Sunday 8 August 2021

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder - Holly Jackson

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 . . . ?

Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Gone Girl, We Were Liars and Riverdale

What did I think?

This book caught my eye when I was browsing for books one day and before I knew it, it had jumped into my basket and onto my doormat.  Although it is actually YA, it's a brilliant mystery thriller to be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.

Little Kilton is a town beset by tragedy after two teenagers lost their lives five years ago.  Andie Bell's body has never been found but Sal Singh confessed to her murder before he committed suicide so the case was closed.  Pippa Fitz-Amobi has always wondered what happened to Andie Bell so she chooses to investigate this mystery for her school project, but this lands her in danger as she gets closer to uncovering the truth. 

Pippa's project is included in the book but it's in quite small font so you do need to have good eyes (or a magnifying glass).  I love different media in books and there are text messages, hand-drawn maps and interview transcripts to sift through to make the reader feel like they're part of the case.  I love Pippa and her marvellous brain that hoovers up as much information as possible and often spouts facts and figures out of her mouth when she gets flustered.

I'm delighted that this is book 1 of a trilogy and I'm already planning to read book 2, Good Girl, Bad Blood, straight away.  Don't be put off by it being in the YA genre; it's a brilliant, fast-paced, intriguing and twisty thriller that wouldn't look out of place in the main crime thriller genre. 

A Good Girls' Guide to Murder isn't just good, it's brilliant!  What an awesome debut from Holly Jackson!  Holly is definitely one to watch and I'm definitely planning to read everything she writes.  I loved A Good Girls' Guide to Murder and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.  I plan to read it again in the future so I really can't recommend it highly enough.

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