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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly  Jackson
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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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Reading Progress

January 24, 2019 – Started Reading
January 26, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 31, 2019 – Shelved

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