2022 · mystery · ya

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

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson


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?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Now this is how you do a YA murder mystery!

Let me tell you something, this deserves all the hype it gets because this book is freaking amazing. It’s so well written and interesting that I couldn’t stop reading it till my eyes hurt.

A book is about Pip, a 17 year old girl who picks up an interesting high school project – solving the murder of Andie, a girl who was killed 5 years, and proving the innocence of Sal, her alleged murderer. While solving this crime, Pip is very ruthless and will do everything to uncover the truth, not knowing it could put both her and her family and friends at great risk.

But Pip is determined and that’s what I like about her. Through this whole story, she’s being herself and she’s very unapologetic about it. She has a goal and she will achieve it to bring justice forth.

The mystery part was amazing, especially listing all the hints about potential killers, because everything made so much sense and it wasn’t just put there to make the book longer. I think that this is exactly how murder mysteries, especially when it comes to YA, should be written.

The other thing I really enjoyed was her relationship with Ravi, and how although there were hints of it, it didn’t turn this book into a romance. This type of relationship when it went from friendship to crush to something else felt really comfortable for me and most importantly, it didn’t overpower the mystery aspect of the story.

I immediately picked up the sequel and am reading it at the moment and from the beginning I can tell it’s gonna be good as well. I am not the type to usually read a lot of mystery, but lately I’ve been enjoying it and this book just hit the spot!

Did you read this book and what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

  1. I definitely agree about the way the writer handled the blooming relationship in the story — I was very pleased to see it develop without it overpowering the whole story. I’ve not read many murder mystery stories myself, but this book definitely sparked my interest and I quite enjoyed the series as a whole!

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