A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Pippa Fitz-Amobi and her EPQ. For her project, she chooses to talk about how the media influences police investigations, using the murder of Andie Bell in her own town as a case study. Andie was murdered by Sal Singh 5 years ago. Everyone knows he did it, he committed suicide a few days after she was reported missing. But Andie’s body was never found, so Pip isn’t sure that she believes what the police are saying.
But the further she gets to the truth, the more secrets she uncovers and the riskier it gets. Someone knows something, and they don’t want Pip to find out. So how far will they go to stop her? Pretty far as it turns out. An emotional rollercoaster and I couldn’t put it down. I was forced to leave the house in the middle of the last chapter, and I could not stop thinking about it.
It is written so cleverly, and every reveal is amazing. I love a good murder mystery and I haven’t found one like this in a long time! It gets a little gory at the end, and I did cry over one specific part, if you know me well enough, you’ll know exactly which part that was!!
So this book is probably not for younger readers, but not terrible if you’re ok with a bit of gore. I really like the way that when it talks about a specific document, you are shown a picture of it. You feel like your part of the mystery. I love how the book swaps narratives a little. It goes from third-person narrative to Pippa’s personal view when she is writing in her journal about what is going on, which is really useful.
Realism – ♥♥♥
Relatability – ♥♥♥
Plot Climax – ♥♥♥♥
Big Reveal – ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall – ♥♥♥♥♥
I hate to give a book five hearts, but it genuinely deserves it. It’s an incredible book, characters are believable, but the plot is a bit far-reaching, but you know, it’s a murder mystery so…
Pip is a really nice focaliser. Good attitude, exactly the person you need for a murder mystery of this nature. All the other characters are perfect too.
I think the climax of the book is amazing, but the big reveal is really it for me. It is unexpected and clever, and really satisfying to see it all come together. I love the way everything is interconnected, and you might be able to figure it out yourself, and yet the author can still throw a curveball at you at the end!
I really think this is worth a read, I got my copy on Amazon for about £4.
Lots of love