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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Book Review + Questions

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Hey, you! 😊

So this isn't an actual guide to murder which I first thought it was. 🤭 Instead, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder shows us that sometimes people we think we know can surprise us ... and not in a good way!

Five years ago, Andie Bell was murdered, but her body was never found. Her boyfriend, Sal Singh was blamed for it and the case was closed.

Fast-forward to a few years later and Pip is now a high school senior. She suspects that there is more to this case and chooses to make a study of it for her final year project at school. As she starts investigating, she finds inconsistencies and evidence that could prove Sal's innocence. But Pip soon finds herself the target of a killer who will go to any lengths to stop her from finding the truth.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought I was done with the Nancy Drew-ish books, but guess not. This was definitely a treat especially for readers who enjoy being kept in suspense. It is exciting with lots of twists and turns - a lot that I didn't see coming!

The only negative point would be that it isn't realistic at all! In the first place, I doubt any teacher would have allowed Pip to work on this topic for her final project. I also thought that Pip was quite brave - but maybe too brave, dangerously brave. She meets up with potential murderers, known drug dealers, and etc ... I probably would have a heart attack if she were my daughter!

By the way, there is a UK and a US version, so depending on where you live you might not get exactly the same book. It seems that there aren't significant changes, mostly the name of the cities and places. I read the UK version, so I would really be interested to talk to someone who read the US one.

Book Club Questions:

  1. Did you like the book?

  2. Did you race to the end, or was it more of a slow burn?

  3. Would you continue reading this book series?

  4. Which characters did you like best? Which did you like least?

  5. Did Pip's motivations seem believable to you?

  6. What do you think happens to the characters after the novel concludes?

  7. Was there any part of the plot or aspects of the characters that frustrated or upset you?

  8. Which twist surprised you the most?

  9. What did you learn from the book or what did it teach you about yourself or others?

  10. What is the significance of the title?

  11. Were there any quotes that stood out to you? Why?

  12. Would you recommend this book to someone? Why or why not?

  13. Did you guess the ending? If so, at what point?

Great book! I honestly can't wait to read the next one!

xoxo Elodie

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