All These Bodies by Kendare Blake | ARC Review

Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

Summer 1958—a string of murders plagues the Midwest. The victims are found in their cars and in their homes—even in their beds—their bodies drained, but with no blood anywhere.

September 19- the Carlson family is slaughtered in their Minnesota farmhouse, and the case gets its first lead: 15-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene. She is covered in blood from head to toe, and at first she’s mistaken for a survivor. But not a drop of the blood is hers.

Michael Jensen, son of the local sheriff, yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town. He never imagined that the biggest story in the country would fall into his lap, or that he would be pulled into the investigation, when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to.

As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I am officially spooked™

“All these bodies without blood.”

Our narrator is a 17-year old future journalist named Michael who recounts his view of The Bloodless Murders case. The one person at the scene of the crime declares that they’ll only tell their story to him and him only — for some unknown reason.

These murders have been terrorizing the whole country and now the case of the century is at the hands of Michael. He just needs to prove that Marie – the suspect – was only the accomplice and the true murderer is still out there. Easy.

Except… sometimes the facts aren’t as easy as they’re made it out to be and Michael soon discovers that.

“Tell the truth and shame the devil. I always thought that would be easy. But what do you do when the truth that you’re faced with also happens to be impossible?”

Michael as a narrator was… interesting to say the least. I’m impressed at how he was able to separate his emotions from the horrors he saw at times like wow I could never.

But also sometimes he could be such an idiot like if someone was literally pointing a gun at you and about to shoot you — when you manage to get away the first thing you do is tell the cops/parents right??? MICHAEL DIDNT DO THAT🤡 and its not like he was threatened or anything by them, he just decided not to tell anyone?? * sigh *

That was probably the only really stupid decision there well that and him wanting to break a murderer out of prison

I must admit that one thing I did find done well was the murder mystery being pretty spooky and interesting — but at the same time, it was also kind of boring?? I don’t know if that makes sense but that’s how I felt. It was really easy to guess who the culprit was and this is coming from someone who sucks at guessing that.

And the ending to it all was really underwhelming to be honest. That ending didn’t reveal everything clearly and actually left me with more questions than answers.

Anyways overall this was pretty decent. I’ve read way better mysteries but this wasn’t bad.

__

Many thanks Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Review

A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists.

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WHAT

it did not just end like that i-

also, jameson and grayson are mine😼 i cant choose one


ah, its been so long since I last read a mystery and this just made me remember how much I miss it. Once again, I have fallen in love. The characters, the plot, everything about this was just amazing.

Excuse me while I suffer waiting until September for book 2.✌

════▣◎▣════

“If there’s one thing the Hawthorne family isn’t, it’s fine. They were a twisted, broken mess before you got here, and they’ll be a twisted, broken mess once you’re gone.”

I still can’t get over that Avery just randomly got called to inherit a billionaire’s fortune?? How awesome is that? You don’t even know said billionaire and have never come across anyone close to them and yet you get all the money that was originally all supposed to go to his grandsons???

I couldn’t stop laughing when that happened. They were sooo pissed it was hilarious. Although I can’t blame them, I would’ve wanted to kill her… which is probably why she got all those death threats

ouch.

I love Avery. She’s literally so smart and the way she wouldn’t let her personal feelings get in the way in trying to find solve the case was really admirable. Also, being able to show no emotion on her face?? I wish I could do that — it sounds so cool and it’d be really useful for me during those games of chess i lose.

And Jameson ahhh Jamie my bby🥺 demon mashie mentioned how he gives off Matthew Fairchild vibes and seriously why is that so true??? TLH has gotten to us smh.

But anyways, I’m in love with his chaoticness (thats not a word) ughh I’m seeing a trend in the type of guys I keep falling for. i mean, he’s like matthew so how could i not love him?? Getting drunk to run away from his problems and acting like a maniac even sober… I love it. And the way he talked omg-

“If I do what I should no more often than I say what I shouldn’t—” his lips twisted—”then what does that make me?”

I had no idea what he was saying here?? Although he was drunk, so maybe that’s why, but ohmygod I literally spent 10 minutes trying to understand that sentence. god i love jamie.🥺 oh what a coincidence that he has the same nickname as james herondale…okay ill stop now

Okay, and then there’s the broody older brother, Grayson, who I absolutely despised at first, but he’s actually so sweet??? I can’t blame him for always putting his family first sdfsdfs what is this? Me falling in love with two potential love interests for the love triangle?? oh no, not good, not good. cries is it too much to ask for both of them to be happy?

