This book kills

This book kills by Ravena Guron

This book kills cover

When Hugh Henry Van Boren, one of the most popular and richest kids in Jess Choudhary’s school, is found dead, the student body is left reeling and wondering who the murderer could be… Jess, a student under strict instructions to keep her record clean or risk losing her scholarship, finds herself at the centre of the investigation when it’s revealed that Hugh died in the exact same way as a character in a short story she wrote.

And then Jess receives an anonymous text thanking her for the inspiration.

With time running out, Jess knows if she doesn’t solve this mystery she’ll finally have something in common with Hugh Henry.

She’ll be dead too.


Seb, Ardingly

21st February 2024 at 12:14 pm

I have really enjoyed reading This Book Kills; it is by far the best book out of this years shortlist. It has an amazing setting in an isolated boarding school for the perfect murder mystery plot to be carried out.

I loved the many plot twists in this book. The way the author writes this book it is like she ties a knot between you and the book. I could not wait to see who the killer was and why they did it. Throughout the book it had me hooked so much. Can’t wait until her next crime fiction book comes out!


21st February 2024 at 10:49 am

I found This book kills a fantastic book with amazing plot twists and an amazingly structured book. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is amazing and the plot doesn’t stop thickening. It is very fast paced and I would suggest that anyone who hasn’t read it does.

Emma, Ardingly

7th February 2024 at 10:55 am

In this book I quite liked how it starts off quite strong with Jess talking about how she is innocent and didn’t do it; I also really like how her friendship proves to be really important for Jess as it saves her from a terrible fate. I really like how the author lets you play along to try and find out who the killer is like you’re seeing life from Jess’s perspective and following her. I thought all the twists and turns were very well done. Overall it was a nice read.

Edward Y9

6th February 2024 at 11:00 am

This book kills is an amazing book that is by far my favourite on the shortlist, one of the many reasons I love this book is because of the multiple genres it poses, including murder mystery, romance and thriller. Also I loved how engaged I was as a reader and how I myself had to sort of play the role as the detective, and the fact that there were so many red herrings really made the whole book very surprising. I also love the controversy on who was the actual culprit, as I am sure with many no one was expecting it. This book I trulythink is a marvellous crime book and I do hope it comes out on top on the shortlist as it was just incredible!

Sophie, Yr10

1st February 2024 at 2:28 pm

I would not recommend this book as it is tough to read and is a bit disjointed in terms of the way the clues are presented to the ‘detectives’. Despite my poor relationship with this book, the murder mystery was intriguing and was fun to solve.
Overall, I think the book over promised and under delivered.

Cienna Park community

1st February 2024 at 2:23 pm

I personally didn’t enjoy this book as much as the others. I feel like the ending was really predictable.

Charlie, Year 10 PCS

1st February 2024 at 2:20 pm

I enjoyed this book very much. I like the mystery over who Hugh’s murderer really is and the threat on Jess’s life. I also find the Regia club interesting as the idea of a secret group who controls the school through their connections is very intriguing to me. However one problem I had with this book is that it is very easy to guess who the killer is. Nonetheless this book was very good.

Katie, Park community, Yr 9

1st February 2024 at 2:16 pm

It was an awesome book, Jess’s character was really well written and the plot twist was so unexpected! it was amazing, 100% would recommend.

Elliot Yr 8 ardingly

31st January 2024 at 12:14 pm


I’m just gonna throw this out there THIS BOOK WAS THE BEST BOOK IV’E EVER READ!
The way that they put every genre every type of relationship and combined it to make an insanely good book with so much meaning behind it. And all the plot twists that they find out and with Hattie being framed when in the end it was actually the best friend all along … Clem (I actually guessed that it was her early on though if there was a single butler he/she /they would have been my suspicion) The plan that Clem made was so clever with her having an attempt murder and with Millie giving them both an alibi- honestly, Ravena Guron take a bow. The ending with Tommy was so sweet and that’s why I think its the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!

