“I just have to keep chasing, even when the path is resisting me.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.
The stakes are high, the suspect list is long, and threats are pouring in as Pippa digs up secrets that were supposed to be buried forever. If you’re looking for a twisty, turn-y, can’t put the book down type of mystery and haven’t read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder… what are you waiting for?! This was such a fast paced, highly entertaining read that kept me on my toes for pretty much the entire book.
What I Liked
📓 Format. I really enjoyed that this was told from Pippa’s POV, journal-like entries for her capstone project, charts, and interviews with people who knew Andie around the time of her disappearance and death. I think it as a great way to make readers really present with Pip during her investigation and overall just the made it so much more of a compelling and engaging reading.
🔀 Plot twists galore. There are so many plot twists throughout this book and bombshells of revelations that will keep you on your toes almost the entire time. Some of the plot twists were shocking, others more predictable but either way it’s very obvious to see that Pip is now in the middle of something much deeper than she could have ever possibly dreamed of.
🧐 A solid whodunnit. I definitely did not guess who the murderer was and that made for an even more exciting read in my opinion. A lot of times when it comes to mystery novels I figure out the killer or bad guy early on but the author gives us enough suspects, clues, and questions to keep your head spinning with possibilities all the way until the very end.
💕 Subtle Romance. I really liked the fact that although Pip and Ravi develop feelings for one another throughout their investigation it never becomes something that undermines what they’re working towards and we only get to see a small out of romance between them at the very end. I really hate when mystery novels are overshadowed by romance, especially when we’re working with a plot as complex as this one.
What I Didn’t Like
🐶 Death of an animal. This has always been a hard limit for me and always will be. Aside from the simple of fact of just hating reading about it, I felt that it was so unnecessary to the plot. The murderer takes Pip’s dog hostage and makes her hand over her laptop and research in exchange for her dog safe return, then releases the dog, and it dies on it’s own? Like, come on. What was the point of that?
🔚 A little too abrupt. The ending of this came and went a little too quickly for me. There was a lot of action and revelations at the very end and majority of it was Pip realizing what happened and confronting the murderer about it. I definitely would have liked to see a little more of Pip piecing things together and not just running to the murderer for a confrontation.
All in all, if you’re a fan of YA mystery/thrillers this should definitely earn a spot on your TBR. It’s complex and intense while also fresh and exciting. I was super happy to see after finishing this that it’s a series! Yes, this murder gets solved in this book and in the next book Pip and Ravi are on to solving a different case when a girl she knows goes missing. You better believe I’ll be picking up the next one sooner rather than later!
tw: drug use, death of a pet, kidnapping, murder, rape, relationship w/ a minor
Until next time,
The Bookish Chick ♥