A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
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?A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Details

TitleA Good Girl's Guide to Murder
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2019
PublisherElectric Monkey
ISBN-139781405293181
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    guys this looks like a cool she-did-that thriller i support it
  • Savannah Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Twisty, compulsive, and so so clever. Loved how organically the mystery unfolded - the investigation never felt beyond the realms of what a teenager would be able to do on their own (made even more believable by Pip's realistic - and often hilarious - voice). I tried to stay ahead of Pip/Jackson at first but eventually was more than content to just let them take me on the ride. You're gonna want this in May.
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  • Yasmin
    January 1, 1970
    Hello, yes, everyone please read this book when it releases in May 2019. It's freaking fantastic.I read this in practically one sitting, because I just literally could not be away from it for five minutes before I started going over suspects in my head. And boy there were so MANY. I wanted to make my own murder board at times. There were so many twists and turns that had me questioning everything every few chapters or so. And that ending! Even when you think things have are about to be neatly wr Hello, yes, everyone please read this book when it releases in May 2019. It's freaking fantastic.I read this in practically one sitting, because I just literally could not be away from it for five minutes before I started going over suspects in my head. And boy there were so MANY. I wanted to make my own murder board at times. There were so many twists and turns that had me questioning everything every few chapters or so. And that ending! Even when you think things have are about to be neatly wrapped up - BAM, another twist. And then another. AND ANOTHER. Pure genius.I love love loved the multi media format - it was extremely fresh and everything seemed very well researched. So yeah basically pre order the heck out of this book, yeah?
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    Received all but last few pages in an ARC. Frustrating to say the least as those last few pages have been literally torn out of the book. By the time they are sent to me (if they are sent to me) or the time I can get hold of a finished copy I will have forgotten what happened well enough to care. Why did you do this to me?
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    This book is bloody genius. One of the best written mysteries I’ve ever read. Pippa is a great lead and the mystery of Andie is fantastically done - all the little reveals and the way Holly Jackson uses the narrative to comment on the media and their depiction of the murder of a pretty white girl allegedly by an Indian boy. It’s brilliant. The marketing from YALC was excellent too - they ripped out the ending! I know some people had a long wait, but I read it right before they released the endin This book is bloody genius. One of the best written mysteries I’ve ever read. Pippa is a great lead and the mystery of Andie is fantastically done - all the little reveals and the way Holly Jackson uses the narrative to comment on the media and their depiction of the murder of a pretty white girl allegedly by an Indian boy. It’s brilliant. The marketing from YALC was excellent too - they ripped out the ending! I know some people had a long wait, but I read it right before they released the ending so was lucky. I still think it’s a brilliant move to keep people talking about it. Pippa as a main character really spoke to me - her nerdiness and determination, her love for her family and friends, her dedication to studying (lol)! And I like that she sticks up for what she believes in. And I while I am ABSOLUTELY not going to spoil this because it’s too good to, I have to mention the mystery and how it played out. Every time I thought “oh this is about so and so”, or “they’re definitely involved” or even “Andie’s definitely still alive / super dead” (and I thought both, like Pippa!) Pippa was right there with me. She isn’t one of those book investigators that stumbles across things, and never figures anything out, she looks at the clues presented and then challenges each assumption as she goes. The mystery is so well done the list of who I thought definitely did it changed regularly. And while I won’t say what my suspicions were throughout (largely because there were so many!!) I will say that I wasn’t 100% wrong or right about any - I figured out bits but nearly always they weren’t quite what I thought. And one of the things I thought early on was in that category, it was both super satisfying and really annoying to be so close but not actually right! Incredibly well thought out and amazingly written. I will definitely be buying a final copy of this when it comes out and highly recommend you do too.
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  • Nana
    January 1, 1970
    Omg! This book was so good! I really hope they will translate it in Dutch.
  • ♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley for this ARC sampler in exchange for an honest review. This has an intense and interesting plot, a really immersive narrative, and a personable protagonist. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder has some serious potential. 📖😍--------------------------------------- wordpress ♡ tumblr ♡ bookstagram ♡ twitter ♡---------------------------------------
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  • Johnny (Aurora Sights)
    January 1, 1970
    As I only received a sample, I cannot give this a full review. However, the snippet that I did read, was full of intrigue. Everyone loves a good murder mystery and I found myself wanting to read more about Andie's disappearance. There were one or two occasions where the project and Pip's life didn't flow right to me. One minute I am reading a transcript and then the next paragraph goes back to Pip's daily life. It was a little dizzying but I would imagine this would be easier to follow (format w As I only received a sample, I cannot give this a full review. However, the snippet that I did read, was full of intrigue. Everyone loves a good murder mystery and I found myself wanting to read more about Andie's disappearance. There were one or two occasions where the project and Pip's life didn't flow right to me. One minute I am reading a transcript and then the next paragraph goes back to Pip's daily life. It was a little dizzying but I would imagine this would be easier to follow (format wise) when the book is published.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, really enjoyed this sampler! I like the premise, Pippa's narration - including a couple of funny moments - and its unique set-up. It is a bold and original idea to have a student doing her A-level project on such a shocking chain of event - in the vein of a YA Serial or Making a Murderer.I liked Holly Jackson's writing style and am really keen to read more from Pippa and to see what comes next for her, Andie and Sal.
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  • Gemma F
    January 1, 1970
    April 3rd, 2019I’ve had an ARC since January and it’s next on my TBR books!
  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this - well all the way up to the missing section, over YALC weekend. And it was incredible. Every time I thought I knew what was happening I was wrong. But now I need to #FindAndiePippa is a super smart student with her focus on her education. For her Extended Project Qualification Pippa can propose any topic. She choose the missing person case of Andie Bell 5 years previous and the subsequent suicide of Sal Singh, the allegedly guilty boyfriend. Because Pip doesn't think Sal was gui I devoured this - well all the way up to the missing section, over YALC weekend. And it was incredible. Every time I thought I knew what was happening I was wrong. But now I need to #FindAndiePippa is a super smart student with her focus on her education. For her Extended Project Qualification Pippa can propose any topic. She choose the missing person case of Andie Bell 5 years previous and the subsequent suicide of Sal Singh, the allegedly guilty boyfriend. Because Pip doesn't think Sal was guilty. As she digs into the crime that consumed the town and left a family hated, Pip uncovers more secrets about the case, which might not be as open and shut as it seemed.After receiving the missing chapters: I was partially right! But I did NOT see the twist coming. Holly Jackson is firmly at the top of my new favourites.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Really addictive, I couldn't put this down until I knew exactly what happened.
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of unexpected plot twists and no loose ends.
  • Jemima Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    I have waited a long time to finish this book and let me tell you it is bloody brilliant. Add this to your TBR’s fam, it will have you on the edge of your seats from start to finish.
  • Charlotte Burns
    January 1, 1970
    Andie Bell was murdered five years ago by Sal Singh. Everyone knows he did it. The whole town was obsessed with the case. Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't convinced, and chooses this topic for a school project. It soon becomes apparent that there are some serious holes in the original investigation, and Pip sets out to fill them in.I loved Pip from the start. She has a strong voice, she is stubborn and very organised. She takes a methodical approach to the case study, which we see through her production l Andie Bell was murdered five years ago by Sal Singh. Everyone knows he did it. The whole town was obsessed with the case. Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't convinced, and chooses this topic for a school project. It soon becomes apparent that there are some serious holes in the original investigation, and Pip sets out to fill them in.I loved Pip from the start. She has a strong voice, she is stubborn and very organised. She takes a methodical approach to the case study, which we see through her production logs and transcripts which are meticulously recorded. Sometimes she does really stupid things, resorting to some dangerous tactics to get the information she needs. On the one hand, I admired her dedication to the cause, but on the other, I spent a lot of time telling her off for making rash decisions and not telling her parents what is happening.I really like mixed media in books, and the inclusion of Pip's investigation notes and work throughout this book really added something. It made me want to pull out a notepad and pen and try to solve the case with her. Alas, I am not that clever, and I quickly descended into wild speculations. The facts are revealed gradually, and just when you think you know what's happening, Pip pops up to tell you you're wrong. It's rare that a twist catches me completely off-guard, but the twists in this book did, and I loved it.I'll confess that the marketing strategy of removing pages from the proofs drove me bonkers and I did many swears in the early hours of the morning as I got to the missing part. I'm assured that the finished copies will contain all of their pages, and I intend to get my hands on one as soon as possible. I'd highly recommend you do the same.