Book Review of: As Good As Dead
As Good As Dead
By: Holly Jackson
Thriller / Mystery / YA
Opening Line: “Dead-eyed, that’s what they said, wasn’t it? Lifeless, glassy, empty.”
Overall: This is the 3rd and final book in the, “Good Girls Guide To Murder” series. This trilogy has to be read in order: A Good Girls Guide To Murder, Good Girl, Bad Blood, As Good As Dead. The first book was about a senior in High school named Pippa, who is working on her senior class project. She starts investigating a cold-case murder of some teens from her same school. During her investigations, she decides to start a true crime podcast about it too. Because of her being able to solve these past crimes in the first book, in the second book she is asked by a friend to help solve the disappearance of his brother when the police won’t take it seriously. Now, in this third book, from all of her crime investigating and involvement into all these bad things that she had to deal with previously to solve those crimes, she is suffering with PTSD, anxiety, depression, guilt, and insomnia. She started going for runs, and is taking Xanax to try and help, but they are not really helping much. She is due to start college in the fall. However, now she starts getting messages that say, “Who will look for you when you’re the one that disappears?” Other creepy things start happening too, and she realizes that she has a stalker. She realizes that there may be a connection between the messages, the stalker, and a serial killer. But, the serial killer confessed and is in jail, so he couldn’t be doing all this. Unless they have the wrong guy? The stalking continues and Pippa has no choice to investigate this with all the skills she has learned so far. She has to try and piece together this new mystery to try and keep herself safe somehow. She is the one all the others have turned to for help, but now she has to save her own life.
Ovations: I love that even though Pippa is a smart, brave, strong, witty, gutsy, logical, strong-willed female lead character, this book is showing us the toll all this work she has done involving murders, kidnappings, shootings, and her true crime podcast is having on her mental health. She is a normal person and dealing with all that is traumatizing her. In the first book she was much more upbeat, fun, and cheerful, then in the second book, she was more acting much more serious, and now in this book we get to see the darker side to who she is becoming because of doing all this work with crime and murder. I love that we get to see this changing her personality, not for the better, and how she is struggling to deal with it all. This book is fast paced, suspenseful, and well written. There are no plot holes or storyline issues. There are some surprises. It is very exciting and keeps you reading to find out what happens next. Pippa is a great female character to root for.
Oh Well: I do have to mention the fact that I did figure out who the serial killer was before Pippa figured it out. I can’t say much more, but she is smart and should have known from the daughter’s hidden email. Also, I think she maybe planted too much evidence at the major crime scene. But, these are small issues with the book, that do not effect your enjoyment of it at all.
Opinion: I really loved this third book in the series! I loved the first book so much, I thought that one would end up being the best one, since I gave it 10 out of 10 in my ratings. The second one I think I gave a 9. (You can find and read the reviews I gave those two books in under “Book Reviews” tab on my Home Page.) But, this third book is for sure a 10 again. It was much more exciting and suspenseful than the other books because it was Pippa fighting for her own life this time. She was having to figure out clues to save her own life before it was too late. I love how all 3 books were connected and how the end perfectly wrapped-up all the loose ends from everything before and ended on a positive note. Rating 10 out of 10