Okay, I really need to read less. I am reading books too fast. But I am ending up reading such cool books that I cannot wait to get to their end. Aaaaaaah, this is bad!
Anyways, you are here to read the book review and not listen to me rant about my poor schedule-making skills. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a mystery thriller novel by Holly Jackson. The prompt of the Taylor Swift Read-a-thon based on which I picked this book was Haunted: Read a thriller.
This book is super-hyped and I had really really high expectations from it. And it did not fail to disappoint me.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Every aspect of it, every character, all of it fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Pippa’s eagerness and her knowledge was something that I found interesting and fun to read about. It did not seem know-it-allish at all. All the other characters Ravi, Cara, Naomi etc. were very well-portrayed as well.
I also love how Holly Jackson subtly slips in the issue of racial discrimination. It is really impressive what she can do with words.
The best thing about good books is that they make you feel what the MC is going through. While even Thone of Glass wasn’t able to do that to me very often, this book made me feel whatever emotion Pippa was going through every jiffy (if you get the reference) I read it. After a point of time, I was feeling so scared for Pippa that I left all work and sat down to finish the book. I was thinking about the book and feeling the Pippa’s emotions even when I wasn’t reading it. That’s how good this book is.
And the plot twist… What. Do. I. Even. Say??? Like honestly! I can proudly say that I predicted some part of the ending if not the entire thing.
I was disappointed by the ending just a little bit. There was one detail, totally unrelated to the murder, that I wanted to know, but it is alright. I suppose I will find it in the next book which I cannot wait to read!!
This has officially made it to the list of my favourite books of all time- an honour not attainable easily.
Have you read the book? Is it on your TBR? Have you read the sequel? Share your thoughts in the comments!