Genre: thriller, mystery, crime fiction
Key Stage: Year 9+ (content swearing and mature content)
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson (2019)
Plot: Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. It’s a known fact in Fairview, where Pippa Fitz-Amobi lives; the murder occurred five years ago, and Sal’s guilt has never been questioned. But Pip knows, somehow, that the boy who was kind to her all those years ago couldn’t have killed his girlfriend – and she’s going to prove it.
Positives: Great suspense – while reading, you question almost every character in the story. It turns out that several people have certain secrets that they don’t want to get out and not everything is as it seems. This creates a constant atmosphere of suspicion which is exciting to read about.
The characterisation – Pippa is an incredibly smart girl with guts, who is determined to find the real murderer of a schoolgirl who was never found several years before and prove the innocence of the supposed murderer in the process.
The ending – Even when you think the story is coming to a close…nope, the author springs more and more into the story and makes it even more interesting!
Negatives: None! It’s a five star read.
If you like this, you might like: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus and Good Girl, Bad Blood and most recently, Kill Joy by Holly Jackson which is available for free with a World Book Day 2021 Book Token until the end of April 2021!
Reviewer: Ms Elmi