A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson : smart, fun and addictive! Review

Synopsis

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?

 

 

 

Review

“I’m not sure I’m the good girl i once thought I was . I’ve lost her along the way”
― Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

 

4,5 stars and book club read

 

I should have read this one in one month to match the pace of the ladies at the book club instead…I read it in one sitting!

 

That book is really one that is easy to read, entertaining, intriguing, smart and with loving and relatable characters.

 

Pippa is a smart and a tough cookie. She is convinced that Sal never murdered Andie Bell, whose body was never found.

Under the pretense of a school project she will try to solve that mystery and rehabilitate Sal’s name.

 

In her quest, she’ll ally with Ravi, Sal’s brother who is certain his brother was never guilty. Collecting clues, interviewing people she will discover that everyone had dark secrets. The truth is revealed on a breathtaking climax and left me really surprise as I had guessed …only the half of it!

I don’t want to tell too much in this review as this is a mystery but here are the things I loved that made this book so brilliant:

I love Pippa’s family dynamic, her dad Victor and his playful way.


-I love the log entries, the mixed media and the methodical approach of her research.

Pippa was very thorough and could read between the lines and add two and two. She makes a perfect investigator.


-I love her friends and their dynamic too.
The broken heart rescue scene in the beginning sets the tone to this friendship. The one she’ll built with Ravi too!


-I love the humor.and Pip’s sharp mind.

 

-I really liked that the author showed what a family goes through when one of their relatives is thought to be a criminal. We never speak of it when we see criminals in the news.

 

-I also really loved that nothing and no one was as it seems. The author rocked the trope of hidden secrets and unglamorous past.

 

This was my first book by this author and won’t be my last! I already bought Good Girl, Bad Blood and plan on reading it this month or the next!

 

Have you read that book?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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23 Replies to “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson : smart, fun and addictive! Review”

  1. Fall is the perfect time for a good mystery! Awesome review Sophie!

  2. I love when a mystery sucks you in so much that you just can’t help but want more, to find out who did what as soon as possible! Great review! 😀

    1. Thank you lashaan!

  3. Oooh I’ve heard lots of good things about this one

  4. I remember choosing Patty Hearst as my final year topic to write about. Makes me curious to read this. And it sounds like a thrilling read.

    1. Oooh already into crime Laura?

  5. I have this on my TBR list but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Wonderful review!

    1. Thank you Raven!

  6. I loved this one too and like you, devoured it in one sitting. I really can’t wait for the sequel.

    1. It’s out now Suzanne!

  7. thebrowneyedbookworm says: Reply

    Oh shoot!! Sophie, disregard my earlier comment, I just realized it’s the first book, not the sequel. Don’t know why I thought it’s the sequel

    1. Anyway I wanted to listen to the audiobook as many claimed it was amazing but it just wasn’t available for my country!!!

  8. thebrowneyedbookworm says: Reply

    I’m still waiting for the audiobook. Somehow this new release never was turned into an audiobook, which bums me out a bit

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

  9. This book was fantastic, right? I am really hoping the sequel gets a US release soon, because I want more Pippa

  10. It must be hard for her to go up against the town. This sounds good, Sophie, thanks.

    1. It is good Jacquie!

  11. Glad you liked this, great review!

  12. Awesome review Sophie! I just got this from Overdrive so now I’m really excited!

    1. oooh I can’t wait to read your thoughts about it!

  13. I really loved this one.

    1. Me too! So much!

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