setting of the trilogy is quirky and adds to the charm of the story. It’s set in a fictional town of Little Kilton, in Buckinghamshire. It’s a place I can’t imagine anyone wanting to live as so many bad things happen but for any crime buff it sounds like a completely fascinating place. I liked that real areas in Buckinghamshire were mentioned in this book as it made Little Kilton seem like a real place.
There are some trigger warnings for this novel which include anxiety, gory violence, death, drug abuse and more. The theme of this story is a lot darker than the previous two.
Even though As Good as Dead is a bit lengthier than the others in the series, it’s really fast paced and everything that’s written feels relevant to the story. It’s also one of those books that’s really gripping but at the same time I didn’t want it to end.
This is a nail-biting read and fully engrossing. It shows how Pip has had to deal with the police failing her time and time again through her own resilience and the strength of those who love her. At times the story is truly heartbreaking. However, in true Jackson style, it’s not one to be missed and it will leave you wanting more.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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