A Good Girl's Guide To Murder By Holly Jackson Book Review

Good Girls Guide To Murder By Holly Jackson Book Review

A Good Girls Guide to Murder is a true crime podcast in book form. It even follows the same path as the Adnan Syed Serial podcast with an ethnic family being vilified by a predominantly white community.

The missing girl is the angel of the community, but as Pippa, our main character, starts delving deeper, she begins to discover that death can paint people in a better light than they were in life.

The Plot

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 the 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?

The Review

A Good Girls Guide To Murder is an ode to the world’s obsession with true crime podcasts and the solving of cold cases by intrepid investigators. The book is even interspersed with notes that read like one.

The whodunnit plot and the unfolding mystery of who the victim actually was are the main drivers of the action in this book. I didn’t find it particularly riveting, but it was interesting enough to keep me picking it up to find out more. What I liked was the uncovering of the personality of the missing girl. I enjoyed the flipping from the beautiful, golden girl to the manipulative mean girl.

I also enjoyed the way the plot was laid out. Each little piece led Pippa closer to the truth, and it all was quite plausible and believable.

It was nice to have a smart female character as the lead protagonist. Pippa is intelligent and devoted to schoolwork. She can be fun and a bit silly when she’s nervous. I maybe found her a bit boring, which I kind of hate myself for. She didn’t do anything very dramatic or exciting, just diligently investigated a murder as if an A+ depended on it.


A Good Girls Guide to Murder is an interesting angle on the YA Crime genre. The similarity to a true crime podcast sets it apart, and the characters are unique and perfect for the story. I found it interesting, if not super exciting.

— Bliss
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