May, Ardingly

31st January 2024 at 12:08 pm

‘This Book Kills’ is an amazing book. As soon as I started reading it I knew I would really like it. My friends also loved it, and they like the same things as me so I knew it would be good. The murderer was very good and very clever with the way that they set out the murders. Jess does a wonderful job of solving the mystery – better than the police or the private detective! The boarding school is the perfect place as the children there can’t really leave because they are meant to be there full time. After reading this I have been obsessed with murder mysteries. I would recommend this book to any one as it is one of my new favourites.

finlay ardingly y8

30th January 2024 at 10:16 am

This book kills is easily the best book ever in the Southern Schools Book Awards. I hung on every word and did not want to stop reading it until I knew who the murderer was. There is a great mix of themes and this keeps your mind ticking. I just LOVED how there were so many twists and turns and diversions to twist your brain.


23rd January 2024 at 10:55 am

This book kills was great; I really enjoyed reading it as it was very thrilling very early on with the perfect murder that main character writes and because she write this perfect murder the police and teachers thinks she did it! I also love the way this book constantly keeps a strong and engaging storyline with little details that hint to the murderer, I just had to keep flicking back making sure I haven’t missed anything as I was just so involved with what’s going on and this flicker of hints keeps going to the end of the book where we find the murderer standing beside the main character…
I did like this book as it’s the type of book I enjoy; either way I still recommend this book to anybody even if they dislike mystery books

Cameron, Year 9

23rd January 2024 at 10:52 am

This book kills is a great book and will hook you on the first page. I love the way Ravena Guron (the author) gives clues all throughout the book to who the murderer may be. And it alows you to play the murder mystery game along with Jess. I found the setting of the boarding school really lent itself to this story and I love picturing this Hogwarts-style school. When the murderer was revealed, I was shocked and never would have suspected them and suddenly the story linked together and made sense. I would totally recommend this book to anyone in their teenage years as it is a thrilling and awesome book with plot twists throughout.


23rd January 2024 at 10:50 am

This book kills is a really good book, it is great for you if you would love to try a thriller but are not ready for those major horror tales. I found that the plot twist at the end really surprises you and the book makes you just want to keep reading to figure out who the murderer is. I loved how they plotted the characters and the way they put Hugh (a really recognised character in the school)as the victim who died and putting Jess (someone really quiet and unnoticeable ) as the person to figure this whole thing out.

Niamh, Year 10 Tanbridge House School

21st January 2024 at 7:34 pm

In this book, Jess tries to solve Hugh’s death with the help of her best friend Clem. However, by the end of the book we discover that the root of this murder was the hit and run case of Katherine and that Millie has also been murdered. I have read this book a couple times before and I absolutely love the storyline and the characters. My favourite character would have to be Tommy as he is extremely kind and true to himself. One of the things that make this book so good is the amount of unexpected plot twists and the fun mix of normal school drama and the powers of hierarchy and scandal. Overall I would rate this book 10/10 for the amazing storyline, relatable characters, and overall fun story to read.

Charlie (Yr9 Ardingly).

17th January 2024 at 2:37 pm


This book kills by Ravena Guron was honestly brilliant, the way it kept you guessing and wondering who was guilty and how the tension built up as the book went on really complimented the genre as it added to the thrill. I really enjoyed reading this book and its twists and turns. When I found out that Clem was the killer, I was shocked especially as she was so innocent acting. In conclusion I would recommend this book especially if you like thrilling twists and turns.

Cornelia , Year 8 Ardingly

16th January 2024 at 10:14 am

I loved this book; I loved how fast paced this book was and how just from the first chapter I couldn’t put it down. I really felt it was interesting how it started off with you thinking there would only be one murder but ended with there being multiple. I will definitely be looking for more murder mystery and Ravena Guron’s books


9th January 2024 at 6:46 pm


This suspense in this book made every chapter intriguing; Ravena Guron created a pattern between all the deaths, like the killer had a plan, which always kept you guessing. When Clem was found guilty it really stunned me but as I retraced the book it became clear that Clem’s manipulative actions to Jess all led to this point.

Logan Ardingly Yr8

9th January 2024 at 4:28 pm


I thoroughly enjoyed how Guron implemented the building tension as you felt they were getting closer to finding the killer, alongside this Guron created the feeling of realisation in the plot twist of the killer being revealed and I enjoyed linking the murders to Clem and thinking it was obvious all along! Would highly recommend.

Matti, Ardingly,y8

9th January 2024 at 10:15 am

This Book Kills By Ravena Guron
This Book Kills has an engaging plot and the escalation of danger in the book is compelling.
I enjoyed seeing how Jess solves the mystery and makes friends on the way .
The reveal of the plot twist was very exceptionable .
My only problem with the book is the murderer’s punishment is not rewarding .


