The Reappearance of Rachel Price | Holly Jackson


Coming April 2nd, 2024 from Delacorte Press; 448 pages 

About the Author: “Holly Jackson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, an international sensation with millions of copies sold worldwide as well as the #1 New York Times bestseller and instant classic, Five Survive, and her forthcoming novel, The Reappearance of Rachel Price. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied literary linguistics and creative writing, with a master’s degree in English. She enjoys playing video games and watching true-crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. She lives in London” (Bio from Penguin Random House’s website).

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“It was easy to push people away when you knew how. Bel had a clean record; she was very, very good at it.” 

Bel Price is tired of all the questions. Her mother, Rachel, disappeared 16 years ago without a trace, and she was the only witness. Now, a true crime documentary is being made about the case, and Bel cannot wait until filming is done. However, the impossible happens when Rachel reappears. Bel’s world gets turned upside down again, but she cannot shake the feeling that her mother’s unbelievable story is untrue. Bel conducts her own investigation but is confronted by the fact that everyone is hiding something. She must be careful who she trusts, or she will disappear like her mother did. 

The Reappearance of Rachel Price was my most anticipated 2024 read, and it did not disappoint. I love a good mystery thriller, and Holly Jackson knows how to write them. From the first chapter, I was hooked and did not want to put the book down. The way Jackson writes her characters always amazes me because she makes them complex yet flawed, and readers can always relate to them. The plot was excellent and so well-developed. I loved the premise of incorporating the true crime documentary because I have been an avid fan of them for so long. I was always on my toes, and I thought I knew the mystery surrounding Rachel’s disappearance, but I was proven wrong time and time again. I loved the unconventional family dynamic this book encompassed. The relationship between Rachel and Bel deteriorated and matured so many times I lost count. Also, the way Bel’s family acted around the documentary producers was amusing to read because of the endless banter. If you loved the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series, I highly recommend this witty thriller that solidifies Holly Jackson as one of the best YA mystery writers.  

Pine Reads Review would like to thank Delacorte Press and NetGalley for sending us an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change before final publication.

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