Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Publication Date: May 2, 2019
Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
Holly Jackson’s debut novel, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, is a gripping and suspenseful young adult thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. With its clever plot twists, well-developed characters, and skillful storytelling, Jackson delivers a compelling narrative that will captivate both young adult and adult readers alike.
One of the standout aspects of this novel is its intricate and well-crafted plot. Jackson expertly constructs a suspenseful mystery, slowly revealing clues and red herrings along the way. The pacing is superb, with each chapter ending on a cliffhanger, enticing readers to keep turning the pages. The combination of investigative journalism, true crime elements, and the protagonist’s own discoveries adds layers of intrigue, making it a thrilling reading experience.
While the novel is undeniably engaging and suspenseful, there are moments when the pacing feels slightly uneven. Some sections may feel slower compared to others, and certain plot points could have been further developed to enhance the overall impact of the story. However, these minor flaws do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a thrilling and compelling young adult mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final pages. Holly Jackson’s skillful storytelling, well-developed characters, and intriguing plot make it a standout debut novel. While it may have a few pacing issues, the book’s strengths far outweigh its minor flaws. It is a must-read for fans of suspenseful and thought-provoking thrillers. With its gripping narrative and memorable characters, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder deserves a solid four-star rating.