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



“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.”

Rating: 5/5 stars 


     It always surprises me when a debut novel is done in such a way that I am shocked it is the author’s first book. “ A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” has been on my TBR since last August. When I saw that some reading buddies of mine were doing a group read of it, I absolutely had to join in on the fun. First of all…mind blown! Never saw it coming, never saw it coming, never saw it coming, and did I mention….I never saw it coming lol. Each and every time I thought I had it figured out, something else happened that left me reeling.

This book features a wide range of diverse characters. The main character is Pip. She is a strong lead who has a love for crime solving and journalism. For her senior capstone project, she has decided to solve a murder. A murder that happened five years ago and left her small-town reeling. The murder of Andie Bell. I will not get into all of the characters within this because I would have to break out the red string myself. What I will say is that everyone was well developed and served a purpose.

One thing I really loved about this book was the format that it was written in. It alternates between chapters and “files” or “ forensic notes” as I liked to call them. This included Pip’s notes, interview transcripts, maps, journal entries, and more. It really added a fun aspect to the read. The pacing was fantastic. It started off strong and never fizzled out. This book reminded me of all my favorite detectives. It was the perfect mix of Harriet the Spy, Veronica Mars, and Nancy Drew. There were so many red herrings. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes. “ A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” was as addictive as it was fun. I cannot wait to read the sequel as well as the other upcoming books in this series. I could definitely see this adapted into a Netflix series or something along those lines.

Trigger warnings: violence, death, death of a pet, drugging, talk of sexual assault, kidnapping

Is “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” on your TBR? Have you read it?

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