Books Fiction review Thriller Young Adult

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson – Review

Genre: YA Thriller
Published: May 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 433
My Rating:

I’ve already learned my lesson here: when you catch someone lying about a murdered girl, you go ask them why.

This book is not new to most people and has been on my TBR for a while, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive the boxset of this series. 

Pippa is a high school student who decides to do her final year project on a murder that took place five years ago. Sal Singh murdered Andie Bell. With the overwhelming amount evidence, the case was solved and closed. Everyone knows he was guilty. Everyone except Pippa. She is not at all convinced that Sal is the murderer and she wants to prove it. 

From the beginning of this book I loved the entry logs, transcript notes and diagrams in between the chapters. At first I thought, how on earth is a high school student going to solve a case from five years ago. It all seems a bit far-fetched, but as you get further into the story everything starts making more sense as the events from all of those years are uncovered. It also had a double plot twist which I could never have predicted.


Pip is such a strong-willed individual. She’s sharp, witty and will really stop at nothing to get all of the information she needs for her project, but it starts becoming dangerous as there is someone who is not happy about her digging through the past. 

In parts of the book I cringed at some of the things she would do and questions she would ask people. It was a case of ‘I don’t want to watch, but I can’t look away’. That being said, I absolutely loved this fast-paced thriller. The characters and plot were really well thought out and by the end of the book I was really invested in each of the characters. 

I’m so glad I finally read this and I’m interested to see how this pans out as a series. For now, it’s safe to say that Holly Jackson has gained another fan. 

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own

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