Blurb: 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 crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final 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 . . .
Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Publisher: Egmont UK
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
This book follows Pippa, curious teen and amateur crime solver, as she strives to find the truth about what happened to Andie Bell. Something doesn’t sit right with Pippa when she sees the police report and with a little help from the accused’s brother, Ravi, she might just make a break through.
This was the first YA murder mystery that I’d read in a while and I absolutely loved it! There were so many things that I enjoyed, mostly that I couldn’t seem to figure out the ending – I kept thinking that I knew what was going to happen but it definitely kept me guessing. As well as that, this book was SO CLEVER. I was so happily surprised to see that the plot was so much more interwoven and complex than I had imagined – it’s so obvious that the author had really put some genuine thought into the hows and whys of what had happened. I really appreciate it when you can see this kind of effort in a book as it adds so much to the enjoyment of the reader.
Another thing I really liked was the format of this book. The narrative is broken up with emails, text messages and log entries that all add something to keep the story moving at a steady, but interesting pace. This book really had me hooked in a way that I haven’t been by YA for a little while – the characters were fleshed out and believable and Pip was a really fun perspective to see the whole storyline from.
As for what I disliked, there wasn’t anything that springs to mind. I feel like it’s important to point out that this book wasn’t particularly gory or scary in a way that might upset or scare readers who are sensitive to such things or are just venturing into the YA genre, which I’d say is a major selling point.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries and plucky heroines who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to know!