9th January 2024 at 10:14 am

This book kills is a fantastic book with lots of twists and turns on the way, it is not a too fast paced book, but it isn’t the kind of slow book that you get bored of. Finding out who the murderer was, was very unexpected, and very exciting, the author definitely thought out the characters very well.


9th January 2024 at 10:04 am

This book kills is a fantastic and interesting book, I got hooked on to reading it, and loved the thrill of it! It was a fast paced book, and every time I turned the page it revealed a bit more of the mystery. The twists turned this book into a really interesting read and it was a very well thought out book. It was intense at some points in the book and I loved trying to figure out the murderer.

Katie 8H

9th January 2024 at 10:03 am

This book kills was a great book, it was straight away indulging and intriguing, uncovering more and more each page. Although the murder was mysterious and interesting in some bits of the book I did get a bit lost and started drifting off. However I thoroughly enjoyed discussing with my friends who the murderer could be. Over all it was a very well thought out book and it made me realize the real thrill of reading a book like this.


9th January 2024 at 9:27 am

I liked This Book Kills; it was a very exciting read. I loved how the author created tension by having lots of roadblocks throughout the book before finding out who the killer is. I think the main theme is suspicion because the murderer is not known for a long time. Fun Read.

Jake, Ardingly

9th January 2024 at 9:14 am


This book kills is a very thrilling book with lots of plot twists and unexpected turns. I like how the author uses Clem a innocent character as the murderer. I also like how the author give you little clues along the storyline but still doesn’t give it away. Overall this is a very good book.


9th January 2024 at 8:15 am


I liked this book kills by Ravena Guron because I liked the murder mystery and not knowing who the killer was until the end. I liked the book because I like the style of murder mysteries,that is one of my favourite genres. I did not guess who the killer was and was shocked when I found out that it was Clem.

Logan, Ardingly Yr8

8th January 2024 at 9:07 pm

Spoiler Alert!

I really enjoyed This book kills and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling and intriguing read. One thing I enjoyed in the book was the building of suspense and tension as you felt they were getting closer and closer to finding the murderer, it kept me guessing from the start. I feel the author used the plot twist of the murderer being Jess’s best friend to surprise the reader and gives them a sense of realisation. I liked finally linking the murders to Clem and thinking it was obvious! It was a very fun read that encouraged me to read the next chapter straight away and I would advise others to read this!


8th January 2024 at 12:28 pm


I like this book because after every chapter you want to read the next one. I almost found it funny that the murderer went as far as using a trophy to kill people instead of a knife. I was surprised at the end when I found out that Clem was the killer but after looking back it made more sense.


8th January 2024 at 8:28 am

I liked reading This book kills because it has lots of unexpected surprises. One of my favourite bits is when they get the text message saying that someone has killed Henry Van Boren but she did it with Jess Choudary and Summer Johnson because I could imagine everyone being shocked and the silence in the room. I think the main theme in this book is suspicion because there is a big murderer at loose and no one is sure who it is.


8th January 2024 at 8:22 am

“I’ll make it clear from the start: I did not kill Hugh Henry Van Boren. I didn’t even help. Well, not intentionally.” Hugh is dead, the murder mimics the story Jess’s had written. Jess and her friends race against time to find the killer before she’s next. Will she make it in time…?

Jake, Ardingly

6th January 2024 at 3:11 pm


This book kills is a very thrilling book with lots of plot twists and unexpected turns. I like how the author used the character Clem as the murderer as she is one of the characters you would not expect the murderer to be. I also like how the author gives little clues along the book to who the murderer is but without giving it away. This is one of my favourite books

Bella yr8 st pauls

2nd January 2024 at 7:21 am

This book kills is a very intriguing book that makes you tell yourself ‘one more page then stop’ but you never can. All throughout the book I had my suspicions on who it could be but every time I thought I had it, the thought was shot down by something or other. I think the book was perfectly written to capture the feeling of not knowing what could happen. It was like there was a new plot line on each page all connecting to the final murderer. I think it was very clever to add the Regia Club in because it made us think who could be in it and when Tommy was given a place why he turned it down and was Hugh in it? At the end when the murderer was explaining themself I couldn’t stop reading. This was the first murder mysterybook I have read and it did not disappoint.

