Wednesday, January 29, 2020

YA ARC Review: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Publication: Delacorte Press (February 4, 2020)

Description: For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn't add up, and a girl who's determined to find the real killer--but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can't shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

My Thoughts: Pippa Fitz-Amobi has decided to look into a five-year-old crime for her Senior Capstone project. Everyone knows that Sal Singh killed Andie Bell and then killed himself. Seems simple, but...

Andie's body has never been found and Sal wasn't the kind of young man you'd think of as a murderer. Pip knew Sal and always found him to be a kind, quiet young man. As soon as she starts looking into the past, she finds questions that weren't answered to her satisfaction. As she interviews people who were part of the investigation, she finds lies and cover-ups. Even her best friend's older sister Naomi who was one of Sal's friends seems to be keeping secrets.

She goes to interview Sal's younger brother Ravi who is completely convinced that his brother wasn't a killer and he becomes her partner in the investigation. She doesn't have as much luck when she tries to interview Andie's younger sister.

The investigation becomes something of an obsession for Pip as she uncovers more and more and keeps finding new suspects and new avenues to investigate. But the investigation gets really close to home and someone desperately wants Pip to stop investigating.

This was an excellent, fast-paced story filled with twists and turns. The characters, especially Pip, were well-drawn and interesting people. The plot kept up a fast pace and the ending came as quite a surprise.

Favorite Quote:
"You want to go to a house party?" Ant said pointedly.

"Yes," she said.

"Everyone will be smashed, people throwing up, passing out. A lot of mess on the floor," Ant said. "It's not really your scene, Pip."

No of course it wasn't--she couldn't think of anything worse--but she stood firm. " I want to go."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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