A Good Girl'S Guide To Murder Paperback – 2 May 2019
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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
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 crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final 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 … ?
‘A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller', Guardian
'There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization.', Peter James, award-winning and no.1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
'Prepare to be murdered by this book. Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted – my heart literally pounded. I haven't been this addicted to anything since Serial. Holly Jackson is the next big thing, I promise.', Laura Steven, author of the critically acclaimed The Exact Opposite of Okay
'Twisty, compulsive and so, so, clever', Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets
'This book was a delight from start to finish. I laughed. I cried. And I very much enjoyed attempting to solve the case with Pip (who I now want to be my best friend). I didn't guess the twist, and I don't think many people will. Holly Jackson has absolutely killed it with her debut!', Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and contributor to the award-winning A Change is Gonna Come
'That ending! Pure genius', Yasmin Rahman, author of All the Things We Never Said
'In a League of its Own', Lucy Powrie, author of The Paper & Hearts Society
'A Twisty, compelling UK YA debut', Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
TikTok made me buy it! The first book in the bestselling thriller trilogy, as seen in Netflix’s Heartstopper!
- Publisher : Electric Monkey (2 May 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405293187
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405293181
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #16 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is narrated through two styles; Pip writing in her project logbook, and what is unfolding in real time. This worked because one delivered the plot’s progression by discovering new information, character interactions and so on. The other (through the logbook) provided a diary feel, and acted like a murder board, where the reader gets to contemplate all the facts and evidence Pip has gathered. And oh boy did I! Everyone was a suspect at some point or another… It genuinely felt like I was there with Pip, trying to figure out what was essential to solving the case. I loved this personal tone, because it had me completely invested.
I admired Pip immensely because of her tenacity, intelligence and how much she cared. And I cared so much for Ravi and Sal. Ravi’s humorous personality provided entertainment, and his partnership with Pip gave that dream team vibe that were capable of anything. The fact that these characters were so likeable, it made the story even better.
I’d say my only qualm with this, is there wasn’t a hardcover available. That’s hardly the author or the story’s fault, though. I felt the font used for the logbook chapters was a bit challenging at times, and could be impossible to read for those who struggle with small font (see photos)
Overall, I read this in three days and it’s getting all 5 stars.
This is a well plotted and cleverly written story. I can’t quite believe it is a debut novel, never mind it being classified as a young adult book. This has honestly bested what would be considered as adult and mature mystery/thrillers, with its suspense, characters and overall plot. I’d recommend it to everyone – not just teenagers. If your favourite genre is mysteries and thrillers, this is worth reading because it’s currently my favourite mystery/thriller of 2019. Well done Holly Jackson, and thank you so much for writing this excellent book. I cannot wait to see what is coming next from this fantastic author!
It actually reads like she watched 'Virginia Mars' and thought, ooh I could do that. But she couldn't. I gave up after trying very hard to find something to like. It's just wrong.
Everyone, that is, except Pippa. Though a few years younger than them, she knew both Sal and Andie, and refuses to believe that Sal might have been responsible. This prompts her to undertake an investigation, reviewing the available evidence and going through all the available facts with a fine toothcomb, helped by some of her schoolfriends, and Ravi, Sal’s brother.
I found it a very appealing book. Although it is apparently aimed primarily at a young adult audience, I felt it stood up in its own right, and didn’t hold back from addressing serious issues, including drug abuse and the use of Rohypnol. While reading it I was struck several times by echoes of the first ‘Serial’ podcast, and found the format very engaging, with its mix of straight narrative and extracts from Pippa’s notes and transcripts of her interviews.
There is always a risk with this sort of book that the protagonist comes across as too self-righteous and always correct. Ms Jackson deftly dodges that bullet: Pip is a highly engaging, character, but far from faultless.
All in all, I found this very entertaining, and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Personally, I think that the “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” series is suitable for mature 12 year olds and onwards, because I read it as an almost 13 year old with no problems whatsoever. I plan on becoming an author, and Holly Jackson’s way of writing novels is truly exceptional. Overall, a flawless book; every person has to read this at least once in their life! ❤️
Without spoiling too much about the plot, I will say that the book had a main character who was witty, believable, and who conducted an investigation within realistic means for a 17-year-old. There wasn't any suspension of disbelief required like in books where teenagers hack entire school computer systems. There also wasn't any faffy made-up jargon or made-up names of social media and companies to try and not date the book too much. It referred to real networks and apps that people would use every day. It was grounded in reality. The romance was also subtle and well done, only hinted at without any melodrama. It didn't feel forced at all, the two lead had great banter going on, and each secondary character had a distinctive voice.