Alex – Tanbridge House School

23rd December 2023 at 12:32 pm

“This book kills” is an amazingly written murder mystery, with twists and turns on practically every page. I felt like I really connected with so many of the characters, and each one had their own complex personality eventually leading to the reveal of the (completely unexpected) murderer. The amount of times I thought I had finally decided who was responsible for the killings, but another piece of evidence emerged proving their innocence was infuriating, yet so compelling. You should DEFINITELY give this a read if you are a fan of mystery novels, and even if you aren’t, it’s sure to get you hooked.

George Ardingly y8 )

12th December 2023 at 9:53 am

This book kills is a very exciting book for me. I found that the plot twist at the end really surprises you and the book makes you just want to keep reading to figure out who the murderer is. This book kills is very good and I would recommend it to all readers between ages 10 to 20


8th December 2023 at 1:00 pm


This Book Kills was very enjoyable, and a 4 star read for me. I loved the orange juice drama and adored Summer. One of my only criticisms is that in an attempt to keep the readers guessing the murderer, Ravena Guron doesn’t give anyone a decent first alibi. In my opinion, everyone being in their rooms was too much of an ‘oh no, they’ve got no alibi!’ and became sort of boring. You only really find out the alibis towards the end, so everyone being in their rooms at the time of the crime became slightly disengaging. I also believe that the author was trying too hard to keep suspicion from Clem, which made me slightly confused at the revelation of her being the murderer and took me a while to connect the crime to her. Yet, I love the drama between Millie and Clem, and would reccomend this book to others.

Dhani ardingly collage

5th December 2023 at 10:45 am

This book kills is a fast paced immersive murder book; my favourite part was when the author finally revealed who the murderer was as I found it really unexpected. I love this genre of books as it keeps me engaged and I find it very interesting as it feels like the book sucks you into it and makes you a part of the murder case. How the murderer used the book to show how Hugh died was also very smart as it becomes very engaging. I would highly recommend.


5th December 2023 at 10:43 am

I really enjoyed reading This book kills, I thought that it was extremely thought-provoking and an exhilarating page-turner. I particularly enjoyed how Jess was an outcast in the school at the beginning, and since it is written in her perspective, we only get her opinions of the other characters. Since she is quite closed off from the others at the beginning with her only friend Clem (I love her full name choice) it was harder to piece together the mystery, and it made her work together with a few people she would never have dreamed to even talk to. I found the actual murder a bit strange, I didn’t think it was ideal for a trophy to be the murder weapon and for ‘HELP ME’ to be spelled out in twigs, it just wasn’t for me. However, overall I thought that the book was really good. I rate it 3/5!

Ollie Year 8 Ardingly Collage

5th December 2023 at 8:57 am

This book kills was a very exhilarating book and my favourite part of the book was where they went down in the cellar and explored; it was my favourite part because I love reading about mystery and exploration. Overall this book was an exciting, mysterious and interesting book. I don’t like reading too much but this book was one of the books I really enjoy and won’t stop reading till I finish so overall this was a brilliant book.

Max year 8 Ardingly

1st December 2023 at 12:25 pm


I liked the suspense in the book, and after every chapter it left some sort of cliff hanger. I was surprised that Clem was the killer in the end, it made me confused at first but when I looked back at the book it made sense on the choices Clem made and how she influenced jess.


30th November 2023 at 9:53 am

This book kills is one of my favourite murder mysteries, the twist at the end was so sudden and unexpected. I loved how the character of Summer was portrayed as we got to know her. I liked the fact that it was written in the first person so that it was an unreliable narrator which made it more fun to read as you never knew if Jess was hiding something from you whether intentionally or not. I would give this book a 10/10 and will make sure to recommend it to my friends.

Dhani Ardingly College

28th November 2023 at 11:01 am

This book kills is a fast paced immersive murder book; my favourite part was when the author finally revealed who the murderer was as I found it really unexpected. I love this genre of books as it keeps me engaged and I find it very interesting as it feels like the book sucks you into it and makes you a part of the murder case. How the murderer used the book to show how Hugh died was also very smart as it becomes very engaging. I would highly recommend.

Jauhara Ardingly

26th November 2023 at 5:48 pm

I loved ‘This book Kills’ as it had the perfect murder book recipe with a pinch of mystery and a cup of blood. If you like ‘Murder most unladylike’ this book is definitely for you! When the murderer was finally revealed I had goosebumps down my spine. This book was amazing and in my opinion is the best of the shortlist as by the end of it, you feel so close to the protagonist Jess!

