A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Pages: 433 pages
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Published: May 2019
Rating: 5 Stars
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
First things first, this book deserves the hype. I’ve read a few YA murder mysteries and arguably this is the best one. I was constantly trying to figure out the plot after all the twists, and the story was all I was thinking and dreaming about.
Pip is doing an EPQ for her school and decides to focus on truly solving the murder of Andie Bell that happened five years ago. The police claim Sal, Andie’s boyfriend did it, but as he was found dead a few days later, believed to be suicide, there was never an opportunity to prove Sal innocent. Pip is determined to prove Sal’s innocence no matter what.
‘You made it your job. You barged your way into my life, offering me this chance I never had before. You can’t take that away from me now; you know I need you. You can’t give up. This isn’t you.’
This book was unique as it included transcripts from investigations and images as Pip went along in her investigation. Pip is an insanely smart protagonist, who appeared to have no fear. Her teachers warn her to stay away from the families involved, but of course, she takes no notice and asks to interview Ravi, Sal’s brother. This interview is the beginning of great relationship between these two. They have an insanely slowburn romance, but it fits perfectly with the story. I love a good romance, and I was rooting for these two the whole time. Ravi is supportive of Pip, and is always watching out for her. Over the course of the novel, Ravi’s feelings and coping over the death of his brother is explored.
There’s so much more I want to say, but for the sake of spoilers I won’t! I loved this book and have gone straight onto the sequel to see what Pip gets up to next. There were so many twists and turns, and this mystery was written so well that I never knew what was going to happen next!