Author: Holly Jackson
Publisher: Egmont (1 May 2019)
Pages: 432 Pages
Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
“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 something that makes Holly Jackson’s writing more real. I loved the personal tone of the story that had me fully invested in it. The language is simple and straight forward, and I loved how author has made use of illustrations like diary pages and murder maps which helps the reader to dive deeper into the story, understand what’s happening and connect to it. Also, the story is written in two phases, the one where we see Pip writing her project logbook and the other one following the events that are happening in present which also included telephonic conversation and murder maps. The story definitely fits its genre. It is indeed a crime thriller. And suspense at its best, 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 very beginning, Pips intelligence amazed me and the way she interviewed others were truly praiseworthy for a 17 year old, but well, now after finishing the book I know Pip is a genius and she has made me speechless through her investigating skills, and now, that I have finished the book, I can proudly declare that Pip is my new favorite fictional character. 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 and I loved it. The characters and the plot had me totally engrossed into it from the very beginning and I have enjoyed every bit and every pages of it.
Talking about the characters, I felt so bad for Ravi’s family. Ravi’s humorous personality provided entertainment, and I loved how Ravi’s relationship with Pip evolved. Also, when there was misunderstanding between Ravi and Pip, I felt like crying and if only I was able to make things better between them and when at the end, Pip jumped into Ravi’s arms in happiness, I honestly felt like they would make the sweetest and the most understanding couple.
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 just to find out what actually happened because that’s exactly what happened to me.
I’d recommend it to everyone – not just teenagers. If your favourite genre is mysteries and thrillers, or you want to try this genre for the first time this is worth reading because it will definitely make you fall in love with this genre.
Portrayal Of Characters: 5/5