GoodReads/Amazon Rating: ★★★★☆
In the height and despair of moving houses and trying to get someone to hire me, I discovered this book when (somehow, accidentally ofc) I ended up at the books sections of ASDA Home. I couldn’t resist because it seemingly had everything that I love about a book. I hadn’t read much YA fiction in a while so I was craving to read something within that genre and as it was also an unsolved-mystery themed narrative which immediately peaked my interest, I had to read it.
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?
Holly Jackson’s debut was mind-blowingly stunning to read. The concept was riveting and it was evident that she intricately thought through each plot point. What often happens with murder mysteries is the narrative is amazing for 3/4 of the book, compelling you to persist and find the culprit, but unfortunately follows with an anticlimactic ending. This is often either because an author tries to twist the narrative too much or because they themselves haven’t solved the crime and are making it up as they go along. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was definitely well-thought-out and well executed.
What I think I enjoyed the most about this book was the fact it was written in first-person. By doing this, I found myself following Pippa’s thought process. I deducted and looked over clues alongside her, making my own assumptions. I appreciated the red herrings thrown in to deter the reader from the villain (thought it still left me with questions) as well as all the twists she threw in right up until the end.
A brilliant debut and fantastic YA murder mystery that I would definitely recommend to all readers fascinated with the mystery genre. I look forward to the future novels she will release.
Language & Style: 8 points
Plot: 9 points
Characters: 8 points
Story: 8 points
Total: 33/40 points
Favourite Quotes: “But their faces made her seethe. These weren’t just small deceits and innocent gaps in memory any more. This was a calculating life-changing lie. A momentous treachery unburied from the (spoiler)”