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted to www.katiealexandrablog.wordpress.comI have seen SOOOOOOOOO much about this YA debut on my Twitter feed recently, mainly because so many of the authors I follow were raving about it and desperate for proofs at YALC. So when I saw a sampler was available for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder on NetGalley, I clicked 'request' immediately and did a little scream when the email of approval came though. Five years ago, Andi went missing. Her boyfriend, Sal, was the main suspect, and a Originally posted to www.katiealexandrablog.wordpress.comI have seen SOOOOOOOOO much about this YA debut on my Twitter feed recently, mainly because so many of the authors I follow were raving about it and desperate for proofs at YALC. So when I saw a sampler was available for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder on NetGalley, I clicked 'request' immediately and did a little scream when the email of approval came though. Five years ago, Andi went missing. Her boyfriend, Sal, was the main suspect, and as he killed himself after his friends told police he asked them to lie for him, there's no way to know for sure. But Pip, doing her Extended Project Qualification in school, wants to investigate what happened - how social media affected the reporting of it, and if Sal was really to blame. The sampler only included the first two chapters, but God, it was a strong start to a book. I was immediately hooked. Yes, I'm interested in the crime, the mystery, the tragedy of Andi and Sal, but I think the format of the book is also really different. First off, I have never heard anyone mention Extended project in YA before (maybe because, as it was in my school, no one gave a shit and everyone dropped it?) but also, it gives a good switch from third person narrative, to first person in her project log. The addition of phone conversation transcripts, emails, Facebook post images etc really breaks up the text and makes it that little bit more interesting. I also love the cast so far - you have Pip, her Nigerian step father and brother, Sal and his family who I can see being really interesting characters in this mystery.So, like I said, a really strong opener, but with only two chapters there's not much more I can say about it. It normally takes me a bit longer to feel fully submerged in a story though, so shout out to this for making it so easy and doing it to quickly, yet so well!I'm just really excited to read more, okay? And after all the hype at YALC I kind of expected it to be out soon - BUT IT'S NOT??? It's out in May?? NEXT YEAR!I cannot. Electric Monkey - any chance of any ARC's before then??
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    https://bookloverkate.wordpress.com/a...I was kept on my toes throughout as there were constant culprits and I could have believed that almost everyone was responsible. Through out the book my opinion kept changing and I was constantly guessing. I was fully behind any idea that Pip had and convinced of whoever she thought had done it at that time. The book was interlaced with transcripts, text messages and normal chapters. That format really worked for me and kept things even more interesting.I https://bookloverkate.wordpress.com/a...I was kept on my toes throughout as there were constant culprits and I could have believed that almost everyone was responsible. Through out the book my opinion kept changing and I was constantly guessing. I was fully behind any idea that Pip had and convinced of whoever she thought had done it at that time. The book was interlaced with transcripts, text messages and normal chapters. That format really worked for me and kept things even more interesting.I also found that the authors personality shone through in Pip. I got the chance to chat to Holly when she was signing my ARC and I could keep picturing her as Pip, plus it helped that Holly was just as bubbly as her protagonist. Pip probably wasn't you're average teenage in a YA book as she was methodical and organised. She cared about her school work and didn't really let things slip while she was investigating. Some people might find this hard to relate to but I think it was exactly what was needed in this scenario. Plus she still did make the odd rash decision that could have put her in harms way and that kept her realistic.Electric Monkey also were really clever about their marketing. The ARC copies won at YALC had the last few pages ripped out and you had to email the publishers to get the ending. I then also had to share my #1 suspect on twitter which obviously generated more buzz for the book. The only small downfall from this for me was that I finished the book and then had to wait two weeks to get the final chapters as emails are going back and forth and tweets have to be sent. This resulted in the ending not quite having the same impact as I had forgotten all the small details of the case. I was still shocked and would not have been able to guess the outcome but I just think it would have had that bit more impact if I had been able to read it sooner.
