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Book Rec: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Updated: Apr 9

“Real men wear floral when trespassing” The case is closed, but has justice really been served? A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a fast-paced, young-adult thriller. Nancy Drew, look out! Pippa Fitz-Amobi is the new detective on the scene.

book jacket of cut up words with the book title

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. A sequel is already out, so comment below when you’re ready for #2!

Discussion Guide (spoilers ahead!)

  1. As Pip learns more, she updates her persons of interest list. Was there anyone on the list you thought was innocent? Anyone you would have added?

  2. If you had been Ravi, how would you have handled Pip’s interest in the case?

  3. Reputations and biases play a big role in the novel. How do you think the investigation and community gossip would have been different if Andie and Sal had different reputations?

  4. How does the novel unfold BECAUSE Pip is a teen and not an adult? How does she use social media and her age to relate to others, including potential suspects?


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