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Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson

[AD- Gifted, I was lucky enough to win/receive an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and have not been affected by this.]

81jwv2j+Y8LA Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson

  • Format: Proof Copy.
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey
  • Release Date: 2nd May 2019

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 . . .

It was my first time at YALC and I was incredibly excited and thrilled to be there. If I’m honest, I felt like a child that had been unleashed into a candy store and been told I could pick everything and anything I wanted. Among the various tables and setups, Holly was there promoting her book and Electric Monkey was handing out free samples as well as holding a raffle to receive a proof copy of this book. After reading the sampler, I knew that I wanted to read this book meaning I took part in the raffle as much as I could over the weekend, although it wasn’t until the final raffle that my luck turned and I got a copy! It was only two days after arriving back home that I finally dove in and I found possibly the only crime novel to ever make me confused and not entirely sure who the murderer was!

Even as I began to read, soon I realised this wasn’t a book I could just keep track of the details in my head but had to end up writing them down! I’ve rarely ever gotten so engrossed in a crime novel that I felt I was conducting the investigation myself, taking notes, writing theories and quite a few times sending them off to Holly herself what my theories were. I ended up having quite a few!

Pip was a character that I could only describe as tenacious, determined, organised and stubborn. Pip’s dedication to her project and her desire to know and understand what exactly happened concerning Andie Bell and finding out the truth about Sal was inspiring. It went beyond a simple school project and Holly wrote it so that as Pip became more and more involved that as a reader you ended up becoming involved too. I couldn’t put it down at all so imagine when I got to the end and the chapters were missing! I was horrified because I needed to know which resulted in more theory planning and attempting to figure out what was happening!

The whole novel is tense, you feel gripped to the story until you find out what was happening. Throughout the book you get pieces of Pip’s EPQ log and other media, which I love in books, getting the chance to see more than the straight forward narrative. I wish there was more than I could say but I worry that if I say anything then I could possibly spoil it for anyone so I am not saying anything at all!

Instead, I will simply any crime, thriller lovers out there to go out and read this book because it is simply outstanding and a triumph to the YA crime genre which I thoroughly enjoyed and loved! Already I am planning to reread it later this summer because I just want to experience it again.


Have you read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder? What were your thoughts?

13 thoughts on “Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson

  1. I loved this book! I actually remember seeing your twitter last year and you talking about the book and that was what made me want to pick up the book when it got released. I felt like I had been waiting for an eternity but it was worth the wait and didn’t disappoint me in any way. I also loved that it was a mix of narratives and the use of EPQ logs and other forms of media. This made for a more interesting read. I got so engrossed in this book and it’s definitely one of my favourite books so far this year.


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    1. It is a brilliant book and I’m glad you loved it! Honestly, I cannot stop shouting and raving about this and think that anyone who likes a bit of crime should definitely read it!


  2. Wow, that’s amazing that this book had you writing down your own theories! Crime isn’t really a genre I go for but I’m a huge YA fan because I think a lot of the writing is better than so-called adult writing. I have to admit, I’m intrigued now, I think I’m going to have to check this one out after all – thank you for such a great review, without giving away any spoilers! Lisa x

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad it made you intrigued and cannot wait to hear what you think! I hope that you love it just as much.


  3. From the blurb this book sounds so interesting, it reminds me a bit of Big Little Lies but only a little in that they both have someone trying to uncover the truth! Oh wow!! It’s like you really became the protagonist with writing down details to make sure you had something to look back on as the book went on. Wait chapters missing!!! Definitely going to be adding this to my list of books to read 🙂

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    1. I hope you enjoy and cannot wait to hear about what you think and if you’re able to guess the murderer!


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