As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson (BOOK REVIEW) 5/5
An incredible end to an incredible series. I have given each book in this series 5 stars so far, and for a second, when I opened this one, I feared it would disappoint. Or worse- leave questions unanswered. But as Pip noticed herself, everything went full circle. Without spoiling it, I can say this book is the most clever of the three. Bringing back key characters from the first book, “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” and tying everything together in a neat little package. The characters are just as dynamic, the emotions just as real, and the heart of this story beating as you read on, sucked into the small town of Fairview. I found myself worrying, at first, as this book takes on a darker tone than the other two- which can often be a bad thing if done incorrectly. Happily, I can report it got pulled off perfectly.
Halfway through the book, everything is turned on its head, nothing is what it was and nothing will ever be the same again. Holly Jackson masters the art of subtle crime-weaving, of putting all the clues into place. There’s a level of uncertainty in thrillers, a questioning as you read and worry that you know exactly how it’s going to go. This novel does not go how you expect it to go, ending in an ambiguous way that leaves just enough room for personal imagination.
While it’s sad to see Pip and Ravi go, it’s a good way to leave off with them. Will there ever be another set of books featuring them? I can only hope so. But if this is the last of His Pip and Her Ravi, then it’s a lovely farewell. Everything is settled, just enough to still have questions but also to let them be and say goodbye to Fairview. I don’t doubt that many people, as I did, will have read the whole trilogy back to back, and I can say this is my favorite of the three. I’d give it a 6 out of 5 if I could. Wildly intelligent, heartwarmingly familiar, and beautifully written. Fairview, and Pip, is not perfect- but that is what makes this a perfect book- and a perfect trilogy.