Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
Everyone in Fairview knows the story.
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.
About: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a young adult mystery thriller written by Holly Jackson. It was re-released on 1/5/2021 by Ember, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are young adult, mystery thriller, and contemporary. This book was the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. There are three books to this series: book one is called A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, book two is Good Girl, Bad Blood, and book three is As Good As Dead. According to the publisher’s website, “Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 275 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, our imprints publish over 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder on 9/18/2021 and finished it on 9/26/2021. An excellent read and audiobook combo. I appreciate the diversity in this book with one of the main characters being Indian. The mystery definitely caught my attention. I enjoyed this type of mystery, where one clues leads to another. Pippa’s family sounds great and her name, I didn’t think there could be so many funny ways to poke fun at it. I’m not sure if I should think Pippa brave or stupid for confronting a drug dealer at his house and the killer on her own. She did have passion and dedication for solving the mystery though. The narrators did a great job in changing voices and tones at different parts of the story, especially the crying and scared. I even got tears in my eyes for Ravi’s speech in the end.
This book started with Pippa’s senior capstone project. She’s focusing on the missing person investigaton of Andrea (Andie) Bell, a crime happened in their own hometown 5 years ago. Then the story began with Pippa, told in the third person point of view. She lived with her stepfather Victor and step little 9-year-old brother Josh. She’s stopping by Ravi Singh’s house to ask to interview him about his brother. Pippa believed Ravi’s brother Sal is innocent and wanted to prove it as a topic for her senior thesis. The crime was that Andie Bell, 17, was reported missing. Neither she nor her body was ever been found and her boyfriend Sal was being blamed. Sal later killed himself after he became the prime suspect. For her project, Pip interviewed Sal’s brother now 20 and Sal’s friends as well as Andie’s friends to learn more about that night. She also read up all written newspapers and interviewed experts. This book was divided into 3 parts, organized with Pippa’s capstone project log entries as a first person point of view and interviews.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was well written and a page turner. The read became more thrilling when Pippa received warnings from an unknown number. She also did some snooping around which got me holding my breaths. The rave for this book did meet my expectations. I’m excited to read the rest of the series! The ending was excellent and I’m glad justice was served. I liked the shoutout about Andie’s dad who was a bully to his family and use it as an example to teach others to treat their kids better. One thing I would like more from this book was Pippa’s romance. She did showed very tiny signs of interest but how her love jumped to the kiss seemed quick. I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Holly Jackson started writing stories at a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a novel when she was fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied literary linguistics and creative writing, with a master’s degree in English. She enjoys playing video games and watching true-crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. She lives in London. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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