Title: A Good Girls Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Synopsis: 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.
Spoiler Free Review
Wow, thats all I have to say. I ate this book up!! I love books where you never want to put them down and its been awhile since I’ve read one of those, this book was like that for me. Any spare minute I had I was reading this book, I just wanted to know what happened to Andie and Sal. This book does such a good job of keeping readers engaged.
Things I liked:
- The pacing of this book! There were some aspects of the book that were fast paced but there also parts that were slower paced. It was a nice balance between the two
- The characters. Pippa is our main character and she’s an intelligent person and has an eye for things people can’t see(like finding connections in a murder case). She is 17 and she felt 17. Sometimes characters don’t feel like their age to me so it was nice that Pippa felt 17.
- The documentation in the book. Parts of the book are told in documents Pippa writes for her project. I love when books do this because it just adds more to the story. Plus I think it adds a little extra fun to reading the book. Most of the documents are her capstone logs but there are a few diagrams thrown into the mix as well.
- The mystery wasn’t predictable was a big plus! Mystery/thriller/crime books that are predicable are such a huge bummer and I feel like I read the book for nothing, or if anything just some conformation on what I already knew. But this book wasn’t predictable.
Things I didn’t like:
- The person who did it. I feel kind of stupid that I didn’t guess who did it but I guess that goes into the beauty of the way Jackson wrote it. However, the person who did it I feel is a cliché in the mystery/thriller/crime genre so I was a bit let down by that
- The popular girl holding many secrets cliché. I feel like a ton of mystery/thriller/crime books, at least in the YA genre, have the cliché of the popular girl getting murdered and when the main character goes digging into their murder, they learn that the person had many secrets and was good at keeping them. When this popped up in the book, I did a little eye-roll, why can’t their be a popular girl who didn’t keep secrets!
Overall I super enjoyed this book and 100% recommend it!