Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Read It and Rate It

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
book #1
by Holly Jackson

Review #1
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
Pip is a student who is working on her capstone project. For her topic she chooses to investigate a murder case that happened in her home town. Her goal is to cast doubt on the original investigation, but as she continues, new evidence comes to light and soon Pip realizes that someone doesn’t want her to find out the truth and is willing to take extreme measures to stop her. The book is pretty fast-paced, so if you’re a reader who doesn’t enjoy slow burns then this is the book for you. There are so many twists and turns and some chapters end on a cliffhanger to the point where you don’t want to set the book down! For middle and high school teens.

Review #2
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
In “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” this book follows the protagonist, Pip (short for Pippa Fitz-Amobi), as she follows the fateful murder of a young girl named Andie Bell, five years ago. The guy Andie was dating, Sal Singh, was framed for the muder of his girlfriend, but the body was never found. Pip decides the other way and goes on an adventure to prove Sal is innocent. Pip suspects that this case was not an open-and-shut case, and she decides to prove Sal innocent. For her final year project at school, she decides to follow this intriguing case, but her teacher, Elliot Ward, warns her that this topic may get out of hand. Pip thinks otherwise.

This book made for a fantastic read since the reading format was unlike any other book. This book had files and Pip’s evidence in a format, in which the reader can experience first hand all the evidence Pip gathered. The author, Holly Jackson, did a fantastic job foreshadowing the events in the book, and bringing the story to life. For middle and high school teens.

Review #3
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
Pippa Fitz-Amobi is a senior at Fairview High School. For her final project, she decides to re-investigate a closed case about Andie Bell. Everyone in Fairview knows about the tragic incident. On the night of April 18, 204 (5 years ago), as per the case Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. Even now the brutal tragedy still haunts the town in mysterious ways. It seemed extremely suspicious and shady as the case was closed very early without much investigation. Andie’s body is still yet to be found. Pip can’t shake the feeling that something is off. She knew there was more to what happened that unfortunate day. Pip had known Sal and his family since she was a child and he was always so kind and affectionate towards her. How could an innocent, friendly person like Sal possibly be a murderer? After the case closed, the Singh family was living in embarrassment and they were looked down upon by everyone in the town. To unravel the truth, Pip works with Ravi Singh, Sal’s brother, to prove that he wasn’t guilty. At first it was only to cast doubt on the original investigation, but soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets around Fairview that might prove Sal’s innocence. However, someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger. Who is the real murderer?? Read to find out…

This book is full of unexpected twists and surprises as Pip tries to uncover the truth about Sal. The story was well-crafted and kept me on my toes. Every clue Pip finds leads to a dozen more, with plenty of new suspects and motives. Just when you think you know who the killer is, a major plot twist arises, and you aren’t sure anymore. You never know which character will turn their back on Pip. The people who seem most innocent could end up being key suspects. This book is very entertaining and is a good read for teens who like thrillers and suspense novels. For middle and high school teens and adults.

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