Review – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Posted April 23, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 22 Comments

Review – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly JacksonA Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Series: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1
ISBN: 9781984896360
Published by Delacorte Press on February 4, 2020
Genres: General, Law & Crime, Prejudice & Racism, Social Themes, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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An addictive must-read mystery with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can't shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

Okay, this was fun! I added this book to my Book of the Month box just as soon as I saw it being offered as an option. I was so excited to read it but I put it on the shelf and let it sit for over a year. That was a mistake because this was a fantastic read and I am so glad that I finally got around to picking it up.

Pippa, or Pip, has started her senior project and it is a doozy. She has decided to tackle the mystery of the murder of a teen girl several years ago. Everyone knows that Andie Bell was killed by Sal Singh, everyone except for Pip. Pip is convinced that what everything thinks happened is absolutely wrong and she teams up with Sal’s brother, Ravi, to find out what did happen that night. Pip starts looking at everything that happened in detail, interviewing people who were there, and looking for inconsistencies. I loved the format of the book and really enjoyed taking a peek at all of Pip’s notes, interviews, emails, and other assorted evidence.

This was a very good mystery. I was pretty sure from the start that Sal had not been guilty of murder but I had no idea what had really happened to Andie. There were characters that trusted and others that I didn’t. There were a lot of twists that I did not see coming. Not at all. Things do get pretty intense at times and I worried about some of the things that Pip was doing more than once. I think that I was just as taken by the mystery as I was Pip and the other characters.

I would recommend this book to others. This was one of those books where the pages just seemed to fly by because I was enjoying the story so much. Pip and all of her friends were fun to spend time with and I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series.

22 responses to “Review – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

  1. RO

    Glad you enjoyed this one so much! I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing. Happy Friyay! Hugs, RO

  2. This one is on my TBR for almost a year now too! And really, really does sound so good!

    Different question: Your block paragraphs, does it come with your blog template, or do you do it yourself? It looks so lovely!!

    • It was such a fun read, Mareli!

      A lot of the formatting of this post is thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. One of the big reasons that I wanted to make the switch from Blogger to a self hosted WordPress blog was that I wanted to be able to use the plugin. It save a lot of time!