Celia (Seaford Head)

25th November 2023 at 9:40 pm

This book kills is a captivating read for any fans of thrilling plot and intriguing characters. It was absolutely steeped with mystery and suspense, and I found myself losing track of time as I became immersed in the characters’ lives and tried to puzzle out the mystery of the murder.

The book is set in the classic boarding school, which Ravena Guron kept feeling fresh and new by adding the idea of the school’s classic, sophisticated reputation being a mask to hide the fact that the strings are being pulled by a secret student society. The setting also added to the plot by upping the stakes, as it made the students completely isolated from the world with no escape from the chaos and danger that was happening around them, as well as meaning that the murderer was somewhere close among them.

The main character, Jess Choudhary, is a scholarship student at the school. Underestimated and under-appreciated by most at the school, her scholarship became in jeopardy as she was thrown into the thick of the action when her short story was used as inspiration for the killing of one of her classmates. But the victim wasn’t just anyone, it was Hugh Henry Van Boren, who had a complicated relationship with Jess’ best friend Clem. As the situation became more and more dire, Jess had to use every clue she had at her disposal to try and piece together what really happened when Hugh died, and who was responsible.

I thoroughly enjoyed puzzling out the mystery alongside Jess, and loved seeing her relationships with her classmates change and grow as she found herself working together with unlikely friends, and discovering more about people she thought she knew (sometimes for better, sometimes for worse). The reader gets to experience Jess’ viewpoint on living in a school where she is often made to feel like she doesn’t belong, and learn with her as she deals with challenges and hardships and comes out on top. Her perseverance in the book is admirable, and Jess is constantly facing setbacks and having her theories turned upside down in her quest for the truth.

I found This Book Kills a very worthy read which was not only thrilling, exciting and filled with edge of seat action, but also contained brilliant character development and thoughtful ideas blended seamlessly into the storyline. A wonderful book which I would definitely recommend!

Livy S Yr9

24th November 2023 at 12:41 pm


This book kills is an amazing murder mystery set in a school. It is full of plot twists and the writer makes you feel like part of the story. The best part of the book for me was when we find out that Clem was the murderer as she acts really innocent throughout the book. It’s very interesting how the murder is based on Jess’s story because it adds an interesting element that leads Jess to suspect not only students but teachers. The story is very fast paced which makes it hard to put down, and is extremely enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a murder mystery that is fast paced, funny and gripping.

Keela Year 8, Seaford Head

23rd November 2023 at 7:32 am

This Book Kills left me on the edge of my seat because of all the suspense, I found it incredibly hard to put down! As well as that I really enjoyed it because with every chapter I read a thousand new questions would rush to me which meant I would want to keep reading! I think this novel is really good also because raises the awareness of racism further as the main character Jess Choudhary experiences racism multiple time throughout the book as she is from an Indian background; This Book Kills is also a great example and representation of the LGBTQ+ community to show how diverse the world is and that people shouldn’t be afraid of who they are.

Another thing I adored about the book is how Jess Choudhary started with only Clem as her one friend then through the investigation, Jess became closer with Summer -the other school scholarship student- and Tommy – Hugh’s best mate. Even though, those two became Jess’s best friends Jess and Annabell also became closer during the murders. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Jess took matters into her own hands about the scholarship and threatening the school to take them to the press. At the end of the book I was overjoyed with the fact that Jess and Tommy got together even though in my opinion he was giving massive hints into liking Jess and they were a match made in heaven.
In conclusion, I give this book 5 stars and I will definitely be recommending it to people in the near future.

Billy Yr8 Ardingly

21st November 2023 at 11:02 am

This book kills is my favourite book that I have read for a long time. I love the way that when you are reading the book you forget about everything else and just read. The plot is so exciting and it flows really quickly which I love. It feels really serious but really interesting and fun at the same time. This is the first time that I have read a Murder mystery book and I really enjoyed it, so I will try and read some more of those type of books. The characters are easy to understand and really interesting.

I really enjoyed this book and will remember it for a long time.


