Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by 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 . . . ?

I’ve actually owned this book for a while, I picked it off my shelves as part of my self-imposed target to read more of the books I already own during this year.

I’m so glad I did. I can honestly say this was one of the best murder mystery stories I’ve read for years.

The characters were instantly relatable, Pip our main protagonist was delightful and reassuringly normal.

I loved all the little incidentals that made the characters really come to life in the page, like Ravi scratching the back of his head when nervous. It wasn’t overused either which would have been an easy trap to fall into.

The actual murder mystery itself was interesting and kept me guessing and second guessing myself the whole way through.

The only slight oddity for me was that although the book was set in England, with Pip talking about going to Oxford and Milton Keynes being mentioned at times the book felt quite American. The teens all seemed to drive cars, they had lockers at school to put their books into for example, neither things that chime with my experience of being a British teen (although admittedly it was a few years ago now).

It didn’t detract from the story at all but I did find myself doing a quick mental adjust as to where the book was set a few times.

Definitely one worth picking up.