Series: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #1
Published by Delacorte (5.2.2019)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, 433 pages
Length: 10 hours, 53 minutes
Narrator: Bailey Carr, Full cast
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.
This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.
Holy crap, this book was so addicting!! I’ve seen it compared to One of Us is Lying, which I enjoyed, but I think this one was even better!
In the beginning, it starts off as a typical mystery – popular girl is murdered, her boyfriend is the supposed killer. Okay, I can see which direction this is going. But as Pippa started digging and uncovering secrets, shit got crazy! The list of suspects grew longer and just created more and more questions. What really happened to Andie? If Sal didn’t kill her, who framed Sal?! It was so intense! When I wasn’t listening, I was thinking about it. By halfway through I was helplessly engrossed. I was invested. I needed to know the truth as bad as Pippa did!
The more clues Pippa uncovered, the more unsure I was of what actually happened. It’s hard to talk about the rest without giving anything away! View Spoiler »I was sure Andie was still alive. I was wondering if multiple people were in on it, but I was most suspicious about the cop. (As it turns out, it was completely irrelevant?? Like why did he cover up the hit and run? That was a weirdly abrupt dead end…) I had a feeling about Mr. Ward, so that wasn’t really surprising, but when he admitted to killing Sal, it felt wrong. I knew that wasn’t the whole story, but I totally did not expect it to be Andie’s sister! I guess they always say it’s usually someone close to the victim, but I didn’t even suspect her at all. I also thought that the H.H. guy at the hotel was going to come into play – was that an intentional red herring, or just something the author missed? I was kind of disappointed that it was never addressed. The characters didn’t notice it at all – which leads me to think that it wasn’t an intentional red herring – and I don’t know why it was in there at all. Oh, well. « Hide Spoiler
The main thing that keeps me from giving this 5 stars is that I didn’t connect to the characters like I’d hoped. I did like Pippa, but I wasn’t attached to Ravi any of the side characters, and I really didn’t care about the romance between Ravi and Pippa. It didn’t do anything for me. View Spoiler »I also should have been upset when Pippa’s dog was found dead, and I wasn’t. I figured as soon as he went missing he’d end up dead (I predicted something would happen to him before that, anyway, because there was a lot of focus on the dog). I also don’t know how I feel about it being an accident?? « Hide Spoiler I was also left feeling unsatisfied in some nameless way after the end and I don’t really know why. View Spoiler »I think maybe just because all of the murders were a “I didn’t mean for this to happen” and from someone with decent intentions and it was all basically just a big coincidental accident – every. single. murder. Was an accident. Nothing premeditated. Even the dog!! I don’t know why that bothered me, it just did. « Hide Spoiler
This book is marketed as a full cast audiobook – and in a way, it kinda is. But that’s also kinda false advertising. The book is predominantly narrated by Bailey Carr. The only scenes with any other narrators were the interviews, which were only a small part of the book. Not that it’s a bad thing, Bailey Carr is fantastic! She reminded me a lot of Carla Corva (Hanna Donnelly in Gemina), who is one of my favorite narrators. But it’s definitely not what I expected when I saw it labeled as full cast. I still highly recommend it, though!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5