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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

By: Holly Jackson

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.

ISBN: 9781984896377

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing, Discrimination: General, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: General, Violence: Self-Harm Reference/Discussion, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion
Topics: Cold cases (criminal investigation) , Murder , Mystery and detective stories

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Five years ago, Andie Bell disappeared; she was believed to be murdered and her body hidden by her boyfriend Sal Singh before taking his own life. Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi believes Sal is innocent and that he was murdered, and sets out to prove it for her senior capstone project. The deeper she digs into the truth, the more trouble Pip finds herself Five years ago, Andie Bell disappeared; she was believed to be murdered and her body hidden by her boyfriend Sal Singh before taking his own life. Pippa (Pip) Fitz-Amobi believes Sal is innocent and that he was murdered, and sets out to prove it for her senior capstone project. The deeper she digs into the truth, the more trouble Pip finds herself in. Somebody out there doesn’t want her discovering the truth of what happened to Andie, and it may just be the real person responsible. Jackson’s debut is a captivating mystery that will have readers hooked. Some may find the pacing at the beginning a little slow but it doesn’t take long for the story to pick up. The majority of the characters, including Pip, are intriguing and well developed, containing flaws that make them more realistic. While Pip herself is white, there is a diverse cast of characters overall, including Sal and his brother Ravi, the latter playing a major role in helping Pip find answers. Pip’s capstone project is interwoven with the third-person narration, so readers are allowed access to her thoughts and work even though she isn’t directly telling the story. Jackson wonderfully crafts the mystery so that readers can create their own hypotheses as Pip puts the pieces together—but they won’t find out the truth until she does. A wonderful addition to any library collection, especially where mystery novels like Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious is popular.

Book Details

ISBN

9781984896377

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Crime: Drug Trafficking/Dealing, Discrimination: General, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: General, Violence: Self-Harm Reference/Discussion, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion, Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

Topics

Cold cases (criminal investigation), Murder, Mystery and detective stories,

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