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

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Debut

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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    Puzzle

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    Murder

Synopsis

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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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (2,004)

  • Tedi S.

    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

  • Amber R.

    Steubenville, OH

    Loved this book and quickly bought and read the others in the series! For being a YA, it didn’t come off as immature or childish like some do. Pip is one of my absolute favorite female characters ever

  • Arielle P.

    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

  • Julianne R.

    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

  • Danielle B.

    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.