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As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson | Book Review

As Good as Dead
Author: Holly Jackson
Pages: 565
Genre: YA | Mystery | Thriller
Publication Date: 5th August 2021

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I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and write the review for my most anticipated read of the year! If you don’t already know, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood are probably two of my favourite books ever. The third book has now been added to this list as well because I was not disappointed!

Goodreads Synopsis

The third thrilling book in the bestselling, award-winning A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is The New York Times No.1 bestselling YA crime thriller and WINNER of The British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2020 and SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2020

Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by the way her last investigation ended. Soon she’ll be leaving for Cambridge University but then another case finds her . . . and this time it’s all about Pip.

Pip is used to online death threats, but there’s one that catches her eye, someone who keeps asking: who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? And it’s not just online. Pip has a stalker who knows where she lives. The police refuse to act and then Pip finds connections between her stalker and a local serial killer. The killer has been in prison for six years, but Pip suspects that the wrong man is behind bars. As the deadly game plays out, Pip realises that everything in Little Kilton is finally coming full circle. If Pip doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears . . .

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is The New York Times No.1 bestselling YA crime thriller and WINNER of The British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2020.


What I Loved

It’s hard to put into words how much I love this book. Holly Jackson has created a magnificent, eerie finale that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. There were so many twists that I didn’t see coming and to say I was mind blown with how Pip played it all out is an understatement, she is such a little mastermind and I love that. It saddens me that I don’t get to follow Pip on any more murder mystery adventures but I’m very excited to shout from the rooftops about As Good as Dead and not stop until everyone has read this series.

The Story

It was over a year since I read the first two books in this series but I instantly got transported back into the wonderful yet very weird, creepy town of Little Kilton. Pip has seriously got herself mixed up in an alarming stalker situation and I felt terrified for her. Once again the police won’t listen, so it’s up to her to solve the case. Her mental health has taken a toll after everything she’s been through, so now dealing with PTSD and now finding out that her stalker is linked to an old serial killer case, things are about to get much more disturbing.

With the other two books, I couldn’t help myself try and figure out the mystery before the end of the book by trying to pick up on every clue. However, with As Good as Dead I did manage to pick up on a few things but I could not have guessed what was to come in the second half of the book. I must have been sat there eyes wide and mouth open for the majority of this book because it took me completely by surprise.

This book takes a dark turn and can be unsettling at times but this is what makes it so gripping and that much more addicting. I’m so glad Jackson decided to take this route because although it is insanely creepy and disturbing sometimes, it makes for an unforgettable finale.

The Characters

It’s hard not to love Pip, she is an absolute genius. I love her ambition and just the way her mind works. Of course, she can be a bit annoying at times, but let’s be real everyone can. She is still the bravest, sassiest and most stubborn character I have had the pleasure of meeting, she is truly a one of a kind character you are sure to love!

Ravi was just as good in this book as he is in the other two books. He is so sweet, smart and the way he and Pip work together makes me want to read about the two of them over and over again. They have always made a great team but it was really put to the test this time.

It felt like we didn’t get to see a lot of her friends and family in this book, when we did see them their love and support for Pip really shined through. With all the darkness in this book, the interactions we get to see with these characters lighten it up a bit.

Overall Thoughts

It doesn’t take a genius to see how much I loved this book. As Good as Dead is the perfect YA mystery/thriller that gets darker as the story goes on. The writing is amazing and creates such a daunting atmosphere that you really get pulled into Pip’s world and get a sense of what she is feeling. I really can’t say it enough, but if you love a good mystery/thriller that keeps you on your toes, you have to pick up this series. Go and read my review for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood if you need more convincing. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Manchester blogger with a passion for reading, writing and travelling. I always have a book or a cup of tea in my hand.


1 September 2021 at 5:40 pm

Great review! We just received an ARC and can’t wait to read it!

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