A good girl’s guide to murder: everything we want in a YA Thriller!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetA good girl’s guide to murder by Holly Jackson
Pages: 400
Format: ARC provided by Penguin teen Canada
Top 3 Genres: Young adult, Contemporary, Thriller
My rating: 
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey guys! I don’t know what is happening to me lately but I have been reading …thrillers! YA ones mostly. I am not a thriller girl, but these last months it happened, repeatedly, that I caught myself interested by one. And the last on the list: 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 murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

School project or murder investigation?

    If you ask me what I loved most about this book, I would say the way the story is told. We read what Pip discovers, through her school project, about this suicide murder that happened 5 years ago. We have different formats: regular chapters but also interviews and project notes, giving this reading an interactive element that keeps the reader addicted. But more than that, we really follow Pip’s investigating, finding one element, one lead, and then discovering more and having the change the direction of her  »investigation ». There is no way you won’t get hooked to a story when it is told like that!!

Everybody is lying

    Now for the story itself, it was definitely a great murder mystery! We pick a case the police closed five years ago and uncover secrets and truths, one after the other. Interviewing people, finding old elements and putting them all together to, hopefully, understand what terrible thing really happened. Who was really Andie Bell? Could Sal really have killed her? Why? Pretty quickly, Pip realizes that the police missed some important elements and once she knows the story she was told is a lie, there is almost nothing she won’t do to know the truth of what happened.
What was also interesting is that, through her investigation, Pip finds elements of other lies and secrets but, in the end, she does not try to uncover them too, focusing on her task instead. So we are left to wonder a bit about these other things that could be happening in Fairview… and I like not having all the answers ahha!

Finally, Pip was a great character to read about: serious in her investigation, but with a lot of humor. She definitely has a Nancy Drew vibe for me, which I’m all for! Her family sounded pretty cool too. It’s a little thing, but having side characters well built is important to have a solid base in a book! And here, all the secondary characters brought something to the story, the suspects of course, but all the other ones too! I really appreciated that the author made sure to have a diverse cast, and show positive male figures to balance the bad ones in the story!

In a few words

   Everything you can ask for in a YA thriller, and more! Can’t wait to read more of Holly Jackson’s books!

See you for a cup 😉


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