“The people you love weren’t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point.”
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?
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like this book which is why it has taken me so long to get round to reading it. It had such a hype on bookstagram that I didn’t want to be a victim of that and in fact not enjoy it that much. Putting off hyped books appears to be a theme for me, as well as not enjoying them. However, A Good Girls Guide to Murder took me by surprise.
I was part of a group buddy read of this book and we were reading 50 pages a day, well that went out of the window after day 2. Yes, I am one of those people that agree to buddy reads and then read ahead because I just cant get enough of it. Which is exactly what I did with this one. I couldn’t resist, I wanted to know more.
I really like Holly Jackson’s writing style, it really had me on the edge of my seat. I feel like with every chapter we had further suspense that just kept coming and coming. I pride myself in normally guessing what happens in books like this, I say that but actually it annoys me and I tend to not like the book if I guess what happens. However, whilst some of the themes I did call within the first 50 pages, I didn’t guess them to the extent that they were and one part I didn’t even guess at all. This instantly made me want to pick up the next book.
I really built up a connection with the characters especially Pippa and Ravi. I loved them both so much. With this genre of book, I am normally too involved in the plot to care about the actually characters, I normally just want to know who did it. Holly Jackson managed to not only capture me into the whodunnit scenario whilst also building up a significant relationship with the characters. I actually cared about them and wanted the best for them. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. I literally had so may different theories, it’s embarrassing. Just when I would convince myself that a certain character has done it, Holly would feed me with another theory.
Also, Barney. I’m leaving it there, I’m not expanding. If you know, you know. I will never forgive you Holly.
Anyway, read this book. It is brilliant, so engaging. If you enjoyed Nancy Drew as a child then you will definitely love this. So much nostalgia whilst being unique. I cant wait to read the next book which has just been released