A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

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 desp...

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Title:A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
Author:Holly Jackson
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Reviews

  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

    What a wild ride

  • Umut Reviews

    Rounded up from 4.5 stars. This is a YA crime thriller, and I enjoyed it so much!

    In a small town, 5 years ago, a young girl called Andie went missing and they could never find her. Her ex-boyfriend (Sal) is found dead just a few days later leaving solid proof that he did it and he took his own life. So, the police closes the case, and declared Sal as the murderer and Andie dead.

    5 years after, Pip, a brilliant student chooses the case as her homework. But, in her mind, she never believed Sal wa

    Rounded up from 4.5 stars. This is a YA crime thriller, and I enjoyed it so much!

    In a small town, 5 years ago, a young girl called Andie went missing and they could never find her. Her ex-boyfriend (Sal) is found dead just a few days later leaving solid proof that he did it and he took his own life. So, the police closes the case, and declared Sal as the murderer and Andie dead.

    5 years after, Pip, a brilliant student chooses the case as her homework. But, in her mind, she never believed Sal was guilty, so she's going to try to prove that. Who killed Andie? And where is she?

    First of all, this was way more complex and well built than I had expected because it's the debut of the author. It was gripping from the first page, I read it in 2 sittings (and it's 430 pages long!) I literally couldn't put it down.

    It's written in a format that we see Pip's documentation for her homework, sometimes in diary format, sometimes maps, drawings or interviews with people she talked to. At other times, it's told from third person perspective to get the story moving.

    I very much enjoyed this format, as it didn't make the book monotonous. It was interesting to treat it as a case, being solved in front of my eyes, and I did try to solve it :)

    I had many scenarios going in my head, and figured out some, but certainly not fully. It was full of twists and turns until the last moment. I'll be honest, I could hear my heart beating at some points.

    Another aspect I loved was the characters, Pip was a lot of fun. It was humorous at times. It didn't feel heavy hearted because of a murder case. No trigger warnings or any gritty details, which is a big plus for me.

    Weren't there any 'coincidences' or 'conveniences'? Yes, there were. The book was a tad long, and maybe it'd be better if it was stripped down a few details.

    BUT, as a whole, I sure enjoyed my time a lot. I don't mind the conveniences at all, as they were a very minor con compared to the thrilling sense I got from this book, and enjoyed my time.

    I'd auto-buy Holly Jackson's next book for sure.

    If you're looking for a good YA thriller, with a good chase and fun characters, don't miss this! And, if you enjoyed One Of Us Is Lying, you'll surely enjoy this.

  • Robin Stevens

    Absolutely addictive and immersive, this is a brilliant contemporary murder mystery perfect for fans of my books who want to step up into YA fiction. Can you guess who killed Andie Bell? (12+)

    *Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*

  • Zoe Mann

    Ok so I’ve had a full 24hours to get over how spectacular ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson is and I now feel semi ready to write a review.

    So where do I start, WOW, WOW, WOW! I needed this book. Reading had become so boring lately and this book slapped me right across the face and made me sit up straight and pay attention!

    I loved everything about this book. The humour, the characters, the secrets, the emotions. I genuinely laughed out loud and burst out crying at this book (more

    Ok so I’ve had a full 24hours to get over how spectacular ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ by Holly Jackson is and I now feel semi ready to write a review.

    So where do I start, WOW, WOW, WOW! I needed this book. Reading had become so boring lately and this book slapped me right across the face and made me sit up straight and pay attention!

    I loved everything about this book. The humour, the characters, the secrets, the emotions. I genuinely laughed out loud and burst out crying at this book (more than once!). My partner was beside me and asked why I was crying and when I told him he said he wished he hadn’t asked.

    IT’S THAT SAD and emotional and heart breaking BUT it’s also the most uplifting, heartwarming, totally fangirling novel, AND if that’s not enough it’s also a terrifying, edge of your seat, I’m scared to go to the toilet in the dark kind of story. Now do you understand why I couldn’t write the review yesterday?

    So what’s it about? Well, my totally awesome, geeky spirit animal Pippa aka Pip chooses a closed case to write and research for her end of year project. It’s an open and shut case as far as the town and police are concerned. 1 girl dead, murdered by her boyfriend, boyfriend panicked and killed himself before police could arrest him. The end! Pippa isn’t convinced though and when she acquires an unlikely “partner in crime” the two of them will stop at nothing to get to the truth. Even if it means putting themselves and their families in danger!

    This is a must read for everyone who enjoys a crime novel, psychological thriller, murder mystery, YA fiction, love story. It covers every genre and don’t let the YA category put you off. I am nearly 30 & it is by far my favourite read this year.

    Can I finish by saying how amazing is the cover? It instantly caught my eye. I love it!

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC in return for an honest review. This is going to be a best seller without a doubt!

    I WANT A NETFLIX SERIES!

  • Susan

    My twelve year old daughter adores mysteries and when I saw that this was advertised as appealing to fans of, “One of Us is Lying,” a novel that she loved, I took a chance on this and I am so pleased I did, as she loved it.

    It is set on a small town, where, five years previously, a girl was murdered. The murderer was named, the case was closed. However, Pippa is not so sure. She picks the case for a project and begins to investigate what happened; uncovering dangerous secrets along the way.

    My da

    My twelve year old daughter adores mysteries and when I saw that this was advertised as appealing to fans of, “One of Us is Lying,” a novel that she loved, I took a chance on this and I am so pleased I did, as she loved it.

