Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Thriller
Year Release: December 2020
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Trigger warning: sexual assault, rape culture, predatory teacher, murder, suicide, substance abuse, guns
This twisty read follows the investigation for four girls. Three of them perhaps have something to do with the fourth’s murder. Secrets come out, and to protect each other and their truths, they have to stand up to a police department which doesn’t believe them and a school administration actively working against them.
Complex, evenly paced with a compelling, complex characters who are neither “good” nor “bad,” The Good Girls is a layered read that delivers a satisfying mystery and catharsis.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Young adult mystery
Year Release: 2018
Source: Library audiobook
|Listened to the audiobook
Pippa Fitz-Amobi uses her senior year capstone project as a pretense to solve a murder. Andie Bell had gone missing five years prior and all signs pointed to Sal Singh as the culprit of her disappearance and murder. Pippa wants to find the answers herself, despite the case already being closed.
I really enjoyed the way Jackson uses several formats to bring the research to life. Between audio interviews, research logs, and traditional story telling, we really see every aspect of how Pippa solves this murder. No stone is left unturned as Pippa conducts interviews, visits locations both seedy and deceptively friendly, and learns secrets about people she had grown up with. The voice is clever, and I never got the sense that Pippa had everything handed to her. No moment felt too coincidental. Once again, it was nice to read a young adult where parents are involved and concerned about their children. The depth and breadth of all the character interactions were complex and memorable. However, the various twists and turns in the final quarter of the book, though effective, could have been cut down a bit.
If you were a fan of Sadie for how Summers incorporated the podcast element, you will enjoy this small town mystery.