“I’ve already learned my lesson here: when you catch someone lying about a murdered girl, you go ask them why.”
Holly Jackson, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a young adult fiction which consists of the themes true crime, coming-of-age and different experiences due to race.
The story follows the life of Pippa Fitz-Amobi who is 17 years old and lives in a small town where five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered. Everybody in the town is convinced that Sal Singh murdered her. This links to the themes, as Sal and his family are all of a different race to everybody else in the town and he was automatically accused. Pippa wants to change all of this. She chooses to look into the case as her final-year project.
Throughout the story, she gains lots of different bits of evidence and at the end of the story, she finally pieces all the bits of the puzzle to find out who the true murderer is.
The story is hooking and the way that Holly Jackson has written it leaves you wanting to carry on reading. I enjoyed the novel because the way it is set out presents the story as pieces of evidence. Because of this layout, it allows the reader to try and solve the case as they go along and see if they were right. I would rate the story a 5 star as it is gripping and an enjoyable story for most ages.