Book Review | A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

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Author: Holly Jackson
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont (1 May 2019)
Language: English
Pages: 432 Pages
ISBN10: 1405293187                                     
ISBN13: 978-1405293181
Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Favourite Quote: 
“If a villain can be made, then he can be unmade.”
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a YA mystery/thriller about a 17-year-old girl who investigates a murder that rocked her small town 5 years ago. The case is closed. Five years ago, a schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in the small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi who goes by the name Pip chooses the case as the topic for her final project. But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality.
The plot is gripping and will give you a new question every time you finish each of the chapters. I got so much engrossed in the story that it felt like I was actually there with Pip, investigating on the case, and that’s a plus point that Holly Jackson’s writing holds. The author’s style of writing story is narrative, that allows the reader to envision the scenery and events in their minds so that they can become a part of the story’s world and can connect to it. I loved this personal tone of the story that had me fully invested in it. The language is simple and straight forward, with illustrations like diary pages and murder maps which helps the reader to dive deeper into the story, engaging audiences of all age group. The story definitely fits its genre. It is indeed a mystery/thriller. And suspense, the curiosity to find what exactly happened to Andie Bell and Sal Singh has kept me glued to the story from the beginning. So many times I have thought that I have finally figured out who the killer is, but no.
From the beginning, the question that arised in my mind is how a 17 year old girl is going to solve a murder case which the police couldn’t. However, once it became clear that there were gaps, too many gaps in the police investigation that Pip was able to see, made me speechless. Also, Pip’s approach to solving the case and getting people to talk about Andie and Sal, was really praiseworthy. Her tenacity and intelligence made her join all the puzzle pieces which was left unsolved for years. If you’re a fan of Serial and true crime, then this is definitely a must-read. It’s dark, complex and hugely entertaining!
It was my first read of Holly Jackson’s book collection and I loved it. The characters and the plot had my stomach in knots. This has great plot development, with thrilling mini climaxes that had me glued to the story from the very beginning.

The story is narrated through two styles, Pip writing in her project logbook, and what is unfolding in real time which also included telephonic conversations. 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 to my surprise and through Pips investigating power, we found that nearly everyone was a suspect at some point or another. 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.  

Overall, being a die-hard crime thriller and mystery lover, this book totally amazed me and no doubt the book has secured the position of my favourite read of 2020 till now and also after reading this story, Holly Jackson has secured the position in the list of my most favourite authors. I finished the whole book in four days and I will definitely rate it 5 stars. This is a brilliantly-plotted debut that will have you staying up late in an effort to squeeze in just one more chapter before bed because that’s exactly what happened to me.        

This is a well plotted and cleverly written story. This story is also the most read book of 2019 according to the statistics which is totally reasonable. I’d recommend it to everyone – not just teenagers. If your favourite genre is mysteries and thrillers, or try on this genre for the first time  this is worth reading because it will definitely make you fall in love with this genre.
Cover: 5/5
Title: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Portrayal Of Characters: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


Book Review | The Text

Book: The Text
Author: Claire Douglas
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 45 pages
Publisher: Penguin (31 August 2017)
Language: English
Genre: Short Story, Suspense, Crime

A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Think before you wish for something because it might come true. The story revolves around a text message and the sudden death of a person. A single text, and that will change Emily’s life forever. Emily Latimer is furious because her boss Andrew just said that she might not get a leave for vacation to visit Edinburgh with her boyfriend. She waited long for this vacation and hearing the statement of her boss made her furious and in the heat of rage she types a text to send it to Stuart, her boyfriend but in haste, she accidentally sends it to the office group.

The text was a death wish. In it she said that Andrew was being difficult about letting her have some time off for the vacation. She was angry and that she hopes her boss dies. But when she realises what she had done, it was too late. Everyone in the office got the message and now she was even more terrified. The next day when she goes to office, no one believes her even when she says that it was the autocorrect which changed “does” to “dies”.

But the story takes a dark turn when Emily’s boss Andrew doesn’t turns up in the office the next day and the police informs that he is dead. Andrew is murdered and that too on the same night she has sent the text. And just after that she receives a text saying “You wanted him dead. Your wish is my command”. Then who murdered Amdrew? Is the person someone Emily knows? If not then who?

The author has perfectly made this 45 pages short story a gripping thriller with perfect blend of twist and turns that would keep the reader on the edges till the last page. I was amazed by those twists and turns, contained in a forty-five page story but I was also a little bit disappointed by the abrupt ending. The only drawback of the story that I felt was lack of characterisation. There were many characters who were present but didn’t get much details. I loved the cover and the title perfectly fits the storyline.

Title – 4/5
Cover – 4/5
Language – 3.5/5
Writing skills – 3.5/5
Storyline – 3/5
Narration – 3.5/5
Portrayal of characters – 3/5


Book Review | The Lost 3 days of my life

Author: Bhagyashri Daryani
Publication date: 1st Jan 2019
Page: 112
Price: Rs.90 ( Available in Amazon)

Do you believe in true love?
Well I do after reading “The lost 3 days on my life”. Life is an ongoing journey, the destination of which is unknown. In this journey, we meet a lot of people. Some of them stick by us, and some leave when their role is done. But even after they leave us, the lessons they taught remains with us, becoming a part of us, of who we are.

The Lost 3 Days of My Life is a romance novel which will bring smile in your face instantly. First of all I want to say that I was really curious to know what happened in those lost 3 days of the girl’s (Riya) life. The story starts with a bunch of  high schoolers trying to figure out their lives. When Riya, the protagonist gets selected for the National Level Debate Competetion, she didn’t knew what awaited her in The Tigerwood College in Nainital. It was love at first sight. Riya and Aaryan, they both have equal feelings for each other but what are they going to do after those 3 days are over? Get back to there hometown and carry on with their life. Because life goes on.

Riya’s life goes on but she never forgets Aaryan hoping she would meet him again. The story of lost love and the hope to find one’s love back will motivate one to read the whole story. And then the day comes when Riya gets an email which changes her life. The story is engaging from the very beginning and the title is intriguing.

Riya, the protagonist seems very much real, someone we can very easily relate to. She is a sweet girl who is ambitious and is full of life. While reading this story the reader will find themselves being motivated by her in many ways.

Will she find her love back and what does the email says that changes her life? What will happen to her life? There are a lot of questions that arises while reading the story but the story has a soul satisfying happy ending and a must read for every romance lovers. To find out grab a copy right now. It’s available on Amazon. ❤

Rating: 4/5



Her body is an art
A canvas
Waiting for me to draw strokes of pure ambition, lust and desires

Her body feels like fire on me
The kind of fire on which I want to get burnt a thousand times
My skin burns from her touch
Intense sensation
And when they collide
It’s a rollercoaster ride

Her soul
I don’t know how many times I have wanted more than just a hug
More than just a kiss of her lips
More than making love to her
I wanted to touch her soul
To let our souls collide and blend
So that they become one