I hope your week kicked off right. Today I'm bringing you A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, a fast-paced, Young Adult, Contemporary Mystery. I first learned about it because it was a Barnes & Noble book club pick, but I got a copy to read from my library.
Anyways, let me tell you what I liked about this book:
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 picked up A Good Girl's Guide to Murder thanks to my friend Ashley, and I'm glad I listened to her because it really surpassed my expectations.
Pippa began investigating Addie's case for her senior project out of a fond memory of Sal, who was allegedly Addie's murder and took his own life out of guilt. She decides to begin by interviewing Sal's younger Brother, Ravi. It was perhaps Pippa's approach to the case and her boldness and endless curiosity that really moved the plot in this book.
The development and detail in which the case unfolds and new things begin to surface is fast paced but not unrealistically so. There are sections in the book that are entry logs from Pippa's project that really make us feel closer to her, and her close analysis of how each and every characters involved in the case was affected. She was bold in her investigations, asking the questions no one else would dare to ask, and putting herself in dangerous situations (it was probably the only annoying thing I found in the book--the anxiety!)
As she makes progress and gathers perhaps too much knowledge about the people surrounding the case, threats begin to appear and its impossible not to keep the page turning.
Pippa and Ravi become an includible team. She does most of the work but he keeps her in check and provides mild comic relief. There is very minimal romance in this book, but I still loved it.
The twist in the end is really good because you're so focused on the investigation and later on the threats that turn out to have real consequences, that you don't see it coming. I'm super happy there is a second book, but I hate I still have to wait until sometime next year because even though the sequel just came out in the UK, we still have to wait for it to come to the U.S.
Here is all the info for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder :
Reading Challenge No.: 13/45
Publication Date: U.S. February 4, 2020
Length: 387 pages
POV: #ThirdPersonPOV - Pippa
Series or Standalone? #FirstInSeries - A Good Girl's Guide to Murder # 1
"Pip knew where they lived."
Favorite Character: Ravi, I really wish there had been more of him in the book.
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