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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

(A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  89,756 ratings  ·  14,511 reviews
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 desp
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Published May 2nd 2019 by Electric Monkey
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L Mo Well I read it at 12 years old and I found it OK, but if you aren't comfortable with things like rape, drugs and cold-blooded murder I would wait a bi…moreWell I read it at 12 years old and I found it OK, but if you aren't comfortable with things like rape, drugs and cold-blooded murder I would wait a bit. I definitely don't think it should be read by 10 year old or younger people. I hope this helped!(less)
Elia The author is from the UK and the UK version is the original. The US release changed the location from the UK to Connecticut, which I feel makes the w…moreThe author is from the UK and the UK version is the original. The US release changed the location from the UK to Connecticut, which I feel makes the whole thing jarring because the people do not behave or speak like Americans at all. (less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! One of the quickest, one of the best crazy roller coaster experiences I had as soon as I took this book into my hands. Still shaky, blubbering (I already requested a translator to communicate properly), nail-less, confused, dizzy but also smiling and happy! GAVE MY FIVE FULL MYSTERIOUS SHINING STARS!

Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
You heard it here first, folks. I have found a new favorite YA Mystery/Thriller. I am stoked by how much I loved this!!

For her Senior Capstone Project, Pippa Fitz-Amboi, an extraordinarily-focused high school, decides to solve a murder.

Andie Bell, disappeared five years ago from Pippa's hometown; foul play was suspected.

The police, and thus everyone else, believe Andie was murdered by her boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, who subsequently disposed of the body.

Their biggest piece of evidence, a p
Chelsea Humphrey
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As a reader who developed her book obsession by devouring every Nancy Drew installment in elementary school, I've been an avid enthusiast of YA crime fiction for most of my life.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars*
love a good small town murder mystery and this was so good!!

trigger warnings: rape, drug use, death of a pet, kidnapping
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
this story is giving off such strong ‘serial’ vibes that i can only imagine how amazing listening to the audiobook version would have been.

a re-investigation of a cold case, including detailed diagrams and evidence files, with a really interesting mystery and suspects - what more could you want? this is every true crime enthusiasts dream story.

the one thing preventing me from giving this five stars is the same thing i tend to find obnoxious about most YA mystery/thrillers - the need to include
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a smart YA mystery/thriller about a 17-year-old girl who investigates a murder that rocked her small town 5 years ago.

Pippa “Pip” Fitz- Amobbi to conduct her Senior Capstone project on the disappearance of Andie Bell, a high school senior who was presumed to be murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. Shortly after Andie went missing, Sal killed himself and confessed to her murder. But Andie’s body was never found. Convicted by the town and the pre
This was so much fun ahhhh This book was so good! Definitely one of the best YA thrillers I've ever read. Our main character Pippa is investigating a murder and suicide in her small town that happened a few years ago. Andie Bell, the popular girl in the town was murdered, everyone assumed it was her boyfriend Sal who did it and then a few days later he killed himself. But the story has always seemed a little fishy so she wants to look into it more.

This book was so much fun, the way it was told
I refuse to believe that the first half and the second half of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder are, in fact, part of the same book.

Half One: 1 star

A few years prior to the start of this book, a girl named Andie Bell vanished into thin air. Sal Singh murdered her and then committed suicide.


But Pippa is determined to solve the mystery and prove Sal innocent. With the help of Sal's brother, Ravi, she interviews suspects, tracks down clues, and proves her mettle as things get dangerous.

Well, it appears, I've been reading YA mysteries all wrong these past years. Evidently, I should not expect plausibility, believability, character development or strong motivations in these books, like I do when reading adult mysteries. No wonder there is only ONE teen mystery that I think is good, and actual teens don't even like reading it, from what I hear. (It's Sadie in case you were wondering).

