A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a young adult mystery novel that released in 2019.
A few years ago, in a small town called Kilton, high school senior, Andie Bell is murdered. When the prime suspect, her boyfriend, Sal Singh commits suicide a couple days later, the case is closed and Sal is labelled murderer. Fast forward a few years later when Pippa is lining up to finish high school, she decides to re-analyse the unfortunate incidents of Andie Bell and Sal Singh. But the deeper she digs in, the more mysteries she finds.
I loved reading about Pippa, her friends and Ravi. I felt invested in her investigation and more than that, I felt invested in what happened to them. Whenever Pippa was in danger, I was clinging to every word. In times of distress, I was just as upset for Ravi or Pippa. Pippa is such a strong and determined character. I loved how nerdy she was and she was just so refreshing to read from.
As if they think I don’t already know. I came out of the womb knowing how to do academic references.A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson
I loved the plot twists and how everything unfolded. From the little clues, her logs to her mini interrogations.
This is one of the rare YA fictions that actually has such a heavy crime focus and I ate it up. Most of the law and crime aspects felt realistic and well-researched.
I enjoyed the bits of comic relief which grounded me back into the YA world. The dialogues felt real and so did Jackson’s writing. Down to little details about day to day life.
The only downside for me was the slight predictability. I did expect half of what happened but I was still surprised but the other bits and pieces.
This was the book I needed to get out of my reading slum. If you haven’t picked up Holly Jackson’s debut, you definitely should.
This is perfect for someone who’s looking to venture into the crime and mystery world. If you’ve enjoyed Karen M. McManus’ work, I’m sure you’ll love this.
Have you read the book? What did you think?