A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

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 crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure.

When she chooses the case as the topic for her final 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 . . .


Thomas B year 9

26th November 2020 at 6:29 pm

The book is written in the style of Pippa’s project dated with locations and times. It follows her journey as she teams up with Ravi Singh ( Sal’s brother ) to discover the truth of what happened in 2012. As she find secrets and connections between many different people in Little Kilton, she starts to receive threats to stop, which leads her to believe that she is on the right track. Pippa as a character is mostly a normal teenager except for her drive for learning and her logical mind which she uses to sort through the vaguest of clues to find a concrete conclusion to what happened.

It is one of the best books that I have read and would recommend it to anybody that likes murder mysteries.

Olwen year 9

26th November 2020 at 6:29 pm

Such a thrilling murder mystery book with so many unexpected turns. I couldn’t put it down. The characters were very relatable especially as they were regular teenagers. I really enjoyed reading it and the ending was very unexpected. It seemed like something that could actually happen, which made it more scary. I liked how the book confronted societal issues in a book not just about it. For example the character of Sal is blamed for the murder of Andie even though he is such a nice person. The whole town chooses to believe it because of the colour of his skin. I also thought it was interesting that the book wasn’t in first person. Overall this was a thrilling book and I look forward to reading the next one.

Esme, year 9

26th November 2020 at 6:28 pm

I loved this book. It has definitely been one of my favourite books in a while. This is a great detective book with a young girl who as a school project decides to look into a murder case which was closed 5 years ago. The book starts off by introducing ‘Pip’ and what she’s doing. The first couple of chapters is just the interviews that take place. Although it’s a crime book, author Holly Jackson also factors in Pip’s family, friends and love life.

As the story unfolds we start to realise that the apparently open and shut case is not as straightforward as it seems. As we get to know the characters more, and as more people start to spill the beans about what actually happened, a twisting story starts to unravel, and it turns out that there are a lot of people in the town that she thought she could trust, but can’t, and that all the assumptions about the murder are incorrect.

I was really shocked and surprised by the ending, and enjoyed every bit of it – the twists and turns, getting to know Pip and Ravi, and learning about her friends and the town she lives in.

I recommend this story to someone who loves a bit of crime, a bit of thriller and a bit of romance – from 13 and above.

Isabella year 8

26th November 2020 at 6:25 pm

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a crime story. It is about a murder that happened five years ago in little Kilton. The murder was of a teen girl, who was supposedly killed by her boyfriend, Sal. Although Pip isn’t that sure. She knew Sal. She knew what he was like and being a murderer wasn’t like him. She picked this subject for her EPQ and started searching and searching trying to uncover hidden secrets, and soon so she did. This book is very unexpected, and you will be shocked when you find out the truth about this story.

What I found the most interesting was when after Pip interviewed all the people, she would find lies in their answers which would bring her closer and closer to the unexpected truth.

This story was written in very thorough detail, as it is very necessary because this is a crime novel where you need to focus and list important details to find things out!

Francesca, year 8

26th November 2020 at 6:21 pm

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson is a very good book because it really grips you when you get to a good part. Honestly, it is a bit up and down in interest. You get really exciting parts and then not quite as exciting parts that then make it harder to keep on reading. But, all in all it is a very, very good book and I would definitely recommend it.

Eoin, year 9

24th November 2020 at 1:58 pm

I think that it was a classic, and fitted into its genre of whodunnit very well, with a few major twists. Also, it was quite sad, and the author knew how to make a dog lover tear up with sadness. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that scene, and I don’t think that I need say more about it to shed light onto what happened.

The way that the author set the scene was very quick, and sucked me in, in an instant. It was quick and had a good usage of weird and wonderful facts which told me about the character without having to go into her background too much.

The book didn’t stray from the genre too often, and as a writer, that is an incredibly hard thing to do, and I respect that. Also, mystery stories are quite difficult to write, as lots of planning is needed, and you can’t have dead giveaways, which requires you to change your perspective of the story, which is also quite difficult.

Overall, I think that this was a very good read, and I would definitely recommend it to other readers who like the genre. The author made great efforts, and surely put lots of time into making this book, and should be respected for going into this kind of genre.

Emily, year 8

24th November 2020 at 1:57 pm

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the best book I have read so far. I loved how it was so gripping and I never wanted to put it down. My favourite part was when they solved the crime and it was such a good moment for the reader and from page to page it was action packed and thrilling!! I would definitely recommend it for those who love murder mysteries.