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder starts off as a Serial rip-off, with upstanding Pippa swooping in
Peyton Reads
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$2.99 kindle US today 6/6/20


The audio of this was awesome! I have added the hardback to my wishlist and the audible version.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I didn’t like the dog killing (of course) so I’m taking off half a star for that because it was just a mention and nothing graphic or effed up. Well, I think any animal killing in books or movies is effed up but I digress! Anyhoo.....

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Larry H
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know the feeling when you literally sit in the car outside your office and race to finish your book? That's what happened to me this morning with Holly Jackson's excellent debut novel, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder .

“...I don’t know who I am when I’m not working, when I’m not focused on or totally consumed by a task. Who am I between the projects and the assignments, when there’s nothing to do? I haven’t found her yet as it scares me. Maybe that’s why, for my senior capstone project this
☆Pelumi☆ (On major hiatus)
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everything that breathes lmao
I haven't seen a good mystery book like this since DAN BROWN!!!

PLOT: 4.4


I love this so much it hurts!
This book is everything, purrfection, just freaking awesome!!
The characters, plot, writing style, pace, hell even the cover was so cool!

Hearing that this was a debut novel blows my mind, how is Holly so good????
Okay enough gushing, let
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. 😱 You guys!! This is a must read thriller/mystery!! 🤗 Pip is such a great character. She’s very attention detailed and organized, but also very likable. I loved how each area of her investigation was detailed- this really kept me guessing throughout. 🤔 I listened to the audiobook, which was amazing- full cast, great production- highly recommend listening to this one. ❤️📚
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.5 Stars

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a BRILLIANT young adult whodunit mystery thriller about a senior year student, Pippa Fitz Amobi, who decides to ‘re-investigate’ a closed murder case that took place five years prior for her final Capstone Project. I want to stress that the audiobook is absolutely spectacular. It’s narrated full casts complete with cool background music and other accompanying sounds.

The book has a unique formatting. It’s written in journal-like entries decorated with new
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Wow, I started reading this and I didn’t even have to wait for the mystery to start kicking in. I was right in it from page 1. This was so full of surprises. I’m usually skeptical about modern day young adult mysteries because of certain cliche tropes but this was unique in many forms and it did not allow me to get distracted or lose interest at all. So much happened in this book!!

For a story that’s almost a complicated and tangled web of facts involving so many characters that are suspects
Hannah Greendale
2020 Best Books of the Year [#03 of 11]

This book is tense! Full of twists and surprises and an ending I did not see coming. Finished it and immediately ordered the sequel from my favorite local bookstore. Highly recommend for fans of smart thrillers like Sadie by Courtney Summers or multi-faceted contemporary curveballs like Dig. by A. S. King.
krista ☽✧
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
“But sometimes remembering isn’t for yourself, sometimes you do it just to make someone else smile. Those lies were allowed.”

‘’Because half less of a bad thing meant there was room for half good.”

WHAT IS SLEEP.i dont know i dont need it when i am reading books at night like this one. Sleep is for the weak

First we are having a inner screaming moment again because I need too scream my emotions out. This book , this book was so addictive I could literally not stop reading. I picked this up yesterd
ale ♡
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Yes.
4.75 stars.

“Pip wished she was strong enough, but she’d learned that she wasn’t invincible; she too could break.”

tw: mention of rape, death of an animal, kidnapping, death, drugs.

1. If you haven't read the book and don't want to spoil yourself, I recommend that you don't read any further.
2. The spoilers section, and possible random spoilers, will be signposted to avoid any misunderstandings.

I must admit that this is my first thriller book, so I'm not very familiar with the genre, and
I'm going to review this book the only way I know how. It's getting TWO ratings. Let's discuss:

3 stars is where I stand on this book. It was good. It fell victim to my problem with YA (which is why I don't really read a lot of YA). I have so much trouble relating to the characters because that time in my life is long over and I have trouble caring. There were also some similarities to the murder being investigated and the first Serial Podcast case, so that kind of irked me a little. (I might be
Charlotte May
The hype is definitely real with this one!

“This was a story about people and their different shades of desperation, crashing up against one another.”

