Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is well-loved on Bookstagram (and probably everywhere else, too!). It felt like everyone had read it, and I was the final holdout.

Now that I’ve finally read it, I see why this book is so popular! (And I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.)

A quick synopsis: Pippa Fitz-Amobi (a.k.a. Pip), a high school senior, decides to focus her senior capstone project on a 5-year old murder that happened in her town. The case is closed and the accepted killer, Sal Singh – a boy she knew when she was younger – is now deceased. But Pip just doesn’t believe he did it.

As she starts digging into the case and interviewing past witnesses, things take a dark turn. Someone really doesn’t want her snooping.

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Book review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Review)

Essentially, this YA mystery is a modern-day Nancy Drew crossed with Serial, told with a combination of narrative and snippets of research & transcripts.

The Serial podcast was (and is) a wildly successful phenomenon, and true crime is insanely popular – especially in recent years. There’s just something so fascinating about being an armchair detective. (That’s part of why we love mystery/thriller books, am I right?!)

So it makes TOTAL sense that someone drew inspiration from it for a novel. (And I’m so glad that someone was Holly Jackson). This book really works, while still maintaining its own identity and uniqueness.

I’m a big fan of this type of mixed media storytelling, so it goes without saying I had so much fun reading this! It was very binge-able, with small town vibes and love-able (and not-so love-able) characters.

There were a few moments that veered a litttle past the realm of believability. But honestly, I didn’t really care. This story is entertaining as hell and packs a whole lot of heart!

It’s perfect for fans of:

  • True Crime
  • Karen McManus
  • Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson

Rating: 4.5/5

Book review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

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