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

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Rating: 5 out of 5.



Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did i. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumer 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?

My Thoughts

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the first instalment in the YA thriller trilogy by Holly Jackson. I would point out before going any further that despite this being a young adult book I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone below the age of 13 due to the mature themes it covers, including rape, drugs and murder.

I think this is probably the fastest I have ever read a book, I was hooked from start to finish. I loved how the plot developed and had me questioning through every twist and turn of the plot. I find Holly Jackson’s writing style very easy to read and she truly brings the characters and storyline to life.

I found the lead character Pippa Fitz-Amobi very likeable and fitting to the storyline of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. She is talented, funny and inquisitive – with many other characteristics that makes her an ideal ‘coming of age’ character. Pippa is also loves true-crime and has listened to every podcast going which potentially makes her the ideal person to get to the bottom of the murder of Andie.

I really loved how the book included the different media snippets, including interviews, and journal entries as this makes it feel as though you are investigating alongside Pippa and her friends.

I had so many questions the whole way through A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder and thought I had the case cracked multiple times but it felt as thought Holly Jackson was ten steps ahead of me each time.

In all honesty this book deserves 5 stars as I can’t find a reason to fault it! I recommend it to everyone. However I would recommend the World Book Day prequal ‘Kill Joy‘ before getting started on the trilogy as it gives a good introduction to the characters.


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