A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson Book Review

Monday 20 April 2020

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Published: 2nd May 2019 by Electric Monkey

For no particular reason, I've never really been into crime YA. I love me a true crime podcast and YouTube video but I'd never transferred that love to books. This is why it's taken a lockdown to make me read A Good Girl's Guide to Murder! I was very kindly sent a proof copy back before the release but it had never spiked my interest  (and I was also being a lame book blogger) but good lord I'm glad I finally picked it up; it's fast paced, multi-layered excellence that just delivers in every way.

Pippa Fitz-Amobi is a true crime loving teen who aspires to study English and become a journalist one day. So, she decides to begin honing her journalistic abilities early by focussing her sixth form EPQ on the big unsolved murder that took over her town five years ago, that of Andie Bell. What starts as a simple idea, soon becomes a full-scale investigation full of twists and turns, as well as beautifully done character studies. Teaming up with the alleged murderer's brother, the duo go on a journey of obsession and danger that could lead them many ways.

This debut is exceptionally written, with multimedia formatting that is engaging from page one. The book allows the reader to feel like they are investigating alongside the characters with police transcripts, maps, diary entries and more, truly immersing us into the world of Andie Bell. 

Not only is this a truly captivating mystery, but it also features a diverse cast with discussions about racial injustice, corruption and the importance of friends and family, be those natural or found. Ravi and Pip's friendship is touching and it's amazing how strong both these characters are. Back when I was at sixth form, I wrote my EPQ on the importance of strong female leads in YA fiction and I would certainly add the brilliant, dedicated, powerful Pippa to the ranks.

I can't recommend this book highly enough, the characters are superbly defined and the structure is so well thought out, that you are hit with information in a way that never feels overwhelming or confusing. This is just a great edge of your seat read, that is sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

(ps. in the proof copy I received, the last pages were ripped out. I thought these were just for effect and that the story really did end on a complete cliffhanger but I WAS WRONG. The final chapters of this book are a complete roller coaster and I can't believe I almost missed them! What a spectacular read!)

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