Review: Holly Jackson’s debut novel ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ provides twist

Samantha Klein
Contributing Writer

No one ever expects a 17-year-old to solve a murder for their school project, but that’s exactly what Pippa (Pip) does in the beautifully crafted novel “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson.

It’s a murder mystery book with a twist, set five years after the alleged murder of Andie Bell.

The case was closed, and all signs pointed to Sal Sigh, Andie Bell’s boyfriend, to be the murderer. However, Pip isn’t so convinced.

Pip is an average senior in high school, but when she’s assigned her senior project the first thing that comes to mind is to solve Fairview’s own murder.

Pip befriends Ravi Singh, the younger brother of the alleged murderer. Together they work to dig up secrets Fairview would rather not get out. When her project begins to put herself and those she loves in danger Pip’s innocent school project quickly turns obsessive.

“A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” is a fast-paced murder mystery with a hint of romance. The story and characters keep readers wanting to turn the pages, The secrets of Fairview have a habit of sucking readers in and keeping them at the edge of their seats.

The book is ranked 4.36 out of five stars on GoodReads. The series has two more books called “Good Girl, Bad Blood” and “As Good as Dead” as well as a prequel titled “Kill Joy,” all of which are equally as fast-paced.

The book is $7.43 in paperback and $8 in hardcover on Amazon. This book can also be purchased in bookstores such as Barnes and Noble and is 400 pages long.

Jackson does a beautiful job at fully immersing her readers into the world and secrets of Fairview and the personal lives of her characters. Her work on “A Good Girls Guide To Murder” is a great kickoff to her career as a writer, and there’s more to come.


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