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As Good as Dead: The Finale to a Good Girl's Guide to Murder Hardcover – 28 September 2021
Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She's used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can't help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you're the one who disappears?
Soon the threats escalate and Pip realizes that someone is following her in real life. When she starts to find connections between her stalker and a local serial killer caught six years ago, she wonders if maybe the wrong man is behind bars.
Police refuse to act, so Pip has only one choice: find the suspect herself--or be the next victim. As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle . . .and if she doesn't find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears. . .
"As Good As Dead is a phenomenal YA mystery that deserves to be one of the books of the year and provides a stellar finale to a knockout series."--The Nerd Daily
Praise for the A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series
The book pulled me into it so hard that I forgot everything going on around me, I just needed to solve the murder with Pip.--PopSugar
This is a great, twisty read for fans of YA. --Book Riot
A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller.--The Guardian
The perfect nail-biting mystery. --Natasha Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A fun, gripping, and skillfully constructed novel of suspense. I loved Pip--her relatable quirks, her inventive investigative approach, and her willingness to step outside of her safe world in search of the truth." --Emily Arsenault, author of All the Pretty Things
Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted--my heart literally pounded. --Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay
So so clever. --Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets
"Well-executed.... A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense." --Kirkus Reviews
Legions of fans of true crime podcasts may therefore flock to this one, and they're unlikely to be disappointed. --Bulletin
Fans of true crime will be hooked by the hunt for a killer, but there's more to this Guide than just a whodunit. It's a story of families, community and the ways a crisis can turn them against one another in the blink of an eye. --BookPage
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- Publisher : Delacorte Press (28 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593379853
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593379851
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 14.76 x 3.66 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 68,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 15 April 2022
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Characters in this last part of the trilogy have more depth; the rhythm of the story is enthusiastic, to a point in which you can't stop reading.
The story takes you to places which you could not predict.
Reading it was very enjoyable.
I am very pleased with the series, and it's a remarkable way of ending a series.
Well done Holly!
Reviewed in Australia on 15 April 2022
"The game had changed. Her against them. Save herself to save herself"
Pip is reeling from what happened in the previous book, Good Girl, Bad Blood. She is suffering silently. Everyone around is trying to act normal, overcompensating to fill the tension, as if she didn't just go through a trauma, as if she can be fixed with bad jokes and big smiles. Pip has turned to different ways to sleep, to cope, to exist, and it is rough reading her feel helpless and responsible. She thinks that if she could just find something else, a new case or mystery, than she can fix the broken pieces inside herself, tape herself back together, and be like before. Before the trauma(s), before that night with all that blood.
"Pip had asked for a way out, one last case, and something had answered her. Now it was even more perfect, even more fitting. Because DT was the origin. The end and the beginning. The monster in the dark, the creator, the source. Everything that had happened traced right back to him. All of it."
She found her case because the case was now her. Holly Jackson really wanted to go out with a bang and boy, oh boy did she deliver. Pip has to solve a crime before it happens.
She has to solve her own kidnapping and m*rder (It's in the synopsis; it's not a spoiler. Don't yell at me).
I think the police not believing her, AGAIN (!!), breaks my heart. Like, how many times does she have to prove herself. It is a dangerous game the police are playing, not believing her. At least humouring her! I wanted them to do something. Put a squad car outside, check her list of enemies, or even just help her monitor her social media account. SOMETHING!! ANYTHING!!!
I was so anxious that I don't think I was breathing normally until I got to acknowledgements. The anxiety! The drama! The planning! The accomplices! I could never!!!
I fully understand why this was the route that was taken. It was the moment and the character arc that this has all been leading up to. Pip taking the law into her own hands. Manipulating the system that she knows intimately to get away with murder. There is no more right and wrong. Just grey.
I'm going to think about this book for a while.
Still a great story.
Pip and ravy have a great relationship and are a great team.
I’d be interested in another story to see the future but somehow I don’t think that will happen.
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This transmistion makes this book difficult to read - I was quite unprepared for the departure from the fun inquisitive nature of book one and two and the trauma filled voice of this novel. As earlier stated this novel is in no way bad or uninteresting, indeed it's message is both important and necessary, however I could not enjoy it. I found it too dark, too true perhaps and not in keeping with the read I personally expected.
