**4.5-stars rounded up**
I had been highly anticipating Good Girl, Bad Blood since I turned the final page of Holly Jackson’s 2019-release, A Good Girls Guide to Murder.
Okay, truth be told, I didn’t even know there was going to be a sequel to AGGGTM, but I knew I wanted more of Pippa Fitz-Amobi and her badass investigatory abilities!
After she solved the mystery of the disappearance of Andie Bell, along with her now boyfriend, Ravi Singh, Pippa created a True Crime podcast on the case.
It went viral. In spite of the podcasts huge popularity, Pippa has sworn off any further investigations.
But when her good friend Connor’s older brother, Jamie, goes missing, Connor enlists Pippa’s help with finding him.
Pippa’s first suggestion is that Connor go to the police with his concerns. She even goes to speak with officers herself, but they aren’t taking it seriously. Jamie has disappeared before and they think he has just skipped town for a few days.
Pippa can’t ignore the signs, however, and they seem to point to foul play.
Against her better judgement, she agrees to look into it. She can’t deny a friend in need and sit by while Jamie may be in danger, or worse.
As her investigation begins, she unearths a lot of secrets Jamie has been hiding. It’s a wicked web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
This was such a fun and captivating story. It didn’t quite capture me to the extent that A Good Girl’s Guide did, but I think that’s mostly attributable to being introduced to Pippa in the first book.
In the initial book, I loved learning about her as a character. Meeting a girl who was willing to go outside of her comfort zone and risk everything in the name of truth and justice.
Pippa definitely felt more mature in this novel, like an old friend. She still has that same fire inside her to discover the truth. She’s really a character you can get behind.
The mystery was so well-plotted and I absolutely adored the podcast elements incorporated throughout. Podcasts are definitely a popular plot device over the past couple of years and it felt very natural within this story.
Holly Jackson has such a pleasing writing style. The setting, format and fantastic characters in these stories will keep me coming back for more as long as she keeps writing them!
I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!!