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A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

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I got this book way last year from a YALC completion to win a signed copy, it was part of a campaign to promote the book, when it came the last 50 or so pages were ripped out, I was desperate to read it back then, but I didn’t start it, I knew it would kill me to wait for the last chunk of book.

I bought it when I was released this year, and then I devoured it. It was so good! I just had to know what happened.

This book is a YA murder mystery/thriller, which just blew me away honestly. I love it so much. 

In a small town, Andie, a high school student went missing 5 years previous, she was never found. Her ex-boyfriend, was found dead just a few days later leaving solid proof that he had murdered Andie and he took his own life from the guilt. The police close the case, and declared Sal as the murderer and Andie dead, even though there is no body. 

5 years after, Pip, a bright high student chooses Andie’s disappearance case as a project she has to complete for school. Pips never believed Sal was guilty, and she’s going to try to prove that. Who did kill Andie? And where is she? 

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder was way more complex and well structured/plotted than I had expected, it sounded good to me just from the blurb, I knew I would love it, but it gripped me right from the beginning, I honestly thinks it’s the best from this genre that I’ve ever read! 

It is written in a format that allows us to see Pip’s documentation for her project, for example her diary entries, interview transcripts, maps or drawings. I really loved that, it made it a really quick read for me, even with it being 400+ pages.

The story was full of twists and turns, right up to the very end. So many scenarios were floating round my head, there was so many possibilities as to what might have happened to Andie, I didn’t guess right at all, I wasn’t expecting the ending, it was brilliant, honestly.

The characters were great, they were all so well written. Pip was a lot of fun, the story was humorous at times too, It didn’t feel too heavy or overly serious, which was nice. I loved Ravi too and the development between him and Pip as the story unfolds. 

It’s hard to write this review without any spoilers so I’m going to stop and just say that I highly recommend this, if you love YA mystery/thriller then I think you’ll love this! I will definitely be buying any Holly Jackson books in the future!

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