18th November 2023 at 4:03 pm

This book kills is an exciting and exhilarating book. It follows Jess Choudhary, a quiet studious girl. But when beloved student Hugh Henry van Boren is murdered, Jess is launched into a adventure that could endanger her scholarship. When one day she gets a mysterious text thanking her for the inspiration, she discoverers that if she doesn’t find the murderer, she will be next.…
This is a brilliant book that I highly recommended!

George, Ardingly

17th November 2023 at 9:25 am

This Book kills explores how Jess is taunted by the murderer as she looks for clues behind the murderer’s plot. The author sets this story up fantastically as everyone’s favourite student, Hugh Henry Van Boren is killed. This is a really good detective book and it sends out a message to always look for the dark horse. I really enjoyed this book because it was making me think the whole time and switch between who I think is the murderer.

George, Ardingly

17th November 2023 at 9:17 am

This book kills Is an intriguing book about a murder mystery at a posh private school. It explores many posh students to see who committed the crime as Jess’s book comes true. Hugh Henry Van Boren gets killed one night leaving Jess feeling petrified. Jess soon finds out the real murderer as the author keeps you guessing.

Grace, Ardingly

15th November 2023 at 12:11 pm


I loved this book!

I loved the storyline of how Jess came in as a scholarship student expecting nothing crazy to happen in her new school and then she finds out about a murder with the same storyline as her English project. I love how the thought of one murderer turns to multiple and how suspects are changing all the time like Summer to Millie and Millie to the Regia club.

Overall, I really loved this book. 5 STARS!!!

Chris Y8

15th November 2023 at 12:10 pm

I found This Book Kills an exciting and very well written book, I genuinely enjoyed the whole plot of the book as it had quite a few plot twists. Another great thing about the book is how the characters really feel alive, like they could be actual people. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere this book created it felt mysterious.

Overall I loved reading this book because it just felt so well written and well thought out.


15th November 2023 at 10:25 am

I really enjoyed this book (This Book Kills) as I liked how much suspense was in it but also how it wasn’t too slow or too fast paced. I also really enjoyed how unexpected the murderer was and how many turns of events there were. I loved this book and will definitely be reading more of Ravena Guron’s books. A very good read from my perspective. A recommended book as I love suspense and action.


14th November 2023 at 9:45 am

I loved this book it just kept me guessing until the end when I found out who the murderer was. This book was very fast paced. I personally love reading mystery books. It is genre of books because it keeps me so engaged. Overall I really like this book and how it kept me at the edge of my seat because I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed this book.

Hugo, Ardingly College

13th November 2023 at 8:38 pm

There is a murder at one of the best boarding schools, someone is killing, mysteriously, silently and using Jess Choudhary as a cover. When Henry Van Boren is found dead, there is one suspect, one person who may be the killer. Jess may lose her scholarship, she may go to jail. She might be murdered. But when she finds herself in the middle of an investigation, it’s shown that Henry Van Boren dies the EXACT same way she planned in a story.
Jess finds a text message, reading, ‘Thanks for the Inspiration’ she needs to solve the mystery uncover the clues and try to not get murdered…
The story is well written and is builds up in suspense, 4.2 stars/5.0

Yashika Y8 Ardingly Collage

12th November 2023 at 12:37 pm

This was definitely my favourite book out of all the other SSBA books! I was guessing all throughout the book who the murderer would be, but, I would have never seen the ending coming! I loved the plot and there were so many twists and turns. I could never put this book down and the author made it feel so realistic! There was so much suspense. I liked how Jess also had something to lose, so she felt compelled to solve the murder mystery. I would 110% recommend this to all my friends, and I hope they find it as enjoying as I did!

Pippa (Ardingly College y8)

9th November 2023 at 2:11 pm

I LOVED this book, I loved the plot twist, the way it was written, in short I loved EVERYTHING, I would rate it a 10/10 and would definitely recommend it, I was sucked in from page 1, I was sceptical before opening it but now I know I was wrong, amazing book, loved it!

Sophie – Year 9 – Burgess Hill Girls

9th November 2023 at 1:49 pm

I loved how the author kept dropping subtle hints that kept you interested and that kept throwing you off who the murderer was. The plot twist at the end was a shock as it was the person you’d least expect it to be. I liked how the characters got what they deserved in the end. However, I felt that it dragged on a bit through the story and that she could have included more key events. In conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to others!