There was also Nash, the oldest brother of the 4, but I don’t like him. There’s something off about him and I just cant with him. Now Xander, the youngest one, is such a sweet cinnamon roll. The bright and happy one of the group… or so it seems. Who knows? I definitely can’t wait to see more of him next book hehe

“Sometimes things that appear very different on the surface are actually exactly the same at their core.”

This has to be the first time that one of the first few guesses I made ended up being right?? I am beyond shocked. This needs to be marked in history. I, Lia Demonstairs, have actually guessed correctly.

ah, this feeling… so satisfying. But anyways, I had it from the beginning but throughout the book I kept changing because everyone was acting so sus. smh I still don’t know who to trust!! what is this sorcery??

And that twist at the end

Dear Authors, you cannot just end a book like that. You’re literally killing us. And when we die, we cant read the 2nd book, and when we cant read the book, that hurts you so in the end we both suffer, right? So why not take pity on our poor mortal souls and not end it like that?? Thank you.

just kidding, the masochist in me loves this torture

════▣◎▣════

Buddy read with some demons krizzie, mash, lucy, ish, charm, and devika.

ℍ𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤? 𝕎𝕙𝕚𝕔𝕙 ℍ𝕒𝕨𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕟𝕖 𝕓𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕕𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖? 𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕕𝕠 𝕚𝕗 𝕒 𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕚𝕣𝕖 𝕠𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕚𝕣 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕦𝕟𝕖?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson | Review

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

“My moose,” she said in a low voice. “I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose.”

Lol what kind of ending was that.😂🤣
Yes, Stevie, you finally got to see a moving branch moose.😁

I told myself going into this, that I would be paranoid of every single person in this book (minus the original crew).
Yet even doing that, I still didn’t expect a certain someone to be behind all of this from the beginning.🤯😅
I keep this saying, but I really do suck at detective work.

Stevie is the real deal here. Imagine having the guts to confront someone who may be a murderer of countless victims.
Can’t relate.🙅‍♀️

And I really don’t like David. Like from the first book he annoyed me and now after reading this…..well, my opinion hasn’t changed.😒
Je n’aime pas David.

Honestly though, this 3-book case was really amazing. Who knew that such tiny events could lead up to something HUGE.🤯

That being said, to be honest, I was more interested in the past events then the present. Towards the end is when all the big reveals happened which is when I got really hooked, but the mystery surrounding Alice and the kidnappers of her and her mom got me super absorbed with how things would unfold.

Oh and Nate forever remains my one and only favourite character in this series. Stevie, Janelle, ad Vi were really likable too, but nobody, and I mean NOBODY can top Nate🥰😍.

I did not and will never like the romantic relationship between David and Stevie. To be honest, I don’t even think this series needed any romance or anything. David could’ve stayed as the annoying and jerkish friend he was, although he did redeem himself a little at the end…….but I still don’t like him.

My favourite parts of course included Nate, although he didn’t appear that much throughout the novel.😥 Haha but I loved this scene xD:

“Fun fact,” Stevie said, trying to lighten the mood in the vast, gloomy space. “This fireplace? Henry the Eighth had one just like it, in Hampton Court. Albert Ellingham had an exact copy made.”
“Fun fact,” Nate replied, “Henry the Eighth killed two of his wives. Who wants a murderer’s fireplace?”
“I’m not sure, but that’s the name of my new game show.”

Another thing I loved was the way Maureen Johnson put in anxiety. Stevie had anxiety that would come out randomly, but she still didn’t let that stop her from solving a murder case. I really love Stevie’s courage for that.😌

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!
You have been warned…………

.
.
.
.
.
First thing that shocked me was that Alice’s father was GEORGE MARSH. The guy who set up this whole case!!!! The guy who caused so much suffering!!!
That’s such a cruel twist of fate.
I did not feel bad for him AT ALL when he found out that he’d gotten his own daughter (along with Iris) kidnapped just for money.
Poor Alice for having such a terrible biological father.😞

Oh and ALICE BEING FOUND DEAD??!!! WOWWwww😨😭
All my theories were totally off since they all involved her being secretly alive all this time, but just really old. I even at one point thought that maybe she’s the one behind all the present day murders to get revenge or something.🤷‍♀️ Haha I was so wrong.😅

It was so sad though😣. Alice was only a kid and she had to go through all of that kidnapping and in the end………she dies from Measles in an isolated area with a family she’s never known.😭💔

George Marsh, you are a cruel, cruel man. Albert Ellingham should’ve given you a more painful death than the one you got.👿

And again, I love how I was literally suspicious of ALMOST EVERYONE (especially the nice ones), yet I completely ignored Call Me Charles thinking he was too nice to have anything to do with these murders.
Turns out that he IS the culprit in the end.🤯
Charles was the behind the scenes guy killing Hayes, Ellie, and Fenton in a way that made it look like an accident but was really him making these ‘accidents’.
I really didn’t think of him as being an evil mastermind, even though by now I should know otherwise. It’s always the nice-looking ones.👀
.
.
.
.
.
SPOILERS END HERE!!!