    It is set on a small town, where, five years previously, a girl was murdered. The murderer was named, the case was closed. However, Pippa is not so sure. She picks the case for a project and begins to investigate what happened; uncovering dangerous secrets along the way.

    My daughter said she enjoyed the transcripts, diagrams, diaries and notes, that are interspersed within the novel. She also liked the English setting and Pippa herself, the slightly nerdy main character. I thought there were a good cast of other characters, both adult and teenage, to help flesh out the novel. Overall, a very promising debut and a very talented author to watch.

  • Amybibliophile

    A round of a applause to Holly Jackson for writing the YA Thriller of the year!

    I knew this was going to be good, I just didn't know it was going to be THAT good.

    Pippa Fitz-Amobi is a straight A* student, good-hearted and very intelligent with an inquisitive mind.

    When she chooses a closed murder case from 5 years ago of an ex-pupil, Andi Bell, for her final year project she thinks this is the perfect opportunity to find out the truth and find proof that Andi's boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, w

    A round of a applause to Holly Jackson for writing the YA Thriller of the year!

    I knew this was going to be good, I just didn't know it was going to be THAT good.

    Pippa Fitz-Amobi is a straight A* student, good-hearted and very intelligent with an inquisitive mind.

    When she chooses a closed murder case from 5 years ago of an ex-pupil, Andi Bell, for her final year project she thinks this is the perfect opportunity to find out the truth and find proof that Andi's boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, wasn't the one to commit the crime.

    Unfortunately Sal had commit suicide a few days after the murder, sending a text before he did to his family to confess he had done it. But did he? Pip doesn't think so.

    Life has been pretty rough for the Singh family, Holly Jackson manages to convey well what the family were going through being hurled abuse and hate-mail for what their son had allegedly done, and how people used their skin colour in what I can only assume is a prominently white town, to justify their hatred towards them.

    Pip is a feisty young woman and isn't afraid to speak up against what she thinks is wrong, so when she sees Sal's brother Ravi being spoken to abusively in a local supermarket she soon seeks him out and the pair, making fast friends over a mutual desire, decide to work on Pip's project together to find out what really happened that night that Andi Bell went missing and to prove Sals innocence for good.

    Pip starts to realize her school project is turning more into her own investigation and soon sees that some of the closest people around her that she knows and loves, aren't as innocent as she always thought them to be...

    Ultimately this is a story that delves into family values, sibling bonds and learning to trust instincts. Holly's plot twists had me going round in circles, thinking I knew who the culprit was and then hitting me with another turn and I again had no idea who it was. With a lot of thrillers you usually get a feel for who did it quite early on but here I just had no clue, so hats off to you Holly just for that right there! Also I need to say that Pip's character is a massive inspiration, shes so brave with a 'no-nonsense' attitude that I wish to be more like her, if only more of our own police force were like Pip and her out-of-the-box thinking, passion and the lengths she goes to for the truth there would be a whole lot more solved!

    I also loved the format of the book, it made it fun and different to other books I've read. Pip's interview inserts were as if you were reading the project file, along with suspect lists and diagrams to give you that total feel of knowing the neighborhood and relating to where places were.

    I think the majority of YA readers would enjoy this book, with its fast pace and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat twists and turns it is a definite page turner and one I enjoyed thoroughly. I

    can't wait for the next books to carry on with Pips story!

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Two days after Andie’s disappearance, her boyfriend Sal commits suicide confessing to her murder. Now, five years later Pippa, a budding journalist who believes in Sal’s innocence, uses Andie’s presumed murder as a final project. Determined to solve the mystery, Pip enlists the help of Sal’s brother Ravi and what they find could be dangerous.

    Holly Jackson created a complex mystery in A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER without falling into the trope teenagers knowing more than the police. Because Pip

    Two days after Andie’s disappearance, her boyfriend Sal commits suicide confessing to her murder. Now, five years later Pippa, a budding journalist who believes in Sal’s innocence, uses Andie’s presumed murder as a final project. Determined to solve the mystery, Pip enlists the help of Sal’s brother Ravi and what they find could be dangerous.

    Holly Jackson created a complex mystery in A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER without falling into the trope teenagers knowing more than the police. Because Pip knew Sal through her best friend’s older sister, she felt invested in his innocence, especially after meeting Ravi. Jackson created a number of credible suspects, who either had reason to kill Andie, if she was in fact dead. Some suspension of belief is required, but mostly she just followed the info like anyone who had watched or read procedural dramas could.

    Pip is fearless, often too gutsy. She often fails to understand the impact of her questioning on those she questioned. I liked her a lot.

    At times the pace of A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER lagged with details and clues, but over all Jackson kept the story moving along with the use of transcripts, police reports and Pip’s notes. Jackson surprised me with some twists at the end, though I did predict part of the resolution a lot of my theories were incorrect.

    A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER is a fun mystery with a satisfying conclusion.

  • Kate (GirlReading)

    The moment this book was compared to Serial, my expectations sky rocketed but I’m very happy to say it did not disappoint. This was truly the Veronica Mars/Serial mashup I so desperately needed.

    TW: Suicide, racism, mention of self harm and rape

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    guys this looks like a cool she-did-that thriller i support it

  • Savannah Brown

    Twisty, compulsive, and so so clever. Loved how organically the mystery unfolded - the investigation never felt beyond the realms of what a teenager would be able to do on their own (made even more believable by Pip's realistic - and often hilarious - voice). I tried to stay ahead of Pip/Jackson at first but eventually was more than content to just let them take me on the ride. You're gonna want this in May.

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