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?
5 stars …again !
Holly Jackson did it again : in what is a seemingly easy to read YA contemporary, she put character growth (Pip is so changed), urgency (contrary to the prequel it’s a run against the clock), secrets and twists!
I simply did not want to stop reading and I admit that, for a romance reader, I am slowly morphing into a YA mystery reader. That was such a treat to read! Addictive too as , of course, you want to know what happened to Jamie and if Pip will find him alive!
Let’s backtrack some and speak about the plot.
The book begins months after the ending of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.
Max Hastings is being judged and we’ll follow his trial with quite unsavory strategy from his lawyer. I was disgusted by that aspect but unfortunately, that’s what happens in reality too!
Pip has now a podcast with hundreds of thousand followers where she explained the Andie Bell’s case. Again, as in real life, we have trolls and life threats.
Pip has promised her family that she’ll never play detective again as it had cost he so much! She is changed and we find a darker Pip here.
“There was a time, not too long ago, she would have found a practice essay about Cold War escalation enthralling. She would have cared, really cared. That was who she was before, but something must have changed.”
But when Jamie, her friend Connor’s brother is missing, it gets personal.
Pip will resist at first and go ask the police to look for him. Unfortunately for her, Jamie is an adult and he is not a priority.
What would you do in her shoes? Ignore your friend’s plea?
Or use your podcast to send messages and your past experience to find Jamie with hopefully these crucial first 72 hours?
Of course Pip will do it!
“The truth is I didn’t really have a choice, once the police said no. I didn’t want to do it. But I can’t not do it.” “It isn’t my job, but it feels like my responsibility.”
And in allowing herself to do it, her brain settles and becomes sharp again.
Because you know what? Pip is made to be a detective! Even if it’s dangerous for her and her family, she thrives for it!
And when, at some point, justice will fail her as well as others, we’ll see a darker Pip at play. One who takes matter in her own hand because she just can’t stand that an evil doer goes unpunished!
At one point, Pip will break. She has all that rage inside of her. For Max Hastings, for the people believing she has fabricated Jamie’s disappearance. For the police that does not investigate for lack of resources. For … Pip is altered by her past experience and it shows.
As you can see, the book’s undertone is darker from the start.
With an urgency, a push to find Jamie on time. And with less light family and friend’s banter than in the prequel. This is serious business from start to finish with Pip’s identity crisis.
I was riveted to that story from the first page!
I had guessed who “she” was (not telling more) but not the other big twist in the story!
And I was surprised to cry for someone who might have begun as a villain but who truly redeemed himself and deserved to find joy and peace.
I loved how Pip collected the clues thanks to her podcast and people having seen Jamie. She guessed, double checked, followed leads and used her love for true crime shows help her in her quest.
Holly Jackson also takes this opportunity to show us that law is not always working as we expected. Here again we get the trope of “you never know your loved ones as much as you thought your did”. Everyone has secrets.
To conclude I’d say that I recommend this book to everyone who loves YA mysteries and that I can’t wait to know what Holly has in store for Pip in the future!
Have you read it or the prequel?
Thanks for reading!
Great review! This sounds interesting!
I too want to be as good of a detective as Pip! Glad to see how much you enjoyed this, Sophie. Awesome review! 🙂
This sounds like such a fast-paced wild ride! So glad this was a 5 star read for you, Sophie!
It was indeed fast paced Tanya!
I’m still waiting for the audiobook, and it looks like I’m finally getting it – March 2021 lol
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I can’t wait to read my copy!! So wonderful to hear it’s as brilliant – and even darker – than the first one!
I haven’t decided about continuing this series yet, but I enjoyed the first one and I am glad you loved this second book. It is an amazing thing that we get to see Pip grow and change!
I’m so glad to hear this book is as good as the first one. I think we’re still a few months away from getting it here in the U.S. but I will definitely be reading it. Great review!
This sounds like such an engrossing read, I’ve not read book one but I’m really tempted!
Sadly, we have to wait until 2021 for this book in the US, but seeing this reviews gave me peace of mind that the series continues to be stupendous
I haven’t read either, but they’re on the top of my tbr!
I loved this book so much! I thought it couldn’t get any better than the first. Great review.
I’m so glad you liked this one so much. I can’t wait to read it.