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Book Review - A Good Girls Guide to Murder

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Book Review - A Good Girls Guide to Murder

If you want to feel like you are on a rollercoaster just by reading a book, this young adult murder mystery is the perfect choice for you.

Pip Fitz-Amobi is a seventeen-year-old girl who is impeccably smart and is entirely devoted to doing the right thing. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it, but Pippa isn’t as sure. With the reassured help of Sal’s younger brother Ravi, they unveil the alarming truths of some of the people in Little Kilton.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the first book of its trilogy and is intricately plotted by the author Holly Jackson. This thriller is perfect for reigniting someone’s love for reading as it is easily a five-star read and is extremely fast-paced and challenging to put down. There are multiple nauseating twists and turns which kept me glued to my seat for the entire 433 pages of the book, this made it a great struggle to start a new story after I finished reading this one.

To say Pip already has lots on her plate as an A level student, this did not avert her need to use her love for crime shows and documentaries to some good use, by finding the truth behind the disappearance of Andie Bell and telling the public. If you have a shared interest of watching crime television or do Criminology as a favoured subject at sixth form/college, this book is a fulfilling, entertaining, educational read as it teaches you how discrimination and social media have large impacts on crimes and how they are solved. An example in the book of this is how police prioritise crimes that are more prominent in the media and the media’s impact in helping reopen ongoing but closed cases.

To say this is Holly Jackson’s debut novel, it has significantly gained traction from readers from across the world and of all ages, who have connected with and perfectly understand the incredible character building and developments of each character she has created. This has been evident, as over the past year her YA murder mystery trilogy has dedicated Book Tok and The No.1 Best Sellers List. It is also soon to be turned into a show on the BBC. Not only this, but each book in the trilogy has images and pictures that immerse you into a detective’s shoes and has you solving the town’s mysteries with Pippa and Ravi, like transcripts of interviews with witnesses and suspects. Pip constantly throws caution to the wind and puts herself in life-or-death situations to get justice for the victims and their family, which makes her such an admirable, empowering female lead/main character to younger readers and makes all Holly Jackson’s books a must read.

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