One more thing before I finish. I absolutely LOVED it when Trump Replica’s Edward King’s running for president was completely blown apart when David (hey, and he actually did something really useful👍) destroyed all the blackmailing files Edward had over some of the people who supported him. Once that was gone, King was ruined and had to pull out of his campaigning for president.😈 Thank youuu David!!!!🖤

Now if only something ahem similar could happen to a certain person in real life.

Hey, a girl can dream.🤞😉

“The wonderful thing about reality is that it is highly flexible. One minute, all is doom; the next, everything is abloom with possibility.”

View all my reviews

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson | Spoiler Review

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


“Where do you look for someone who’s never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair.”


DID IT SERIOUSLY JUST END LIKE THAT???!!!
Wow.😠

Just wow. Someone should seriously congratulate Maureen Johnson with her amazing cliffhangers.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW FROM BOOK 1 AND 2!!!!
You have been warned…………


I thought Truly Devious’s ending was bad but no………..this is WAY worse.
Again, I never thought George Marsh would be the one behind the Truly Devious case. He really did seem like a good friend of Ellingham. But they do say never trust anyone during a case, especially if they’re close to you.
And I can’t believe that two students came up with the Truly Devious letter as a prank and in the end that prank just complicated the investigation 75 years after. Frankie and Edward are actually geniuses, though they obviously didn’t think it’d turn so serious.

Honestly, I would be such a bad detective.😅 I see Stevie saying that she’s figured it all out and I’m just like…….wait who is it????

And then after Stevie figured out that Ellie was the murderer of Hayes and had escaped, I thought that they’d eventually track her down and find Ellie, but no……….it was much deeper than that. Ellie hadn’t even left Ellingham this whole time and was hiding underground, but when Stevie and David found her body, she was dead………which makes me wonder………was she really the one who killed Hayes? I feel like maybe she had something to do with the murder but I don’t think she intended for Hayes to die or something?
Also, I know she has to be guilty of something because she ran away and I don’t believe that she ran away from fear, but I think it wasn’t really fear of being put into jail but maybe something bigger than that. She might be working with powerful people who might do something to her if she talked. Haha Idk. Maybe I’m thinking too much into it or completely off. I do wonder tho……..🤔

There are SO MANY suspicious people in this book, that I think I’ve just decided to not trust them all. Everyone’s a suspect now (minus the crew cuz I really don’t think they have anything to do with this). David is also being really suspicious but I don’t think he has anything to do with the murders, though I could be wrong. I mean, I didn’t think Ellie was evil, but look at how that turned out😕.
HUNTER IS DEFINITELY ON MY SUSPECTS LIST. I thought it was Dr. Fenton but she’s dead now (or at least that’s how the book ended) so she can’t be a suspect anymore. Right…..?

Honestly, this whole thing is confusing. I’m so not cut out for detective work. I’ll leave that to Stevie.😎

Oh and every time I see Albert Ellingham talking about how much he loves games, I just picture an mischievous smile on his face—maybe even evil .😨

Scary pikachu………. shudder

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me but Edward King reminds me a lot of Donald Trump. I was wondering before why Stevie hated the politician so much, but now……I completely understand your hatred Stevie.😔


“Edward King was the worst man in America.
Well, that point could be argued. But Edward King was a powerful man. He was a Pennsylvania senator, based here, out of Pittsburgh. This was the man who wanted to keep “outsiders” and “bad elements” out of America, which largely meant people who weren’t white, weren’t rich. For Edward King, wealth was goodness. There was no climate change in his world—the earth was there to produce more life-affirming dollars. This was a man who wanted to be president.”


I swear this sounds exactly like Trump🤣 Especially the ‘there’s no such thing as climate change’.

Also, David is still………well, let’s just stay that I still don’t like him. He really annoys me. Although, I’ve gotta say that he is funny, if crazy.


“Tell her about the screaming,” Janelle said. “Because I can’t.”

“The screaming?” Stevie repeated.

