A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson
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 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?
Wow! This was so much fun to read. I was right there with Pip and Ravi while they tried to solve the crime. I had some ideas fairly early on and I was correct on one. But there were more twists and I was torn on that part of it.
Pippa decides to do her senior Capstone project on a five year old murder. What did she hope to find? That the alleged killer, Sal, didn’t kill his girlfriend. Pip ignored the rules and decided she would talk to victims, family members, whoever it took. She remembered Sal from when she was younger. He was the best friend of Naomi and was at her house often. Pip’s best friend, Cara, is Naomi’s younger sister. Pip becomes obsessed with her project. She puts off her college essay and doesn’t spend as much time with her friends. One person she does bring in on everything is Sal’s younger brother, Ravi. He wants to prove that his brother didn’t murder his girlfriend, Andie, and that he might not have killed himself. Their family has been treated horribly for five years. They deserved to know the truth and get peace.
Pippa and Ravi start looking into things. Pip starts alone first and we see her notes and transcripts from the people she talked to. There was a journalist, Andie’s friends, Sal’s friends, and quite a few others. Each thing she learned was a clue to something else. Pip and Ravi find out that Andie wasn’t the nice girl people said she was. She was a bully, and that made the suspect list grow. Pip starts getting warnings to stop her project. At first, she thinks it might be a joke. But the threats got worse every time she found something new. The killer knew her, her phone number, and how to get into her house.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Warnings for death of an animal, bullying, talk of suicide, and some other things that might ruin the story. It’s a mystery, so go in thinking it will contain a lot of horrors that humans commit.
Have you read this yet? Do you plan on reading the sequel?