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  • Latkins
    January 1, 1970
    This innovative debut YA thriller about a cold murder case is an addictive read. ‘Good girl’ Pip Fitz-Amobi is a high achieving A-level student in the small town of Little Kilton, and she decides to write her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on the case of Andie Bell, a teenager who disappeared from the town five years earlier. Everyone believes that her boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, was the murderer, as his body was found in the woods a few days after Andie’s disappearance, his death pr This innovative debut YA thriller about a cold murder case is an addictive read. ‘Good girl’ Pip Fitz-Amobi is a high achieving A-level student in the small town of Little Kilton, and she decides to write her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on the case of Andie Bell, a teenager who disappeared from the town five years earlier. Everyone believes that her boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, was the murderer, as his body was found in the woods a few days after Andie’s disappearance, his death presumed to be a suicide brought on by guilt. But Pip isn’t so sure that Sal was to blame, particularly since Andie’s body was never found. So she teams up with Sal’s brother Ravi to investigate the case, and soon finds herself questioning her loyalty to her friends and neighbours, as well as being intimidated by someone who doesn’t want her to discover the truth. What’s different about this novel is that Pip’s project is set out for you in various different formats – form her own running log on the case, to interviews, text messages and social media exchanges – which run alongside the story. The ending delivers a satisfying double twist (I guessed the first bit, but not the second!), as well as highlighting the way that the dead are something fetishised, and the importance of not giving in to prejudice.
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Nancy Drew for the modern era...and the kind of book that will have you desperate to solve crimes and right wrongs.Pip is a model student, hard-working and resourceful. She’s also determined that in her little town someone has, literally, got away with murder.Andie Bell and Sal Singh are names that everyone in the town knows. Andie was the good girl murdered by her jealous boyfriend, who then killed himself because of his guilt, denying family the chance to mourn Andie properly. Pip, however, re Nancy Drew for the modern era...and the kind of book that will have you desperate to solve crimes and right wrongs.Pip is a model student, hard-working and resourceful. She’s also determined that in her little town someone has, literally, got away with murder.Andie Bell and Sal Singh are names that everyone in the town knows. Andie was the good girl murdered by her jealous boyfriend, who then killed himself because of his guilt, denying family the chance to mourn Andie properly. Pip, however, recalls Sal and can’t reconcile the view of him she has with what people say about him. She is determined to find out what really happened and prove Sal’s innocence.Nothing prepares her for what she uncovers in the course of her investigation. Her doggedness, however, makes for great reading.Most people would run a mile at the situations Pip finds herself in. She seizes them and battles through some pretty scary stuff to show what really happened. The truth is far darker than you’d imagine.Pip was foolish at times, but a great story and I’m grateful to NetGalley for allowing me access to this prior to publication.