“The other morning he started something called ‘screaming meditation,’” Nate said. “Guess what happens in screaming meditation? Did you guess screaming? For fifteen minutes? Because that’s what happens in screaming meditation. Fifteen. Minutes. Outside. At five in the morning. Do you know what happens when someone screams outside for fifteen minutes at five in the morning at a remote location in the mountains, especially after a . . .”

The implied dot dot dot was “student dies in a terrible accident or maybe murder and another one goes missing.”

“When security got to him he claimed it was his new religion and that it is something he needs to do every morning now as a way to talk to the sun.”


Ahhh David was really not okay in this book.🤣 And now he’s run off and away from Ellingham. RIP David.

Nate as always, was awesome. I seriously love this guy so much. He literally just speaks his mind and was even said to be the only smart one in the group. He’s almost always with Stevie on her investigations and like Stevie can confide with Nate on the big stuff. He was like the first person to hear from Stevie that she’d figured out the Truly Devious case. Nate🥰


“. . . the last few weeks have been a time of such sadness. What you need to know, what you must know, is that your safety, your health, your emotional well-being is what matters the most. We are going to be here for you. We’re going to have . . .”

“Counselors,” Nate mumbled under his breath. “You get a counselor and you get a counselor, and you get . . .”


He’s so annoyed.😂

And Dottie. I love how even though she knew there was something wrong and was super scared, she was still able to think straight and leave a clue in her Sherlock Holmes novel. No way would I have ever thought of that. I would’ve been way too terrified to move if I knew I was probably about to die. She’s got guts. Especially trying to escape afterwards right in front of the murderer Curse you George Marsh for killing Dottie. She was a nice girl😥

I’m deciding whether I should just wait for the library copy of The Hand on the Wall or be impatient and read the ebook.😅 I have no idea what to do.🤷‍♀️



View all my review

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson | Spoiler Review

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating:⭐⭐⭐.5

What a twist.🤔
I was so not expecting so much to happen in the last few chapters. Nor would I have ever thought that Ellie was the murderer of Hayes. She really seemed like one of the coolest students in this book.

Well, I guess this shows that I should never ever try to be in charge of a murder case.😅 They always say it’s the person you least expect, but somehow I still didn’t think it would be them.

Stevie was cool and all, but my favourite was Nate. That guy really doesn’t hesitate to speak out on what he thinks of a situation.🤣

Now David……….well, I guess it may be too soon to judge him, but so far he’s pretty annoying. I like Nate better. Nate is waayyy better. He’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t rate this book any lower.🥰


“Of course I worry too much,” Nate said. “But I’m usually right. The people who worry are always right. That’s how that works.”


^He’s right xD.

Nate is like Stevie’s Watson. (I only know this guy because of my Sherlock obsessed sister) Her partner in crime. Really can’t wait to see the other adventures they have together.🧐

It was probably just me, but I felt like not much really happened…..? Like only towards the end was when things started to pick up, although I understand that this mystery is supposed to be solved after 3 books, but still…….it felt a little dragged out in the beginning imo.🤷‍♀️

Ahhh but the ending was really shocking. I was actually scared. I could almost imagine that I was in the middle of that scene. And when they found out that Ellie escaped………OMGG
I GOT SO FREAKED OUT. SHE’S SO GONNA WANT REVENGE AGAINST STEVIE.😨😓.

This note was the creepiest of all: So many of Truly Devious said actually happened to people.

And this is only the beginning………..

Buddy Read with my sis ~ Maya



View all my reviews

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson | Review

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars


Actual Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

Tell me it didn’t just end like that………right?😰

You’ve actually gotta be kidding me.🤬😤😫
Like ending Good Girl, Bad Blood like that and then expecting me to WAIT until 2021??!!!

As of now I am going to announce that I really hate seeing the digits 2021. Come next year, I’ll love it but until then……..I absolutely despise seeing that year. (Haha well maybe I should be glad the release date isn’t 2022—->that would be intended torture)

Better yet, lemme just steal the nearest time machine and go to a future where all the next book is already released.

AHHHhhhhHHHHhhhhh I CAN’T DEAL WITH ALL THIS. SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
EVEN THE LAST SENTENCE FREAKED ME OUT!!!! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE??!!!