Aphaia. Year 8, Seaford Head

8th November 2023 at 3:35 pm

Wow, just wow. What an amazing book. I finished it in 30 minutes! It has everything you could want in a murder mystery: 3D characters, fear, paranoia and a plot that has you second guessing if you can even trust the main character, Jess.
The way the book is written it completely blocks out all chances of the murderer being who they were, and yet they still did it. Even if you did suspect who it turned out to be it was STILL surprising. There’s not many mystery books that can do that to you. What a book.


7th November 2023 at 10:28 am

“This book kills” is totally thrilling! It’s a gripping mystery with twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing. The characters are relatable. A must read for any book lover!

Rory, Ardingly

7th November 2023 at 10:09 am

This book kills was a good book. There was a lot of tension and loads of plot twists making for a really good plot. The narrating as a whole by Jess was good. It was filled with suspense.

Louis, Ardingly Y8

7th November 2023 at 10:04 am

This book kills is a very good book. There are so many plot twists. Reading the book I was trying to guess who killed Hugh. It was a very interesting reading about Jess and her friends trying to find out who killed Hugh. There is a lot of suspense. Without spoiling it I think the ending worked well with the plot . I think that Jess narrating was done perfectly by Ravena Guron.

Sophie, Ardingly

7th November 2023 at 10:01 am

This book kills.

I really enjoyed this book as there were many plot twists and how clear the story was. Also how it wasn’t obvious who the murderer was. And at the beginning of the book when she said “I did not kill Hugh Henry Van Boren. I didn’t even help. Well not intentionally…” It gives it that suspense of wanting to read it to find out, then who did?

Zoe, Emily, Rose and Georgina – Downlands

1st November 2023 at 4:19 pm

We loved This book kills because the characters felt real and the plot had lots of twists and surprises. We also liked that Summer’s personality was not only defined by her sexuality (as it is in some books) but who she really was as a person. The book was really improved by the fact that the characters also made lots of mistakes when investigating, which was very relatable and made it seem like a real school. This book also blurred the line between good and bad, which is something not many books do, and many of the characters were not what they seemed.

Also, all of the characters had weaknesses and strengths which played off each other and made the book more engaging. It also didn’t just focus on the main character, it showed the lives and feelings of the background characters. The fact that the red herrings where a mystery to both the characters and the reader made it feel like you were working with the characters. It was also a really unique book because it took the classic aspects of a murder mystery and modernised them and in doing so will be an exciting read for many years to come.

George, Ardingly

17th October 2023 at 11:00 am

This book kills
I found it very exciting and I was also on the edge of my seat from all the twists and turns in the book. I liked the idea of the book and I thought it was written well I liked the fact that if Jess wasn’t going to be able to find out who was the murderer then she would lose her scholarship and have to go to a normal school as her family weren’t very wealthy at all.
Normally I don’t like reading murder mystery books as I find them a bit boring or to obvious but this book kills was really not easy to know who the murder was.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more novels by Ravena Guron

Sienna, Ardingly

17th October 2023 at 10:08 am

I really enjoyed this book as I liked how much suspense was in it but also how it wasn’t too slow or too fast paced. I also really enjoyed how unexpected the murderer was and how many turn of events there were. I loved this book and will definitely be reading more of Ravena Guron’s books

Theo, Ardingly

17th October 2023 at 9:44 am


This was a good book because it was very tense and i liked the fact that it was a serious situation and that Clem had acted very innocent about the whole murder and i also think that it was a good book because Jess was a good character and had a good personality and that she was not wealthy and she was an indian and had a a scholarship was very interesting and i liked how they used her story to pull of the murder.

Regan, Ardingly

17th October 2023 at 9:38 am

This book kills is a very creative book with lot’s of twists and turns.
The story line isn’t expected, and the change of scenes are very sudden creating more suspense throughout. The students have to work together to figure out who the murderer is before it’s to late.
Every day the tension raises as the murderer is still on the loose roaming the halls of the school looking for their next victim. Solve the crime quick as you’re next in line.


5th October 2023 at 7:50 pm

AMAZING I loved reading this book – it was the best mystery book I’ve ever read !

My favourite of them all!

