Book Reviews

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

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: 5/5 stars

Publication Date: 2nd May 2019

Page Count: 433 pages

Genre: Young Adult / Mystery


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

‘The case is closed…’

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is Holly Jackson’s debut novel – and what a novel it is! Set five years after the suspected murder of teenager Andie Bell, we follow our resident Good Girl, Pip Fitz-Amobi, and her attentive (maybe even obsessive?) handling of the case. With it solved – the murderer seemingly found – this Young-Adult crime novel takes us on a wild adventure, asking the pivotal question: what if he’s innocent?

Switching formats (from interview documentation, to maps, to diary, to third-party perspective), Jackson weaves a complex yet suitable narrative for teen+ readers. The plot is dark, yet still retains moments of humour, silliness, and all things expected of an A-Level student completing her Extended Project Qualification.

Overall, this book is a real breath of fresh air – a compelling mystery, littered with plot-twists and red herrings. Jackson creates a gutsy protagonist, unafraid to ask the hard questions, even though the answers may impact her relationships with those around her. She creates a credible Persons of Interest list, leaving you unsure and utterly gripped until the very last pages. Yet, even with gigantic revelations and (slightly unrealistic) moments, Jackson makes sure your focus never wavers from the central issue – that being Pip and Sal’s brother’s firm belief that there is more to the story of Andie Bell than meets the eye.

For those who love McManus’ One of Us Is Lying and Pitcher’s This Lie Will Kill You, this book is definitely for you!


About the author

Holly Jackson started writing stories from a young age, completing her first attempt at a novel aged fifteen. She lives in London and aside from reading and writing, she enjoys playing video games and watching true crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is her first novel.

Jackson’s Instagram can be found here.

Her Twitter can be found here.

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