The story picked up a few weeks after A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. The day after the memorial of Sal and Andie is when new trouble starts—Connor Reynold’s older brother, Jamie, has gone missing and the police aren’t doing anything about it because he’s an adult & that behavior is not unusual for him. Sooooo even though Pip before promised to never go back into Detective Mode, she’s going to have to break that promise to save Jamie—though this time, she says she’ll be ‘more careful’. Oh and also during the book, the trial for Max Hastings (How I despise him) is going on to prove whether he’s guilty or not, but I mean it’s super obvious what verdict should be.😠

I love how Pip created her own podcast named after the title of the first book, AGGGTM. And Ravi was the one who came up with it.🤣

‘OK . . .’ He chewed his lip and it made Pip’s stomach tighten. ‘So, something murder, or kill or dead. And you are Pip, who’s a student and a girl who’s good at . . . oh shit,’ he said suddenly, eyes widening. ‘I’ve got it!’
‘What?’ she said.
‘I’ve literally got it,’ he said, far too pleased with himself. ‘What is it?’
‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.’
‘Noooo.’ Pip shook her head. ‘That’s bad, way too try- hard.’

Of course Pip didn’t like it, but she relented with the name anyways.😁😂

Speaking of Pip & Ravi, their relationship was the best. Though Ravi didn’t appear as much as he did in the first book (’cause he had to attend Max’s trial), he was super supportive whenever he was around Pip. Especially since Pip still had some trauma from the first book and was having a hard time dealing with what happened in Andie Bell’s case. Ravi always tried to be there for her and not decide things for her. He understood her and never tried to be controlling.
To sum it all up —-> Ravi is the sweetest🥺🥰

And while Pip is trying to understand herself and all that’s happened the past few months, Charlie (the new neighbor) gives like one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard that really helped Pip:

‘Oh, justice exists,’ Charlie said, looking up at the rain. ‘Maybe not the kind that happens in police stations and courtrooms, but it does exist. And when you really think about it, those words – good and bad, right and wrong – they don’t really matter in the real world. Who gets to decide what they mean: those people who just got it wrong and let Max walk free? No,’ he shook his head. ‘I think we all get to decide what good and bad and right and wrong mean to us, not what we’re told to accept. You did nothing wrong. Don’t beat yourself up for other people’s mistakes.’
Okay now that I’ve said that I don’t think I can go on without giving away any spoilers soooo…….

SPOILERS START HERE:
You have been warned……….

.
.
.
.
STANLEY.😭😭😭
MAX.🤬🤬🤬
CHARLIE.😫😨🤯

THOSE 3 ARE THE ONES THAT KEEP ATTACKING MY THOUGHTS.
First of all…..STANLEY FORBES (aka Child Brunswick)😭😭😭
I’M SORRY STANLEY. I’M SO SORRY.😣😖 I’m sorry for EVER disliking you in the previous book. You just wanted a normal life after having your own father train you to assist him in murders EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE 10 YEARS OLD. He literally had the worst childhood and people hate him and blame him for something he did when he was a KID.

I mentioned hating Stanley and finding him suspicious BUT NO I WAS WRONG. THIS GUY DID NOT DESERVE
DEATH😭

HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE SHOT TO DEATH BY SIX BULLETS.
I’M SO SORRY STANLEY.😭😭😭

WHY COULDN’T MAX FREAKING HASTINGS BE MURDERED??!! THIS GUY WAS CHARGED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE YET CAME OUT OF ALL OF THAT WITHOUT A SINGLE CHARGE.
ISTG THE JURY IN THIS BOOK IS STUPID. YOU LEGIT HAVE VICTIMS OF MAX AND A VIDEO TAPING OF HIM ADMITTING IT YET YOU STILL RELEASE HIM?!?!

^ Let that be ME doing that to MAX except replace the NEWSPAPER with a METAL BAT👿

If anyone should’ve died in this book, it should’ve been MAX HASTINGS.

Oh and remember how before the spoilers started, I was talking about how nice Charlie was?
Yeah, well turns out HE was the one behind all of this. (He didn’t have Jamie —>that was Stanley (long story), BUT Charlie started all of this and was the catfish -Layla Mead)
AND CHARLIE KILLED STANLEY. Although, I can understand why he was angry and killed Stanley (Charlie’s sister was one of the victims of the Brunswick murders) he still shoudn’t have killed Stanley. STANLEY WAS 10 WHEN ALL THESE MURDERS HAPPENED. IT WAS HIS FATHER’S FAULT, NOT STANLEY.
Still, I actually don’t hate Charlie.
Oh no, I have all that hate towards Max Freaking Hastings.🤬😡

And then you have the book ending with Pip being even more traumatized then before since she literally watched someone (Stanley) die right in front of her. Oh Pip.😖😓
.
.
.
.
.
SPOILERS END HERE!!!