Oliver, year 9

24th November 2020 at 1:54 pm

I enjoyed the book as it was exhilarating and brimming with plots and twists. There were a lot of drugs and murder so if you were to read it make sure you are mature enough to read and are okay with reading about and won’t be affected by it. Therefore I would recommend it for 13+. Overall I would rate it 4/5 as I really liked the way the book was written and there was never a part in the book where I wanted to put it down.

Georgia, Year 9

19th November 2020 at 4:44 pm

I found this book exciting right from the first page. I usually struggle to keep attention to things for length at a time, however when I was reading this, I found that it had my full attention and it was, literally, impossible to put down. The book was a great read right till the very last page. As soon as I finished it, I felt that sad after-a-good-book feeling which I have not had with many books.

My favourite scene was at the end when she was confronting Becca about killing her sister. I could really picture Pippa standing tall and almost boss like, while Becca was slightly ducking down, trying to hide away from the truth. I saw this scene as a powerful ending for Pip after all the obstacles she had to overcome for finally get to the truth.

In many scenes, e.g. when Pippa finds out her dog drowned, I found myself shocked. The book really helped me to connect with Pippa’s feelings. When she felt sad and hopeless, I sort of had the same feeling, same when she was happy.

Overall, I think that this book was amazingly written and I would definitely recommend it to people that love gripping, exciting and action reads right from the first page. This book has to be up there with some of my favourite books I have ever read.

Neriah, year 8

19th November 2020 at 4:43 pm

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the most amazing and thrilling mystery/detective book I have read in a long time. I like to read before I go to sleep so this story gripped me and left me wanting to devour more of the plot and to learn more of the clues to discover who had committed the crime and also to unravel the small love story hidden in the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone 12+ as it is quite a mature book but it is the most compelling story I have read since lockdown. You should definitely read it if you have the opportunity

Oscar, year 9

19th November 2020 at 4:42 pm

The book “A Good Girls Guide to Murder” is a very exciting and thrilling book, it keeps you on your toes the entire time. The suspense throughout the book makes you keep on reading, and really try to find out and pick out who the murderer who killed Andie might be. It’s really interesting how the whole village have some secrets to hide and that they might be in on it. I think the author makes you develop a relationship with Pippa, because she’s really determined to find out this case for the right reason and purpose, and that makes you like her. The thing I don’t like about her is that her point of view is frustrating and annoying. The really interesting part is the ending, and it is really unpredictable, I don’t think anyone would’ve expected that but looking in hindsight it does makes sense. In conclusion I feel that this book was well structured and the clues that uncovered the story as it developed really brought tension to the novel, and I’d say I’d give the book a 7/10. Definitely a must read.

Georgia, Year 9

18th November 2020 at 9:47 am

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder follows the story of Pip, as she tries to uncover the mystery of what really happened the night Andie Bell was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, which led to his own suicide two days later. However, Andie’s body was never found, along with too many answers needed to really solve this case. Pip makes of this her school project and gets the help of Sal’s brother Ravi, but soon this becomes way more than a school project: they need to do this for Sal, who they think is innocent. I read this book fairly quickly, and there were some good bits. The air of mystery makes it interesting to read throughout the book. The writing style is not what I’d usually go for, but I was fairly surprised by the fact I quite liked it. Not amazing, but a fairly good read.

Roma, year 9

18th November 2020 at 9:46 am

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a crime/mystery book written by Holly Jackson centring around the main character, Pippa, an intelligent, confident school-girl who decides to take a step further into discovering the truth about a closed-case murder that happened 5 years ago. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish with many surprising twists and turns and a constant theme of the unexpected. I really liked this book because I love the crime genre and it was a great, easy read. I also like the fact that it was a very gripping book that I got stuck into, constantly wanting to find out more.

The protagonist, Pippa, is a strong, bold character who is clever and is never afraid to go to extreme lengths to discover the truth. However, at parts it did get a bit slow because it was only seen from Pippa’s perspective and I would have liked to have seen a different person’s point of view in parts. This did not stop me however from thoroughly enjoying the book.

I would recommend this book to 12-14 year olds that love murder mysteries and thrilling books.

Sophie, year 9

18th November 2020 at 9:45 am

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was a rather captivating story. For me, I often found myself unable to put it down. As the main character Pippa found more and more additions to the case, I got to the point where I did not know what to think of the case. The author does a really good job of misdirecting the reader and making them think and engage in the book. I like how the novel switched between first (during the reports and interviews) and third-person narrative so we could hear Pippa’s inner thoughts as well as hearing the story from an outside point of view. I would certainly recommend a book like this to anyone who prefers the realistic fiction genre as well as those who like true crime novels.

