A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Published: 2nd May 2019

Genre: Young adult fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Number of pages: 448 (Paperback)

390 (Hardcover)

Start Date: 30th January 2022

Finish Date: 30th January 2022


Five years ago, Andie Bell, a girl in Pippa’s village, was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh, but the body was never found. Pippa suspects it wasn’t an open and shut case, and chooses to make a study of it for her final year project at school.

With the help of Sal’s younger brother Ravi, Pippa is determined to find out what really happened that night. Neither of them thinks Sal was the murderer, but by trying to prove it, Pippa puts herself, her friends and her family in real danger. Someone in the village doesn’t like her delving into the past, and the murder was a little too close to home.


We have an amazing heroine, Pippa Fitz-Amobi loves to search, pry, dig into, talented, smart, nerdy, funny, social, friendly, brave, stands between Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars, older version of Harriet Walsh, with her technical skills, tattoo-less and leather-less, chain-less version of Lisbeth Salander and a younger version Molder-less and alien nation-less version of Dana Scully!Blurb is tempting, amazing, intriguing and makes you dive in, clasp the book into your fingers and never let it go as I did. Even when Pip should have given up she didn’t she just conquered on.

Ravi Singh was also awesome. He was such a huge help and I like it when they both solve the case together, the romance here wasn't forced too. The longer they both dig into Andie's murder, the longer the list of possibilities went, they're an amazing partner in crime!

Five years ago, Andie Bell got missing and presumed dead by Sal Singh who committed suicide and sent a text message confessing his crime before he’d killed himself. But Andie’s body had never been found. The case is close! But Pippa is determined to open it by starting her own investigation process to write her school project and she firstly knocked Sal’s family door to ask an interview with his 20 years old brother Ravi who naturally becomes partners in crime with her and their project which turns out the mission for proving Sal’s innocence and finding who might have killed Andie!

As they start to dig more, the person of interest list of Pippa becomes longer, including Pippa’s best friend’s sister.

There are too many questions screaming inside your head; Who really killed Andie? Or Andie is really dead? Did she deserve her ending? Because as soon as we learn more about her, we discover she is a bully, drama queen, drug dealer, blackmailer!

Her amazing attributes gave me itchy fists to punch her. (It’s strange because I never wanted to kick a presumed dead person or I’m not sure she is a dead person! Well, that’s a first because this character is living, breathing -or not- scumbag!)

Who put the blame on Sal? Or Sal really did it? Well, he’s portrait of a nice, humble, angelic guy made me call him Castiel, like Supernatural’s angel character. But we can sense he has been hiding something. His friends changed their testimonies about his whereabouts and his leaving time from their place and rejected to be his alibis. So where was he at the murder time?

Who was sending threatening messages to Pippa to stop her digging?

Well, I made one of my fastest reads and my spider sense didn’t work properly to find the killer or killers till the last pages. The author was always ten steps ahead of me! I’m so blessed to be beaten by her smart writing. I had a great time visualising this as a great YA mystery movie or limited Netflix series!

The pacing and the writing style didn't feel rushed and didn't feel too slow, it was really easy to follow, along with the mystery elements so that made it satisfying and great. Though there were a bunch of uses of 'OK' instead of 'okay', but yeah okay, I don't mind, honestly.

This book also had a nice representation, it wasn't stereotypical at all. Some heavy topics like racism, suicide, drug use, and some more were handled and approached pretty well and adequately.

Overall, it was gripping from the first page 'til the end. The mystery elements were just so great and I adore the family and friendship dynamics too. I love how the book was written I thought when I first saw it, it was going to be a typical murder mystery/thriller where you easily find out the answer but I definitely did not expect the ending!

The book made me feel so excited, my nerves were tingling, I was literally sitting at the edge at all times thinking I was close to the drop but never was. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is an insanely addictive ya mystery book and a real page-turner. It was moving, enjoyable, nail-biter, mind bending, surprisingly exciting, and a satisfying read. I enjoyed every page, every clue, every thrilling moment of this book. I highly recommend it! It was even better than One of Us is lying!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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