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 . . .


40 Comments

Jacob, year 9

22nd January 2021 at 11:59 am

I thought that this was a great book filled up with action and deceit, the idea of mystery creates a thrilling book which makes the reader want to know what happens next at all times. My favourite character is Pippa as she takes the death further and finds out more information. I really enjoyed this book as was a thriller of a read, I would highly recommend.

Amelia, year 8

22nd January 2021 at 11:58 am

I thought that A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was a good book but I didn’t think it was really a book for me only because I don’t usually read murder books, but I still thought it was quite good and I was very shocked 😲 when I found out who was the murderer, and I did like the sense of not knowing who murdered Andy! My favourite part was probably when Pip was looking at all the cases and making a list of who she thought might have murdered Andy.

Amelia, year 8

11th January 2021 at 3:30 pm

I thought A Good Girls Guide To Murder was as amazing book with lots of cliff hangers. Weird things happened when you least expected it and when I found out who the killers were, I was astonished as I least expected it to be them since they had not really been on the Persons of Interest list.

My favourite character was Ravi Singh and I felt very bad for him when people just stared at him and were being mean and for five years everyone in Little Kilton thought the killer was his brother Sal Singh. I was amazed that Naomi Ward and Max Hastings knew for five years that Sal was not the killer and had not told anyone… I could not put the book down and I felt like I was in the story with Pippa trying to work out who the murderer was. I thought it was Jason Bell at the start and then I thought it was Max Hastings but was very surprised with the result. Ravi and Pip made such a good team and I thought it was funny Ravi called Pip “sarge”. I rate this book 5 stars and I thought it was definitely the best book I have ever read!

I’m looking forward to reading more murder books in the future because they are so gripping and exciting especially this one.

Finley, year 9

7th January 2021 at 3:10 pm

This book follows the story of young schoolgirl Pippa who for her school project decides to investigate an old, closed murder case. I enjoyed this book because it took Pippa strength and determination to endure through this tough task. I would recommend this book to people aged 12+ because the content can be a bit much sometimes.

Bertie year 9

7th January 2021 at 3:08 pm

The book, ‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder,’ is a crime-fiction novel that is written by Holly Jackson. The book features one main protagonist called Pippa Fitz-Amobi who has chosen to investigate the murder of a local schoolgirl for her final year EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). The book is told in two narratives. Firstly, from the first person perspective of Pippa and also features a third person intrusive narrator.

Overall, I loved the novel, it was incredibly well written and the author expertly writes about crime-fiction. The clear aim of the book is to envelop the reader in this crime fantasy and Holly Jackson does this incredibly well. She uses false summits to keep the reader guessing and when reading the book you are unsure of what will happen next. Within the theme of crime the author also provides a story of self-discovery for the main character Pippa. The author highlights her internal struggles when she is researching the case and uses emotive language to incredible effect when she faces threats during her research.

The story built in pace throughout the novel providing the reader with a constant feeling of curiosity. The characters and the plot were developed very well and left the reader craving the sequel.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in crime-fiction.

Poppy, year 8

7th January 2021 at 3:04 pm

I really enjoyed reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, it is one of the best books I have read! I loved how gripping and tense it was. It was so hard to put down. I liked what kind of character Pip was: she was very determined and never quit despite all the threats that came her way. The author, Holly Jackson, really kept me guessing the whole time, which made it very intriguing and captivating. The book being written in 3rd person made me understand all sides of the plot.

Overall, I would rate this book a 4.5/5. It has been one of the most suspenseful and jaw dropping books I have read! I think this book is suitable for 11-14 year olds who love an intricately taut storyline.

Isaac, year 9

7th January 2021 at 3:01 pm

I would recommend this book to people interested in crime novels. It puts you on edge with action and setting, the story is really thought provoking. It creates many red herrings to throw you off the scent of who did it.

Although, Pippa is quite unlikable. She is very annoying and a bit snobby with her knowledge, making people dislike her making the case harder to solve as people didn’t want to answer her properly, due to her being too confrontational and impolite. This made the book a bit too slow.

It is still a good book and I think everyone should read it.

Neil, Yr 8

7th January 2021 at 3:01 pm

Pippa (the main character) is an over-achieving high-school student who decides to take on the murder, as a case topic for her final project, that occurred in her quiet town years before. Andie Bell, post-death golden girl, was murdered by her boyfriend, wracked by guilt, Sal committed suicide a few days later. Or so everyone thinks. Bell’s secret background also might not be so savoury.

