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?

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

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!

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