Worth the Read: Teen Suspense Thriller

Review of: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the first book in Holly Jackson’s mystery and thriller trilogy.

Laura Maria Silva, Contributing Writer

The deaths of Andie Bell and Sal Singh are not as they seem to appear. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, written by Holly Jackson, will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat after each page. In April 2019, two shocking deaths haunted the small town of Fairview, Connecticut. Andie Bell is proclaimed dead after mysteriously leaving home late at night, and Sal Singh is assumed to have committed suicide after killing her. Now, five years later, Pippa Fitz-Amobi looks into the case for her senior class project, seeking to see if Sal really was the true murderer in the case. 

Looking through old clues and finding new ones, she finds more secrets throughout the small town, secrets that could put her own life at risk. With just a few missing pieces to finish this case, will she uncover the truth about what really happened on April 2019, or be faced with the same fate as Andie Bell and Sal Singh? 

This book from start to finish was amazing; I could barely put it down! It is definitely a must-read for people who love a good murder mystery; only just a few chapters in and the list of suspects is long. I absolutely loved how the author got straight into the plot early on. Absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait to read the sequel in the trilogy!

Jackson writes these characters very well. As this is a murder mystery, there are many characters in this story. Because of the amount of people, it does get a little tricky remembering which character is which. I love how this is written in third person, making sure to include what the main character is feeling/thinking along with what the other characters are doing as well.

Throughout the book, Pip explores people who were last in contact with Andie, and ultimately learns how her life was not as perfect as it seemed. With more and more people going on her persons of interest list, many people could have committed the crime. The suspense was thrilling as it built to the conclusion. I just had to go back and make sure I didn’t miss anything. With all the evidence pointing at Sal, could Pip find a way to prove his innocence? Truly, it’s an incredible story with many plot twists and an unexpected ending. 

Junior Laura Maria Silva is a contributing writer for BHS Insight. If you would like to write a book, film or music review, email Arts and Entertainment editor Rose Dibb ([email protected]) for more information.