Good Girl, Bad Blood
Author: Holly Jackson
After reading A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (see my review to find out why this was my favourite read of 2020), I couldn't wait to delve into this one. Let me tell you one thing: I had high expectations (which is never good because 9 times out of 10 it disappoints me) but this was even better than I expected it to be.
(If you haven't read the AGGGTM yet, skip the next paragraph to avoid potential spoilers):
After solving Andie Bell and Sal Sing's case, Pip says she's done being a detective. The recent murder mystery has taken a toll on her - she became too obsessed with it, put herself and her family in danger, ended up in the hospital after an overdose and turned her best friend's life upside down. If it's not enough that Pip is blaming herself for everything that went wrong in the case, she is also receiving a lot of hate for what she's done.
So when someone close to her goes missing and nobody is talking or doing anything about it, Pip tries to get the police to look into it. When they dismiss it by saying they don't have the resources, she has no choice but to investigate it herself.
Contrary to Andie's case, the timing was of the essence here. The more time passed, the more pressure Pip felt. Since she thought it might help, Pippa recorded episodes for her podcast where she shared her ongoing findings with the rest of the world. This led to getting false leads and theories that this whole case is staged which made Pippa doubt even herself.
I found this book a little bit darker, more psychological and my heart broke over and over again for Pip. I felt she had so much on her shoulders which sadly, she couldn't pass on to anyone else. The ending was so sad and unexpected however I felt that it also left me on a little cliffhanger... can we expect another book in the series? I'll be the first one to buy it, that's for sure!
One thing that stood out to me in this book - this case was connected to the previous one. While investigating Andie's case, Pip actually found clues that helped her solve the newest disappearance. This made me think that the author had already developed an idea for another book while writing the first one. This was so well thought through, it made the book even better. I can't praise this book enough!
This is definitely one of my favourite book series! If you like detective/crime books, please give these two a chance, you won't be disappointed!