Pippa is working on her extended project qualification for sixth form. Her chosen project, the disappearance of Andie Bell five years earlier.

At the time, her then boyfriend Sal was the prime suspect and after he commits suicide the whole town believes it is evidence of his guilt.

But Pippa isn’t sure, there seem to be so many factors and incons
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is an insanely addictive ya mystery book and a real page-turner and I don't regret choosing to read this book to ignoring some of my homeworks instead. (oop sorry not sorry )

In 2012, popular high school student, Andie Bell was believed to be murdered by Sal Singh. Then, after Sal did the crime, it was believed that he committed suicide. Everyone in the small Kilton town believes it. Everyone knows he did it.

Five years later, when Pippa Fitz-Amobi got a chance t
C.G. Drews
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was just phenomenal and I am most absolutely exhuasted. In a good way?! I am totally draped over my bed marvelling at the author's intensely genius brain and how she put all this together (with all the twists and turns and red herrings and just plots within plots) and how satisfying it was to watch unravel. Reading the book was like when you start digging a hole at the beach, and more sand falls in and water appears and suddenly the hole is growing larger by itself and you're standing there ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
So here it is...unpopular opinion alert. Sorry guys I just didn't love it as much as pretty much everyone else in the world. I was so excited to get this from BOTM. It actually was the most excited I have been over a BOTM pick in quite awhile. That cover, the title, whew and the hype!

I did like it, I just didn't love it. I think probably my problem was I don't generally read YA. I have been picking up some YA recently and they just don't read like I would expect a YA to read. They seem like norm
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases

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A terrific Young Adult thriller!

Five years ago, Sal Singh murdered seventeen-year-old, Andie Bell.

Or did he?

The police, the press, and almost the whole town thought he did. And what he did after he was charged with the crime didn’t help change anyone’s mind.

But Andie’s body was never found….

Seventeen-year-old, Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure that Sal was guilty. Pip chooses the case for her senior project. She even tea
4.5 Stars for this Smart, Twisty YA Mystery

I loved this book! It's a fast paced, addictive, smartly layered and twisty murder mystery. All the mixed media was such a treat - maps, journal entries, diagrams, police reports, etc. It made reading the book feel interactive. I found myself taking notes to see if I could figure out the whodunnit before the big reveal.

I heard this is set to be a series and I am so in for more! A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a well crafted debut that was a highly en
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and full of interesting twists!

I have to admit it won't be a memorable read, but it was entertaining. A younger me would probably give this YA novel 5 stars. I could predict some things, but not everything. I had a good time while reading it!
maria ☾
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
☾ ⋆.
┊. ˚ ✦ 𝟰.𝟱/𝟱

“𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆’𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲; 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘀.”

RIGHT NOW, I really think I need to wear my coat and buy one of those murder boards with red strings and pins because I'M SO READY TO SOLVE THE CASE.

Me while reading this book (at first):
*knock knock*
Okay my lovely brain, who is the murderer?
*my brain process* : failed, We don't access to all the evidence. Sorry! Please Try later.
Lia Carstairs
Me reading the last few chapters..........

This was bloody brilliant! (Hehe, see what I did there😏)

Seriously though, why haven't I read this sooner?
Aye, I know the answer to that. 'Twas me being hesitant and stupid. Fortunately, I changed that.😌

This is by far one of the BEST mystery books I've read this year. The suspense was killing me as I read and I was so tempted to go to the back of the book and see who the culprit was.😅😁 Thankfully, I was able to squelch this urge and read until the en
Ashley Nuckles
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to work at 7am tomorrow and stayed up ridiculously late just to finish this because I was on the EDGE OF MY SEAT UNTIL THE VERY END. Holy Jesus that entire book made me shiver but in an entirely good way lol!
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Holly Jackson was born in 1992. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and started writing stories from a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a book aged fifteen.

'A Good Girl's Guide to Murder' is a YA Mystery Thriller and her debut novel. She lives in London and aside from reading and writing, she enjoys binge-playing video games and pointing out grammatical errors in street signs.

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