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  • Gerry Driver
    January 1, 1970
    This may be YA but adults will love the plot twists as Pip begins a controversial school project to uncover the mystery of Andie’s death. With a crime that shocked a community, a body that was never discovered and all the evidence pointing to one man, our teen detective, must delve further into discovering the truth beyond a reasonable doubt; but will she start to have doubts of her own?Pip is a terrific character with compassion and the kind of drive that we love in our sleuths in their relentl This may be YA but adults will love the plot twists as Pip begins a controversial school project to uncover the mystery of Andie’s death. With a crime that shocked a community, a body that was never discovered and all the evidence pointing to one man, our teen detective, must delve further into discovering the truth beyond a reasonable doubt; but will she start to have doubts of her own?Pip is a terrific character with compassion and the kind of drive that we love in our sleuths in their relentless quest to get the truth. Mixed media helps us to try and solve the case with her, but there are plenty of wrongs turns to shock and astound hidden in the pages too.Holly Jackson bravely confronts more adult issues in the book such as the justice system and the way the media stokes fires behind certain crimes. A brilliantly written novel that will satisfy crime fans of all ages. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder could easily be the best YA book of 2019.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to get my hands on a bound proof of this book at YALC. I also loved the genius yet slightly evil idea of wripping out the final chapter to keep people talking about it and the readers hooked and guessing. I have enjoyed every moment of this book and absolutely adore Pippa. She is a great character and very smart. Unlike some other books where the main character is slow to catch on and can't quite figure what is happening, Pippa is very bright and analytical. This book has kept me gue I was lucky to get my hands on a bound proof of this book at YALC. I also loved the genius yet slightly evil idea of wripping out the final chapter to keep people talking about it and the readers hooked and guessing. I have enjoyed every moment of this book and absolutely adore Pippa. She is a great character and very smart. Unlike some other books where the main character is slow to catch on and can't quite figure what is happening, Pippa is very bright and analytical. This book has kept me guessing all the way through. I will definitely buy a copy once it is release in May 2019 and highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good murder mystery.
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  • S
    January 1, 1970
    A good generic teen murder mystery. Although was extremely similar to Two Can Keep a Secret, from the protagonist, the person she teams up with, to as far as the friend of the original suspect accused of the murder who was always secretly in love with him, who has recently moved back to the town after having a panic attack at work and quitting her job - being in both books. Gets quite intense older themes towards the end of drugging and rape, and also the unnecessary killing of a dog which is al A good generic teen murder mystery. Although was extremely similar to Two Can Keep a Secret, from the protagonist, the person she teams up with, to as far as the friend of the original suspect accused of the murder who was always secretly in love with him, who has recently moved back to the town after having a panic attack at work and quitting her job - being in both books. Gets quite intense older themes towards the end of drugging and rape, and also the unnecessary killing of a dog which is always a big no.
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  • Lethmi
    January 1, 1970
    Why is it the samplers are always the best? I’m hooked already and now there’s a long, long wait!Right from the start the author grabbed my attention with the excerpts from notebooks and official documents and the protagonists studious yet hilariously naive commentary. I feel like this could be a rollercoaster of emotions but already I feel like the characters will be painted brilliantly. I hope it lives up to the first few pages, that she finds the answers she is looking for and doesn’t upset t Why is it the samplers are always the best? I’m hooked already and now there’s a long, long wait!Right from the start the author grabbed my attention with the excerpts from notebooks and official documents and the protagonists studious yet hilariously naive commentary. I feel like this could be a rollercoaster of emotions but already I feel like the characters will be painted brilliantly. I hope it lives up to the first few pages, that she finds the answers she is looking for and doesn’t upset the families too much!(I read a NetGalley Sampler of this novel)
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  • Lynda Pannett
    January 1, 1970
    I love a thriller but so often I’ve worked out the plot in the first half of the book and then I’m just reading to see if I’m right! Well not with this book! The twists and turns are so clever - I genuinely did not see them coming! I love the characters and I want to meet Pip! So clever - I really hope there will be another Pip story in the future! So visual as well - I hope it gets made into a film! My must read of the moment!
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    ohhhh i was in the mood for a good murder mystery and boy did this DELIVER. great prose, fantastic characters, and a brilliant, layered mystery with some important messages. so engaging and suspenseful. pippa fitz-amobi and ravi singh were the perfect detective duo. i loved every moment and absolutely devoured this book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*. I personally found this to be unnecessarily lengthy, and quite unrealistic in general. Having said that, it’s a YA murder mystery so I should have adjusted my expectations accordingly. I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t as unputdownable as I was hoping it would be.
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  • Soraya B
    January 1, 1970
    Favourite thriller ever and I'm not biased at all
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for all.
  • Katie Collis
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t put it down! Gripping from start to finish and as a nerdy girl I loved having such a relatable character in Pip. Can’t wait to read more from Holly!
  • MISS McArdle
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic read! Literally could not put it down... some many clever twists and turns. The writing is incredible and the humour that dusts the literary language makes it a great read!
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