Tuesday 4 April 2023

Book Review | A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson | prettylittlewriter

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?’

This book had me hooked from start to finish! It was so good!


Pippa is the best MC, confident in her ability and not afraid to go against the grain. She’s also incredibly bubbly and I loved this about her! She definitely gets it from her family, as they are also incredibly fun and I loved her Dad!


When she begins her investigation for her school project, she starts off by visiting Sal’s family, and actually bonds with Ravi, Sal’s brother, and they team up as a double act to solve the case.


I was unsure how this was going to pan out, as one, she’s a teenage girl, how can she really expect to solve a murder that was an open and shut case with the police? And two, I just couldn’t picture what had really happened. There were multiple suspects for the murder of Andie, and let’s be honest, we don’t blame any of them as she seemed to be a complete bitch! But I found it incredibly difficult to pinpoint who I thought it was going to be. This is a sign of a brilliant mystery though, as it’s not quite as thrilling when you can guess who it was!


There were so many twists and turns, one minute you think it’s Andie’s dad, then maybe it was Sal? But then you’re back to another suspect because Pippa has discovered some new evidence. It honestly was incredibly well written, and I enjoyed that it was split into Pippa’s notes for her school work as well as the main story, as we got to see Pippa’s thought process whilst analysing the information she’d found.


There also wasn’t any waffling, I find that some murder mystery books can bombard you with lots of descriptive stuff to create atmosphere, but this was just bam, bam, bam with something new! It might be as it’s a YA novel, but I certainly enjoyed this more as it kept me wanting to read more.


I honestly can’t fault this novel in any way.


If you’re a fan of YA crime, then PLEASE read this! It was brilliant, and straight after I’d finished it, I ordered the next two books! Highly recommend!


5/5 stars

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