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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly  Jackson
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I’m not sneaking up on anybody by reading and reviewing Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. It was definitely one of the most talked-about books of 2020, it’s going to be a series, and it even made Goodreads’ Best of YA fiction finalist list. Even with all of the accolades it was one I missed - you just can’t get to everything, after all.

Luckily for me, my wife short-listed this as one of my must-reads for 2021. (I’ve got five or six more on the list that I’ll be reading and reviewing over the coming months.) I am glad I got to read this one. It’s an exciting mix of modern dark suburban mystery flavored with a little bit of Veronica Mars.

The characters aren’t as interesting as Rob Thomas’ V Mars characters (well, maybe the lackluster season three ones), but it’s got that teenagers-solving-real-crimes thing, weird family dynamics, and some occasionally witty characters. However, it’s definitely more plot-driven than character driven. That’s probably a plus instead of a minus for many mystery readers.

The plot starts a little too closely to one of the Serial podcast’s real-world case for me, but it quickly moves away from the dead girlfriend-suspect boyfriend dynamic. It evolves into its own mystery quickly. While it’s nearly 400 pages, it’s a pretty quick read. Jackson does a great job of planting clues and red herrings all over the place. There were several times I was positive I solved the case, but I was never quite right. However, I do think it’s a solvable book and I think Jackson is fair and consistent with her clues.

As a mystery fan who doesn’t like thing too dark, I’ll definitely be happy to return to this series.
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Reading Progress

December 31, 2020 – Shelved
December 31, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
January 9, 2021 – Started Reading
January 9, 2021 –
page 20
4.62%
January 9, 2021 –
page 44
10.16%
January 10, 2021 –
page 61
14.09%
January 12, 2021 –
page 88
20.32%
January 12, 2021 –
page 118
27.25%
January 13, 2021 –
page 150
34.64%
January 16, 2021 –
page 170
39.26%
January 21, 2021 –
page 224
51.73%
January 25, 2021 –
page 280
64.67%
January 26, 2021 –
page 303
69.98%
January 29, 2021 –
page 320
73.9%
January 30, 2021 –
page 335
77.37%
February 1, 2021 –
page 355
81.99%
February 1, 2021 – Finished Reading

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