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Good Girl, Bad Blood: The Sunday Times Bestseller and sequel to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Paperback – 1 June 2020
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- Publisher : Egmont Fiction GB; 1st edition (1 June 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405297751
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405297752
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller', Guardian
'A fiendishly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the very end', Laura Purcell, bestselling author of The Silent Companions
'There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization', Peter James, no. 1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
'Prepare to be murdered by this book. Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted – my heart literally pounded. I haven't been this addicted to anything since Serial. Holly Jackson is the next big thing, I promise', Laura Steven, author of award-winning The Exact Opposite of Okay
'That ending! Pure genius', Yasmin Rahman, author of All the Things We Never Said
'Twisty, compulsive and so, so clever', Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets
'Twisty and compelling', Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
'“Nail-biting, taut and pacy. Jackson [is] a homegrown thriller writer to watch.… – Guardian', The Guardian
The Sunday Times Bestseller and sequel to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
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We pick Pip up a few months after the events of A Good Girls Guide to Murder. The court case is happening and Pip has a hit podcast on her hands. But she is scarred, the case put her life and the lives of those close to her in danger. She vows to concentrate on school and not play detective again. That is until her friend begs for her help. Connors brother Jamie Reynolds has disappeared and the police are not making it a priority to try to find him. And so the investigation begins!
I love the inclusion of photos and maps in this story. All the added extras enhance the story. As with the first case, there is no shortage of theories and suspects. It is twisty and dangerous - and I loved it.
I just read that there is going to be another 2 books with Pip and friends and I am so excited for that!! Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with Pip. All the stars
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*no spoilers for book 2. there will be book 1 spoilers*
The story picks up not long after the events of book 1, showing how our main characters are healing, or not, from what's happened.
I appreciate that our main character Pip wasn't shown to be completely ok after everything that had happened. We are shown her suffering through grief from the death of Barney in book 1, and the after effects of being spiked and attacked by Becca.
We're given this new mystery almost immediately in the story, and through Pip and her friends investigation we're taken through many twists and turns, throughout being witness to Pips inner guilt, fear, and apprehension. We also see relationships and friendships between the characters built up, and some begin to crumble away due people's actions and attitudes.
Good Girl, Bad Blood included and worked with so many difficult and sensitive subjects, with the final revelation being based on something that would no doubt truly be controversial, with many people on many sides of the argument. The finale was truly heart breaking, and we left Pip without the ultimate happy ending.
I am so intrigued to see what book three will hold (please be a book three), I can't wait to read more about Pip, Ravi, and their little band of detectives.
I was a little worried to see if this new instalment will live up to the first. I can say it does.
This book follows straight from when the previous book left off where Pip has now shot to fame with her podcast sharing her first case to the world while also recording the events on the trail.
However a new case presents itself one of her friends older brother (Jamie) has gone missing, the police are refusing to help, so its left to Pip to find him. However not all is what it seems with the brother acting strange in the weeks leading up to his disappearance which leads to a mystery girl who Jamie was talking to online.
People are trying to hide there secrets however Pip is determined to discover the truth before its too late.
The book has the same format as the first with narrative along with interview conversations and articles.
I like how the author has developed Pip character.
As with the first novel don't be put off the the word "girl" in the title all YA will enjoy is page turning thriller.
The book will keep you on edge and guessing right to the very end with a great cliffhanger meaning that we will be seeing more from Pip in the future, I will be waiting patiently for the next instalment
I highly recommend this novel.
I appreciate the fact that she linked back so heavily to the events of the first book; they weren't shied away from or swept under a rung, they were as much front and centre as the disappearance of Jamie. I like that we get updates on the trial and how it went on.
Oh how my heart broke when the verdict against Max was revealed; it was such a heartbreaking moment to read and for Nat and Pip. The anger and burning rage that Pip felt afterwards was so intense, I could feel it through the pages and I felt it myself. It makes me so disappointed but the verdict isn't a surprise because the burden is always on the victim.
I love Pip so much; she's such a strong and determined character but I am so worried about her by the end of this book. You can definitely see the impact that the events of this book and the last book have had upon her and she seems to be slowly unravelling. Hopefully Ravi will be there to catch her; I love that their relationship had subtlety developed but it never took away from the focus of the book.
Jackson is a really good author in the way that she lays down clues for the twists but somehow convinces you out of them.
I had figured early on that Charlie and Flora must have something to do with it, but when Charlie sits with Pip and gives her advice and when they reveal about the stolen watch it honestly convinced me out of it and I didn't really consider them again... so you would consider me shocked when Charlie turned up at the warehouse, even more so when he proceeded to shoot Stanley with very little hesitation!!
I would highly highly recommend this book; Jackson plots things out so well and develops relatable and enjoyable characters. Cannot wait to see where the series goes next!
This is Young Adult fiction, with late teen protagonists, but it does not make it any less of a crime novel than those aimed at adults.
Holly Jackson is amazing at plotting her novels - this one went in a direction that I completely did not foresee. I genuinely thought I would not be surprised but I was so wrong because the ending just had me going 'wow, I did not see that coming'.
I absolutely love Pip, our fantastic lead character from book one. This time she is not writing her EPQ and trying to solve the unsolved mystery that has plagued her hometown for years. This time she is hosting her own podcast (so perfect that this character would be doing this...of course Pip is hosting a podcast). Her podcast is designed to follow the trial of one of the 'bad guys' from book one but along the way she is approached by a friend whose brother has gone missing. Pip cannot refuse a good mystery so here we go again.
This novel is so very real, the speech is authentic, the excerpts from text messages, emails, dating apps, Instagram and even photos are all absolutely fantastic devices to add depth to the novel. Holly Jackson, please never stop adding in these 'extras' as they work so well!
She doesn't shy away from dealing with real issues and not everything is a happily ever after (which is sad but a true reflection of real life).
I loved it so much I read it in just over a day, while also working full time from home!
I have been recommending this to absolutely everyone who will listen, and that includes my pupils who laughed at how excited I was when I finished!