A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 

 February 3, 2023

By  BookishBearx

I know I said I wasn’t going to buy any books in December, but things didn’t quite work out as planned and I have no self control. Okay? Don’t judge me… I really tried. I picked this up from Asda while shopping. I’d seen it on so many blogs and on Instagram and to say the least I was quite curious. For £4.50 my curiosity got the better of me. So here I am reviewing it, after managing to get through it in 2 days.

I absolutely love the look of this book. The cover is so creative. The little red threads and pins all connecting the dots. It really catches your eye. It’s bright and bold and unique. The synopsis of this book, I have included below and it sounds so interesting…

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 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?

It draws you in straight away and makes you want to know the towns little secrets. I’ve always loved things like this whether they be books or tv shows, so I knew from the get go that I’d probably like this book. What I didn’t expect was how sucked into the book I’d get. From the first page, I felt myself stuck in those pages and starting to really get lost in the pages. Holly Jackson’s way of writing really does de,and the readers attentions and then maintains ownership of it once she has it. I genuinely nearly took too long of a break at work because I just lost all sense of time and my surroundings. I was that invested. (Moral of the story, don’t read at work)

Not only was the writing amazing but the story too. It was so twisty. I never expected the outcome of the story or the characters to pan out the way that they did. It’s so twisty and intricate. You never saw the next curve ball coming! I absolutely fell in love with the main character Pip and also the other character at the forefront, Ravi. I found myself smiling away at their jokes and feeling a little well of happiness at their growing friendship. I really identified with Pip’s geek-ish ways and I loved their jokes and chemistry. It’s been so long since I’ve fell in love with a book’s characters so completely. I honestly had no little niggles.

The only thing that saddened me a little bit about the ending is we didn’t learn much about how The Singh family’s relationship with the town changed and developed after the events of the book. I feel like they were the one of the families that were most affected by the murders in a negative way. The were almost completely ostracised from the towns people and their lives so fully changed and we didn’t get to see how that changed. I feel like that’s my only niggle. I wanted to know if after everything they got their life and community back as well as their son.

But all in all, I loved this book. I think it is creepy and addictive and I don’t think this book could have consumed my attention anymore than it did. It was a genuine pleasure to read.

Star rating /5


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