I’ve had this book on my wish list for a while so I’m glad I finally got around to it.
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder
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 murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year 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?
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I have seen a lot of people raving about this series and I was very keen to pick it up, I’m so glad I did. This book has everything I could ever ask for a determined but sometimes awkward MC who wants to know the truth, a mystery that seems to grow arms and legs with every discovery, a list of suspects that is constantly changing and growing, and a brilliantly engaging writing style.
The style of the book is excellent a mixture of narration, Pip’s production logs, evidence and articles, it all builds the mystery up perfectly and kept me hooked the entire time because I never knew what to expect next and everything was just so well thought out and interesting that I had a hard time trying to pull myself away from this book. As I said the writing is engaging and in a way that is easy and entertaining, there is a real mix of emotion in this book, the humour comes just as easily as the tense discoveries, there are also a good few moments that I shed a tear over.
I just loved Pip, she is a character that jumps off the page for her tenacity and cunning but also for her loyalty and care for others, even when things get really hard for her and she is far past pushing the boundaries of what is expected from her, she keeps searching for the truth. She is helped through this by Ravi and it was so lovely watching a friendship blossom between them, they made a great detecting duo. Ravi is such a wonderful character and his evolution is brilliant, going from awkward and untrusting and slowly opening up to show his humour and emotion, it was lovely to read.
There are a whole range of characters that help to make this story into such an intriguing and thrilling but also highly enjoyable book, and I think that that is definitely part of the reason that the hunt for Andie’s murderer feels so tense because the suspects are sometimes people that Pip knows well and as a reader, I was really caught up in how that could impact her. I also loved that I couldn’t anticipate anything, there were so many turns that the investigating took, at one point I thought I had it figured out but instead of feeling a bit put out by that I was eager to see if I was right. I wasn’t of course.
The narration was amazing, the production value was also amazing, I felt so immersed in the experience. Having the different voices for the narrator and the characters was great, I liked that it sounded different between the main story and the production logs and evidence, it kept my attention the whole time it was playing.
It’s safe to say that I would highly recommend A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder and I have already downloaded the next book in the series to get stuck into as soon as I possibly can.
Reviews of other books by Holly Jackson
Good Girl, Bad Blood | Five Survive