Pip’s determination and bravery leads her into immense danger, as she gets closer to the truth of the crime (she doesn’t think Sal did it), she puts herself in more danger. She starts receiving threats from people who don’t want her finding out the truth of this mystery! This is a thrilling murder mystery book, but also includes quite a lot of humour.

I think it’s an okay book, with an un-guessable storyline and quite a gripping mysterious adventure.

Leila, Yr 8

7th January 2021 at 2:56 pm

The book A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a very eventful and interesting mystery novel. The plot will keep you on your toes wondering what will happen and what Pip (the main character) will find out next. The book addresses a wide range of subjects such as murder, suicide and a few others. I would recommend this book if you like a book full of mystery and suspense.

Evie, Year 8

7th January 2021 at 2:55 pm

As soon as I started reading this book, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Pip is only a teenager when she takes up the case of Andie Bell’s murder for a school project, however this slowly turns into an obsession, putting her into grave danger. But this just gives her more motivation as this proves that Andie’s killer is still alive. This book felt real to me and made me wonder if it was a real case. I kind of wish that this book was written in first person, as it could make the reader connect with Pip more and let us in on Pip’s personal opinion. Even though I know what happened, I feel like this is the type of book I could read over and over again! I would recommend it to any 12+ readers as it deals with quite sensitive topics. I’m definitely going to rate this 5 out of 5 stars!

Isla, Yr 8

7th January 2021 at 2:55 pm

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder had an amazing plot; a teen girl Pippa uncovering secrets about what was an innocent town that soon becomes not so innocent anymore, to try find the murderer of Andie Bell whilst making friends and applying for college. This story is set over a couple of months that all starts as a school project but becomes so very much more than that. The story begins quite slowly with Pippa a school girl choosing what her assignment would be but quickly after that the story thickens.

The main character of the story is Pippa she is a teenager approaching her last year at school. Pippa is a straight A student at school who never goes out to parties and focuses on school wok, but throughout the book Pippa focuses less on school work and more on solving the case. Pippa can do almost anything she puts her mind to as she is a very strong intelligent girl outsmarting many adults in the case.

The setting is described in great detail at moments, building suspense like at the end when Pippa is in serious danger or earlier when notes are left to scare her. I felt that the characters were described really well. I felt like I knew everything about Pippa and her friend Ravi and their relationship. It really changed the book because while there was death there was laughter too. But the author also would slowly uncover more secrets about the culprits as you read on.

I think Holly Jackson wanted to tell this story because she loves true crime documentaries. She even said that on her phone most of her data is used for crime documentaries and that since a young age she enjoyed them. This book made me have a whirlwind of a emotions from tears to laughter. As I was reading this book I would be sat on the edge of my seat turning pages as quick as I could. So I would more than definitely recommend this book because I really enjoyed it.

Theo, year 8

9th December 2020 at 7:14 pm

I absolutely loved this book as it was so gripping. You almost feel like you are solving the murder and disappearance case of Andie Bell and Ravi’s brother. You were begging for Pip in some cases to just stop the case as it was becoming too dangerous but in the end, you are going along with her almost shouting at the book! Pip is a very brave character as she knows how serious the case is and sacrifices what she has in her life to bring justice to Ravi and his so called ‘suicidal’ brother. She did nearly give up when someone broke in to her house and then went on to take her dog. The unknown person was sending her text messages saying to give up the investigation. However this doesn’t faze her as she know that Ravi deserves justice. It is only when unknown said that they would give her dog back if she destroyed all her work, that she thinks of giving up. She realised the amount of danger she put her family in. It was only when Ravi came and persuaded her that life would be in even greater danger if the killer was still out there. From that moment on, Pip was very determined to find the truth.

I loved the way it was written, with the diary log for her EPQ and the way we got to see up close the diary Andie kept for example. It hooked you in and helped you understand the thinking and theories Pip had.

The ending was incredible and very unexpected as you wouldn’t believe the characters would do what they did in the book. You wouldn’t think they would betray the victims they killed. I would give the book a 10/10 as it was so compelling. She deserved to find the truth as she went through so much with Ravi.

Hope, year 8

9th December 2020 at 7:13 pm

I love A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder so much. The fact that it was about a girl doing a school project just makes it so much more realistic even though the plot line of this book would not usually happen in real life. A girl called Pip wanted to prove that Sal Singh was not a killer and that he did not kill his girlfriend Andie Bell.

