Reviewed by Aimee Barnes
I recently began a foray into YA mysteries and after reading “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson, I must say that I have found a new favorite book. This twisty thriller keeps you guessing until the very end, and is coupled with scandal and suspense for a perfectly chilling mystery read. The protagonist, 17 year old Pippa Fitz-Amobi, is intelligent, well drawn out, and relatable, and her sleuthing skills are first-class. What starts as an ambitious senior project on solving a cold case, turns into much more than this hardworking, homework-lover could even imagine and before she is finished, it will end up changing the lives of those closest to her. Her compatriot and brother to the alleged killer, Ravi Singh, is likeable and funny, and it is a joy to see his relationship with Pippa grow. The murder victim Andie Bell had many secrets before she disappeared, and the entire town of Fairview seems to want forget everything that transpired. When Pippa’s project turns to obsession, more than she ever bargained for is at stake. Lies and secrets abound, and if Pippa isn’t careful she may just become the next victim. Jackson is master at building suspense, and each twist and turn will leave you asking for more. This is the first novel in the Good Girl Trilogy, and I will say that not only am I now reading the second book, but I have ordered the third as well! Engaging plot, suspenseful secrets, and fantastic characters, this is a good whodunnit for the ages!