Bertie, year 8 SRWA

4th October 2023 at 1:03 pm

Absolutely brilliant book. Kept me guessing! I really enjoyed it. A completely original who-dunnit based at a fancy private school, classmates can’t trust each other anymore…

Emily, Year 9

4th October 2023 at 1:02 pm

This book kills is gripping and very fast paced, I loved how there were several plot twists – especially at the end – it was very shocking.
It is written really well, and keeps the reader intrigued the whole way through.
Before this book was part of SSBA 2023, I had found it on amazon and been interested in reading it; now I am glad I found it – and finally read it!
I would absolutely recommend this book – it’s really good!!

James, yr8, Ardingly

4th October 2023 at 12:54 pm

I really enjoyed reading This Book Kills and would happily go back to the book to find out more information and clues on who could be the murderer. I also really enjoyed predicting who could be the murderer. This changed almost every reading session of the book (I ended up never getting it right once). How the suspense was building up was very exciting and was hard to put down.

Every part of the book was interesting and had a unique spin on the story such as the first murder being based on Jess’ story.

I recommend reading this book because the turn at the end is a must read.

Louisa, Ardingly college

4th October 2023 at 8:19 am

Spoiler Alert!

This book kills is an amazing book, and I really enjoyed reading it. The book is filled with unexpected plot twists and is a real page turner. I loved how at the beginning of the book it made you believe that there was only going to be one murderer however there ends up being multiple. It was very interesting how one day Jess is in her English class writing the plot of a murder and the next day someone uses it as inspiration to kill Hugh Henry Van Boren .I was extremely shocked at the end too find out who the murder actually was. I will definitely be reading more murder mystery books and more of Ravena Guron’s books.

Lyla, Ardingly

26th September 2023 at 10:03 am

I really enjoyed This book kills as there were many plot twists and how clear the story was. I really liked how fast paced it was and also how there were many murders but it wasn’t obvious who did it. The more chapters I read, the more I wanted to continue and find out who the murderer was. Another thing I really liked is how much tension there was for Jess to find out who the murderer was without losing her scholarship. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of Ravena Guron’s books

Ivan, Ardingly College

26th September 2023 at 9:36 am


This book kills is a very… interesting book. I find some of it funny for example the fact that the murderer has to go out of their way to use a trophy to kill people. Why would they do that? Wouldn’t a knife be easier?
I also enjoyed the plot twist that Clem was the murderer. That was unexpected and the best part by far was the thrilling part when Clem reveals that she is the murderer. I really like the friendships and the drama of it all and it’s definitely 5 Stars from me.

Charlie, Ardingly

26th September 2023 at 9:29 am

I loved this book and I really like the plot twist at the end; not giving it away but it is really surprising so this by far is my favourite.

Lizzie, Year 9 Ardingly College

21st September 2023 at 2:19 pm

This book was brilliant. There were so many AMAZING twists and the plot just would not stop thickening! The characters were perfectly thought out and I loved trying to figure out who the murderer was. Towards the end there were so many perfectly placed twists and I really loved it. Also, I never could have guessed what was going to happen, and I love it when that happens in a book. I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend, and I will happily read it again and again until I can recite it from memory. It was the perfect balance between funny and scary; overall I loved it!

Lucy Fielding

5th September 2023 at 8:43 pm


I really enjoyed This Book Kills. I found it a thrilling and hooking read, I could barely put the book down! The way the main character narrates the story is well thought out, Ravena makes the reader feel as though they are in the story. The plot combines school drama with something much darker – murder – in a way that feels surreal and like it was plucked out of a story. In a way, it was.

When ‘beloved’ student, Hugh Henry Van Boren, gets murdered one school evening, Jess feels like something is going on at Heybuckle school, a private school for society’s wealthiest. Especially when the private investigator hired by Hugh’s family and the police seem to be at a standstill. As she digs deeper into the mystery, she finds herself attracting the attention of the schools infamous secret society (which everybody knows about) – ‘The Regia Club’. Linking the two together, Jess attempts to find the trail of breadcrumbs every murderer leaves behind.

Having attracted too much attention to herself, the murderer sends Jess multiple death threats after an initial thank you text for ‘the inspiration’ and one thing becomes clear – she will be next. The stakes are high as her scholarship, and life, are on the line.

Friendship proves to be invaluable to her, saving her from a fate of death and deception. Yet all is not as it seems.

Jess’s only link to the killer: the short story she wrote was used to set up the murder, she almost predicted how Hugh would die…

The way the author keeps the reader guessing as Jess investigates all potential leads is pure genius. The murderer – read the book to find out! I highly recommend this book and will look for more books by this author.

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