A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Book Review

Elizabeth Skinner

“No ‘allegedly,’ no ‘might have,’ no ‘probably,’ no ‘most likely.’ He did it, they say. Sal killed Andie. But I’m not so sure”

– A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is about an investigation of a murder-turned-suicide. Allegedly, Sal Singh killed his high school girlfriend, Andie Bell, then killed himself.  Everyone in their small town believes that narrative, except for Pip. For her end-of-year school project, she decides to crack open this devastating case again and find out the truth.

Pip, with the help of Sal’s brother, Ravi, re-examines the case to try to prove Sal’s innocence. Small-town secrets are revealed, and whoever tried hard to bury these secrets is not happy Pip. Can Pip find the answers before the past catches up with her?

This book is written in the third person and is very easy to follow. This is because Pip summarizes what happens in each couple of chapters for her project report that she has to hand in to her teachers.  

The book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller for good reason – I enjoyed this story and would recommend it wholeheartedly. Pip is a very relatable character and I felt as though I went through this journey with her. I felt a variety of emotions while reading this book, from happy to sad and everything in between.

I rate this book a 4 / 5 stars.  I think at some points, the story felt a little slow, but, luckily, it recovered from these moments pretty quickly.  The humour infused throughout the novel kept it entertaining as well.  The book was very well written and created suspense – you won’t want to put it down.

Rating: 4/5