One more thing before I end this:
I’m like really, really, really pissed off at Ant and Lauren. They’re supposed to be Pip’s friends, but instead throughout the whole book you see them acting like complete jerks to the point where they think this whole investigation is a JOKE.👿 They didn’t even bother trying to help or anything—instead those two just kept gazing at each other, ignoring the whole world around them.
When Pip retaliated, I WAS CHEERING MY HEAD OFF (that sounds weird now that I think abt it😅). Even though she got suspended for 3 days, it was SO WORTH IT.
Oh and Pip spray painting and breaking the windows of Max’s house WAS A M A Z I N G.
I love this new Pip😍🤩

In the next book, I better be seeing the revenge I’m waiting for.🔥
LET’S GOOOO PIP

View all my reviews

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Review

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Me reading the last few chapters……….

This was bloody brilliant! (Hehe, see what I did there😏)

Seriously though, why haven’t I read this sooner?
Aye, I know the answer to that. ‘Twas me being hesitant and stupid. Fortunately, I changed that.😌

This is by far one of the BEST mystery books I’ve read this year. The suspense was killing me as I read and I was so tempted to go to the back of the book and see who the culprit was.😅😁 Thankfully, I was able to squelch this urge and read until the end without spoiling myself.
Mission Accomplished😎

I absolutely loved Pip and Ravi. These days the mystery books I read have partners in crime. It’s awesome with those two. Even when things got super dangerous and scary, they both still pushed on their investigation.

Ravi was super supportive and Pip is like one of the bravest and coolest MCs you can find. I mean, she spouts off random facts randomly and manages to get straight A’s all while trying to uncover a dangerous case.

‘My name is Pip and I know many things. I know that typewriter is the longest word that can be made with just one row of the keyboard. I know that the Anglo-Zanzibar war was the shortest in history, lasting only thirty-eight minutes.’

Also, even though almost everyone in town hated Ravi because of what Sal ‘did’, he didn’t let that break him or change his belief that Sal wasn’t the one who murdered Andie. I love those two.🥰

Ohmygod and when Pip finally uncovered who the actual murderer was and what really happened to Andie…………………..

SPOILERS START HERE!!!!

.

.

.
I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS THOUGHT (view spoiler)[ELLIOT WARD WOULD BE THE MURDERER OF SAL AND BECCA BE THE MURDERER OF ANDIE?!?! (hide spoiler)] Totally didn’t expect that. Like I suspected everyone but them.😨
And, you know, the sad thing is that it doesn’t even feel like that much of a victory since (view spoiler)[it kinda just destroyed two families even more; Becca’s family already had Andie dead and Cara’s family already had their mother dead, but now……it’s even worse for them. Pretty sad, altho what Elliot and Bella did was still horrible. I feel more bad for Cara and Naomi.😢

MARK AND HOWIE TOTALLY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED THOUGH. NEITHER DESERVE MY PITY👿 Mostly Mark, because he’s a big jerk and so deserves to be sent to prison FOR LIFE.

Oh and I really am super suspicious of Stanley (that journalist) and Daniel (that young cop). I feel like they had something to do with the Andie Bell case, but who knows…….🤔 (hide spoiler)]

.

.

.

END OF SPOILERS!!!

Also, Pip’s family was just like super cool. The dad, Victor, especially was hilarious and seeing his scenes in the book were the best.🤣

Victor strolled over, wrapped his arm round her shoulders and squeezed. ‘Little Pipsy going to a house party.’
‘I know,’ Pip’s mum said, her smile wide and glistening. ‘With alcohol and boys.’
‘Yes.’ He let go and looked down at Pip, a serious expression on his face and his finger raised. ‘Pip, I want you to remember to be, at least, a little irresponsible.’
‘Right,’ Pip announced, grabbing her car keys and strolling to the front door. ‘We’re going now. Farewell, my backwards and abnormal parents.’
‘Fare thee well,’ Victor said dramatically, gripping on to the banister and reaching for the departing teenagers, like the house was a sinking ship and he the heroic captain going down with it.


I loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder so much.💕 This would actually be a fitting end, but I’m so happy Holly Jackson has blessed us with more of her books with Pip as the MC. I want more of The Adventures of Detective Pip and Ravi (Hmmm maybe Pavi or Rip—nope forget I ever mentioned that😬😂)

Note to self: DON’T EVER let me come up with ship names.

Note to others: If you haven’t, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

Lia Carstairs ou—




View all my reviews