Give it a go if you like novels that are quite dark and trauma filled but if you prefer the lighter all's well that ends well vibe of book one then this is not for you
The A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder Series by Holly Jackson has been an edge of the seat page turner from the very first book. We have followed crime solver and enthusiast Pip Fitz-Amobi as she uncovers crime after crime and somehow manages to get herself involved in the drama putting herself and the ones she loves in danger.
In this gripping final installment we see just how good a detective Pip is – and to be fair just how brilliant a writer Holly Jackson. Jackson has led you to believe from book one that some of her red herrings are just that – clues that lead to nowhere but oh no. Jackson was setting up plot points for book three As Good As Dead. When this happened in the story I physically had to lower the book and just shook my head in disbelief at how cleverly this series has been written. I mean wow.
If crime is your thing then As Good as Dead along with the other books in this series are the books for you.
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I just wanted to write a quick note about my rating… If I was basing it completely on the thrill and my inability to put this book down it would be a solid 5-stars! I was on the edge of my seat THE WHOLE TIME and I’m so invested in these characters. BUT there were decisions made that lessened my enjoyment in terms of plot and that’s why it’s at 3.5-stars. I would still recommend it though!
Just as in the previous books, I was immediately engaged in the story. Pippa is suffering her PTSD in silence and has turned to take drugs (specifically Xanax) in order to suppress the overwhelming sensations and flashbacks that are now her constant companions. She has lost complete faith in the justice system and herself to the grey area between good and bad and doesn’t know where that leaves her. Jackson has written Pippa’s tumultuous thoughts and experience of PTSD so incredibly well it’s as if you are experiencing it alongside her—the fast-paced drumbeat of nerves, the cold sweats, the flashes of bloody hands, and the inability to breath was shockingly visceral. I was completely twisted up in anxious knots as Pippa’s story took an unprecedented and absolutely insane direction and continued steamrolling chaotically until the very bittersweet end. At one point I thought my heart would beat out of my chest because I was so anxious for Pip! 🙈
I have to admit that figuring out who DT was before Pip did was such a satisfying feeling and I was literally shouting at the pages at that point! 😂 However, that satisfying feeling didn’t last long because there were a few more turning points in the story that really had me suspending my disbelief because it is WILD, y’all. Seriously. W-I-L-D! I mean, I greatly admire Pippa’s character and wow, did I learn a lot from her situation and how she handled it (cough you know, for if ever I find myself in a similar situation one day—JOKES cough) but this was not the direction I thought her story would go and neither was I really keen on it? Without giving anything away, the situation escalates very quickly and then continues to escalate to the point that it’s no longer realistic. That said, a small part of me did understand (to a point) how it escalated the way it did especially considering how bad Pip’s PTSD is. It was heartbreaking to see her struggle to cope though.
The ending is where another star was deducted for me because I felt like by that point Pippa had really been through enough and she deserved better than what she got. It was an overall satisfying conclusion though with the stories told in the previous books tying up pretty neatly and all the questions that were asked were also answered. I’m sad to see this series end because it has been one heckuva thrilling ride but I’m so looking forward to seeing what else Jackson comes up with in the future!
- Pip’s mental health in this book felt so authentic. It wasn’t just brushed under the carpet & whilst it killed me to read pip suffering it felt real. You wouldn’t just bounce back from the events in book 2.
- The storylines itself about the DT Killer & the ties it has to book 1 are so clever! I loved how well planned/thought out it all was. A small detail in book 1 becomes clear & important in book 3!
- The first half of the book is slow & it took a while to pick up. Parts of it were intense & I desperately wanted to know how it would play out at the end
- I continued to get major PLL vibes through most of it & I’m a fan of that!
Things I struggled with:
- No sugar coating it. I HATED the twist in the second half of the book. I go from feeling the story was hard hitting & authentic to just plain ridiculous. It made me feel disconnected from the story & characters entirely. Thats not what I wanted or expected from this book.
- I found myself missing the young enthusiastic go happy detective from the first book. I’m all for books taking a darker turn whilst the characters grow & react to their experiences but just not like this. Pip’s actions were selfish & cruel.
Overall I was really disappointed in this book. I just really really wanted to love it but just couldn’t get onboard with it.