“A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder” by Holly Jackson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery
Everyone in Fairview knows the story.
Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.
But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?
Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.
This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.
Love the mixed media elements to the story. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve found it really helps the story move along quickly and you can’t walk away.
Intricately plotted. It didn’t drag. Things developed smoothly and you couldn’t put the book down. It’s definitely something I’d recommend to someone who’s in a reading slump or otherwise having a hard time sticking with a book.
The twists and turns were done well. The pieces fall together really well. Nothing came totally out of left field in a way that doesn’t make any sense.
Yes, it’s a little cliched that a teenager is smarter than the adults. But it’s also (unfortunately) believable they’d stop investigating the pretty white girl’s murder that was ‘done’ by the brown boyfriend. [Insert eye roll here]
All in all, a great & engaging mystery that lives up to the hype.