Connie, year 9

18th November 2020 at 9:45 am

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder follows the story of Pip, as she tries to uncover the mystery of what really happened the night Andie Bell was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend. I would say that this was not the best way to write a book as I think it went on a bit but I do think that it caught my attention and it had lots of suspense and kept you guessing and wanting to read on. Therefore I would probably rate this book a 4/5 for creativity and a good and interesting story line. One answer that I was dying to know was if the body was ever found or not and that gave me motivation to finish the book

Michelle, year 9

18th November 2020 at 9:44 am

This book is set in modern day Britain, and is very relevant to young adults and teenagers. The plot is very interesting and keeps you guessing. There are many important details that come together at the end of the story. I really liked the format of the book, it was quite informal, and had more of a diary style, with different fonts and pictures or pieces of evidence. I really liked the main character Pippa, as she was very focused and determined to uncover the murder mystery. The book had lots of suspense, as Pippa ended up questioning each character as a potential murderer. I would recommended this to other teenagers that want to read a book that will keep them on their toes and very interested.

Veronica, Ardingly

13th November 2020 at 8:49 am

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is about 17-year-old Pippa who is in her last year at school and she has to complete a project which she chooses to research about presumably dead Andie Bell and assumed murderer Sal Singh. This story kept me on my feet the whole time. The plot twists at the end of each chapters were so surprising and the cliff hangers at the end of the chapters were so gripping that I just had to read on. I loved how this book covered topics like racism and xenophobia and Jackson wrote also about sensitive topics well as well. Jackson’s style of writing made you feel like you were working along with Pippa on the case while reading. I look forward to reading the sequels.

Anna, Ardingly

13th November 2020 at 8:42 am

Over five years ago Sal Singh murdered Andie Bell, everyone knows he did it, but Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to prove Sal is innocent. Pippa is a student in her last year of school and for her EPQ project she is looking back onto the Sal Singh and Andie Bell case to try and prove who really murdered them both. Along the way to finding out the murderer Pippa finds new friends, breaks into houses and heart-breaking things happen. What lengths will the real murderer go to keep Pippa from finding them?

Personally, I really enjoyed reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder because I found it was a very gripping read and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it! The author also dealt with modern issues like drugs, abuse and rape but these topics didn’t detract the book from being a crime novel I loved how the chapters ended on cliff hangers to keep me reading and the log entries that Pippa wrote for her project.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, detective and crime books and anyone wanting a gripping read and a page turner!

Darcey, Ardingly

6th November 2020 at 10:27 am

I loved A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder because it was gripping and I kept wanting to read more. I loved the story and how you could try to figure out the murder along with Pip. I loved the structure of the book and how some of the chapters were just her production logs and how you could almost see her thoughts. The book was action packed and thrilling. I love crime books so naturally I loved A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. My favourite part of the book was at the end when all of the secrets got revealed and Pip solved the crime. Again, I didn’t really connect to one character in particular but I enjoyed how relationships between some characters grew whilst some broke. The problems referenced like rape and murder/suicide are very real problems and I feel that the book handled them well.

I think this book would definitely have to be a 12+ because of the references to inappropriate things like drugs and rape and suicide. (even though it wasn’t actually a suicide.) If someone younger than 12 read it they might find some details slightly traumatic and even some people that are older might feel that way too as they are very sensitive subjects. Overall I loved the book and I would definitely recommend it as it is now one of my favourite books.

Emma G, Ardingly

6th November 2020 at 10:22 am

This is the best book I have ever read. There is so much tension, love, hate and a surprise plot twist. I wish I didn’t know who did the murder so I could read the book all over again. My favourite moment in the story was when Pippa found out who the murderer was and they tried to kill her as I thought it truly was the end. I also enjoyed when Pippa met Ravi as I thought he would not help but he stayed by Pips side to the end. I would recommend this book to people who love murder mysteries.

Rosie, Mayfield School

24th October 2020 at 5:22 pm

Rosie, Mayfield School

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

When I was given this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. How wrong I was. Following a murder case with a teenage girl brings a sense of relatability that other murder books lack. Holly Jackson found the perfect balance of both suspense and humour that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as well as falling off it with laughter. So, pick this book up because it will surprise you (pleasantly!).

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