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

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

YA Murder Mystery

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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?

I had seen this book doing the rounds for what seemed like years, even though it was only published in 2019, and after the sequel was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize this year I knew I needed to get my hands on it – and let me just say, I’m so glad I did because it definitely lives up to the hype.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder gave me serious Pretty Little Liars vibes, and I’m such a big fan of that show so it was really smooth-sailing from the first page. It gives us the absolute excellent main character who is Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a student who decides to take on a closed murder case in her local town for her research project, with the intention of proving the suspected murderer’s innocence.

Through text messages, interviews, log entries and diaries, Jackson weaves this murder mystery so wonderfully and I was constantly hooked into the story. She used tension so well that I felt like I had to hold my breath when we were about to get a revelation. She had such strong characters and such strong suspects too – for a while I didn’t even know who to suspect. I did manage to predict one of the twists, but I definitely did not see that last twist coming – I was completely shocked!

I did really love this book and will be hurrying to its sequel hopefully soon – although if I did have to pick at straws, it did quite irritate me just how small some of the text on the pages was! Also something did happen that really upset me – but I’m afraid I can’t really go into it because it’s a spoiler. Although I feel like if you’ve already read the book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about!

But yeah, other than those little minor details, I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely be checking out the sequel as soon as I can!