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Good Girl, Bad Blood: TikTok made me buy it! The Sunday Times Bestseller and sequel to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: Book 2 Paperback – 1 June 2020
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A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER IS THE WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS' CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2020
“Nail-biting, taut and pacy. Jackson [is] a homegrown thriller writer to watch.… – Guardian
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?
Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Eva Dolan, C L Taylor, We Were Liars and Riverdale
Praise for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder:
'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 there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization' – Peter James, award-winning and no.1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
'Twisty, compulsive and so, so clever' – Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets
'That ending! Pure genius' - Yasmin Rahman, author of All the Things We Never Said
'This book was a delight from start to finish. I laughed. I cried. And I very much enjoyed attempting to solve the case with Pip (who I now want to be my best friend). I didn't guess the twist, and I don't think many people will. Holly Jackson has absolutely killed it with her debut!' – Aisha Busby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and contributor to the award-winning A Change is Gonna Come
'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 Stevens, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay
'Twisty and compelling' – Fiona Noble, Bookseller
A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller', Guardian
Good Girl, Bad Blood made the Children’s and YA Sunday Times list on 5th May 2020
'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
TikTok made me buy it! The Sunday Times Bestseller and sequel to A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
- Publisher : Farshore 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: 405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm sure the author has little influenceregarding the presention - so be it.
The age group these publications are targeted to should advise that even if they/others have been seriously affected by men, there should always be a proper legal outcome. Not an ill informed imature illegal respose.
There shall always be those who believe an outcome can be justified.
Younger readers need to understand this is a fairy tale book selling load of tripe.
"There's one inescapable thing that haunts me in this case, something I didn't have to face last time. And thats time itself...Time is in charge here, not me, and that's terrifying"
I loved that Pip used her platform and interacted with her audience to solve this one. It was smart to use all her resources, and that includes reddit posts, internet deep dives, snapchat stories, using facebook and even getting a newspaper ad. These were realistic uses of resources that we have access to everyday. Also, seeing as the mystery was connected to the internet in several aspects, it made sense she solved it through using technology. I do miss the pin board though.
Pip has really matured from her ordeal in the previous book. She feels older, and understands the hefty consequences for her actions. She is more self-aware and forms a certain self-acceptance of her circumstances and life trajectory. I admire the strength she shows and the fact she has to do this and go to school is wild to me. Something would have had to give, and I would have chosen someone's life over school work.
"I'm the expert in my own mistakes, I understand"
The ending was hard to read. It was written beautifully and made me a little panicky, a little shook alongside Pip.
Now comes the little game I call ⋆⁺₊⋆ did I solve the mystery before the end! ⋆⁺₊⋆
☀︎ Did I figure out why Jamie was missing? No. It was written in a way where you don't have the information to solve it before hand.
☀︎ Did I figure out who was involved? Kind of. I guessed one person but not the other. I will take that as a win!!
☁︎ Questions/Issues ☁︎
☀︎ I just wish Pip stood up to her mum, and tell her that being a detective is who she is, and what she wants to do. It's a part of her. Her mum's idea of her daughter doesn't match to who her daughter actually is, and she shouldn't punish Pip for that. Her dad was so supportive and loving and I wish he was more vocal. I love him.
☀︎ I hope Ant and Lauren got yelled at earlier and they all dumped them as friends for being bad friends. I hope they don't show up in the next book.
☀︎ I'm so mad at the police, but I understand they labeled Jamie a low-risk missing person, but yikes, they suck. If Daniel da Silva existed in real life, it would be on sight. He would catch these hands so fast. I recently watched Melina Pendulum video on true crime and how the police don't solve many crimes at all. Just 2% of major crimes in the US are solved!!!!! 2%!! (google it if you don't believe me)
Anyway, defund the police.
☁︎ Would I recommend this book? Yeah definitely!
☁︎ Would I re-read this book? Yes
☁︎ Would I read the rest of the series? Yeah, I'm about to now.
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.
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!
In the previous novel Pip was looking for a murderer, believing the police came to the wrong conclusion, but this time she’s looking for a missing person, which meant her investigation is more about finding clues instead of suspects. She does go around interrogating several people again but I didn’t happen to feel the same thrill of sleuthing that I had in the first novel where I was more actively thinking along who the villain could be.
The author raised the bar so high with her first novel and while I heard some readers say this one’s even better, I’m not sure I feel the same way. Don’t get me wrong, Good Girl, Bad Blood is a ‘bloody good novel’ but the best one so far is undoubtedly still the first one for me (I have to admit, I often feel that way). There really is no shame holding this second place though because I still very much enjoyed seeing Pip in her element again, making lots of progress throughout the novel at a steady pace (she’s really a young Veronica Mars and she does it so well) and I can only think of two small things that I would have liked to have seen differently. The first is the fact that Ravi, Pip’s wingman in novel one is taking quite a backseat in this one, and I missed this voice of reason sometimes, not to mention his positive and warm personality, and the other thing is that this novel recaps literally everything that happened in the first novel, it goes on for several pages and while I enjoyed that it jogged my memory this way, I don’t think that readers who haven’t read the first novel will appreciate this because there is no point reading the first of the series after you read this one, so do take that into account if you’re interested in reading it.
Anyway to say I’m very excited to read book 3 of the series As Good As Dead is an understatement (I’ll have to wait till August/September at least though) because in this third story Pip has a stalker and there’s a man behind bars who is probably the wrong person and a real serial killer who’s running free. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check this time but it’s really hard with this series! So, if you’re used to reading detective stories but new to young adult, this is absolutely a great series to start with!