A Good Girls Guide to Murder

Book Review

Book: A Good Girls Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Year: 2019
Page no: 433
Synopsis: “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?”

The blurb really hooked me in to buying this book – a murder that is being solved by a student for her EPQ just sounded so interesting. Pippa was such a good character to follow through the story with, I loved her characteristics and the way she was reminiscent of Nancy Drew and others. She also felt very relatable as we saw glimpses of her home life, her worries for university and a very slow and subtle blossoming relationship with Sal (which does not take forefront in the book).

I really enjoyed the set out of the book, the way the chapters flitted between first hand writings in her EPQ folder and then the standard chapters. It just made it feel more fresh and easy to read, as well as adding to the overall effect of Pip being a student. It also meant that the story stuck to the theme of it being a piece of coursework, which is what stands it apart from other YA thrillers. The mixed presentations of the evidence and threatening notes, made the reader feel like they were part of the investigation too. The unique format is definitely one of my favourite things about this book.

The story itself was really hooking, and despite my best efforts I did not predict how it was going to end! The twists at the end were surprising and cleverly written, just adding to the overall enjoyment I got from reading the book. As it is a YA thriller, the intense moments are more subtle and didn’t lead me to feel suspense at certain moments – but that’s not to say it wasn’t written well.

I am currently reading the next one so I can see where the characters go next, and I’ve heard that some of the plot lines from this story get rounded up so I’m looking forward to that.

-Personally, Emma

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