I picked up A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder book series after seeing it all over social media and I’m so glad that I did. It may be young-adult fiction, but I was gripped from beginning to end.
I’m not usually one for reading book series, but I do miss young adult fiction and I did enjoy series like The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent when I was younger, so was excited to get back into reading a series.
1. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth…?
My rating: ★★★★
I had first seen this book all over Instagram with rave reviews along with the sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood. I can agree that A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was worth all the hype and it was a nice escape into teen fiction for me again. I used to love this genre of books when I was younger and so it made for some light reading. The author, Holly Jackson, is a young writer who appears to have a very promising future ahead of her.
2. Good Girl, Bad Blood
Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore. With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her. But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time everyone is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?
My rating: ★★★★
After reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and thoroughly enjoying, I expected nothing less from Good Girl, Bad Blood. I got through the book rather quickly and it was exactly what I needed to get me out of a reading funk. One I would definitely recommend if you’re into young adult/light-hearted detective work and a great sequel to follow on from the first book.
3. As Good As Dead
Pip is about to head to college, but she is still haunted by the way her last investigation ended. She’s used to online death threats in the wake of her viral true-crime podcast, but she can’t help noticing an anonymous person who keeps asking her: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? As the deadly game plays out, Pip discovers that everything in her small town is coming full circle… and if she doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears…
My rating: ★★★★★
Even though this is the third book in this series, Holly Jackson keeps the momentum and surprise right to the end. All of the characters come back together in this third book to tie up the series once and for all with a new murder inquiry. A really gripping novel with great twists and turns throughout.
If you’re dubious about re-entering the world of young adult fiction, I’m hoping these reviews quash that apprehension.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is the perfect entry point to young adult fiction, and yes although you are reading about teenagers, there are plenty of older characters in the main storyline to avoid that feeling of reading books for children.