We are back with another updated post, and again it is an updated book review… But hey let’s be real we knew that I was going to love this one still.
When I first published this review it was back in July 2019, just after I came back from holiday for my 21st birthday. Whilst I was on holiday I had the opportunity to read a number of books, which was a lifesaver really as apparently I have a book buying problem. Honestly, for someone who before that Christmas hadn’t bought a book in a very long time because for whatever reason I had fallen out of love with reading now has almost a whole shelf of books, with around 36 books, I feel I have well and truly bought back the obsession. (There are worse things to be addicted to right?) *NEW ADDITION I know have multiple shelves and around 150 books. Its an obsession that has grown.
One of the books I read first I picked up at the airport and then read the majority of on the flight.. safe to say I did not sleep on this flight. A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson caught my eye as it came across from first appearances as a bit of a murder mystery who did it sort of book. I also loved how the ‘Detective’ if you will was a strong-minded teenaged girl who for whatever reason had a gut feeling the verdict on the case was not correct.
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?
Andie Bell was murdered five years ago by Sal Singh. Everyone knows he did it. The whole town was obsessed with the case. Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t convinced and chooses this topic for a school project. It soon becomes apparent that there are some serious holes in the original investigation, and Pip sets out to fill them in.
From the offset I loved Pip, I think as the main character for a YA Thriller she is amazing, Pip portrays a strong, fiery young woman with a passion for learning and not letting anyone stand in the way of her getting what she wants. I also love that the book is written in the perspective of Pip reopening a case for a school project. I love this because I felt it put you right there with her working out the missing links in what was a covered investigation.
I love the relationship Pip creates with Sal’s brother in an attempt to get him on board with what she was doing, the two go on to work on the case together but with Pip taking full control to limit the conflict of interest. I think Holly does amazingly to tell the story of a budding friendship/relationship so subtly that it does not take away from the main themes of the book.
The twists and turns the novel takes you on left me in complete shock when you find out who did it. The information you need to work it out is drip fed to you throughout the whole of the book but because there is so much going on you start to doubt everyone. Until you are told the outcome.
This book is amazing and I feel strongly appeals to anyone who loves crime investigation and mysteries. That being said with the little bit of romance in this novel it appeals to almost everyone. I also am yet to get around to reading the others in this series but I finally picked them up the other day and they are on my TBR list ready to read.
I had a tough time putting this book down and very nearly completed it in one day.
Have you read this yet? What did you think? Did you guess correctly?