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REVIEW: A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson Taught Me That I Shouldn't Become A Detective Because I'm Very Bad At It

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

I recently learned that if I were to ever become a detective, nothing would ever be solved and we would have a lot more criminals on the loose. I blame this book for the upsetting truth. I needed a few days to recover from this realisation and know we’re here, reviewing the book that killed my dreams of being a detective.



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 would just like to start off this review by letting everyone know that I’m not too crushed by the detective realisation. I am pretty bummed that I’ll never be whatever our version of the FBI is but I’ll cope. Seriously though, while reading this book I had absolutely no idea who the murderer was so I was suspicious of everybody. And you know what? I wasn’t even suspicious of the right people! I would be so sure of something and then BAM! I was wrong again. You know, maybe I’m not so over the detective thing…

The actual murder case in this book is so cool! I’m just putting it out there, but if anyone were to make a movie about this book I could watch it a million times and probably not get bored. It has so much depth and layers and its really interesting to find out just what kind of a person Andie was. It was also surprisingly realistic, if I saw this in a murder documentary I wouldn’t question it. I also really appreciated how the case unfolded in that so much of the book was made up of transcripts and maps and documents. It was so much more immersive that way and it was totally epic.

I also really loved Pip. She had a great ‘voice’ and was someone that I could definitely see myself getting along with in real life. She was also such a fantastic friend throughout the book. I don’t often read a YA book where the heroine is consistently a good and trustworthy friend but I did and I’m so happy it finally happened. Honestly though, everyone needs a Pip in their lives!

I really loved how this book also managed to cover serious topics (aside from murder, of course). The book demonstrated Pip’s blended/mixed race family (African-American step dad, caucasian mum, mixed (half) brother) in a really wholesome and healthy manner. It was nice to see Pip still accept them even if she isn’t necessarily biologically related to her step dad, I think a lot of readers could’ve seen themselves in that family. It also talks about racism and Pip’s unique experiences as someone who isn’t directly affected by racism but still suffers through the people she is related to. I think it was tackled in a really great way that I love to see.

I also just wanted to give a quick shoutout to the fact that the book often flips between first and third person without giving me a mild form of whiplash! Bravo, bravo!


Overall, The Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson is a fun, yet thrilling murder mystery that is also one of my favourite thrillers of all time. I rate it 4.2/5.


Your Favourite Bookworm




I have so many books on my TBR, and this is now one of them!

9th Feb, 20

You should definitely read it!

11th Feb, 20

Sounds like a very good book! Added to TBR :)

15th Feb, 20

It is a very good book, I hope you enjoy it!

15th Feb, 20