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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Holly Jackson, on your first book!

by Holly Jackson

Quick take

Case closed? Not so fast. A straight-A teen investigates the truth behind a murder her town thought was solved.

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    Fast read

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    400+ pages

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Why I love it

Chelsea Humphrey
BOTM Ambassador, @suspensethrill

As a reader who developed her book obsession by devouring every Nancy Drew installment in elementary school, I've been an avid enthusiast of YA crime fiction for most of my life. I cannot resist a good mystery, and am always on the hunt for the next "it" book in the genre. I'm a busy mom of two, so it is rare for me to find a book so special that I can finish it in two sittings, but that's exactly what I found with A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.

Pippa Fitz-Amobi is a true-crime-loving teen who aspires to become a top-notch journalist one day. So naturally, she decides to focus her senior capstone project on her small town's most buzzworthy, unsolved crime: the murder of Andie Bell. What begins as a simple proposal quickly turns into an in-depth investigation full of unexpected twists and turns. After teaming up with the alleged murderer's brother, the pair spiral into a web of danger and obsession, and quickly wonder if they're gotten themselves in too deep.

This debut reads as if you are investigating alongside the main characters, and fans of true crime podcasts will rejoice in the multimedia formatting that so wittily engages the reader from beginning to end. If you enjoy a grounded, engaging mystery that features a diverse cast, discussions surrounding racial injustice, and the importance of found family, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Whether you are aged 13 or 102, this book is for you!

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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.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

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  • Jim Thorpe , PA

    Just when you think you know who did it Pippa makes you second guess yourself. Its been a long time since I’ve read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Ravi &pippa are the dynamic duo you need

  • Council Bluffs, IA

    An excellent mystery with lots of twists and turns, and some solid character development. Although the whole time I was thinking “girl needs to watch Veronica Mars, learn some things before she goes b

  • Mc Kee, KY

    A debut masterpiece. I was hooked from the first page with Pip’s tenacity & drive to uncover the truth about the death of Andie and Sal. Also loved the sweet chemistry between Pip and Ravi. Great team

  • Henrico, VA

    An outstanding debut novel. I loved following along with Pip and Ravi as they deciphered various clues to solve Andie Bell and Sal Singh’s murders. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

  • La Porte , IN

    I loved the main character so much. I liked how she talked about why she feels the guy is innocent. And I loved how everything was wrapped up. It kept my attention from the very beginning to the end.

  • Omaha, NE

    I love all things true crime. This novel was about one girls search for answers about a crime that rocked her hometown. She sets out to clear one mans name but finds much more than she bargained for.

  • Gibson, IA

    I'm a true crime fan, so this was just a really good, quick read! What started out as a high school project becomes dangerous fast! Involves the disappearance of a high school student 5 years earlier.

  • Carson, CA

    One of the BEST books I have read. I loved it from the first page to the last. Nothing about this book was predictable, had me on the edge of my seat until the end. Honestly a PERFECT book in my eyes.

  • Kew Gardens, NY

    The way the clues for the truth are sprinkled through the book is very creative, and the pages that clearly look like a report? Good detail. A bit of a bittersweet ending, can't wait for the next one!

  • Briarcliff, NY

    I adored this book. The characters were so fleshed out and real, and I loved watching Ravi and Pi's relationship unfold so beautifully. I didn't figure out the twist until Pip did! HIGHLY recommend!

  • Phoenix, AZ

    For a debut this was FANTASTIC. I found I couldn't put it down. Incredible that a high schooler could solve a case and I mean, the story was told so well. Definitely will be checking out the sequels.

  • West Babylon, NY

    There were so many connections my brain would be doing loop dee loops trying to figure out who done it. It Kept me interested until the very end and I often sat there gasping and yelling at the book.

  • Carver, MA

    I dont usually go for mystery/crime books but I ended up loving this book by Holly Jackson. Had me constantly wondering who the killer was and each chapter had you doubting your instincts. Good read!

  • Farmers Branch, TX

    This was a fantastic book with plot twists you wouldn't see coming. I really enjoyed the way it was written - it follows a format similar to a true crime podcast. Love and recommend it to everybody.

  • Boise, ID

    I loved this book! I don't typically like YA, but this one was soooo good. I cannot wait for the second book to come out. If you like YA mysteries, pick this up. I also never figured out the ending!

  • Tipton, IA

    This was SO good!! I loved sifting through the clues along with Pippa. There were so many dark corners in the town of Fairview that the evidence discovered kept you guessing until the last moment.

  • Las Vegas, NV

    I love everything about this book, I got sad when I had to put it down. All the twists and turns throughout, I thought on multiple different occasions I had figured out what happened and was wrong!

  • Bakersfield, CA

    This book was so fun! The mystery had me guessing until the end. It really did feel like Veronica Mars meets Serial Podcast and it was everything I hoped for. I hope BOTM will carry the sequel!!!

  • New York, NY

    For a debut novel, and for any novel in general, this book is wow. It's intriguing, and doesn't rely heavily on romance; it's just a side story. The important thing is Pip's journey. I love that.

  • Mullica Hill, NJ

    This book was so good! The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat and there were times when my heart was in my throat because I was so nervous. I loved how realistic the characters were.

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