Review | As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson

A year after the release I finally read the final book in the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series and today I want to share my thoughts with you all. I loved the first two books and the prequel novella and was so curious to see if As Good As Dead would live up to my expectations.

Review | As Good As Dead – Holly Jackson

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIESThe highly-anticipated finale to the A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series, the instant bestsellers that read like your favorite true crime podcast or show. By the end of this mystery series, you'll never think of good girls the same way again...
Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can’t help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?
Soon the threats escalate and Pip realizes that someone is following her in real life. When she starts to find connections between her stalker and a local serial killer caught six years ago, she wonders if maybe the wrong man is behind bars.
Police refuse to act, so Pip has only one choice: find the suspect herself—or be the next victim. As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle . . .and if she doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears. . .

As Good As Dead (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #3) by Holly Jackson
Published by Delacorte Press on 28/09/2021
Pages: 459

This book is the third and final one in a series so there will be some spoilers for the first two books in here. I had forgotten a lot of details from the first two books as it had been two years since I read the previous one. Luckily most of those details came back to me while reading this book, a lot of important things are mentioned when you need them which I appreciated a lot.

“Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?”

We follow Pip again, she is about to head to college but is also dealing with the aftermath of the previous two books. I personally loved how that was handled. Pip is clearly not okay, and I can’t imagine anyone would be after going through what she has been going through. She keeps seeing blood on her hands, sees death everywhere and has some trouble concentrating. And on top off that she keeps running into Max (whom she accused of rape). This was all written in such a believable way and I appreciated a lot. In some books something traumatising happens to the main character and they seem just fine, which always annoys me.

“time? An impossible contradiction that she would never settle. It was her undoing, her fatal flaw, the hill she would die and decay on.”

Apart from Pip being traumatised, she also starts to realise she might have a stalker. And there seems to be a connection to a serial killer from years ago. This was a very interesting turn of events and I did not predict what happened next. While I was reading I predicted one twist but was completely blown away by another. And from reading other reviews I know a lot of readers hate that twist. But I have to say I loved the direction this novel went into. As I said, I was surprised but it was a very good surprise. I actually think it was in line with the development Pip has been going through and while some thought her actions were out of character I don’t agree with that. Yes, Pip from book 1 would never act this way, but the Pip that has gone through all that book 3 Pip has gone through? Yes I can see her acting this way for sure!

“Pip couldn’t escape death, even on this bright late August morning in an unguarded moment with her dad. It seemed to be all she lived for now.”

The only thing I was a little bit disappointed in was the last bit of the book, that seemed a bit weird and not completely in line with what we would expect from these characters. I’m not saying it was completely out of character but I think it could’ve been handled a little bit differently. Overall though, I loved this book! It was a pretty big book but I flew through it. This was all I could hope for in a conclusion, maybe even more than I was hoping for. I can see why some people don’t like it, but for me it was amazing and I would highly recommend it. If you read it, please let me know your thoughts!!

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