She is very brave and even though she got a lot of threats, that didn’t stop her from finding out the truth. With the help of Sal’s brother Ravi, Pip overcame the fear and made her voice known. I think that book had one of the best plot lines ever and might even be my favourite book. I was actually sitting on the edge of my seat one time when I was reading this. You try and think about the one question yourself. ‘Who killed Andie Bell?’

I tried to work it out myself but twist and turns just kept coming and that made me think about different people each time but only Pip could have been the person to solve this puzzle. You will not believe the danger Pip is in and you will not believe who killed Andie Bell.

Scarlett, year 8

9th December 2020 at 7:13 pm

I definitely recommend this book to people. Anyone who likes mystery and shock will like this book as it has a very exciting end. I really enjoyed this book and I think others would enjoy it too. This book shows an example to people to not give up on whatever you do as Pip made it in the end and didn’t give up which gives a good example to the readers. The climax was at the end when Pip comes to find out what really happened and who killed them. It was written in 3rd person throughout the book and gives a lot of detail giving a clear image of what it was like.

Florence, year 8

9th December 2020 at 7:08 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it was my favourite of the books I have read so far (The Boxer, The Good Hawk) with all its mystery and suspense gripping you into reading just one last chapter before closing the book. If I could have I would have loved to read the whole book without stopping but unfortunately that is not possible. As the book goes on you start to wonder who the murderer could be and by the end you are definitely surprised after hearing all sides of the story. I would recommend this book to people who like reading mystery books as well as people who like adventure. As I said at the start this book was jaw droppingly outstanding.

Chong Man, year 8

9th December 2020 at 7:07 pm

This book has slowly climbed its way up to one of my favourite books. At the start it introduced all the characters clearly stating their personality like Pippa was a girl who cares about her family and friends more than anything and she also had a really determined mind. There were a few mentions of the people being a bit racist like the part when something was stolen from a shop and they just assumed it was Sal because he was brown and the first person Pippa had interviewed was also being racist. As soon as I read a few chapter I knew Pippa was incredibly bright and sharp. She would be there for friends when needed and do everything to cheer them up. Ravi was my favourite character in the book because he had so much trust in Pippa and his brother when everyone even his parents had given up and thought he was the murderer, even though he knew he wouldn’t get far because he was considered as the killer’s brother, but then Pippa came into his life and she did the talking work while he did the planning with her. If he wasn’t there Pippa would have given up on the project because of the dangers she could put others in which is another of her traits that made the plot more interesting. There were many unexpected and surprising things like when Pippa found out Andie Bell was dealing drugs to people still in school. In conclusion I thought it was crazy and wonderful and I would recommend this book.

Charlotte, year 9

3rd December 2020 at 12:43 pm

An incredibly capturing and intriguing novel, you almost feel as if you are alongside Pippa. This intricately plotted novel with twists and turns has a subconscious pull to keep you reading. You read about a girl named Pippa who is driven to find out about a closed case on the murder of Andie Bell. By far one of the best books I’ve read!

Alexander

3rd December 2020 at 12:40 pm

I really enjoyed A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. I thought that it had a really strong plot with lots of twists, I also liked how it wasn’t told as a flashback so you were also kept guessing. I liked that it had a quick tempo so even though it was a long book that you could still finish it quickly and as a person who doesn’t normally read crime novels I felt that it was a great opener to read further crime novels or the sequel to this Good girl bad blood.

Alex, year 9

3rd December 2020 at 12:39 pm

This is a murder mystery thriller about a girl named Pippa. She decides for her project (EPQ) to reopen this case that happened 5 years ago in her school with these two seniors Sal Singh and Andie Bell. Andie went missing on a Friday and many people believed that Sal was her captor, or she had died due to her being away for a couple of days. On the following Tuesday Sal committed suicide. Pip believes that Sal did not murder Andie. She then kept on trying to figure out what happened. The police made a lot of jumps with a lot of speculative evidence and she does not believe that Sal did it, as she has known him for a long time.

I liked this because when you read murder mystery type books you can usually tell what is possibly going to happen but, in this book, I had no idea what the possibilities were. As well as this I loved how Pip got to know the people she worked with and interrogated more and how her and Ravi’s friendship got better and better.

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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